Tuesday September 13, 2011 Group Stage: Group F Finished Stadio Karaiskaki

Olympiacos 0 - 1 Olympique Marseille

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  1. Marseille edge Olympiacos

    Marseille edge Olympiacos

    Lucho Gonzalez scored early in the second half to hand Marseille a 1-0 Champions League victory over Olympiacos in Piraeus. More

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    Time:90'
    • Olympiacos
    • Olympique Marseille
    • 90+4' The full time whistle blows. Marseille take all three points.
    • 90' There will be four added minutes.
    • 90' RED!! Fanni is sent straight off. He makes a mistake and flies into a tackle with his studs up. The defender wins the ball but does catch the man. Straight red.
    • 89' Ayew goes into a 50/50 with Papadopoulos with his studs up. He catches the Olympiacos man who reacts poorly. They're both booked.
    • 88' The keeper does much better from the corner. It's hit deep but Mandanda comes off his line superbly to claim.
    • 87' Mandanda misjudges a cross. It floats over his head and is cleared out for a corner.
    • 86' Amalfitano is booked for a late tackle on Torosidis. It wasn't a nasty challenge, just pretty clumsy.
    • 85' Kabore bursts down the left hand side and gets to the corner flag. He attempts to hold up play but is dispossessed with ease.
    • 83' The hosts really haven't looked like breaking down the Marseille defence all night. In all fairness though, this is their first competitive fixture.
    • 82' Fanni has moved to right back as Azpilicueta moves to the right side of midfield. Deschamps is really looking to secure the three points now...
    • 81' The third and final change for the visitors. Benoit Cheyrou is the man to go off as Rod Fanni replaces him.
    • 79' Torosidis challenges Kabore for the ball. The Marseille man goes down very easily but the ref awards a free kick. The Olympiacos defender is on his knees protesting to the official.
    • 78' Torosidis crosses from the right. It's cleared but only as far as the edge of the penalty area. Abdoun races onto the ball but half-volleys it wide of the left-hand post.
    • 77' Mellberg ventures forward and attempts to find Djebbour down the right with a through ball. N'Koulou reads it well and holds off his man to usher the ball out for a goal kick.
    • 76' Marseille make their second substitution of the night. Charles Kabore is introduced in place of the goalscorer Lucho Gonzales.
    • 75' Torosidis finds some space on the right wing and curls a ball into the box. Djebbour beats his man to the ball but volleys over from 12 yards. Maybe he should have gone at it with his head.
    • 74' Every time Makoun has touched the ball he has given it away. This time, under no pressure at all, he heads the ball past his own man and into the path of Lucho.
    • 73' The corner finds its way to Makoun on the edge of the penalty area. The Cameroonian shoots a long way over the bar.
    • 72' Holebas is the man to take the set piece. He lashes the ball towards goal but fails to beat the wall.
    • 71' Modesto flicks the ball past Morel and is brought down. The Marseille man is booked.
    • 70' Modesto looks to exchange passes with Makoun but the midfielder, on loan from Aston Villa, can't quite pick out his team mate.
    • 69' Makoun's first touch is a poor pass that nearly puts his side in danger. Mellberg clears up. As usual.
    • 68' Marseille make another change. Jordan Ayew replaces Loic Remy.
    • 67' Ariel Ibagaza and Jean Makoun are introduced for Olympiacos as Fuster and Fejsa make way.
    • 66' Remy looks to take on Mellberg but the defender gets his body in front of the ball and draws the foul. The Swedish international and the referee have a heated discussion.
    • 65' Olympiacos have seen more of the ball in the last few minutes, but they are leaving big gaps at the back when they venture forward.
    • 64' Morel's shanked clearance puts his side under unnecessary pressure. The corner is cleared at the front post and Marseille look to attack.
    • 63' Cheyrou’s corner is whipped in superbly but misses everybody on the six yard box. Diawarra attempts a diving header but misses it too.
    • 62' CHANCE!! Following the free kick, Cheyrou receives the ball and lashes an effort at goal from 30 yards. Constanzo tips it over the bar.
    • 61' Mirallas, now operating on the left, gives away a free kick and throws the ball away in disgust. He's booked.
    • 60' Torosidis tracks back and looks to nick the ball off Cheyrou. He fouls his man before giving the ref an earful.
    • 59' Olympiacos haven't really showed intent to back into the match. In contrast, the goal reallay seems to have given Marseille some confidence and they look the far better side.
    • 58' Amalfitano gets down the left and shrugs off onen challenge before dinking a ball into the penalty area.Remy makes no attempt to get there which allows Mellberg to chest back to the keeper.
    • 57' Mirallas looks to have been moved across to the left which seems a bit of a strange tactic as the hosts look to get back into this game.
    • 56' Papadopoulos and Remy clash. There are some afters too. The ref stops play and gives them a talking to.
    • 55' The hosts make a change. Yeste is replaced as Djebbour comes on.
