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Solid Marseille keep Bolton at bay

Published: Wednesday 15 February 2006, 23.20CET
Bolton Wanderers FC 0-0 Olympique de Marseille Bolton stretched their unbeaten home run to 18 games but the French side will be the happier.

Match statistics

BoltonMarseille

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
5
Corners7
 
2
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed14
 
12
Yellow cards0
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 15 February 2006, 23.20CET

Solid Marseille keep Bolton at bay

Bolton Wanderers FC 0-0 Olympique de Marseille Bolton stretched their unbeaten home run to 18 games but the French side will be the happier.

Bolton Wanderers FC stretched their unbeaten home run to 18 games at the Reebok stadium but it is Olympique de Marseille that will go away the happier after hold their opponents to a valuable goalless draw in the UEFA Cup Round of 32 tie.

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Bolton defender Bruno N'Gotty lined up against his former employers, but he saw little action in the opening stages as the visitors made a cautious start. The Premiership outfit soon set about capitalising on that hesitancy and were soon peppering Fabien Barthez's penalty area with cross-field crosses. The ploy almost produced dividends after seven minutes when the ball fell kindly for Jay-Jay Okocha, whose powerful strike forced Barthez to tip over.

Niang near miss
However, with Hidetoshi Nakata suspended and El Hadji Diouf injured, Sam Allaryce's team lacked attacking guile and Marseille gradually gained a foothold. Mamadou Niang fizzed two blistering long-range shots over the bar before the interval but it was after the restart that the Ligue 1 team burst into life. Three minutes into the seocnd half, tentative defending by N'Gotty allowed Wilson Oruma space to shoot just wide, and the French defender was again culpable moments later as Niang was presented with the chance of the match.

Superb intervention
The Senegalese striker pounced upon a lacklustre pass and after striding into the box, he opted to attempt to round the advancing Jussi Jääskeläinen but the Bolton goalkeeper extended an arm to deny him. Allardyce introduced Ricardo Vaz Té with 23 minutes remaining to see if he could find a way through the French team's industrious five-man back line and the Portuguese striker almost made an immediate impression, forcing Barthez into a reaction save.

Marseille advantage
Stylianos Giannakopoulos missed a gilt-edged chance late on as he headed into the side-netting from an angle with only Barthez to beat and Marseille will go into the second leg at the Stade Vélodrome with the knowledge that Bolton have never won away from home in Europe.

Last updated: 18/02/06 20.42CET

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Lineups

bolton

Bolton

marseille

Marseille

22
JääskeläinenJussi Jääskeläinen (GK)
16
BarthezFabien Barthez (GK) (C)
Yellow Card70
24
O'BrienJoey O'Brien
4
Demetrius FerreiraDemetrius Ferreira
Yellow Card73
26
Ben Haim ITal Ben Haim I
23
BeyeHabib Beye
5
N'GottyBruno N'Gotty
5
DéhuFrédéric Déhu
11
GardnerRicardo Gardner
26
CesarBoštjan Cesar
Yellow Card62
4
NolanKevin Nolan (C)
3
TaiwoTaye Taiwo
25
FayeAbdoulaye Faye
22
NasriSamir Nasri
Substitution73
10
OkochaJay-Jay Okocha
Substitution60
19
CanaLorik Cana
14
DaviesKevin Davies
8
OrumaWilson Oruma
Yellow Card31
18
BorgettiJared Borgetti
Substitution67
7
RibéryFranck Ribéry
7
GiannakopoulosStelios Giannakopoulos
11
NiangMamadou Niang
Substitution90

Substitutes

12
WalkerIan Walker (GK)
1
CarrassoCédric Carrasso (GK)
2
HuntNicky Hunt
6
DelfimJosé Delfim
6
SpeedGary Speed
Substitution60
12
MéïtéAbdoulaye Méïté
15
JaidiRadhi Jaidi
13
GiménezChristian Giménez
Substitution73
20
Ricardo Vaz TéRicardo Vaz Té
Substitution67
20
CivelliRenato Civelli
29
Óscar PérezÓscar Pérez
21
CantareilAlaina Cantareil
Substitution90
32
FojutJarosław Fojut
32
DerudaThomas Deruda

Coach

Sam Allardyce (ENG) Jean Fernandez (FRA)

Referee

Olegário Benquerença (POR)

Assistant referees

Paulo Jorge Januario Leite Ribeiro (POR), João Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Artur Dias (POR)

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