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Heinze goal brings Marseille relief

Published: Thursday 22 October 2009, 0.40CET
FC Zürich 0-1 Olympique de Marseille
Gabriel Heinze's strike midway through the second half earned the French visitors their first points and revived their Group C chances.
by Trevor Huggins
from Letzigrund Stadion

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Match statistics

ZürichMarseille

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
6
Corners7
 
1
Offsides5
 
7
Fouls committed17
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
1

Standings

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

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Published: Thursday 22 October 2009, 0.40CET

Heinze goal brings Marseille relief

FC Zürich 0-1 Olympique de Marseille
Gabriel Heinze's strike midway through the second half earned the French visitors their first points and revived their Group C chances.

Gabriel Heinze's second-half volley kick-started Olympique de Marsille's UEFA Champions League campaign at the third time of asking as the French side earned three vital points at FC Zürich to move back into Group C contention.

Open group
The visitors knew anything less than a win would leave them in a precarious position and produced a display of enterprise and endeavour. Yet they had to wait until 21 minutes from time to break the deadlock in a tight contest, with Zürich looking more determined to avoid a repeat of their opening 5-2 home defeat by Real Madrid CF than to build on their victory at AC Milan last time out. Marseille's success, along with Milan's triumph in Madrid, leaves the Spanish giants and their Serie A rivals on six points apiece, while Zürich and Marseille both have three.

Early warning
Marseille went into the game chasing their first points after losses to Milan and Madrid, and had the ball in the net after just three minutes, though Hilton was adjudged offside after Johnny Leoni had parried Benoît Cheyrou's shot. Undeterred, the Mediterranean team continued to press and Cheyrou fizzed another long-range effort over, while Lucho and Brandão probed as the visitors sought a way through the Zürich defence.

Late flurry
There was no shortage of neat short passing or running off the ball, but both sides struggled to find that decisive final pass or to elude particularly effective offside traps. Zürich midfielder Milan Gajić tried to inject menace with a low drive from the edge of the area but two clearer chances fell to the Ligue 1 club in quick succession just before the break. Hilton rose highest to meet Mathieu Valbuena's left-wing cross but could only direct his header over. Next, Leoni conjured a superb reflex stop when Brandão complemented Mamadou Niang's inviting low centre with a flicked shot from close range.

Marseille momentum
Zürich made a brighter start to the second half, demanding of Steve Mandanda his first real save of the match as he tipped over a wickedly swerving shot from Johan Vonlanthen. However, Marseille quickly recovered their poise and attacking momentum. Their midfielders were constantly looking to release Brandão as they pushed on and there was an opening for Valbuena who hooked a hopeful effort centimetres too high.

Heinze strikes
If Marseille were beginning to wonder whether they would ever get tangible reward for their efforts, the question was answered emphatically by Heinze. A quick free-kick gave Lucho space to swing over a cross from the right and the Argentina defender, completely unmarked at the far post, coolly volleyed past Leoni and into the far corner. To their credit, the Swiss champions responded immediately and Mandanda had to react sharply to turn Gajić's bouncing free-kick round the post. Zürich duly threw everything at the Marseille goal in the closing stages and might have levelled when Alain Rochat was allowed a free header at the very end. His effort flew too high, however, and Didier Deschamps' men held on for a crucial win ahead of the reverse fixture at the Stade Vélodrome on 3 November.

Last updated: 27/11/12 3.42CET

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Lineups

zürich

Zürich

marseille

Marseille

1
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK)
30
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
5
MargairazXavier Margairaz
Yellow Card61
Substitution84
5
HiltonHilton
7
AegerterSilvan Aegerter
Yellow Card63
6
CisséÉdouard Cissé
8
VonlanthenJohan Vonlanthen
Substitution84
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
Substitution64
10
OkonkwoOnyekachi Okonkwo
8
Lucho GonzálezLucho González
Substitution82
12
AlphonseAlexandre Alphonse
9
BrandãoBrandão
Yellow Card78
13
StahelFlorian Stahel
11
NiangMamadou Niang (C)
16
P. KochPhilippe Koch
17
MbiaStéphane Mbia
19
RochatAlain Rochat
19
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
Goal69
20
GajićMilan Gajić
Substitution72
24
BonnartLaurent Bonnart
Yellow Card68
Red Card90+2
30
TihinenHannu Tihinen (C)
28
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
Substitution65

Substitutes

32
GuatelliAndrea Guatelli (GK)
40
Elinton AndradeElinton Andrade (GK)
2
LampiVeli Lampi
3
TaiwoTaye Taiwo
11
NikciAdrian Nikci
Substitution84
10
Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
14
DjurićDušan Djurić
Substitution72
12
KaboréCharles Kaboré
Substitution82
21
BarmettlerHeinz Barmettler
14
KonéBakari Koné
Substitution65
23
AbdiAlmen Abdi
Substitution84
18
AbrielFabrice Abriel
Substitution64
27
SchönbächlerMarco Schönbächler
23
MorientesFernando Morientes

Coach

Bernard Challandes (SUI) Didier Deschamps (FRA)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Primož Arhar (SVN), Marko Stančin (SVN)

Fourth official

Roberto Ponis (SVN)

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