Wednesday September 15, 2010 Group Stage: Group F Finished Stade VÚlodrome

Olympique Marseille 0 - 1 Spartak Moscow

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    Spartak Moscow celebrated their return to the Champions League after a four-year absence with a smash-and-grab 1-0 victory at Marseille. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Olympique Marseille
    • Spartak Moscow
    • 90+4 The referee blows for full time, it's 1-0 to the Russians. Marseille can hardly believe it, Spartak are ecstatic. Not a result they deserved, but very welcome nonetheless.
    • 90+2 Marseille sub Gignac hits the post in stoppage-time. Maybe he should have been on from the start.
    • 90' Sub for Spartak, Stranzl for Alex
    • 89' Cisse almost levels for Marseille, but Dykan again denies the French from close range
    • 88' Marseille still look in shock, and frankly I'm not surprised.
    • 88' Sub for Spartak, Ari for Sheshukov
    • 83' Sub for Spartak, Sabitov for McGeady
    • 83' Sub for Marseille, Jordan Ayew for Lucho
    • 81' Finally a goal - but incredibly for Spartak! Kombarov breaks down the left, but his cross-shot is deflected in by defender Cesar Azpilicueta. Amazing, and totally against the run of play.
    • 78' Injury to Alex for Spartak. He is carried off on a stretcher, at least temporarily.
    • 76' How did he miss that? Best chance of the match. Valbuena puts over a superb cross, and all Lucho Gonzalez has to do is head the ball forward from a yard out. It slides off his head, and wide. Huge let-off for Spartak, at least the second half has been better.
    • 75' Valbuena looks the man with the quality to break the deadlock here, and is coming more into it. He brings another save from Dykan with a clever turn and shot.
    • 74' Lucho Gonzalez slides over in the Spartak area under challenge, but this time hardly bothers to look at referee Meyer.
    • 72' Next up is Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for Marseille. They need this victory, and they are at least striving to get it now
    • 70' Taiwo gets in a fine cross from the left, and Lucho Gonzalez's header is saved by Dykan. The goalkeeper has done well tonight without having to truly excel.
    • 68' The pressure is steadily mounting, and Spartak are hanging on a bit here at the moment
    • 66' Great strike from Marseille's Nigerian left-back Taiwo as they come closer, pushed around the post by Dykan.
    • 65' Marseille have found some urgency, perhaps finally realising that a goalless draw here is of much more use to Spartak. Gignac has a shot blocked with virtually his first touch after good work by Lucho Gonzalez.
    • 62' It is Brandao's last action, as Gignac, the £15million man, comes on for him to huge cheers from the home crowd.
    • 61' Loose elbows from Brandao, and he picks up a booking
    • 60' A fine cross from Alex sees Ibson bring a brilliant save from Mandanda with his close-range header - but the flag is up for a foul on Heinze.
    • 59' McGeady goes down in the area under challenge from Heinze, and appeals for a penalty. Again, nothing doing from Meyer.
    • 58' Brandao gets a header on target, but he is moving away from goal and can't get enough power on it to trouble Dykan.
    • 57' Good break from Spartak, but they can't quite the final ball in the area and the chance goes
    • 55' Cisse wins a free-kick as he charges through, fouled by Alex. Looks as if the Brazilian got a bit of the ball, and that frustration is compounded when Alex is booked.
    • 53' Cheyrou goes down claiming a penalty under challenge from Makeev after a flick by Brandao, but no one, including the player himself, looks too convinced and official Meyer waves play on.
    • 51' Spartak left-back Makeev tries his luck from 30 metres, but his effort flies way over and wide right of the goal.
    • 48' Marseille have enjoyed around 55 per cent possession so far - and this match may come down to what Deschamps has just told them to do with it.
    • 46' That was better. Brandao picked up the ball 50 yards out and just ran straight at the Spartak defence before getting off a shot that drifted just wide. More of that, please.
    • 46' Off we go again.
    • 45+1 The referee blows up for half-time. In all honesty, it hasn't been great. Here's hoping for better in the second half. An early goal might help.
    • 45' Dykan is called into action twice in a minute to keep Spartak on level terms. First he saves Brandao's header, and then shortly afterwards he dives to his left to push away Cheyrou's volley.
    • 44' Marseille waste a corner, with Hilton unable to get a meaningful touch at the near post.
    • 42' From Taiwo's cross from the left, Brandao gets his head on the ball but can only send it looping over the crossbar.
