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Taiwo ensures Marseille defend League Cup

Published: Sunday 24 April 2011, 0.22CET
For the second time in six days Taye Taiwo proved the scourge of Montpellier Hérault SC, scoring a late winner which enabled Olympique de Marseille to defend the French League Cup.
Taiwo ensures Marseille defend League Cup
Title-chasing Marseille are on course for a domestic double ©AFP
Published: Sunday 24 April 2011, 0.22CET

Taiwo ensures Marseille defend League Cup

For the second time in six days Taye Taiwo proved the scourge of Montpellier Hérault SC, scoring a late winner which enabled Olympique de Marseille to defend the French League Cup.

Olympique de Marseille became the first team to defend the French League Cup since the relaunch of the competition in 1995, defeating Montpellier Hérault SC 1-0 thanks to a late strike by Taye Taiwo.

Taiwo − who scored the decisive goal in a 2-1 triumph against the same side in Ligue 1 last Sunday − was the first to react after Montpellier goalkeeper Laurent Pionnier failed to punch clear Benoît Cheyrou's free-kick. In a game of few chances at Stade de France, Marseille's Mathieu Valbuena also hit the post with a volley.

"It was a very difficult game," said OM coach Didier Deschamps, who was in charge last year when Marseille prevailed 3-1 against FC Girondins de Bordeaux. "We showed composure and bravery to win tonight and to reward the fans."

Last updated: 24/04/11 1.07CET

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