    • 54' Abdoun skips down the right and whips a rocket into the penalty area. N’Koulou makes a diving header to clear.
    • 53' Olympiaco will now have to press their opponents further up the field which will obviously leave them open at the back. It's a risk they're going to have to take.
    • 52' That was a very well taken goal. Morel really got his head up and held onto the ball to allow for Lucho to get to the front post. Olympiacos were so solid at home last season, can they come back here?
    • 51' GOAL FOR MARSEILLE!! Morel bursts down the left flank and skips past his man before crossing from the byline. Lucho times his run perfectly and clips the ball past the goalkeeper and into the net from 4 yards.
    • 50' Marseille look to be settling down a bit more.They're currently stroking the ball around in their half looking for space to open up.
    • 49' Mellberg clips a ball over the top from Mellberg into the path od Abdoun who controls superbly to flick the ball past the covering defender. N'Koulou is across to clear though.
    • 48' Olympiacos are really applying pressure on the French side at the moment. There's not much movement up front though.
    • 47' The hosts look a little more settled on the ball already. It was a rather shaky first half for them...
    • 46' The second half is under way.
    • 45+1' That's the end of the first half.
    • 45+1' Brilliant goalkeeping. Yeste's delivery is superb but the keeper races off his line to make a diving save, holding on to it too.
    • 45' We'll have one added minute.
    • 45' Mirallas looks very lively. He cuts in from the left again and beats another three men before theatrically going down under a challenge 30 yards from goal.
    • 44' Cheyrou's set piece from the right finds the head of Amalfitano, who gets too much on it and sends it over the bar from 15 yards.
    • 43' Cheyrou spins on the ball to beat his man before releasing Morel down the left. The winger sends the ball into the penalty area but Lucho doesn’t look he wants to get on the end of it and it flies out for a throw in.
    • 42' Cheyrou and Lucho link up well down the left before the latter looks to switch the ball to Morel, but the pass is over hit and it runs out of play.
    • 41' Remy does well to hold the ball up on the left. He squares the ball to Lucho but is brought to the ground as he does so. No foul, apparently.
    • 40' Both teams still look a little disjointed which is understandable for Olympiacos who haven’tplayed a competitive game yet this season.
    • 39' What an effort! Mirallas picks up the ball on the left wing and cuts inside, beating four players, before shooting from the edge of the box. Mandanda gathers.
    • 37' POST!! Cheyrou sends Remy down the left with an excellent through ball. The striker cuts inside of Papadopoulos before rattling an effort off the near post from 8 yards.
    • 35' CHANCE!! Morel collects the ball on the left wing and whips a ball into the near post. Cheyrou times his run excellently and heads at goal. He can't quite get over the ball though, as it catches the roof of the net. Close.
    • 34' Torosidis looks to have won the ball on the right but takes the man too. The ref deems it a foul and blows the whistle. The crowd aren’t best pleased.
    • 33' Lucho and Modesto challenge for the ball on the right touchline. The Marseille man wins the ball and squares it to Remy, who looks to be going through. The ref brings play back for a free kick. Soft.
    • 32' Miralles bursts forward and tries to get in between the two centre halves. He attempts a shot from 25 yards but should really square the ball to Yeste. The effort goes wide.
    • 31' Morel gets down the wing and looks devoid of any idea on how to beat his man. He runs the ball out of play. They’re lacking in creativity, Marseille.
    • 30' The hosts are enjoying a nice spell of possession. But Marseille look to have sorted themselves out defensively. Their solid two banks of four look hard to break down.
    • 29' Abdoun gets down the left and checks his run before whipping a ball into the box.Mirallas tries to get on the end of it but N’Koulou is on hand to clear.
    • 28' Marseille have just started to take a little more control over the game. Lucho has seen more of the ball and looks lively.
    • 27' Amalfitano intercepts a pass down the right and squares it to Lucho. The Argentine only has one man to beat on the edge of the penalty area, but attempts a shot. It dribbles wide. Poor.
    • 26' Remy controls the ball inside the box following a long throw-in and under pressure he falls to the floor. The referee is not interested.
    • 25' Amalfitano’s scuffed shot falls into the path of Cheyrou, who shoots from 10 yards. He’s at an tight angle and can only finds the body of the keeper. He was offside anyway, so it wouldn’t have counted.
    • 24' Morel collects the ball 25 yards from goal and has a pop at goal. The effort is struck well but Constanzo does well unsighted to hold on.
    • 23' Marseille look pretty handy when going forward, but also looks sloppy at the back. Not the best of combinations.
    • 22' Lucho looks to find Morel inside the penalty area with a superb reverse ball. It looks to be getting there before Mellberg’s sliding tackle cuts the ball out. Great defending.
