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Marseille make winning start at Olympiacos

Published: Tuesday 13 September 2011, 23.00CET
Olympiacos FC 0-1 Olympique de Marseille
Lucho González scored the only goal of the game as Didier Deschamps' side got their Group F campaign off to a winning start in Greece.
by Graham Wood
from Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium
Marseille make winning start at Olympiacos
Marseille celebrate their matchday one winner at Olympiacos ©AFP

Match statistics

OlympiacosMarseille

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
7
Corners2
 
3
Offsides4
 
2
Fouls committed21
 
21
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
1
Possession (%)55
 
45

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:25 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 13 September 2011, 23.00CET

Marseille make winning start at Olympiacos

Olympiacos FC 0-1 Olympique de Marseille
Lucho González scored the only goal of the game as Didier Deschamps' side got their Group F campaign off to a winning start in Greece.

Olympique de Marseille put their domestic troubles aside to claim a determined 1-0 victory against Olympiacos FC in their Group F opener in Piraeus.

Following a tight first half in which there was little to choose between the sides, midfielder Lucho González struck the decisive blow in the 51st minute. Olympiacos coach Ernesto Valverde had admitted before the match that his team might fall short in their first competitive fixture of the season, and they duly struggled to find a way back into the contest.

Both teams came quickly out of the blocks and committed numbers forward in the early stages, resulting in a flurry of corners amid a highly charged atmosphere. The hosts' lone striker, Kevin Mirallas, proved a constant threat in the opening period, and was presented with the first clear opportunity to score in the 21st minute. He side-footed wide from inside the penalty area, however, having made contact with Djamel Abdoun's low centre.

Lacking penetration for much of the opening half, Marseille, without a win in their last eight Ligue 1 matches, were reduced to trying their luck from distance through Jérémy Morel and Benoît Cheyrou. That duo combined in the 35th minute to create the visitors' best opening, though, when Cheyrou headed the former's whipped left-wing cross narrowly over Franco Costanzo's crossbar.

The visitors were starting to see more of the ball and Loïc Rémy almost opened the scoring two minutes later, but his snap-shot cannoned off Costanzo's right-hand post. Mirallas responded for Olympiacos with a fine solo run in which he weaved past two defenders before unleashing a shot which was comfortably smothered by OM goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

Marseille began the second half as they had ended the first and were in front just six minutes in when Lucho González tapped in at the near post from Morel's superb cross from the right. The goal stunned the home crowd and Olympiacos could not find a response. Next up for the Greek Super League outfit is a trip to London to face Arsenal FC in a fortnight, when Marseille host Borussia Dortmund.

Last updated: 10/12/13 10.28CET

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Quotes

  • Ernesto Valverde

    Read more"We had chances to equalise but didn't take them and we ran out of strength in the final 20 minutes"

  • Didier Deschamps

    Read more"These games are always more demanding and you need to be more focused. It was far from easy"

Lineups

olympiacos

Olympiacos

marseille

Marseille

17
CostanzoFranco Costanzo (GK)
30
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK) (C)
3
ModestoFrançois Modesto
2
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
4
MellbergOlof Mellberg
3
N'KoulouNicolas N'Koulou
8
FejsaLjubomir Fejsa
Substitution67
4
A. DiarraAlou Diarra
14
MirallasKevin Mirallas
Yellow Card61
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
Substitution82
19
David FusterDavid Fuster
Substitution67
8
Lucho GonzálezLucho González
Goal51
Substitution77
20
HolebasJosé Holebas
11
RémyLoïc Rémy
Substitution68
21
A. PapadopoulosAvraam Papadopoulos
Yellow Card90
13
TraoréDjimi Traoré
33
YesteFrancisco Yeste
Substitution55
15
MorelJérémy Morel
Yellow Card71
35
TorosidisVasilis Torosidis (C)
18
AmalfitanoMorgan Amalfitano
Yellow Card86
93
AbdounDjamel Abdoun
21
DiawaraSouleymane Diawara

Substitutes

42
MegyeriBalázs Megyeri (GK)
1
BraciglianoGennaro Bracigliano (GK)
7
IbagazaAriel Ibagaza
Substitution67
12
KaboréCharles Kaboré
Substitution77
9
PantelićMarko Pantelić
23
J. AyewJordan Ayew
Substitution68
Yellow Card90
10
DjebbourRafik Djebbour
Substitution55
24
FanniRod Fanni
Substitution82
Red Card90+1
23
MarcanoIván Marcano
25
OmraniBillel Omrani
31
OrbaizPablo Orbaiz
26
SaboJean-Philippe Sabo
77
MakounJean Makoun
Substitution67
28
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena

Coach

Ernesto Valverde (ESP) Didier Deschamps (FRA)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Tiago Trigo (POR), Ricardo Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Hugo Miguel (POR)

Additional assistant referees

João Capela (POR), João Ferreira (POR)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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