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Brandão pushes Marseille past Chelsea

Published: Wednesday 8 December 2010, 22.44CET
Olympique de Marseille 1-0 Chelsea FC
Brandão scored an 81st-minute winner as the home side gained revenge for their 2-0 defeat on Matchday 2.
by Matthew Spiro
from Stade Vélodrome
Brandão pushes Marseille past Chelsea 
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Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
4
Attempts off target10
 
6
Corners3
 
3
Possession (%)56
 
44
Fouls committed13
 
8
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0
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Published: Wednesday 8 December 2010, 22.44CET

Brandão pushes Marseille past Chelsea

Olympique de Marseille 1-0 Chelsea FC
Brandão scored an 81st-minute winner as the home side gained revenge for their 2-0 defeat on Matchday 2.

Olympique de Marseille concluded their Group F campaign in ideal fashion by claiming a fourth consecutive UEFA Champions League victory courtesy of Brandão's late strike against Chelsea FC.

With first and second places already determined, the French and English titleholders were afforded a rare pressure-free night, but it was the hosts – spurred on by a large, boisterous crowd – who displayed more urgency. Indeed, Didier Deschamps' men were unfortunate not to take a first-half lead, Mathieu Valbuena striking the crossbar and Gabriel Heinze heading in from a fractionally offside position. They got their reward nine minutes from time, though, Brandão stroking home Taye Taiwo's deflected shot to leave OM three points behind Chelsea.

The Mediterranean outfit conceded twice in the opening half-hour of the 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge yet looked to have learned their lesson as they made a fast start here. Benoît Cheyrou had already sent a dipping volley narrowly wide when Valbuena twice went close in the 11th minute, first curling a delicious shot over Petr Čech and against the crossbar, then powering a diving header wide of the near post.

Carlo Ancelotti's charges were struggling to gain a foothold as Loïc Rémy and Brandão missed the target from promising positions as the hosts continued to squander chances. Only in the 21st minute, when Michael Essien tried his luck from long range, did the Blues muster their first attempt on target. Didier Drogba was unusually subdued, although the former Marseille striker might have marked his return with a goal after being set up by Salomon Kalou, stabbing his shot over from inside the box.

With the visitors belatedly getting to grips with the excellent Valbuena, Marseille began to lose their fluidity in open play. The menace remained at set pieces, however, Heinze nodding in Cheyrou's 35th minute free-kick only for the effort to be chalked off. The pace slowed in the second period and only after the introductions of Lucho González and André Ayew after the hour did OM stir back to life.

Ayew was a whisker away from scoring with his first touch, the Ghanaian just failing to connect with Taiwo's cross-shot. The Nigerian left-back tried his luck again nine minutes from time, cutting inside and shooting with his right foot. When the ball deflected kindly off Ramires, Brandão calmly stroked in the winner with his left foot.

Last updated: 09/12/10 23.05CET

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Quotes

  • Didier Deschamps

    Read more"I don't like singling out a player, but if I must I would pick out Brandão. Tonight, he was the difference."

  • Carlo Ancelotti

    Read more"We have lost confidence and now we are a bit afraid to play football. But we have to keep going, stay compact and prepare well"

Lineups

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Marseille

chelsea

Chelsea

30
MandandaSteve Mandanda (GK) (C)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
3
TaiwoTaye Taiwo
2
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
7
CheyrouBenoît Cheyrou
5
EssienMichael Essien
9
BrandãoBrandão
Goal81'
7
RamiresRamires
11
RémyLoïc Rémy
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Substitution62'
12
KaboréCharles Kaboré
15
MaloudaFlorent Malouda
14
N'DiayeLeyti N'Diaye
Substitution86'
17
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
Substitution79'
18
AbrielFabrice Abriel
Substitution63'
19
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
19
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
21
KalouSalomon Kalou
21
DiawaraSouleymane Diawara
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)
Substitution72'
28
ValbuenaMathieu Valbuena
Substitution63'
46
McEachranJoshua McEachran

Substitutes

16
Elinton AndradeElinton Andrade (GK)
22
TurnbullRoss Turnbull (GK)
6
CisséÉdouard Cissé
12
MikelJohn Obi Mikel
8
Lucho GonzálezLucho González
Substitution63'
23
SturridgeDaniel Sturridge
Substitution62'
15
AyewJordan Ayew
Substitution86'
38
Van AanholtPatrick van Aanholt
Substitution79'
20
André AyewAndré Ayew
Substitution63'
Yellow Card82'
43
BrumaJeffrey Bruma
Substitution72'
26
SaboJean-Philippe Sabo
44
KakutaGaël Kakuta
55
SalaJacopo Sala

Coach

Didier Deschamps (FRA) Carlo Ancelotti (ITA)

Referee

Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Nikolai Golubev (RUS), Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)

Fourth official

Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Maksim Layushkin (RUS), Sergey Karasev (RUS)

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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