    • 20' CHANCE!! Mirallas again. Fejse flies down the right and gets to the byline before cutting the ball back to the striker who is 10 yards from goal. Mirallas drags his shot wide.
    • 19' CHANCE!! Mirallas takes the ball away from Diawarra and then Azpilicueta before shooting from the right of the penalty area. Mandada is down well to his left to hold the ball at the near post.
    • 17' Marseille stroke the ball around well and move into their opponent’s half. Modesto tracks back well and cuts out the ball. The visitors soon have it back though.
    • 16' Yeste and Diawarra clash in the air as they challenge for a high ball. The Marseille man commits the foul and leaves his mark on his opponent. Yeste does look in some discomfort.
    • 15' Cheyrou collects the ball 35 yards from goal and isn't closed down. The midfielder takes one touch out of his feet and shoots at goal. It's struck well but the keeper is equal to it.
    • 14' Abdoun looks to get inside of Traore and latch onto the ball. The defender does well though, and ushers the ball through to the keeper.
    • 13' Cheyrou has a decent chance to whip the ball in from a dangerous area but the delivery is poor and fails to beat the first man.
    • 12' Mirallas breaks and only has one man to beat. Play is brought back however, as Lucho was fouled by Fejsa.
    • 11' Abdoun gets in behind the Marseille defence and squares for Yeste. The flag is up though, Abdoun was offside again.
    • 10' Another set piece is sent into the box. Diawarra is on the end of it but can't direct his header on goal. It's cleared.
    • 9' The hosts finally get on the ball and nearly unlock the Marseille defence. Modesto looks to find Mirallas with a through ball but Fuster thinks it’s meant for him and loses control.
    • 8' Former Aston Villa man Olof Mellberg is in the thick of the action. He cuts out a clever diagonal ball before diving to head the ball away. Still got it...
    • 7' Traore looks to be ushering the ball out of play before Abdoun comes across and shoulder barges the defender to the floor. The whistle rightfullty blows, but the Olympiacos man is not too happy.
    • 6' The hosts just can’t quite get a hold of the ball. And whenever they have had it, they look rushed. Let’s see if they settle down into the game.
    • 5' The visitors are doing an awful lot of pressing at the minute. Their back four is on the half way line. Olympiacos look nervous.
    • 4' Holebas clips a ball over the top into the path of Abdoun. The flag goes up instantly though, he was marginally offside.
    • 3' Ooooh. Torosidis looks to get down the right flank but is hacked to the floor by Morel. Horrible challenge.
    • 2' CHANCE!! Should score. Cheyrou's corner finds the headof Diawarra six yards from goal. But he can't keep it down.
    • 1' The game is under way. Olympiacos kick off.
    • 19:40 Ernesto Valverde, the Olympiacos coach, has elected to field a rather cautious starting 11. Francois Modesto and Ljubomir Fejsa, two defensive mifielders, take to the field as Kevin Mirallas looks set to operate as the lone striker.
    • 19:36 The big news tonight for Marseille is that striker André-Pierre Gignac, who failed a late fitness test, misses out and doesn't even make the bench. That means Loïc Rémy and Lucho González will lead the line for the French outfit. Midfielder Mathieu Valbuena was also named among the substitutes following a fitness test.
    • 19:31 FACT: Marseille have won their last four Champions League group stage games.
    • 19:26 FACT: Kevin Mirallas started his career with Lille, scoring twice at Stade Vélodrome in 2008 in a 3-1 victory against OM.
    • 19:21 FACT: Marseille manager Didier Deschamps was AS Monaco FC's coach when they played Olympiacos in the 2004/05 group stage. Monaco won 2-1 at home but lost 1-0 in Greece.
    • 19:16 The teams are in: Olympiacos: Costanzo, Torosidis, Papadopoulos, Mellberg, Holebas, Abdoun, Modesto, Fejsa, Yeste, David Fuster, Mirallas - Subs: Megyeri, Ibagaza, Pantelic, Djebbour, Marcano, Orbaiz, Makoun /// Marseille: Mandanda, Azpilicueta, Diawara, N'Koulou, Traore, Diarra, Cheyrou, Amalfitano, Gonzalez, Morel, Remy - Subs: Bracigliano, Kabore, Jordan Ayew, Fanni, Omrani, Sabo, Valbuena. Referee: Pedro Proenca (Portugal)
    • 19:15 FACT: Marseille have kept clean sheets in five of their last six Champions League games.
    • 19:10 FACT: Marseille are unbeaten against Greek sides in European competition: three wins, one draw.
    • 19:05 FACT: Olympiacos have lost their last six games against French sides in European competition.
    • 18:59 Before the teams are announced, here are some stats to keep you going: Olympiacos are making their 13th appearance in the Champions League, more than any other Greek side.
    • 18:54 On their last appearance in the UEFA Champions League, in 2009/10, Olympiacos did indeed progress from the group stage for only the third time in 12 participations. Their aim is to at least match that achievement as they begin a new campaign at home to the Ligue 1 side tonight.
    • 18:50 So, with both Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund also in this group, these two teams will feel that it is vital they get off to a good start if they are to progress from the group stage.
    • 18:45 Good evening and welcome to the opening Group F match of the 2011-12 Champions League where Olympiacos take on Olympique Marseille.
  • Summary

