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UECL: Cyriel Dessers scores twice as Feyenoord beat Marsielle 3-2

His brace: his ninth and tenth UECL goals of the season, moved him two ahead of Tammy Abraham on the list of top scorers.

The Super Eagles forward on loan from Genk, squandered a wonderful opportunity to put the hosts ahead with a close-range drive that went over the bar, while Ofir Marciano denied Bamba Dieng from Dimitri Payet’s feed down the other end in an enthralling start to the contest.

However, it was Dessers who opened the scoring for Arne Slot’s side, firing past Steve Mandanda after a back-heel assist from Luis Sinisterra. It was Dessers’ ninth UECL goal, moving him one ahead of Tammy Abraham on the list of top scorers.

After being picked out by Reiss Nelson, ‘Les Olympiens’ were shell-shocked, conceding a second less than three minutes later through Sinisterra, whose deflected strike found its way past Mandanda.

Dieng dramatically halved the deficit at the finish of a free-flowing play for his first-ever European goal, giving this tense match a new dimension.

Feyenoord’s lead was then wiped out when Marciano could only palm Matteo Guendouzi’s cross across the box into Gerson’s path, who smashed home an equaliser.

Slot’s team appeared pleased to maintain their lead and sunk deeper, giving Marseille more time on the ball. But Jorge Sampaoli’s team’s defensive frailties nearly came back to haunt them, but their blushes were spared when Mandanda made a stunning near-post save to deny Dessers a hat-trick.

William Saliba headed wide from a Payet corner as the visitors came close to levelling the scores once more, however, that was all to the game.

With the game ending at 3-2, it keeps the tie in a tight grip heading into the pivotal second leg at the Stade Vélodrome next week.

AON

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