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UEFA Champions League

  • 6 December 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Signal-Iduna-Park, Dortmund
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 65590

Live Commentary

  • AND IT'S ALL OVER!! It looked as though Marseille had not a prayer after 45 minutes, but a late, late goal in the first half and two late efforts sees Didier Deschamps men qualify for the last 16. Olympiakos must settle for a place in the Europa League, while Dortmund must mull over their failed Champions League campaign.
  • 90' + 1'
    It's all over in Greece - Olympiakos have beaten Arsenal 3-1, which means Marseille will go through, should they hold on to their lead.
  • 87'
    Assist Djimi Traore
  • 87'
    Goal Mathieu Valbuena
    IT'S THERE!!! 3-2 to Marseille!!! Mathieu Valbuena dazzles the Dortmund defence with slick feet defore scoring a fantastic with a fantastic shot from the edge of the box! Incredible stuff!
  • 85'
    Assist Morgan Amalfitano
  • 85'
    Goal A. Ayew
    GOAL!! Andre Ayew comes equalises, heading in Morgan Amalfitano's corner. One more goal would send the visitors through!!!
  • 82'
    Yellow Card Mathieu Valbuena
  • 81'
    Perisic puts in a shot come cross that goes high and wide.
  • 79'
    Da Silva sends in another long-range shot, this one drifting harmlessly wide - Dortmund are running out of ideas.
  • 78'
    So both of these teams are heading for the Champions League trapdoor, unless both games in this group change radically...
  • 75'
    Yellow Card Alou Diarra
  • 75'
    Dortmund promptly waste the resulting set-piece.
  • 75'
    Dortmund have a free-kick in a threatening area as Alou Diarra scythes down Chris Lowe on the edge of the area.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionLoïc Remy Mathieu Valbuena
  • 73'
    Yellow Card A. Ayew
  • 71'
    The resulting corner finds Felipe Santana unmarked, but the Brazilian fails to threaten the goal.
  • 70'
    Piszczek collects the ball on the right, cuts infield and feeds Lewandowski, whose shot goes wide via a deflection.
  • 68'
    Yellow Card Felipe Santana
  • 68'
    Howard Webb garners the consternation of the home faithful by blowing up for a foul against Lewandowski as he looked to get free of the defence. It was a soft decision, so their ire is understandable.
  • 67'
    SubstitutionLucho González Jordan Ayew
  • 66'
    Da Silva fires a left-footed shot over from distance.
  • 63'
    SubstitutionL. Barrios Shinji Kagawa
    Shinji Kagawa has come on as Dortmund look to open up the defence.
  • 61'
    Kuba is penalised for handball on the edge of the box. The decision looked harsh, but Lewandowski sent the ball wide from the edge of the box.
  • 59'
    A chance down the other end for Gundogan! Perisic makes good ground down the right before pulling the ball back, but the German international can only get the find Mandanda despite being unmarked on the edge of the box.
  • 57'
    A big, big chance for Marseille. A threatening ball played in from the right almost finds Ayew, but Piszczek gets across the Ghanaian to put the ball over. It's been poor so far, but Marseille have come out as the stronger of the two sides.
  • 56'
    A real incentive for both of these teams to really go for it, but they've come out after the break deflated!
  • 53'
    Promising news for both of these teams - Arsenal have pulled one back in Greece.
  • 51'
    All the play is based around the middle the middle but neither side is able to get it forward and fashion the chance that both sides are in dire need of.
  • 48'
    Dortmund have Marseille under pressure, but the French side's back line is standing firm.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionStéphane M'Bia Benoît Cheyrou
  • 46'
    SubstitutionMario Götze Ivan Perisic
  • 46'
    And we're back underway. Marseille need two more goals to get through, while Dortmund need four more and a miraculous comeback from Arsenal to seal a place in the next round.
  • And that's half-time. Dortmund were dominant for 48 minutes despite seeing their captain stretchered off, but a moment of weakness at the back saw Marseille pull one back. The hosts will have to score another three to stand any chance of qualification...
  • Dortmund are going to make one change at half-time, Ivan Perisic will come on to replace Mario Gotze - only one change left for the hosts now.
  • 45' + 4'
    Assist Morgan Amalfitano
  • 45' + 4'
    Goal Loïc Remy
  • 45' + 4'
    GOAL!!! Azpilicueta plays the ball deep into the box for Remy, who pulls a goal back with Marseille's first chance of the match.
  • 45' + 3'
    As we approach the end of the first-half, it's worth wondering whether Dortmund will be able to keep up this level of performance if they discover the score in Athens at half-time. It would be harsh if their exertions turn out to be futile.
