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Robben stars as Bayern triumph at Marseille

Published: Wednesday 28 March 2012, 22.50CET
Olympique de Marseille 0-2 FC Bayern München
A goal in each half from Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben sealed a comfortable win that kept the visitors on course to reach the final at their own ground.
by Matthew Spiro
from Stade Vélodrome

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Match statistics

MarseilleBayern

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target4
 
3
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners6
 
6
Offsides1
 
3
Fouls committed19
 
17
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)42
 
58

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 28 March 2012, 22.50CET

Robben stars as Bayern triumph at Marseille

Olympique de Marseille 0-2 FC Bayern München
A goal in each half from Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben sealed a comfortable win that kept the visitors on course to reach the final at their own ground.

Arjen Robben scored one and made another to put FC Bayern München in a dominant position after the first leg of their quarter-final against Olympique de Marseille.

The Dutchman had been an injury doubt after limping out of training on the eve of the game, yet there was no questioning his fitness once the contest began. After setting up Mario Gomez for his 11th UEFA Champions League goal of the season in the final minute of the first half, the electric Robben doubled his team's advantage with a masterfully-taken strike 21 minutes from time.

While Didier Deschamps' team created chances, notably when Loïc Rémy hit the outside of the post early on, they lacked their opponents' ruthless streak and now face an uphill task in Munich on 3 April when they will be without the suspended Alou Diarra.

This may have been OM's first appearance in the last eight since they won the trophy in 1993, yet there was a subdued atmosphere at kick-off as sections of the home crowd remained silent to reflect their disquiet at the team's recent domestic struggles. The stadium was soon buzzing, however, as the hosts started brightly, Rémy striking the upright from a tight angle in the seventh minute after Manuel Neuer had sprung to his left to parry Rod Fanni's header.

It looked like Marseille might regret that miss as Bayern slowly established a stranglehold on the game. Robben was giving Jérémy Morel a particularly difficult time on the right, but when he slipped Thomas Müller through the German international failed to pick out a team-mate with his cut-back. For all their possession and pressure, the four-time European champions struggled to create clear chances. Indeed, Neuer remained the busier of the two goalkeepers, getting down to save Rémy's low effort on 42 minutes.

Yet seconds later the Bundesliga outfit struck. Robben released Gomez through the middle, and after holding off César Azpilicueta's challenge, the forward hit a low shot that dipped under the body of Elinton Andrade. The competition debutant, standing in for suspended skipper Steve Mandanda, went some way to redeeming himself by keeping out another Gomez effort with his feet shortly before the hour.

By then, Marseille were attacking with greater urgency. Mathieu Valbuena had already nodded one chance over when Rémy dispossessed Jérôme Boateng on the edge of the box only for an advanced Neuer to block the French international's attempt. From the resulting corner, Diarra blazed a header off target.

Jupp Heynckes' charges gave their opponents a lesson in finishing on 69 minutes, Robben playing a superb one-two with Müller before converting a simple yet wonderfully clinical goal by curling inside the far post. Deschamps sent on Brandão and Benoît Cheyrou, and though the latter shot narrowly over in added time, the substitutions failed to spark a comeback. The only blot on Bayern's evening was a yellow card for substitute Bastian Schweinsteiger that will keep him out of the second leg.

Last updated: 27/11/12 12.56CET

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Quotes

  • Didier Deschamps

    Read more"There is obviously lots of quality in this Bayern team. They do many things very well and are powerful in attack, they're impressive"

  • Jupp Heynckes

    Read more"It is not easy in Marseille – plenty of other teams will tell you that – so it was important that we didn't concede"

Lineups

marseille

Marseille

bayern

Bayern

16
Elinton AndradeElinton Andrade (GK)
1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
2
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
Substitution78
3
N'KoulouNicolas N'Koulou
10
RobbenArjen Robben
Goal69
4
A. DiarraAlou Diarra
Yellow Card34
Substitution71
17
BoatengJérôme Boateng
11
RémyLoïc Rémy
21
LahmPhilipp Lahm (C)
Yellow Card32
15
MorelJérémy Morel
25
T. MüllerThomas Müller
Substitution70
17
MbiaStéphane Mbia
Yellow Card64
27
AlabaDavid Alaba
Yellow Card89
18
AmalfitanoMorgan Amalfitano
Substitution68
28
BadstuberHolger Badstuber
20
A. AyewAndré Ayew
30
Luiz GustavoLuiz Gustavo
Yellow Card36
24
FanniRod Fanni
33
GomezMario Gomez
Goal44
28
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena (C)
39
KroosToni Kroos
Yellow Card32
Substitution63

Substitutes

1
BraciglianoGennaro Bracigliano (GK)
22
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
Substitution71
11
OlićIvica Olić
9
BrandãoBrandão
Substitution68
13
RafinhaRafinha
10
GignacAndré-Pierre Gignac
23
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
Substitution78
12
KaboréCharles Kaboré
26
ContentoDiego Contento
13
TraoréDjimi Traoré
31
SchweinsteigerBastian Schweinsteiger
Substitution70
Yellow Card82
23
J. AyewJordan Ayew
44
TymoshchukAnatoliy Tymoshchuk
Substitution63

Coach

Didier Deschamps (FRA) Jupp Heynckes (GER)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Fernando Teixeira (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

David Fernández Borbalán (ESP), Carlos Gómez (ESP)

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