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Last-gasp Benfica beat Marseille

Published: Thursday 18 March 2010, 20.55CET
Olympique de Marseille 1-2 SL Benfica (agg: 2-3)
Alan Kardec fired a dramatic late winner as the visitors clawed their way back to claim a place in the quarter-finals.
by Chris Burke
from Stade Vélodrome

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Match statistics

MarseilleBenfica

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target5
 
11
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
11
Yellow cards3
 
6
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Thursday 18 March 2010, 20.55CET

Last-gasp Benfica beat Marseille

Olympique de Marseille 1-2 SL Benfica (agg: 2-3)
Alan Kardec fired a dramatic late winner as the visitors clawed their way back to claim a place in the quarter-finals.

A last-gasp strike from Alan Kardec secured SL Benfica a place in the UEFA Europa League last eight as the Portuguese Liga leaders fought back to oust Olympique de Marseille.

Having earned a 1-1 draw in Lisbon, Didier Deschamps's charges opted for a conservative approach on home soil, but still managed to take the lead through Mamadou Niang with 20 minutes remaining. That put the home side firmly on the road to the quarter-finals, yet Maxi Pereira quickly responded with a deflected effort and Kardec blasted in a free-kick from fellow substitute Pablo Aimar to complete a dramatic turnaround.

Despite playing into a forceful wind as the game kicked off, Benfica threatened within four minutes as Angel Di María forced Steve Mandanda to save low to his left. OM did not take too much longer to settle, but cautious of sending too many bodies forward – not to mention a little wasteful in possession – their energies were mostly spent winning a tight midfield battle.

The next real opening took another 20 minutes to arise, the visitors' Óscar Cardozo skimming the post with a vicious left-footed effort after sidestepping Stéphane Mbia. Di María then looked to take control, testing Mandanda with another low attempt before failing to beat him to a loose ball, but Marseille nonetheless saw out the half on a high as Lucho González fired just wide.

The pattern did not change after the restart, however, with the French club both cautious and profligate, yet it was they who opened the scoring, Niang blasting in having initially directed Benoît Cheyrou's free-kick back into the box. Five minutes later, the score – and the tie – was level again, Maxi Pereira adding to his first-leg effort with a low shot from distance that took a deflection off Cheyrou. Extra time seemed inevitable until Kardec's sensational late contribution, followed by a late red card for OM substitute Hatem Ben Arfa.

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Lineups

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Marseille

benfica

Benfica

30
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK)
13
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
3
TaiwoTaye Taiwo
Yellow Card83
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
Yellow Card81
6
CisséÉdouard Cissé
6
Javi GarcíaJavi García
Yellow Card83
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
Substitution76
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
Yellow Card32
8
Lucho GonzálezLucho González
8
RamiresRamires
9
BrandãoBrandão
14
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
Goal75
Substitution90+5
11
NiangMamadou Niang (C)
Goal70
17
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
Substitution86
17
MbiaStéphane Mbia
18
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
18
AbrielFabrice Abriel
Substitution44
20
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Yellow Card54
21
DiawaraSouleymane Diawara
23
David LuizDavid Luiz
24
BonnartLaurent Bonnart
30
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution77

Substitutes

40
Elinton AndradeElinton Andrade (GK)
1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
5
HiltonHilton
2
AirtonAirton
10
Ben ArfaHatem Ben Arfa
Substitution90+2
Red Card90+3
10
AimarPablo Aimar
Substitution77
Yellow Card90+5
12
KaboréCharles Kaboré
Substitution76
Yellow Card90+3
19
WeldonWeldon
14
KonéBakari Koné
Substitution44
Yellow Card55
Substitution90+2
24
Felipe MenezesFelipe Menezes
23
MorientesFernando Morientes
28
Miguel VítorMiguel Vítor
Substitution90+5
28
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
31
Alan KardecAlan Kardec
Substitution86
Goal90+1
Yellow Card90+2

Coach

Didier Deschamps (FRA) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Primož Arhar (SVN), Marko Stančin (SVN)

Fourth official

Roberto Ponis (SVN)

Additional assistant referees

Darko Čeferin (SVN), Matej Jug (SVN)

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