Tuesday November 23, 2010 Group Stage: Group F Finished Luzhniki

Spartak Moscow 0 - 3 Olympique Marseille

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  1. Marseille stun Spartak

    Marseille stun Spartak

    Marseille reached the knockout stages of the Champions League after a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Spartak Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium. More

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    Time:90'
    • Spartak Moscow
    • Olympique Marseille
    • 90+3' THERE GOES THE FINAL WHISTLE! Cracking result for Marseille, who emphatically progres from the group stage of the Champions League. The question now is, will they finish second, or first? We'll find out when Chelsea take on Zilina at Stamford Bridge in 20 minutes!
    • 90+2' Drincic takes it, straight into the wall
    • 90+1' They have a freekick, some 35 yards out
    • 90' It's down to minus five degrees Centigrade now, but the Russian crowd have refound their voice! Time for one last hurrah from the hosts?
    • 89' Heinze with a throw on the halfway line, eating up a few more vital minutes
    • 88' For the record, Marseille are guaranteed at least second-place in the group courtesy of their improved head to head record over the Russians
    • 87' We're edging ever closer to the final whistle, and it's damage limitation for the Russians
    • 86' Swung in deep, and cleared
    • 85' McGeady skins Heinze on the right and reaches the byline, before taking a knock from the French fullback and winning a free kick
    • 84' Kombarov shows some flashy footwork on the left wing, but runs into two defenders and loses out
    • 83' Kabore strikes from range, but it's a long way over
    • 81' Marseille sub: Loic Remy off, Charles Kabore on
    • 80' Marseille look to be lining up another substitution, with the clock ticking ever closer to 90
    • 78' Spartak in possession, but there's no way through the wall of black and blue shirts
    • 76' Spartak sub: Aleksandr Sheshukov off, Nikola Drincic on
    • 75' Marseille sub: Lucho González off, Fabrice Abriel on
    • 74' Marseille on the break, Brandao hares past the static Spartak defence and just has Dykan to beat! GREAT SAVE! Dykan saves one-handed to his left
    • 73' Marseille playing keep-ball now, under precious little pressure
    • 72' Remy stumbles past Stranzl on the right wing, before crossing to the back post and BRANDAO! Headed back across goal but there's no one there!
    • 70' The boos rang out across the stadium after that goal, and it looks like the crowd have finally given up on their men. Spartak look a beaten team, in truth, sitting very deep
    • 69' Marseille substitution: Valbuena off, Benoit Cheyrou on
    • 68' GOAL! BRANDAO MAKES IT THREE FOR MARSEILLE! Game, set, match. Makeev gives the ball away easily in his own half - under pressure from Ayew. The ball falls to Brandao, who strokes the ball confidently into the bottom right corner.
    • 67' Ibson goes into the book now, after kicking out at Valbuena from behind.
    • 66' That's harsh on the Brazilian striker, and surely Spartak's goal-scoring threat leaves the field with him. Diawara appeared to give Welliton a sly knee in the back, before falling theatrically after a shove to the chest from the striker. Job done for the Marseille defender.
    • 65' That's a horrible fall for the Marseille keeper, and he's raised his hands in the ensuing shoving match! HE'S OFF! STRAIGHT RED FOR WELLITON!
    • 64' Kombarov sends in a cross from the left, and Mandanda punches clear! OOOF! He's clattered in the air by Welliton!
    • 63' Marseille are packing the back third now, getting plenty of men behind the ball. They're defending deep
    • 62' He gets the ball back, and launches a long diagonal towards Welliton but it's cut out
    • 61' Stranzl with a throw deep in Marseille's half
    • 60' The hosts have enjoyed 61% of the possession so far, but just haven't done enough with it
    • 59' Makeev hares into the area down the right but can't bring Ibson's through-ball under control in time. Marseille goal kick
    • 58' Brandao feeds Remy deep on the right, but the Frenchman's cross in from the right is woefully high
    • 57' Mbia goes down in the middle of the Spartak half, clutching his arm.
    • 56' Spartak on the ball now, and there's still time for them to get back in this. It'll be a real test of character
    • 55' What a counter that was from Marseille, and that could be the nail in Spartak's Champions League coffin. Remy gets so lucky with that goal. Brandao passes the ball across the edge of the Spartak box to Remy, who completey mis-hits his volley. The ball skews off the outside of his foot and over the defender, he gathers and slots the ball into the bottom left corner of the net
    • 54' GOAL! REMY PUTS MARSEILLE 2-0 UP! Where did that come from?
    • 53' Ibson slips a ball through the defence to Kombarov! Offside, by half a yard or so
    • 53' Mandanda claims it! Stranzl - again - leaps into the keeper under the high ball, and this time it's a definite foul. Bumpy landing for the Marseille keeper too, but he seems fine
