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OM keep Eagles grounded

Published: Thursday 11 March 2010, 22.59CET
SL Benfica 1-1 Olympique de Marseille
Hatem Ben Arfa's late header swung the momentum of the round of 16 tie in the French visitors' favour after Maxi Pereira had struck for Benfica.
by Chris Burke
from Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

Match statistics

BenficaMarseille

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target17
 
9
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners5
 
8
Offsides5
 
5
Fouls committed14
 
16
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 11 March 2010, 22.59CET

OM keep Eagles grounded

SL Benfica 1-1 Olympique de Marseille
Hatem Ben Arfa's late header swung the momentum of the round of 16 tie in the French visitors' favour after Maxi Pereira had struck for Benfica.

Olympique de Marseille salvaged a 1-1 draw with Hatem Ben Arfa's last-minute header to deny SL Benfica a hard-won UEFA Europa League round of 16 advantage.

Benfica were rarely allowed to hit their recent heights on home turf, but they looked set to take a lead to the Stade Vélodrome next Thursday thanks to Maxi Pereira's scrambled strike 14 minutes from time. The momentum of the contest shifted dramatically at the death, however, as Ben Arfa nodded in from Laurent Bonnart's cross.

Marseille refused to let their opponents establish their habitual rhythm and, far from being conservative, they enjoyed the better early chances. Former FC Porto favourite Lucho González scuffed wide following a Laurent Bonnart cross and Brandão was off target after being released by Lucho.

The home side were struggling to pick out Óscar Cardozo until Di María finally combined with his colleague on 33 minutes, floating a ball over the defence that Cardozo volleyed into the stands. Benfica were beginning to find solutions and Pablo Aimar nearly beat Steve Mandanda to round off their first flowing move.

Chances from Cardozo and Di María underlined the home side's growing dominance, yet far from subdued OM supplied the last chance of the half, Lucho just failing to find the far corner from Brandão's centre. Didier Deschamps' men began the second period brightly too, with Benoît Cheyrou testing Júlio César.

The Brazilian goalkeeper then displayed excellent reflexes to keep out Mamadou Niang's bullet header at the second attempt, and soon after it was his opposite number who was beaten. Cardozo flicked on a deflected low Di María centre and after Mandanda spilled the ball, Maxi Pereira was able to poke in. Mandanda redeemed himself somewhat by turning a Ramires effort on to the bar, allowing Ben Arfa's goal to equalise.

Last updated: 27/09/14 3.20CET

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Lineups

benfica

Benfica

marseille

Marseille

13
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
30
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
3
TaiwoTaye Taiwo
6
Javi GarcíaJavi García
6
CisséÉdouard Cissé
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
8
RamiresRamires
8
Lucho GonzálezLucho González
Yellow Card48
10
AimarPablo Aimar
Substitution65
9
BrandãoBrandão
Yellow Card72
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
Yellow Card66
Goal76
11
NiangMamadou Niang (C)
Substitution75
20
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
17
MbiaStéphane Mbia
23
David LuizDavid Luiz
18
AbrielFabrice Abriel
Substitution70
25
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
Substitution77
21
DiawaraSouleymane Diawara
30
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution88
24
BonnartLaurent Bonnart

Substitutes

1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
40
Elinton AndradeElinton Andrade (GK)
5
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
5
HiltonHilton
17
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
Substitution65
10
Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
Substitution75
Goal90
18
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
Substitution77
12
KaboréCharles Kaboré
28
Miguel VítorMiguel Vítor
14
KonéBakari Koné
31
Alan KardecAlan Kardec
23
MorientesFernando Morientes
32
Éder LuísÉder Luís
Substitution88
28
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
Substitution70

Coach

Jorge Jesus (POR) Didier Deschamps (FRA)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Volker Wezel (GER), Thorsten Schiffner (GER)

Fourth official

Manuel Gräfe (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Peter Sippel (GER), Markus Schmidt (GER)

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