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No fears as Mears takes Marseille through

Published: Wednesday 18 March 2009, 23.30CET
AFC Ajax 2-2 Olympique de Marseille (agg: 3-4)
Tyrone Mears' extra-time header earned the visitors a place in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals after the hosts had cancelled out their first-leg deficit.
No fears as Mears takes Marseille through
Boudewijn Zenden (right) has an effort on goal for Marseille ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AjaxMarseille

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target7
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
4
Corners6
 
6
Offsides1
 
5
Fouls committed15
 
23
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 18 March 2009, 23.30CET

No fears as Mears takes Marseille through

AFC Ajax 2-2 Olympique de Marseille (agg: 3-4)
Tyrone Mears' extra-time header earned the visitors a place in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals after the hosts had cancelled out their first-leg deficit.

Tyrone Mears' extra-time header earned Olympique de Marseille a place in the UEFA Cup quarter-finals after AFC Ajax had cancelled out their first-leg deficit.

Birthday blues
Defending a 2-1 lead from the first meeting last week, the Ligue 1 side went behind in Amsterdam when Eyong Enoh scored just after the half-hour mark only for Mamadou Niang to put the visitors back in front in the tie two minutes later. Miralem Sulejmani forced an extra 30 minutes with a close-range header but it merely allowed English-born right-back Mears to come to the fore, earning victory in the 110th minute. Ajax, celebrating their 109th birthday, therefore fell just short, their misery compounded when Bruno Silva was dismissed in the dying moments.

Suárez attempts
Luis Suárez's first-leg penalty had given the hosts something to cling to and they stormed out of the blocks at the Amsterdam ArenA, with the Uruguayan at the hub of their most enterprising moves. He wasted a great chance in the fourth minute when, in space eight metres out, he headed straight at goalkeeper Steve Mandanda. Suárez nodded wide soon after and then squandered a third opportunity as his volley, from Silva's cross, failed to trouble the OM No30.

Quick response
The striker made amends as he set up Enoh's opener on 33 minutes, slipping a pass through the heart of the Marseille defence for the young Cameroonian, who beat the offside trap and shot low past Mandanda. The visitors were quickly level as Niang – who earlier had a goal disallowed for offside – ran on to Bakari Koné's pass and fired between Kenneth Vermeer legs and in.

Mears decider
Suárez continued to threaten after the break but was thwarted by Mandanda as OM struggled to retain possession in midfield, instead relying of defiant defending, and it took Sulejmani's 74th-minute goal to break their resolve. A free-flowing move ended with Suárez turning Vitorino Hilton and crossing for Sulejmani, who headed into an empty net. It was Mears, though, who had the last word with penalties looming, nodding in following Mamadou Samassa's flick-on.

Last updated: 19/03/09 9.59CET

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Lineups

ajax

Ajax

marseille

Marseille

12
VermeerKenneth Vermeer (GK)
30
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
2
SilvaBruno Silva
Red Card120+2 ET
8
MearsTyrone Mears
Goal110 ET
3
OleguerOleguer
4
RodriguezJulien Rodriguez (C)
Yellow Card103 ET
38
AlderweireldToby Alderweireld
5
HiltonHilton
Yellow Card28
37
SchilderRobbert Schilder
Yellow Card108 ET
3
TaiwoTaye Taiwo
28
AnitaVurnon Anita
23
M'BamiModeste M'Bami
21
EnohEyong Enoh
Goal33
Substitution112 ET
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
11
AissatiIsmaïl Aissati
Substitution97 ET
14
KonéBakari Koné
Substitution77
10
SulejmaniMiralem Sulejmani
Goal74
Substitution104 ET
28
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
Yellow Card15
Substitution52
16
SuárezLuis Suárez (C)
Yellow Card68
10
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
8
EmanuelsonUrby Emanuelson
11
NiangMamadou Niang
Goal35
Yellow Card45+1
Substitution59

Substitutes

1
StekelenburgMaarten Stekelenburg (GK)
1
RiouRudy Riou (GK)
22
S. De JongSiem de Jong
Substitution112 ET
2
CivelliRenato Civelli
39
BlindDaley Blind
15
ZubarRonald Zubar
45
BodulDarko Bodul
6
ZianiKarim Ziani
Substitution52
Yellow Card107 ET
20
CvitanichDario Cvitanich
Substitution104 ET
12
KaboréCharles Kaboré
23
LeonardoLeonardo
Substitution97 ET
17
SamassaMamadou Samassa
Substitution59
26
SarpongJeffrey Sarpong
20
Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
Substitution77

Coach

Marco van Basten (NED) Erik Gerets (BEL)

Referee

Florian Meyer (GER)

Assistant referees

Sönke Glindemann (GER), Christoph Bornhorst (GER)

Fourth official

Helmut Fleischer (GER)

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