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Hernández double too much for Marseille

Published: Tuesday 15 March 2011, 22.48CET
Manchester United FC 2-1 Olympique de Marseille (agg: 2-1)
Javier Hernández scored in each half to take the home side into a fifth successive quarter-final despite Wes Brown's late own goal.
by Simon Hart
from Old Trafford

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Match statistics

Man. UnitedMarseille

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
3
Attempts off target2
 
7
Corners6
 
6
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
15
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 15 March 2011, 22.48CET

Hernández double too much for Marseille

Manchester United FC 2-1 Olympique de Marseille (agg: 2-1)
Javier Hernández scored in each half to take the home side into a fifth successive quarter-final despite Wes Brown's late own goal.

Manchester United FC advanced to their fifth consecutive UEFA Champions League quarter-final after a nervous victory against Olympique de Marseille.

United owed their progress to a goal in each half from Javier Hernández – his first in the competition on home turf – and although Wes Brown's 82nd-minute own goal ensured a tense finish, the hosts had done just enough to advance and leave OM regretting their missed chances. Sir Alex Ferguson's side therefore go into Friday's draw for the last eight.

Sir Alex had said in his programme notes that United could still produce their "fair share of magic" despite Didier Deschamps' suggestion they lacked the fantasy of old. Shrugging off Nemanja Vidić's absence through injury, his team started as if determined to prove their manager right with their two most creative forces, Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs, combining to excellent effect.

Rooney picked out Giggs on the left to win the game's first corner and after he did so again, he burst forward to collect the evergreen Welshman's return pass and deliver a low ball across goal. Hernández, ghosting in behind his marker, turned in at the far post.

The 4,000 away fans in the East Stand were silenced although they might have had something to cheer when André Ayew's flick released André-Pierre Gignac but the striker's attempt flew high and wide.

United were on top with Rooney working hard to make things happen. He provided one lofted ball that Hernández headed too close to Steve Mandanda and later cut in from the left to test the goalkeeper at his near post. Chris Smalling also went close with a header but the hosts did not have it all their own way.

John O'Shea limped off with a hamstring injury – his replacement Rafael suffered a similar setback in the second period – and with the interval approaching, Marseille began to gain a foothold. Souleymane Diawara was wasteful with a headed opportunity in the 36th minute after Taye Taiwo crossed from the left following a short corner. Loïc Rémy threatened too, flashing a shot just wide.

Rooney and Giggs switched positions early in the second period, the Englishman dropping out wide and almost putting his team-mate clear with one lovely dinked pass. United had conceded only once in the competition prior to tonight but Brown, Vidić's replacement, had hearts in mouths when he miscued an attempted clearance; fortunately for United he got enough of a touch to deflect it away from Lucho González at the far post.

With Marseille applying pressure, Rémy played in a low ball from the right that Benoît Cheyrou met with a low right-foot shot and Edwin van der Sar had to get down smartly to save. Moments later, Hernández got the crucial second. Substitute Antonio Valencia's clever reverse pass put Giggs clear on the right and his low cross was turned in by the Mexican.

With eight minutes remaining Brown headed Mathieu Valbuena's corner into his own net, the ball crossing the line before Paul Scholes could clear, but for OM it was not enough.

Last updated: 05/03/13 21.33CET

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Quotes

  • Sir Alex Ferguson

    Read more"We're a good side once we get the ball down and start playing"

  • Didier Deschamps

    Read more"In such games you need to approach them quite relaxed and I felt the players were a bit tense."

Lineups

man. united

Man. United

marseille

Marseille

1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar (GK)
30
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK) (C)
3
EvraPatrice Evra (C)
3
TaiwoTaye Taiwo
6
BrownWes Brown
Goal82
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
8
Lucho GonzálezLucho González
11
GiggsRyan Giggs
10
GignacAndré-Pierre Gignac
Substitution69
12
SmallingChris Smalling
11
RémyLoïc Rémy
Yellow Card90+3
14
HernándezJavier Hernández
Goal5
Yellow Card20
Goal75
17
MbiaStéphane Mbia
Substitution80
16
CarrickMichael Carrick
19
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
17
NaniNani
Substitution62
20
A. AyewAndré Ayew
18
ScholesPaul Scholes
21
DiawaraSouleymane Diawara
22
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
Substitution37
24
FanniRod Fanni

Substitutes

29
KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak (GK)
16
Elinton AndradeElinton Andrade (GK)
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
5
HiltonHilton
20
FabioFabio
Substitution70
6
CisséÉdouard Cissé
21
RafaelRafael
Substitution37
Substitution70
12
KaboréCharles Kaboré
25
A. ValenciaAntonio Valencia
Substitution62
15
J. AyewJordan Ayew
Substitution80
26
ObertanGabriel Obertan
18
AbrielFabrice Abriel
28
GibsonDarron Gibson
28
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
Substitution69
Yellow Card72

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) Didier Deschamps (FRA)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)

Fourth official

David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Carlos Gómez (ESP), Antonio Rubinos Pérez (ESP)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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