    • 52' McGeady swings it in...
    • 51' Ibson squares right to Ari, who finds McGeady. McGeady finds Ari in the middle, who plays left to another Brazilian - Welliton. Kombarov hares off around the outside of Azpilicueta on the left wing, and wins a corner
    • 50' Ooof! Pareja scythes down Valbuena in the middle and somehow gets away without a yellow card. Tasty is a word I'd use to describe that challenge.
    • 49' Remy cuts inside from the right, and feeds Valbuena, but the ball left is easily cut out
    • 48' Makeev tries to bulldoze his way into the box from the right wing but finds himself squeezed off the ball
    • 47' Bright start from Spartak, moving the ball quickly to the wings
    • 46' We're back underway for the second half!
    • 45' HALF-TIME! No stoppages indicated by the fourth official, and the referee blows 10 seconds into the 46th-minute. Join us in a few minutes for part II!
    • 45' There's no doubting that Spartak are on top of this match now, but that's the first time they've really tested the keeper! Brilliant goalkeeping from Mandanda
    • 44' Makeev flies along the right wing and into the area! He dinks a ball to the far stick AND THERE'S TWO RED SHIRTS WAITING TO KNOCK IT IN! BOTH MISS! Mandanda gets a hand to the ball, which takes the ball agonisingly out of the path of Welliton and Kombarov!
    • 43' McGeady lets fly from range but Mandanda easily gathers. He's yet to really be tested, the Frenchman
    • 42' Suchy clatters into Valbuena from behind - the 22nd foul of the match
    • 41' Brandao goes down all too easily up top for Marseille, and once again Spartak can break
    • 40' McGeady jinks in from the right but his early cross is cleared. Stranzl then flies into another challenge for a Marseille freekick in the middle of the park
    • 39' Spartak are really finding their feet in this match now, but only have six minutes to force a breakthrough this half. Marseille's backline is looking decidely shakey - with the exception of the seemingly omnipotent Azpilicueta
    • 38' Welliton jinks through a couple of half-hearted challenges on the left wing, but can't bring the ball under control before the byline and it's out for a goal kick
    • 37' Ibson plays a sweet ball in to Welliton's feet inside the Marseille box. Welliton is about to pull the trigger, and Azpilicueta slides in with another immaculate tackle!
    • 36' Swung in to the front stick and SHESHUKOV! He can't get a solid head on the ball under pressure, and it spins out for a goal kick
    • 35' Evgeni Makeev almost wins his footrace on the right wing with Ayew, but the Ghanaian's desperate slide from behind forces a corner
    • 34' McGeady launches a cross-come-shot to the far post! Just over the bar! He's becoming increasingly infulential, the Irishman
    • 33' He swings it in towards Kombarov, but the ball ends up with McGeady on the left wing
    • 33' Nice little spell of possession for the hosts. Ibson with the ball on the left wing
    • 32' Scrappy scrappy scrappy. Spartak with a freekick on the edge of their box, spread right by Dykan. Nicolas Pareja's long ball is so easily cut out, and Marseille regain possession
    • 31' Aleksandr Sheshukov gives the ball away on the left wing, before clattering into Ayew to stop Marseille's break. Yellow card
    • 30' McGeady sprints down the right, and switches to Kombarov on the left! Kombarov tries to shoot, but it's blocked behind for a corner!
    • 29' Andry Dykan punches well clear, and Spartak can counter!
    • 28' Ayew forces a corner off Marek Suchy
    • 27' We're in what can best be described as a lull, with Marseille looking rather comfortable with their 1-0 lead. Spartak are offering nothing at the moment
    • 26' It's dinked over the top and into the mass of bodies in the box, but Marseille hack it clear
    • 26' Marseille have a freekick some 35 yards out
    • 25' Mandanda gets a half-punch on the ball, but the referee blows for a foul! Stranzl is the man at fault - going up for a header and blocking the keeper - but there wasn't much in it
    • 24' Kombarov to take...
    • 24' McGeady hares off down the right wing, and rides a rather reckless challenge from Ayew. He lays off Kombarov, whose shot is knocked behind for a corner
    • 23' Ari tries to slip a low ball through but Edouard Cisse cuts it out
    • 22' McGeady swings it in! Half cleared at first, but Diawara mistimes his hoof and Spartak regain possession on the right
    • 21' Loic Remy needlessly barges into Ibsen on the right wing, and gives away a freekick
    • 20' What a stunning strike that was, worthy of giving Didier Deschamps's men the lead
    • 19' GOAL! MARSEILLE TAKE THE LEAD! Heinze clips the ball in to Valbuena, who - with his back to goal - spins and curls the ball with his left boot right into the top right corner!
    • 19' Ayew chests a high ball down in the area, before laying off to Mbia. Mbia's cross is uselessly high, but gathered by Heinze
    • 18' Azpilicueta barges into Ibson on the Spartak left, and the hosts have a free kick in their own half
