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UEFA Champions League

  • 13 March 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: Pedro Proença
  • • Attendance: 62632

Aggregate 2 - 2 Olympique Marseille win on away goals

Live Commentary

  • That's it from me this evening, thank you for joining me for this mad ending. Stay with for Champions League LIVE! and the draw on Friday at 12.00CET. Marseille will be in there after another unlikely comeback, but Inter won't be. Good night all!
  • Victory, alas, comes at a price. Mandanda and Diawara will MISS the quarter-final first leg, (they'll now be hoping to draw APOEL) whilst stand-in keeper Bracigiliano made his CL debut in the 94th minute. For Ranieri, his tenure must surely be over now.
  • I'm only beginning to catch my breath. But what a dramatic ending! Didier Deschamps and his players rush to the pitch after another late, late show in the Champions League!
  • What now for Inter? They were heading for extra-time in the 92nd minute before Brandao's wonderful finish past a static defence, and then the madness occurred. Penalty to Inter after Mandanda brought down Pazzini, and whilst Gennaro Braciligiano came on to replace the goalkeeper, Inter had scored though there wasn't any time left!
  • 90' + 7'
    FULL-TIME! INTER 2-1 MARSEILLE (2-2 agg.)
  • 90' + 6'
    Penalty Goal Giampaolo Pazzini
  • 90' + 6'
    It's in! Pazzini smacks it in past the stand-in keeper, but there's no time left! It's OVER for INTER!
  • 90' + 5'
    SubstitutionA. Ayew Gennaro Bracigliano
  • 90' + 5'
    What drama. Pazzini to take the penalty, Braciligiano comes on for Ayew.
  • 90' + 3'
    Yellow/Red Steve Mandanda
  • 90' + 3'
    What a finish from the Brazilian to end Inter's hopes. It's a penalty to Inter, but even a goal here, they would be out!
  • 90' + 2'
    Assist Steve Mandanda
  • 90' + 2'
    Goal Brandao
  • 90' + 1'
    Azpilicueta attempts a deep cross, but it is well picked out by Julio Cesar. Marseille scored in the 93rd min, can they do so here?!
  • 90' + 1'
    Three aded minutes signalled at the end of the second half.
  • 90'
    Yellow Card Dejan Stankovic
  • 90'
    Stankovic concedes a free-kick on Cheyrou, and is booked by the referee.
  • 90'
    Pazzini lays off Obi into space, but a fantastic tackle from Diawara prevents him from making any progress.
  • 89'
    Maicon attempts a cross in towards the attackers, but it is over-hit as Mandanda watches it over the bar.
  • 88'
    SubstitutionLoïc Remy Brandao
  • 87'
    Oh dear, it's a poor one. Fired straight over the bar. Loic Remy is withdrawn in favour of Brandao.
  • 87'
    Mbia concedes a free-kick after fouling Maicon, and again it continues the trend of givin away silly free-kicks. Maicon over it.......
  • 86'
    CAMBIASSO!! Just over the bar! Hearts in mouths moment for L'OM as the Argentine capitalises on a lucky bounce which catches out the defence, though he heads it over.
  • 85'
    MAICON! Tipped over by Mandanda. Looked like a bit of a fluke, with the cross being over-hit. Corner to Inter.
  • 84'
    Diawara barges away Pazzini, but the referee awards a free-kick in Inter's favour. Weird that one, but Inter have a set-piece. They've scored from one remember.
  • 83'
    The stadium erupts as the fans roar on the Nerazzurri towards the finish line. Seven minutes left, but as it stands we're heading into extra-time.
  • 82'
    Milito clambers down the flank and works an opening for Stankovic who produces a drive from distance which is well saved by Mandanda.
  • 81'
    Another stat, (I'm spoiling you guys): An Inter win tonight will be their 200th in international competition. Milestone.
  • 80'
    @rsutiono on Twitter: That was a lucky goal.
  • 79'
    Marseille surge forward in search of that equaliser which would almost certainly take them through. L'OM scored two goals in the last three minutes against Dortmund to get this far, so you'd be mad to rule them out.
  • 78'
    STAT ALERT: This is the first goal that Inter have scored against Marseille, and they are en-route to their first win over the French side too.
  • 76'
    SubstitutionMathieu Valbuena Benoît Cheyrou
  • 76'
    Marseille substitution as Cheyrou replaces Valbeuna. Definitely a change in mood at the San Siro with that Inter goal. As it stands, we're heading to extra-time.
