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Rampant Marseille remain in touch

Published: Wednesday 4 November 2009, 0.25CET
Olympique de Marseille 6-1 FC Zürich
Needing nothing short of victory to keep themselves in contention in Group C, Marseille duly delivered with an emphatic triumph.
by Chris Burke
from Stade Vélodrome

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Match statistics

MarseilleZürich

Goals scored6
 
1
Attempts on target10
 
2
Attempts off target7
 
3
Corners5
 
3
Offsides2
 
5
Fouls committed18
 
24
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 4 November 2009, 0.25CET

Rampant Marseille remain in touch

Olympique de Marseille 6-1 FC Zürich
Needing nothing short of victory to keep themselves in contention in Group C, Marseille duly delivered with an emphatic triumph.

Needing nothing short of victory to keep themselves in contention for progress from UEFA Champions League Group C, Olympique de Marseille duly delivered with an emphatic triumph against FC Zürich.

Abriel role
Marseille had emerged victorious in the teams' first meeting on Matchday 3 and they picked off their Swiss rivals once again to move to within a point of section leaders AC Milan and Real Madrid CF, three ahead of Zürich. Fabrice Abriel prompted the initial blows with a pair of free-kicks inside the opening eleven minutes, the first being turned in by Zürich midfielder Silvan Aegerter and the second nestling in the net without a touch. That left the 1993 European champions looking entirely comfortable, but doubts crept in after Alexandre Alphonse struck for the visitors and it took an expertly taken Mamadou Niang goal on 51 minutes to settle the encounter, before Hilton, Benoît Cheyrou and Brandão registered late on.

Set-piece breakthroughs
Zürich coach Bernard Challandes had urged his players to "introduce a little madness" in southern France, but he is unlikely to have meant they should concede a third-minute own goal, which is precisely what happened when Aegerter glanced an Abriel free-kick past goalkeeper Johnny Leoni. It was just the start OM had hoped for, on the other hand, and they exposed the visitors' nervousness at set-pieces again just eight minutes later, as Abriel's delivery from a similar position on the left evaded everyone – including a bamboozled Leoni.

Rare swagger
Galvanised by such a telling start, Marseille began to display a swagger rarely seen on recent UEFA Champions League nights, with fit-again Cheyrou forcing Leoni to tip over after setting himself up by playing the ball back over his own head and away from opposition attentions. An unmarked Brandão then blasted Bakari Koné's low cross over from close range, and if that hinted at a return to type for the hosts, they had their lead reduced from Zürich's first real attack. Served on the edge of the area by Dušan Djurić, Frenchman Alphonse squeezed between two defenders before blasting low to the left of Steve Mandanda.

Niang finish
OM's response came in the form of yet another free-kick, Leoni this time palming wide as Souleymane Diawara attempted to hook Cheyrou's delivery into the top corner. Their opponents had regained composure, however, and nearly levelled when Onyekachi Okonkwo swerved an effort narrowly wide from distance. Admir Mehmedi then spurned an even better chance right after the break, but it was the home side who registered next, and without a set-piece in sight. Racing down the left channel, Niang played a searching ball in towards Koné and the Ivorian international flicked it up over the FCZ defence for his onrushing captain to finish in style.

Late goals
Challandes's side were not finished yet, though, and it took an exquisite sliding tackle from Garry Bocaly to prevent Djurić pulling the trigger after he had rounded Mandanda. Spared on that occasion, Marseille promptly went on to give their victory real gloss with Hilton firing in a loose ball after another free-kick, Cheyrou striking gloriously from distance and Brandão turning in Niang's low pass. Zürich now need to win in Madrid on 25 November, when OM will aim to reproduce this display at Milan.

Last updated: 27/11/12 8.58CET

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Lineups

marseille

Marseille

zürich

Zürich

30
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
1
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK)
2
BocalyGarry Bocaly
5
MargairazXavier Margairaz
5
HiltonHilton
Goal80
7
AegerterSilvan Aegerter
Goal3
Substitution46
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
Yellow Card67
Goal87
8
VonlanthenJohan Vonlanthen
Substitution9
9
BrandãoBrandão
Yellow Card20
Goal90
10
OkonkwoOnyekachi Okonkwo
Yellow Card48
11
NiangMamadou Niang (C)
Goal51
12
AlphonseAlexandre Alphonse
Goal31
Substitution76
14
KonéBakari Koné
Substitution61
13
StahelFlorian Stahel
Yellow Card79
17
MbiaStéphane Mbia
Yellow Card66
Substitution84
14
DjurićDušan Djurić
18
AbrielFabrice Abriel
Goal11
Substitution68
16
P. KochPhilippe Koch
19
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
19
RochatAlain Rochat
21
DiawaraSouleymane Diawara
30
TihinenHannu Tihinen (C)
Yellow Card66

Substitutes

40
Elinton AndradeElinton Andrade (GK)
32
GuatelliAndrea Guatelli (GK)
3
TaiwoTaye Taiwo
2
LampiVeli Lampi
6
CisséÉdouard Cissé
Substitution84
11
NikciAdrian Nikci
Substitution76
10
Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
20
GajićMilan Gajić
Substitution46
12
KaboréCharles Kaboré
Substitution68
21
BarmettlerHeinz Barmettler
23
MorientesFernando Morientes
25
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
Substitution9
28
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
Substitution61
26
M. BüchelMartin Büchel

Coach

Didier Deschamps (FRA) Bernard Challandes (ARM)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Martin Cryans (SCO), Francis Andrews (SCO)

Fourth official

Mike Tumilty (SCO)

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