    • 17' McGeady picks up the ball in space ahead of Heinze, but turns back and plays safe. Valeriy Karpin will want to see more aggression from the Irishman, especially against Heinze's ageing legs
    • 16' Azpilicueta (he's everywhere!) tries to pick out a cross from deep on the right wing, but Stranzl blocks
    • 15' Spartak break with numbers on the left wing, but Azpilicueta cuts out the early ball with a well-timed lunge.
    • 15' That yellow will incur a suspension for Mbia, who will miss Marseille's next Champions League fixture against Chelsea
    • 14' Welliton shows Stephane Mbia a clean set of heels on the right wing, and the Marseille man drags him down. Yellow card
    • 13' Kombarov finds McGeady with a short pass, but Azpilicueta sweeps the ball away
    • 12' Spartak corner on the right, taken short to Kombarov
    • 11' The ball is switched wide left, but Spartak are back in possession. It's hoofed long towards Welliton, but easily gathered by Mandanda
    • 10' Souleymain Diawara and César Azpilicueta exchange passes on the right wing, trying to dig their way out of trouble under pressure
    • 9' The noise is absolutely terrific in the stadium - a gutteral roar. Marseille have a throw in their own half
    • 7' Dmitri Kombarov breaks up the other end for Spartak, and wins a corner when his cross from the left wing is deflected behind. The artificial pitch is already looking a bit suspect - not at all conducive to moving the ball quickly
    • 6' Valbuena receives the ball in an advanced position on the left but is squeezed off the ball
    • 5' Ibsen plays a loose pass in the final third and Marseille counter
    • 4' Both teams playing with a lone striker at the moment, so the battle in the middle of the park is being keenly contested in these opening stages. Spartak play across the backline from left to right
    • 3' Solid start from the visitors. Gabriel Heinze takes a tumble on the half-way line under pressure from Aiden McGeady, Marseille freekick
    • 2' Early freekick on the right for Marseille, swung in short by Lucho. The ball drops down to VALBUENA! The Frenchman's instinctive, spinning, left-foot strike drifts just wide of the left post
    • 1' WE'RE UNDERWAY IN RUSSIA! Marseille kick us off from left to right, wearing their black change strip. Spartak wear red
    • 17:29 Hands have been shaken, the Champions League theme has been "dah dah daaaahed" to, and the players are in position. Seconds to go here...
    • 17:25 We're five minutes away from kickoff in the vast Luzhniki Stadium! It's below two degrees in Russia, but don't think that's stopped plenty of the locals going bare-chested for this one. Lovely
    • 17:20 STAT! Marseille have won 58% of the head to head duels, a higher percentage than any other team in the Champions League.
    • 17:15 STAT! Spartak have met Marseille in five matches in European competition, losing the first three but winning the last two.
    • 17:10 STAT! Spartak have only won three of their last 27 Champions League matches.
    • 17:05 STAT! Spartak beat Marseille at the Stade Velodrome 1-0 despite the French side having seven shots on target and the Russian side none at all.
    • 17:00 Spartak are still without Alex - who limped off with a thigh injury against Rubin Kazan on November 8 - but the Russian side welcome back Ari, who hasn't played in nearly a month.
    • 16:55 So, Edouard Cisse and Gabriel Heinze are both fit to start for Marseille, after recent injury concerns, but Benoit Cheyrou only fit for a place on the bench - having failed to play a match since picking up a groin injury in a domestic cup match against Monaco on November 10.
    • 16:50 The referee this evening is a Mr. Wolfgang Stark, from Germany. Expect an unhealthy number of "stark" puns across the next couple of hours
    • 16:46 MARSEILLE: Mandanda, Azpilicueta, Diawara, M'bia Etoundi, Heinze, Gonzalez, Cisse, Andre Ayew, Remy, Brandao, Valbuena. Subs: Andrade, Taiwo, Cheyrou, Kabore, N'Diaye, Jordan Ayew, Abriel
    • 16:46 SPARTAK MOSCOW: Dikan, Makeev, Suchy, Pareja, Stranzl, McGeady, Shyeshukov, Ibson, Dmitri Kombarov, Ari, Welliton. Subs: Pesyakov, Maidana, Sabitov, Drincic, Bazhenov, Khodyrev, Ananidze
    • 16:45 We've got just 45 minutes to go until kick-off at the Luzhniki Stadium! Here's the teams!
    • 16:40 Speaking of Marseille's quite incredible seven-goal thumping of Zilina, here's how they did it!
    • 16:35 Spartak started Group F with two victories, but home and away defeats to Chelsea have severely dented their hopes of qualifying for the knockout rounds. Marseille's record-breaking 7-0 victory in Zilina has given the French side a significant six-goal goal-difference advantage over Spartak, leaving the Russian side desperate for a win tonight.
    • 16:30 Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of Spartak Moskva v Olympique de Marseille! This evening's clash is crucial to the makeup of Group F, with both sides currently level on six points - way behind group-leaders Chelsea (on 12 points) but comfortably ahead of bottom-placed Zilina (pointless).
  • Summary

