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Experience tells as Liverpool oust OM

Published: Wednesday 12 December 2007, 0.55CET
Olympique de Marseille 0-4 Liverpool FC Almost written off nearly two months ago, Liverpool progressed against the odds as Group A runners-up.
by Chris Burke
from Stade Vélodrome
Experience tells as Liverpool oust OM
Fernando Torres celebrates his goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

MarseilleLiverpool

Goals scored0
4
Attempts on target1
 
6
Attempts off target6
 
8
Corners6
 
2
Offsides2
 
5
Fouls committed13
 
19
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

4 December 2007

D Milan
1-0
Celtic
D Shakhtar
1-2
Benfica

11 December 2007

A Marseille
0-4
Liverpool
A Porto
2-0
Beşiktaş
B Chelsea
0-0
Valencia
B Schalke
3-1
Rosenborg
C Real Madrid
3-1
Lazio
C Olympiacos
3-0
Werder

12 December 2007

E Rangers
0-3
Lyon
E Barcelona
3-1
Stuttgart
F Roma
1-1
Man. United
F Sporting
3-0
Dynamo
G PSV
0-1
Internazionale
G Fenerbahçe
3-1
CSKA Moskva
H Arsenal
2-1
Steaua
H Slavia Praha
0-3
Sevilla
 
Published: Wednesday 12 December 2007, 0.55CET

Experience tells as Liverpool oust OM

Olympique de Marseille 0-4 Liverpool FC Almost written off nearly two months ago, Liverpool progressed against the odds as Group A runners-up.

Written off nearly two months ago, Liverpool FC completed their incredible UEFA Champions League comeback with a 4-0 victory at Olympique de Marseille, catapulting themselves into the knockout phase thanks to an explosive start at the Stade Vélodrome.

Marseille third
FC Porto's win over Beşiktaş JK elsewhere in Group A meant a draw would have sufficed for Marseille, but their dreams of progress were in tatters within eleven minutes after Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres stunned the hosts with a goal apiece. Marseille never recovered from that and their resistance was ended by Dirk Kuyt striking right after the restart before Ryan Babel's late fourth salted the wound for the Ligue 1 side who now go into the UEFA Cup.

Gerrard breakthrough
An intimidating crowd whistled every Liverpool touch in the early exchanges, but Rafael Benítez's men helped settle any nerves with a dramatic early breakthrough. Marseille's rearguard foolishly let Gerrard race clear in midfield and a clumsy Gaël Givet challenge in the area allowed the Reds captain the chance to convert from the spot. Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda denied him down the middle, yet Gerrard dispatched the rebound with characteristic big-match calm to give Liverpool a fourth-minute lead.

Torres skill
If that goal had caught Marseille napping, the French side simply looked helpless just seven minutes later. This time, Harry Kewell fed Torres on the left and the Spain striker danced gracefully past three tackles before slipping the ball inside the far post. The lions promised by Marseille coach Erik Gerets were looking decidedly tame in the face of such a devastating start and the Belgian tactician was forced to play his joker ahead of schedule, introducing injury-doubt Samir Nasri for Benoït Cheyrou on 34 minutes.

Liverpool chances
Marseille gradually began applying pressure towards the end of the half, but the better chances still transpired at the other end, with Gerrard curling a free-kick narrowly wide, left-wing nuisance Kewell volleying a loose ball just over and Torres also firing too high with a lob. And Gerets' team suffered another blow before the return to the dressing rooms when Givet picked up an injury and had to be replaced by Jacques Faty. They started the second half with a switch too, replacing one former Liverpool man with another. Boudewijn Zenden made way for marksman Djibril Cissé, yet it was a current Liverpool striker who delivered the next blow, following a poor kick from Mandanda.

Kuyt ends contest
Kewell intercepted and played an excellent pass inside for Kuyt who, rushing through the middle, jabbed high into the net to effectively end the match as a contest with 48 minutes gone. Cissé then headed Marseille's best chance the wrong side of the post in a rare moment of panic for Pepe Reina, but by that point the crowd were resigned to defeat. Liverpool increased the damage when Babel sidestepped Mandanda and rolled the ball home a minute into added time, and they can now start to plan another assault on the continental title having been staring into the abyss not so long ago.

Last updated: 12/12/07 10.52CET

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Lineups

marseille

Marseille

liverpool

Liverpool

30
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
25
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
3
TaiwoTaye Taiwo
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä
4
RodriguezJulien Rodriguez
6
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
6
ZianiKarim Ziani
7
KewellHarry Kewell
Substitution67
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
Substitution34
8
GerrardSteven Gerrard (C)
Penalty4
Goal4
10
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
Substitution46
9
TorresFernando Torres
Goal11
Substitution77
11
NiangMamadou Niang
11
BenayounYossi Benayoun
19
CanaLorik Cana (C)
Yellow Card41
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
24
BonnartLaurent Bonnart
18
KuytDirk Kuyt
Goal48
Substitution86
28
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
20
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
32
GivetGaël Givet
Substitution45+3
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
Yellow Card29

Substitutes

40
MateSébastien Mate (GK)
30
ItandjeCharles Itandje (GK)
5
FatyJacques Faty
Substitution45+3
3
FinnanSteve Finnan
8
OrumaWilson Oruma
12
Fábio AurélioFábio Aurélio
Substitution67
Yellow Card89
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
Substitution46
15
CrouchPeter Crouch
15
ZubarRonald Zubar
19
BabelRyan Babel
Substitution77
Goal90+1
17
M'BamiModeste M'Bami
21
LucasLucas
Substitution86
22
NasriSamir Nasri
Substitution34
46
HobbsJack Hobbs

Coach

Erik Gerets (BEL) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

Assistant referees

Steinar Holvik (NOR), Jan Petter Randen (NOR)

Fourth official

Tommy Skjerven (NOR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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