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Diawara gets Marseille up and running

Published: Tuesday 19 October 2010, 22.30CET
Olympique de Marseille 1-0 MŠK Žilina
The French champions got off the mark at the third attempt in Group F thanks to Souleymane Diawara's second-half winner.
by Matthew Spiro
from Stade Vélodrome

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MarseilleŽilina

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
1
Attempts off target5
 
5
Corners13
 
10
Offsides3
 
3
Fouls committed13
 
23
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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

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Published: Tuesday 19 October 2010, 22.30CET

Diawara gets Marseille up and running

Olympique de Marseille 1-0 MŠK Žilina
The French champions got off the mark at the third attempt in Group F thanks to Souleymane Diawara's second-half winner.

Souleymane Diawara's second-half header ignited Olympique de Marseille's qualification chances in Group F as the French champions edged past MŠK Žilina to register their first points.

With both sides looking to recover from defeats by Chelsea FC and FC Spartak Moskva this was never likely to be a classic, but it was Didier Deschamps' men who got the result they needed to kick-start their campaign. The 1993 European champions deserved the victory after creating a host of chances and taking a 48th-minute lead, although poor finishing led to a nervy finish with Steve Mandanda pulling off two fine saves. The triumph takes OM to within three points of second-placed Spartak ahead of the return fixture in Slovakia on 3 November.

Still looking for their first goal in this season's competition, OM adopted a shoot-on-sight policy. Mathieu Valbuena was off target with a pair of long-range efforts and André-Pierre Gignac twice forced saves from Martin Dúbravka inside the first 20 minutes, the second a fine stop from the striker's curling attempt.

It had been a purposeful start from the hosts and they almost got their reward on 25 minutes, André Ayew volleying fractionally wide after some superb wing play from Valbuena. The France playmaker was a livewire, proving almost impossible to dispossess, yet for all their eye-catching approach play the Ligue 1 outfit struggled to find a final touch. Indeed, a frustrating opening period was summed up in the dying seconds when Brandão scooped over from point-blank range after Gignac had nodded cleverly back across goal.

Marseille's relentless pressure eventually told shortly after the restart. Dúbravka could only divert Diawara's downward header in off the bar after the Senegalese defender had risen gracefully to meet Lucho's delivery. The relief in the stadium was palpable, although the visitors reacted positively and came close to silencing the home fans on two occasions either side of the hour.

Mandanda rescued OM both times, first deflecting Tomáš Majtán's lob wide as the striker burst onto Momodou Ceesay's flick, then pulling off a wonderful reflex save from Róbert Jež's thunderous left-footed volley. Scoring goals has been a problem for Pavel Hapal's charges in Europe and they were again left ruing a lack of ruthlessness. Tomáš Oravec, scorer of their solitary goal against Chelsea, had a final chance in added time but the substitute shot over from 20 metres as the Slovakian titleholders missed an opportunity to prise their first point.

Last updated: 08/12/13 5.08CET

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Quotes

  • Didier Deschamps

    Read more"We started the group badly with a couple of losses and we'll need another win in a fortnight to stay in the mix"

  • Pavel Hapal

    Read more"It's a pity that we've lost as the game was very even, but I don't think anybody expected such a good performance from my team"

Lineups

marseille

Marseille

žilina

Žilina

30
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK) (C)
30
DúbravkaMartin Dúbravka (GK)
2
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
2
AngelovičStanislav Angelovič
3
TaiwoTaye Taiwo
Yellow Card49
5
GuldanĽubomír Guldan
Yellow Card78
8
Lucho GonzálezLucho González
Substitution75
7
LeitnerVladimír Leitner
9
BrandãoBrandão
Substitution66
10
MajtánTomáš Majtán
Substitution68
10
GignacAndré-Pierre Gignac
Substitution83
12
JežRóbert Jež (C)
17
MbiaStéphane Mbia
Yellow Card83
15
PiačekJozef Piaček
19
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
18
M. CeesayMomodou Ceesay
20
A. AyewAndré Ayew
Yellow Card52
23
ŠourekOndřej Šourek
21
DiawaraSouleymane Diawara
Goal48
27
ZošákŠtefan Zošák
Substitution79
28
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
Yellow Card48
42
GergelRoman Gergel
Substitution63

Substitutes

16
Elinton AndradeElinton Andrade (GK)
22
KrnáčMartin Krnáč (GK)
6
CisséÉdouard Cissé
Substitution83
6
MrázPatrik Mráz
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
9
RilkeEmil Rilke
Substitution63
11
RémyLoïc Rémy
Substitution66
11
VyskočilMartin Vyskočil
12
KaboréCharles Kaboré
14
OravecTomáš Oravec
Substitution68
15
J. AyewJordan Ayew
37
VittorSergio Vittor
18
AbrielFabrice Abriel
Substitution75
44
VladavićAdmir Vladavić
Substitution79

Coach

Didier Deschamps (FRA) Pavel Hapal (CZE)

Referee

István Vad (HUN)

Assistant referees

György Ring (HUN), Zsolt Attila Szpisjak (HUN)

Fourth official

Roland Veizer (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Sandor Szabo (HUN), Tamás Bognar (HUN)

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