    • 40' The nearest we have come to a goal. An Alex free-kick, after Azpilicueta conceded it on the Marseille left, is spilled by Mandanda in his own six-yard box - but no Spartak player can force the ball home.
    • 38' Another foul, this time by Cheyrou on Ibson. To be fair to the German referee, he isn't doing much wrong, but every time the game looks like opening up, foul play is slowing things up.
    • 36' Cisse fouls Alex, who looks a bit groggy, but is okay to carry on.
    • 33' It will come as no surprise to these two sides at half-time that Chelsea are walking it in the other match in this group. As you were, maybe they are all playing for second place.
    • 31' Marseille's attack are working very hard to pressure the Spartak back four when they are in possession. Suchy almost has his pocket picked in a dangerous area.
    • 29' Welliton, in a rich vein of scoring form in Russia, loses the ball on the edge of the area but from the loose ball Alex is fouled by Andre Ayew. Pareja takes the free-kick, but can't trouble Mandanda.
    • 27' Spartak's Pareja brings down Andre Ayew on the Marseille left, but escapes a yellow card - and the free-kick is wasted.
    • 24' Both teams are pinging the ball around on an excellent playing surface, but the formations are cancelling each other out. Spartak have steadied themselves though, and the balance of play is more even now.
    • 22' First sight of goal for the visitors. Alex is put through on the left of the penalty area, but cannot keep his shot on target. Should at least have made Mandanda work on that occasion.
    • 20' Spartak's Brazilian striker Welliton watches as a ball is hoofed forward and way over his head. That is not the Brazilian way, and not how he wants to receive it.
    • 18' Didier Deschamps is looking on anxiously from his dugout. His team are having most of the ball, but are not looking too threatening. At least, not yet.
    • 16' Cheyrou, a dynamic presence in midfield, has another shot from distance which again is not gathered cleanly by Dykan.
    • 13' The Marseille crowd are already getting frustrated as Spartak enjoy a short spell of possession - but their side are simply going to have to do better retrieving the ball when they lose it.
    • 11' There is plenty of effort from both teams in an open start to the match, but no real quality as yet
    • 9' Parshivyluk has a shot blocked for Spartak as the Russians push forward
    • 7' Cheyrou has the first real shot in anger, a rasping drive from 30 metres that is collected by Spartak goalkeeper Dykan at the second attempt.
    • 6' Valbuena gets his first opening, but after creating space for himself on the right fails to pick out a Marseille team-mate with his cross.
    • 5' A couple more fouls as both teams signal their intent to get stuck in, Marseille's Brandao with a forward's challenge on Suchy, and Kombarov penalised for Spartak.
    • 3' The two teams are just easign their way into the match - although there is a foul from the busy Sheshukov on Andre Ayew.
    • 1' And they are under way in the Stade Velodrome...
    • 19.40 Marseille are ready to begin their fourth consecutive Champions League campaign, while for Spartak this is a welcome return after a four-year absence.
    • 19.35 Spartak have finally found a bit of form in the Russian league, winning three of their last four. On Saturday they beat Saturn 2-1, with McGeady and Dykan making their debuts. Another win here in France, and everyone will be over the moon. Sorry.
    • 19.30 Spartak boast summer signings on the pitch. In addition to McGeady, they also have goalkeeper Andriy Dykan, midfielder Dmitri Kombarov, and central defender Nicolas Pareja in the side.
    • 19.25 There is no place in the Marseille starting line-up for big summer signing Andre-Pierre Gignac, and Brazilian Brandao will be the central, even lone, striker for the night. The highly-rated France international midielder Mathieu Valbuena will probably start on the right flank.
    • 19.20 The Champions League may represent some light relief for Marseille, who have had a dismal start to their domestic campaign. The French champions have just five points from their opening five games. Spartak remain well off the pace being set by Zenit St Petersburg in Russia.
    • 19.15 Both sides appear to badly want that opening-day win. As well as McGeady, Spartak boss Karpin has picked an attacking line-up, with Alex, Ibson and Kombarov supporting striker Welliton.
    • 19.10 It looks as if both teams will be lining up with a holding midfielder in front of the back four, Edouard Cisse for Marseille, and Aleksandr Sheshukov for Spartak. Former Celtic midfielder, and Republic of Ireland international Aidan McGeady lines up for Spartak on the right.
    • 19.05 Marseille coach Didier Deschamps, twice a winner of this competition, has left out Cameroon defender Stephane Mbia, who looked shaky in the home draw with Monaco at the weekend on his return from injury.
