OM - Amiens (2-1) | Mixed emotions19 may 2018
A hectic season came to an end for Olympique de Marseille in disappointing fashion on Saturday night, as despite a 2-1 win over Amiens - a come-from-behind victory for Lyon against Nice condemned Rudi Garcia's men to Europa League football next season.
Just three days after losing the final of that competition, OM were determined to ensure they walked away from a highly positive season with something tangible - i.e. Champions League qualification.
And the night started perfectly at an Orange Vélodrome full with support with fans behind their team and registering their pride at the European run. Morgan Sanson paid them back with a 10th minute opener, striking into the top corner past Regis Gurtner.
OM doubled the lead eight minutes later as Kostas Mitroglou, a substitute against Atletico, pounced on a loose ball generated by Lucas Ocampos' header.
It was even better by this point as Lyon fell behind to Nice, meaning OM occupied third place and a direct spot in next season's Champions League for the entirety of the first half, even when Moussa Konate reduced arrears.
The second period was more a pedestrian affair for OM, which could not trouble Amiens for more goals despite Thomas Monconduit seeing red for a rash challenge on Ocampos.
At this point however, news filtered in that Lyon had turned it around against their opponents, meaning nothing OM can do could see them retake a place on the podium.
And so it ended, after 38 Ligue 1 games, and 77 points - the most ever for a side in fourth, it ultimately means UEFA Europa League football next season.