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Marseille leave it late for victory

Published: Wednesday 19 September 2007, 0.30CET
Olympique de Marseille 2-0 Beşiktaş JK Goals in the final 15 mintues from Julien Rodriguez and Djibril Cissé earned a welcome win.
by Chris Burke
from Stade Vélodrome
Marseille leave it late for victory
Marseille forward Mamadou Niang (right) in action against Beşiktaş ©Getty Images

Match statistics

MarseilleBeşiktaş

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
1
Attempts off target9
 
3
Corners8
 
2
Offsides5
 
3
Fouls committed17
 
13
Yellow cards5
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Wednesday 19 September 2007, 0.30CET

Marseille leave it late for victory

Olympique de Marseille 2-0 Beşiktaş JK Goals in the final 15 mintues from Julien Rodriguez and Djibril Cissé earned a welcome win.

The charged atmosphere of UEFA Champions League football lifted Olympique de Marseille out of their early-season torpor as they completed a 2-0 Group A victory against Beşiktaş JK.

Marseille boost
Unable to win at home in Ligue 1, the French club seemed certain to settle for a goalless draw until centre-back Julien Rodriguez drilled in the opening goal in the 76th minute after Samir Nasri's corner had come back off a post. The Turkish side had defended stoutly up until that point, but were forced to press forward in search of an equaliser only to concede a second in added time when Djibril Cissé drove low into the corner after powering past Lamine Diatta.

Cissé shot
Having promised to prove their worth the home side began in busy fashion, with Mamadou Niang particularly hungry early on. The Senegalese international found a willing accomplice in Boudewijn Zenden down the left but it was Niang's individual run that provoked the first chance of the night with ten minutes gone when he won a free-kick in a dangerous position. A low ball into the penalty area eventually fell to Cissé, and the France international fired in a shot which had the sting taken out of it by a deflection.

Few chances
Despite that effort the visitors hardly seemed flustered and their well-oiled defence soon had Marseille attempting their luck from distance, with Laurent Bonnart and Nasri both missing the target. An injury to right-back Serdar Kurtuluş disrupted their rearguard and after İbrahim Kaş replaced him, Niang headed a fine Karim Ziani cross just over. That was as close as the home side came to scoring in the first half and chances were almost nonexistent at the other end with Beşiktaş content to remain in their own half until good build-up play led to Ricardinho curling narrowly over.

Marseille openings
The Brazilian midfielder contributed little more as he too was forced out of the match through injury, meaning Koray Avcı joined the fray moments before the half-time whistle. Losing two players in the opening 45 minutes cannot have figured in coach Ertuğrul Sağlam's game plan but his team came out with more attacking purpose after the break and as they began to leave spaces, Marseille found openings to exploit. Ziani threatened to break the deadlock with a surge down the right and powerful effort which Hakan Arıkan palmed over. Shortly after, the tireless Niang drilled just beyond the woodwork.

Good fortune
That minor flurry would have encouraged Marseille coach Albert Emon, but his team lacked a spark of invention in the final third and Beşiktaş continued to resist stoutly at the back, with İbrahim Toraman particularly alert. He and his team-mates appeared increasingly content with a point as the clock ticked down, yet they were finally undone by Rodriguez's first goal in the competition – proof that fortune favours the brave. Cissé then added the finishing touch to an evening to celebrate for Marseille, who visit Liverpool FC on Matchday 2 when Beşiktaş play FC Porto.

Last updated: 19/09/07 9.20CET

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Lineups

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Marseille

beşiktaş

Beşiktaş

30
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
84
Hakan ArıkanHakan Arıkan (GK)
3
TaiwoTaye Taiwo
2
Serdar KurtuluşSerdar Kurtuluş
Substitution26
4
RodriguezJulien Rodriguez
Yellow Card47
Goal76
10
DelgadoMatías Delgado
Substitution75
5
FatyJacques Faty
Yellow Card45+1
13
BobôBobô
6
ZianiKarim Ziani
14
TelloRodrigo Tello
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
Yellow Card66
Goal90+1
15
DiattaLamine Diatta
10
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
Substitution76
17
RicardinhoRicardinho
Substitution44
11
NiangMamadou Niang
Substitution86
18
CisséÉdouard Cissé
19
CanaLorik Cana (C)
19
İbrahim Üzülmezİbrahim Üzülmez (C)
22
NasriSamir Nasri
Yellow Card88
Substitution88
21
Serdar ÖzkanSerdar Özkan
24
BonnartLaurent Bonnart
58
İbrahim Toramanİbrahim Toraman

Substitutes

16
HamelSébastien Hamel (GK)
1
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber (GK)
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
6
Mehmet YozgatlıMehmet Yozgatlı
17
M'BamiModeste M'Bami
Substitution88
9
HiguaínFederico Higuaín
Substitution75
18
GragnicVincent Gragnic
Substitution86
11
Mert NobreMert Nobre
21
MoussilouMatt Moussilou
41
Koray AvcıKoray Avcı
Substitution44
Yellow Card63
28
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
Substitution76
Yellow Card82
55
İbrahim Akınİbrahim Akın
32
GivetGaël Givet
78
İbrahim Kaşİbrahim Kaş
Substitution26
Yellow Card50

Coach

Albert Emon (FRA) Ertuğrul Sağlam (TUR)

Referee

Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Assistant referees

Cristiano Copelli (ITA), Stefano Papi (ITA)

Fourth official

Nicola Pierpaoli (ITA)

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