    • 18.59 And tonight's referee is Florian Meyer, from Germany.
    • 18.58 Spartak Moscow: Dikan, Parshivlyuk, Pareja, Suchy, Makeev, Shyeshukov, McGeady, Alex, Ibson, Dmitri Kombarov, Welliton. Subs: Pesyakov, Maidana, Stranzl, Sabitov, Ari, Ivanov, Ananidze.
    • 18.56 Marseille: Mandanda, Azpilicueta, Hilton, Heinze, Taiwo, Cisse, Valbuena, Gonzalez, Cheyrou, Andre Ayew, Brandao. Subs: Andrade, Gignac, Kabore, Jordan Ayew, M'bia Etoundi, Abriel, Sabo.
    • 18.55 The teams are in...to follow immediately...
    • 18.50 Spartak's greatest ever European achievement came in this competition 19 years ago, when they reached the semi-finals - only to go out to tonight's opponents over two legs. Both sides will be desperate to get off to a good start this evening, in a group where Chelsea are expected to progress, but second place is seen by both coaches as up for grabs.
    • 18.45 Good evening, and welcome to Eurosport's coverage of the Champions League Group F match between Marseille of France, and Russia's Spartak Moscow. It has been a warm day in the south of France, and the crowd are making their way into the Stade Velodrome.
  • Summary

    • 90+2 Marseille sub Gignac hits the post in stoppage-time. Maybe he should have been on from the start.
    • 81' Finally a goal - but incredibly for Spartak! Kombarov breaks down the left, but his cross-shot is deflected in by defender Cesar Azpilicueta. Amazing, and totally against the run of play.
    • 76' How did he miss that? Best chance of the match. Valbuena puts over a superb cross, and all Lucho Gonzalez has to do is head the ball forward from a yard out. It slides off his head, and wide. Huge let-off for Spartak, at least the second half has been better.
    • 75' Valbuena looks the man with the quality to break the deadlock here, and is coming more into it. He brings another save from Dykan with a clever turn and shot.
    • 70' Taiwo gets in a fine cross from the left, and Lucho Gonzalez's header is saved by Dykan. The goalkeeper has done well tonight without having to truly excel.
    • 66' Great strike from Marseille's Nigerian left-back Taiwo as they come closer, pushed around the post by Dykan.
    • 60' A fine cross from Alex sees Ibson bring a brilliant save from Mandanda with his close-range header - but the flag is up for a foul on Heinze.
    • 51' Spartak left-back Makeev tries his luck from 30 metres, but his effort flies way over and wide right of the goal.
    • 46' That was better. Brandao picked up the ball 50 yards out and just ran straight at the Spartak defence before getting off a shot that drifted just wide. More of that, please.
    • 45' Dykan is called into action twice in a minute to keep Spartak on level terms. First he saves Brandao's header, and then shortly afterwards he dives to his left to push away Cheyrou's volley.
    • 40' The nearest we have come to a goal. An Alex free-kick, after Azpilicueta conceded it on the Marseille left, is spilled by Mandanda in his own six-yard box - but no Spartak player can force the ball home.
    • 29' Welliton, in a rich vein of scoring form in Russia, loses the ball on the edge of the area but from the loose ball Alex is fouled by Andre Ayew. Pareja takes the free-kick, but can't trouble Mandanda.
    • 22' First sight of goal for the visitors. Alex is put through on the left of the penalty area, but cannot keep his shot on target. Should at least have made Mandanda work on that occasion.
    • 16' Cheyrou, a dynamic presence in midfield, has another shot from distance which again is not gathered cleanly by Dykan.
    • 7' Cheyrou has the first real shot in anger, a rasping drive from 30 metres that is collected by Spartak goalkeeper Dykan at the second attempt.
    • 18.58 Spartak Moscow: Dikan, Parshivlyuk, Pareja, Suchy, Makeev, Shyeshukov, McGeady, Alex, Ibson, Dmitri Kombarov, Welliton. Subs: Pesyakov, Maidana, Stranzl, Sabitov, Ari, Ivanov, Ananidze.
    • 18.56 Marseille: Mandanda, Azpilicueta, Hilton, Heinze, Taiwo, Cisse, Valbuena, Gonzalez, Cheyrou, Andre Ayew, Brandao. Subs: Andrade, Gignac, Kabore, Jordan Ayew, M'bia Etoundi, Abriel, Sabo.
    • 18.55 The teams are in...to follow immediately...

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