    • 74' Marseille on the break, Brandao hares past the static Spartak defence and just has Dykan to beat! GREAT SAVE! Dykan saves one-handed to his left
    • 72' Remy stumbles past Stranzl on the right wing, before crossing to the back post and BRANDAO! Headed back across goal but there's no one there!
    • 68' GOAL! BRANDAO MAKES IT THREE FOR MARSEILLE! Game, set, match. Makeev gives the ball away easily in his own half - under pressure from Ayew. The ball falls to Brandao, who strokes the ball confidently into the bottom right corner.
    • 65' That's a horrible fall for the Marseille keeper, and he's raised his hands in the ensuing shoving match! HE'S OFF! STRAIGHT RED FOR WELLITON!
    • 64' Kombarov sends in a cross from the left, and Mandanda punches clear! OOOF! He's clattered in the air by Welliton!
    • 54' GOAL! REMY PUTS MARSEILLE 2-0 UP! Where did that come from?
    • 45' HALF-TIME! No stoppages indicated by the fourth official, and the referee blows 10 seconds into the 46th-minute. Join us in a few minutes for part II!
    • 44' Makeev flies along the right wing and into the area! He dinks a ball to the far stick AND THERE'S TWO RED SHIRTS WAITING TO KNOCK IT IN! BOTH MISS! Mandanda gets a hand to the ball, which takes the ball agonisingly out of the path of Welliton and Kombarov!
    • 37' Ibson plays a sweet ball in to Welliton's feet inside the Marseille box. Welliton is about to pull the trigger, and Azpilicueta slides in with another immaculate tackle!
    • 19' GOAL! MARSEILLE TAKE THE LEAD! Heinze clips the ball in to Valbuena, who - with his back to goal - spins and curls the ball with his left boot right into the top right corner!
    • 2' Early freekick on the right for Marseille, swung in short by Lucho. The ball drops down to VALBUENA! The Frenchman's instinctive, spinning, left-foot strike drifts just wide of the left post
    • 16:46 MARSEILLE: Mandanda, Azpilicueta, Diawara, M'bia Etoundi, Heinze, Gonzalez, Cisse, Andre Ayew, Remy, Brandao, Valbuena. Subs: Andrade, Taiwo, Cheyrou, Kabore, N'Diaye, Jordan Ayew, Abriel
    • 16:46 SPARTAK MOSCOW: Dikan, Makeev, Suchy, Pareja, Stranzl, McGeady, Shyeshukov, Ibson, Dmitri Kombarov, Ari, Welliton. Subs: Pesyakov, Maidana, Sabitov, Drincic, Bazhenov, Khodyrev, Ananidze

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