  • 45'
    The crowd appeal for another penalty as Kuba goes over in the box under N'Koulou's challenge, but Howard Webb refuses to blow up.
  • 44'
    Yellow Card Morgan Amalfitano
  • 43'
    Marsielle have a rare chance to attack as Lucho Gonzalez readies a corner, but the Argentine's delivery was poor.
  • 40'
    GREAT BLOCK!! Gotze has a great chance to put the hosts 3-0 up, but Azpilicueta gets across to stop the teenager's point-blank shot.
  • 39'
    Lewandowski attempts an audacious lob from the edge of the box which Mandanda happily plucks from the air.
  • 37'
    It's been a poor game from Marseille so far. They looked content to sit back and hope for an Arsenal win at the start of the game and have been punished for it so far. If they don't get their act together, they may not even get the consolation prize of Europa League football.
  • 33'
    Kehl has been replaced by by Antonio da Silva. Meanwhile, Olmypiakos have taken a two-goal lead over Arsenal, meaning that the Greek side are likely to go through as it stands.
  • 32'
    SubstitutionSebastian Kehl Antônio da Silva
  • 32'
    Assist Sebastian Kehl
  • 32'
    Penalty Goal Mats Hummels
    Hummels to take the penalty... And he scores!! The centre-back sends Mandanda the wrong way to put Dortmund 2-0 up!
  • 30'
    PENALTY!!! Dortmund are handed an opportunity to double their lead from the spot as Mbia raises a foot to deny Kehl as the BVB captain goes to head the ball. The veteran is on the floor receiving treatment as we await the penalty.
  • 29'
    Yellow Card Stéphane M'Bia
  • 28'
    BARRIOS! So close to another goal! Kuba slips the ball through to Barrios, who fails to put his shot on target.
  • 26'
    Piszczek, who has been brilliant on the right all evening, swings in yet another cross, but Mandanda comes out to claim the ball.
  • 23'
    Assist Robert Lewandowski
  • 23'
    Goal Jakub Blaszczykowski
    GOAL!!! Kuba gives the hosts the lead!! Kehl heads the ball to Lewandowski, who chests the ball into his compatriot's path. The Polish international makes no mistake in striking the ball into the back of Mandanda's net. 1-0 to the hosts!
  • 19'
    Handball appeal against N'Koulou as Lewandowski attempts to flick the ball on to Barrios, but replays revealed that the ball struck the OM man on the chest, and more decisively, just outside the box.
  • 18'
    Mario Gotze receives Kuba's pass with his back to goal, pivots and sends in a left-footed shot that Mandanda easily gathers.
  • 17'
    Piszczek sends in yet another cross, but Lewandowski is adjudged to have fouled Mandanda in his eagerness to get to the ball.
  • 14'
    Interesting news from Greece. Olympiakos have taken the lead against Arsenal, meaning a draw would be insufficient for either of these sides.
  • 13'
    A long ball from Hummels at the back sees Kuba flagged narrowly offside.
  • 11'
    Piszczek sends in another ball from the right, but Lewandowski is unable to get the ball under control, and half-heartedly appeals for a penalty when Marseille get the ball away.
  • 9'
    A deep, aimless cross from Piszczek is collected by Gotze on the left-hand side, who manages to send in a superior cross to his teammate, but Diawara heads it away.
  • 8'
    Gotze sends a cross in from the left which Mandanda rises to claim. Positive start from Dortmund.
  • 7'
    Lowe tries to cushion the ball into Barrios' path, but mistimes his pass and Marseille clear the ball without trouble.
  • 6'
    Kuba tries to play the ball across the line to but Barris through, but his pass is smuggled away before getting to the Paraguayan.
  • 3'
    The resulting corner sees Kehl fall at the near post, cuing frantic appeals for a penalty from the Signal Iduna Park crowd, but the referee doesn't give a penalty...
  • 2'
    And a chance down the other end!! Lewandowski's cross hits Diawara and Mandanda palms the ball away from goal as it looked to creep in.
  • 2'
    Lucho Gonzalez tries to play Loic Remy through, but the Marseille striker is called offside as the visitors attack.
  • And we're off! The hosts get the game started and pass the ball around the back from the start!
  • The teams are out and we're about to get underway. Who will win? Will Dortmund achieve the required five-goal margin that will see them qualify? You can tweet me your predictions on twitter @eniskoylu...
  • The visitors start with: Mandanda; Azpilicueta, N'Koulou, Diawara, Traore; Mbia, Diarra; Amalfitano, Lucho Gonzalez, Ayew; Remy
  • The lineups are in, the hosts will begin the match with: Weidenfeller, Piszczek, Santana, Hummels, Lowe; Kehl, Gundogan; Kuba, Gotze; Lewandowski, Barrios
  • Good evening and welcome to's coverage of Borussia Dortmund v Marseille. Both teams are in with a chance of qualification, so it promises to be a thrilling encounter!