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Marseille squeeze past battling Brann

Published: Thursday 28 August 2008, 0.25CET
Olympique de Marseille 2-1 SK Brann (agg: 3-1)
An inspired Mamadou Niang ensured OM moved past Brann into a second straight group stage campaign.
by Christian Châtelet
Marseille squeeze past battling Brann
Mamadou Niang celebrates his late winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

MarseilleBrann

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 28 August 2008, 0.25CET

Marseille squeeze past battling Brann

Olympique de Marseille 2-1 SK Brann (agg: 3-1)
An inspired Mamadou Niang ensured OM moved past Brann into a second straight group stage campaign.

An inspired display by Mamadou Niang ensured that Olympique de Marseille moved past SK Brann and for the first time will compete in a second successive UEFA Champions League group stage campaign.

Niang double
Having won 1-0 in Norway a fortnight ago, Marseille were in pole position but Brann took the game to the 1993 European champions –
 even after Niang made their task more difficult with a 65th-minute goal. Kristján Sigurdsson gave Brann hope but in added time Niang removed any doubt to secure Marseille's fifth group stage appearance.

Brann threat
Brann are ninth in the Tippeligaen yet belied that position early on as they attempted to turn around this third qualifying round tie. After six minutes, Erik Huseklepp broke free down the right and cut in but his angled drive was palmed away by Steve Mandanda. Marseille responded and right-back Taye Taiwo smashed a volley on to the post. Brann were on top yet such was the ebb and flow of the contest that goalkeeper Håkon Opdal was forced to dive to stop Karim Ziani's shot.

Marseille relief
Marseille picked up the pace after the interval with new signing Hatem Ben Arfa lively on the left, crossing for captain Lorik Cana to head straight at Opdal. Both Ziani and Elliot Grandin came close, before the deadlock was finally broken when Niang stole beyond Sigurdsson, Ólafur Örn Bjarnason and Opdal to collect a loose ball which he rolled into an empty net.

Late clincher
Two goals were now needed for Brann and they got one nine minutes later as Jan Gunnar Solli's free-kick was headed in powerfully by Sigurdsson. Suddenly there were nerves for Marseille but their place in Thursday's draw was safe when Niang pounced on a poor defensive back-header to Opdal to settle matters. Brann go into the UEFA Cup first round and will attempt to repeat last season's run to the group stage.

Last updated: 28/08/08 1.49CET

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Lineups

marseille

Marseille

brann

Brann

30
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
12
OpdalHåkon Opdal (GK)
24
BonnartLaurent Bonnart
3
DahlBjørn Dahl
15
ZubarRonald Zubar
18
BjarnasonÓlafur Örn Bjarnason
5
HiltonHilton
Yellow Card33
21
K. SigurdssonKristján Sigurdsson
Goal74
3
TaiwoTaye Taiwo
Yellow Card72
15
HanstveitErlend Hanstveit (C)
Yellow Card63
23
M'BamiModeste M'Bami
9
SolliJan Gunnar Solli
19
CanaLorik Cana (C)
Substitution82
7
El-FakiriHassan El-Fakiri
Yellow Card26
6
ZianiKarim Ziani
Substitution78
8
Gylfi EinarssonGylfi Einarsson
Yellow Card45
Substitution64
11
NiangMamadou Niang
Goal65
Goal90
13
HusekleppErik Huseklepp
18
GrandinElliot Grandin
Substitution78
10
Demba-NyrénNjogu Demba-Nyrén
Substitution67
20
Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
6
KaradasAzar Karadas
Substitution72

Substitutes

1
RiouRudy Riou (GK)
24
UdjusNils Kenneth Udjus (GK)
2
CivelliRenato Civelli
28
Ar. BjörnssonÁrmann Björnsson
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
Substitution82
2
B. SævarssonBirkir Sævarsson
Substitution67
Yellow Card72
10
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
Substitution78
14
JaitehTijan Jaiteh
Substitution64
12
KaboréCharles Kaboré
20
LudvigsenTrond Fredrik Ludvigsen
Substitution72
14
KonéBakari Koné
Substitution78
11
Vaagan MoenPetter Vaagan Moen
32
GivetGaël Givet
77
WintersRobbie Winters

Coach

Erik Gerets (BEL) Mons Ivar Mjelde (NOR)

Referee

Eric Braamhaar (NED)

Assistant referees

Patrick Gerritsen (NED), Berry Simons (NED)

Fourth official

Tom van Sichem (NED)

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