    • 90' RED!! Fanni is sent straight off. He makes a mistake and flies into a tackle with his studs up. The defender wins the ball but does catch the man. Straight red.
    • 78' Torosidis crosses from the right. It's cleared but only as far as the edge of the penalty area. Abdoun races onto the ball but half-volleys it wide of the left-hand post.
    • 75' Torosidis finds some space on the right wing and curls a ball into the box. Djebbour beats his man to the ball but volleys over from 12 yards. Maybe he should have gone at it with his head.
    • 73' The corner finds its way to Makoun on the edge of the penalty area. The Cameroonian shoots a long way over the bar.
    • 51' GOAL FOR MARSEILLE!! Morel bursts down the left flank and skips past his man before crossing from the byline. Lucho times his run perfectly and clips the ball past the goalkeeper and into the net from 4 yards.
    • 44' Cheyrou's set piece from the right finds the head of Amalfitano, who gets too much on it and sends it over the bar from 15 yards.
    • 39' What an effort! Mirallas picks up the ball on the left wing and cuts inside, beating four players, before shooting from the edge of the box. Mandanda gathers.
    • 37' POST!! Cheyrou sends Remy down the left with an excellent through ball. The striker cuts inside of Papadopoulos before rattling an effort off the near post from 8 yards.
    • 35' CHANCE!! Morel collects the ball on the left wing and whips a ball into the near post. Cheyrou times his run excellently and heads at goal. He can't quite get over the ball though, as it catches the roof of the net. Close.
    • 32' Miralles bursts forward and tries to get in between the two centre halves. He attempts a shot from 25 yards but should really square the ball to Yeste. The effort goes wide.
    • 27' Amalfitano intercepts a pass down the right and squares it to Lucho. The Argentine only has one man to beat on the edge of the penalty area, but attempts a shot. It dribbles wide. Poor.
    • 20' CHANCE!! Mirallas again. Fejse flies down the right and gets to the byline before cutting the ball back to the striker who is 10 yards from goal. Mirallas drags his shot wide.
    • 19' CHANCE!! Mirallas takes the ball away from Diawarra and then Azpilicueta before shooting from the right of the penalty area. Mandada is down well to his left to hold the ball at the near post.
    • 15' Cheyrou collects the ball 35 yards from goal and isn't closed down. The midfielder takes one touch out of his feet and shoots at goal. It's struck well but the keeper is equal to it.
    • 2' CHANCE!! Should score. Cheyrou's corner finds the headof Diawarra six yards from goal. But he can't keep it down.

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