  • 75'
    Assist Giampaolo Pazzini
  • 75'
    Goal Diego Milito
    GOAL! Inter have scored! Finally the breakthrough! It's a poor corner, and whilst Marseille initially save themselves with a wonderful block, it still hasn't been cleared as Milito plunders the ball in. 1-1 on aggregate.
  • 74'
    SubstitutionAndrea Poli Esteban Cambiasso
  • 74'
    Final roll of the dice for Ranieri - it's Cambiasso on for Poli, and 16 minutes to go.
  • 74'
    @janhessi on Twitter: ALL inter FANS please believe on inter I still believe Inter will do it.
  • 72'
    Corner to Marseille. Valbuena whips in the ball, but Ayew heads far over the bar.
  • 71'
    DIARRA! Good save Cesar! The ball is helped on by the midfielder who directs the ball goalwards, but it is kept out by a fine save from Cesar. Had that gone in, well......
  • 70'
    Stankovic fouls Ayew on the edge of the area, not for the first time tonight. Free-kick to Marseille, with Valbuena over the ball......
  • 70'
    Inter attempt to catch OM out with the implementation of a long-ball system it seems, with Ayew outjumping Zanetti to nullify the aerial threat imposed on his side The visitors meanwhile are just keeping possession on the edge of the area.
  • 70'
    Marseille in a good position approaching the last 20 or so minutes. Should Deschamps' men score now, there surely won't be any coming back for the hosts.
  • 69''s Tom Woods on Twitter (@woodstome): Forlan at Inter hasn't worked, but more often than not, he is played out of position. I'd probably storm off if I were him.
  • 68'
    Yellow Card Steve Mandanda
  • 68'
    STANKOVIC! It's over the wall, and over the goal. No problem for Mandanda who is booked for time wasting, despite retrieving the ball for a goal-kick.
  • 67'
    Yellow Card Souleymane Diawara
  • 67'
    Booking for Diawara - and he will MISS the quarter-final if Marseille get there. Inter have the free-kick in a dangerous position, with Stankovic over the ball.
  • 66'
    Inter are lacking the urgency, but Marseille are considerably slow in their efforts to get up the field, with the visitors sitting on their aggregate lead it seems.
  • 65'
    @AleksCankulovski: Forlan is frustrated in the fact of being with a sinking ship. And Inter has fallen from grace since Mou came to Bernabeu.
  • 64'
    The substitutes already appearing to pay off as Obi again pushes the visitors into a corner, the cross in is intercepted superbly by Morel.
  • 63'
    Morel loses the ball, but goes to ground under pressure from Zanetti, with the home fans united in venting their fury at the officials. 27 minutes left, and Marseille still lead 1-0 on aggregate, 0-0 on the night.
  • 61'
    Inter's substitutes Pazzini and Obi combine to force Marseille into conceding a corner, which is in turn wasted. The pair are cheered on by the fans, however. No-brainer.
  • 61'
    @tibrai on Twitter: I still believe inter will knock in some late goals.
  • 60'
    Marseille have a corner, which Valbuena hits a tad too long as it eventually trickles out of play. Meanwhile, an interesting development - Forlan went straight down the tunnel after being replaced. What do you make of that? Tweet me @mohammedali_93.
  • 60'
    Sergio Stanco comments that Inter fans are not satisfied by Forlan's performance and each time he did wrong, they were quick to be heard in the stands.
  • 58'
    SubstitutionDiego Forlán Giampaolo Pazzini
  • 58'
    SubstitutionWesley Sneijder J. Obi
  • 58'
    Substitution: Wesley Sneijder replaced by Joel Obi and Forlan is sacrificed in favour of Pazzini.
  • 56'
    Stephane Mbia attempts a fizzing effort from distance which Lucio deflects, taking it full in the stomach. That's what you call defending! The Inter fans are voicing their frustration at Forlan, meanwhile.
  • 55'
    Valbuena drifts in a corner from the right, but he fails to find a team-mate as it is headed away, and eventually trickles all the way back to Mandanda.
  • 54'
    Sneijder delivers a poor ball into the box, and is guilty for sloppiness at the second attempt as the Dutchman jumps in frustration. Marseille break with Remy who does well to navigate his way into the box, but is stopped by Poli.
  • 53'
    Yellow Card Walter Samuel
  • 53'
    Before the corner is taken however, Samuel is booked for a push inside the box.
  • 53'
    Stankovic races through, after being set on a run by Sneijder, and N'Koulou clears hurriedly for a corner.
  • 51'
    The ball is thread in towards Milito, though it is cut out by Diawara. Stankovic again is penalised for a foul on Amalfitano. The Serbian doesn't look to be getting the better of the Marseille midfielder.
