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Late Ramsey goal takes Arsenal top

Published: Wednesday 19 October 2011, 22.52CET
Olympique de Marseille 0-1 Arsenal FC
Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to fire Arsenal to the Group F summit as Marseille's resistance was finally broken in added time.
by Matthew Spiro
from Stade Vélodrome

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Match statistics

MarseilleArsenal

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
5
Attempts off target5
 
1
Corners1
 
9
Offsides4
 
4
Fouls committed13
 
13
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)46
 
54

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:36 CET

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 19 October 2011, 22.52CET

Late Ramsey goal takes Arsenal top

Olympique de Marseille 0-1 Arsenal FC
Aaron Ramsey came off the bench to fire Arsenal to the Group F summit as Marseille's resistance was finally broken in added time.

Arsenal FC went top of Group F thanks to substitute Aaron Ramsey's late strike after a cautious contest in which Olympique de Marseille offered long spells of resistance.

A tight, tactical encounter looked destined to finish in stalemate before Ramsey's 92nd-minute intervention. The Welshman had only been on the pitch for 14 minutes when he swept the ball home at the far post after Gervinho had allowed through Johan Djourou's right-sided cross. 

Chances had been scarce, although the Gunners did look the more threatening side in the second half, and Steve Mandanda twice needed to save with his feet from Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie. The result takes Arsène Wenger's men top of the section, a point above OM, ahead of the return game in London on 1 November.

Both sides have been strangely off colour in their domestic leagues, which may have contributed to a cagey opening in which Mathieu Valbuena's free-kick – comfortably saved by Wojciech Szczęsny – was the sole effort on goal. Yet as Arteta's influence grew, the visitors began to settle, creating their first chance on 21 minutes when Van Persie's header was cleared off the line by Souleymane Diawara following a left-sided corner.

It had been through solid defending and fine counterattacking that the Mediterranean outfit accounted for Borussia Dortmund last time, and they threatened to repeat the trick with a series of speedy raids before the break. Subdued early on, forward Loïc Rémy burst into life shortly after the half hour, slipping past Per Mertesacker on the byline and cutting in menacingly from the left only to see his shot deflect wide off Carl Jenkinson.

OM's confidence seemed to be returning and Lucho González came close on 35 minutes, flicking Valbuena's cross wide of the far post having ghosted into the box unopposed.

The Gunners tightened up in the second period, Laurent Koscielny in particular showing assurance on his return to France, and the Premier League outfit slowly got on top. Walcott might have opened the scoring on 63 minutes, but after taking advantage of Nicolas N'Koulou's mistake, the Englishman's shot was expertly saved by Mandanda with his boot.

Van Persie was similarly denied by the Marseille custodian as Arsenal entered added time in the ascendancy – and Ramsey had the final say.

Last updated: 27/11/12 8.06CET

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Lineups

marseille

Marseille

arsenal

Arsenal

30
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK) (C)
13
SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
2
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
4
MertesackerPer Mertesacker
3
N'KoulouNicolas N'Koulou
6
KoscielnyLaurent Koscielny
4
A. DiarraAlou Diarra
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
Substitution87
8
ArtetaMikel Arteta
8
Lucho GonzálezLucho González
Substitution73
10
Van PersieRobin van Persie (C)
11
RémyLoïc Rémy
Substitution69
11
André SantosAndré Santos
Yellow Card16
15
MorelJérémy Morel
14
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution67
20
A. AyewAndré Ayew
Yellow Card14
17
SongAlex Song
Yellow Card4
21
DiawaraSouleymane Diawara
Yellow Card49
23
ArshavinAndrey Arshavin
Substitution78
28
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
25
JenkinsonCarl Jenkinson
Substitution62

Substitutes

1
BraciglianoGennaro Bracigliano (GK)
21
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
10
GignacAndré-Pierre Gignac
Substitution69
Yellow Card83
16
RamseyAaron Ramsey
Substitution78
Goal90+2
12
KaboréCharles Kaboré
Substitution87
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
Substitution62
Yellow Card74
13
TraoréDjimi Traoré
27
GervinhoGervinho
Substitution67
18
AmalfitanoMorgan Amalfitano
Substitution73
29
ChamakhMarouane Chamakh
26
SaboJean-Philippe Sabo
30
BenayounYossi Benayoun
31
RolandGérard Roland
39
CoquelinFrancis Coquelin

Coach

Didier Deschamps (FRA) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Primož Arhar (SVN), Marko Stančin (SVN)

Fourth official

Matej Jug (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Dragoslav Perič (SVN), Roberto Ponis (SVN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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