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Spartak sucker punch downs Marseille

Published: Wednesday 15 September 2010, 22.30CET
Olympique de Marseille 0-1 FC Spartak Moskva
The Russian team celebrated their return to the UEFA Champions League in memorable fashion with a late victory in Group F.
Spartak sucker punch downs Marseille 
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Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target8
 
1
Attempts off target15
 
3
Corners7
 
3
Possession (%)54
 
46
Fouls committed17
 
18
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
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Published: Wednesday 15 September 2010, 22.30CET

Spartak sucker punch downs Marseille

Olympique de Marseille 0-1 FC Spartak Moskva
The Russian team celebrated their return to the UEFA Champions League in memorable fashion with a late victory in Group F.

FC Spartak Moskva celebrated their return to the UEFA Champions League in style by earning a victory away to Olympique de Marseille in Group F.

Back after a four-year absence, the Russian club needed to soak up considerable pressure but they defended stoutly and claimed their first win on French soil at the 11th attempt after OM defender César Azpilicueta put through his own net in the 81st minute. Didier Deschamps' team piled on the pressure in the second half, yet a combination of poor finishing, fine goalkeeping from Andriy Dykan and bad luck – notably when André-Pierre Gignac hit the post in added time – meant they finished empty-handed.

Marseille had lost their opening fixture at home in the last two campaigns, and the Ligue 1 outfit struggled again here. Aside from two long-range efforts by Benoît Cheyrou, both saved by Dykan, they failed to provide any genuine threat in the first 45 minutes. The visitors were intelligent in defence, denying Marseille's creators Mathieu Valbuena and Lucho González space, and choosing their moments to counterattack.

The tactic almost paid off midway through the opening period when Dmitri Kombarov stole possession off Edouard Cissé, allowing Ibson to release Alex on the left of the box. The Spartak skipper struck a crisp left-footed shot that looked to have beaten Steve Mandanda, only to fly narrowly over. Alarm bells rang again in the home rearguard moments later as Welliton arrived unopposed at the near post yet just failed to get a contact on Alex's low free-kick from the left.

Cheyrou's scissor-kick on the stroke of the interval forced a scrambling stop from Dykan and hinted that a Marseille response might be imminent. Straight from the restart, Brandão surged forward and rifled a low effort past the upright from 25 metres. The home fans roared their approval and suddenly Valeri Karpin's men were on the back foot. Dykan, though, was in inspired mood, frustrating Taye Taiwo with a wonderful fingertip save on 67 minutes, then showing fine reflexes to keep out Valbuena.

Lucho should have scored seconds later, the Argentinian nodding wide of the far post with the goal gaping. Spartak duly punished Marseille's profligacy, Alex releasing Kombarov on the left and the unfortunate Azpilicueta deflecting the ensuing cross past Mandanda. The Mediterranean side continued to push but when a fierce strike by substitute Gignac rattled the inside of the post and stayed out, the game was up. Marseille will attempt to bounce back at Chelsea FC on 28 September when Spartak entertain MŠK Žilina.

Last updated: 05/10/10 14.50CET

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  • Didier Deschamps

    Read more"It's a poor result, especially against Spartak. Now we must recover from this bad start and hope it won't prove decisive"

  • Valeri Karpin

    Read more"We'll look at all that player by player, but if I were to give my goalkeeper a mark, it would be 11 out of 10"

Lineups

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Marseille

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Spartak Moskva

30
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK) (C)
81
DykanAndriy Dykan (GK)
2
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
Goal81'
5
SheshukovAleksandr Sheshukov
Substitution88'
3
TaiwoTaye Taiwo
7
IbsonIbson
5
HiltonHilton
11
WellitonWelliton
6
CisséÉdouard Cissé
12
AlexAlex (C)
Yellow Card55'
Substitution90'
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
15
ParshivlyukSergei Parshivlyuk
8
Lucho GonzálezLucho González
Substitution83'
16
MakeevEvgeni Makeev
9
BrandãoBrandão
Yellow Card61'
Substitution62'
17
SuchýMarek Suchý
19
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
19
ParejaNicolas Pareja
20
André AyewAndré Ayew
64
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Substitution83'
28
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
99
D. KombarovDmitri Kombarov

Substitutes

16
Elinton AndradeElinton Andrade (GK)
30
PesyakovSergei Pesyakov (GK)
10
GignacAndré-Pierre Gignac
Substitution62'
2
MaidanaChristian Maidana
12
KaboréCharles Kaboré
3
StranzlMartin Stranzl
Substitution90'
15
AyewJordan Ayew
Substitution83'
6
SabitovRenat Sabitov
Substitution83'
17
MbiaStéphane Mbia
9
AriAri
Substitution88'
18
AbrielFabrice Abriel
18
IvanovAndrei Ivanov
26
SaboJean-Philippe Sabo
27
AnanidzeJano Ananidze

Coach

Didier Deschamps (FRA) Valeri Karpin (RUS)

Referee

Florian Meyer (GER)

Assistant referees

Holger Henschel (GER), Sönke Glindemann (GER)

Fourth official

Guido Winkmann (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Babak Rafati (GER), Tobias Welz (GER)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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