  • 50'
    @Bolajinifemi on Twitter: This tie is far from over and I see 2 goals coming up, but I doubt it'll be for Inter.
  • 49'
    Morel slips in a ball towards Remy who is hacked down by Stankovic. Ranieri cuts a concerned figure on the touchline meanwhile.
  • 48'
    Corner is cleared accordingly, but Marseille still have possession of the ball as Remy controls a high ball superbly, crossing low in towards Ayew who couldn't get to it in time.
  • 46'
    Early foul in the second half as Azpilicueta fouls Nagaotomo. Hesistation by Cesar, but Samuel heads behind for a corner in light of pressure from Remy.
  • 46'
    @PalermoCompras on Twitter: Put in Zarate, he is great for 2nd half stunners
  • 46'
    UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND HALF! Can Marseille hold out for another 45 minutes, or stick the final nail in the coffin for Claudio Ranieri? Or will Inter issue a fight-back and make the last eight for the third season in a row. We'll find out........
  • Stat Alert: Andrea Poli and Andre Ayew have covered most ground in the first half, with Poli leading with 5.68km, followed closely by Ayew who has 5.4km.
  • @Bilal_Barca on Twitter: "Inter's glory days are over" - it definitely looks like it if Inter don't score in the next 45.
  • Over to you fans, what do you make of the first-half? Are Marseille favourites to go through? Or do you expect a backlash from the Nerazzurri? Send me your messages via Twitter to @mohammedali_93, and I'll post them up.
  • It's been a lively first half from the San Siro, and a frustrated Inter trudge back into the dressing room having been denied twice by Steve Mandanda. The goalkeeper performed heroics to first deny Sneijder with a clawing save in the 9th minute before instinctively flapping away Diego Milito's attempt two minutes later. OM haven't had much luck in front of goal, though it is they who still hold the advantage.
  • HALF-TIME: Inter 0-0 Olympique de Marseille (agg. 0-1)
  • 45' + 2'
    FORLAN! Wide! Inter again aim for the counter-attack, and a wonderful cross from Maicon meets the no.9 who rises highest, but heads wide.
  • 45' + 1'
    Two minutes added time signalled at the end of the first half.
  • 45'
    A good free-kick from the Dutchman, brings it over the wall and curling towards the near post, but Mandanda has that in his clutches.
  • 45'
    Diarra concedes a free-kick in a dangerus position after bringing down Sneijder. Inter have one last chance in this first half.
  • 43'
    Azpilicueta and Amalfitano converge on Nagatomo and attempt to prise the ball away from the Japanese full-back. Referee Pedro Proenca awards a free-kick in the Nerazzurri's favour.
  • 42'
    A delivery from the left wing almost catches out Marseille, but a last-ditch tackle from Morel means that the visitors can breathe again. Meanwhile, Stankovic concedes a free-kick for a foul on Mbia. The Serbian is not happy about that, I'll tell you.
  • 40'
    It's Marseille who are setting up camp in the opposing half, and another teasing cross from the right causes the hosts some problems. Five minutes remaining of the first half.
  • 37'
    MOREL! Oohhh! Well, he doesn't score very often, but that was a decent effort from the left-back. He opts to shoot rather than cross, and his strike whistles past Julio Cesar's far post.
  • 36''s Sergio Stanco inside the Giuseppe Meazza gives us this update: "Stankovic is already very tired. He has some difficulties in running fast, surging ahead and coming back in time to defend. He is likely to be replaced in the 2nd half by Cambiasso.
  • 34'
    Morel drifts in a cross which lands straight into the arms of Julio Cesar. Inter commence on a swift counter-attack, as Forlan races to latch onto a lofted ball, though N'Koulou clears his lines in time.
  • 32'
    Corner to Inter. Sneijder's delivery is helped on by Lucio, but cleared by a resolute OM defence. Marseille's development is curtailed by a foul on Nagatomo.
  • 30'
    Maicon feeds Forlan on the right flank, though the Uruguayan's cross is well picked out by Mandanda. Ayew is set to return to the pitch following treatment.
  • 29'
    Penalty? No! Valbuena finds Ayew with a low cross in acres of space, and the Ghanaian takes too long to get his shot away before Zanetti muscles in on him inside the area. Ayew is still down.
  • 28'
    Another mammoth throw-in by Azpilicueta causes problems for the hosts, and the initial header from Remy fails to find Ayew.
  • 26'
    Stankovic attempts to thread a ball on the edge of the area to one of three waiting Inter players, and whilst the pass evades the slipping Diawara, N'Koulou is on hand to hoof the ball away. Meanwhile, OM have completed 95 passes compared to Inter's 91.
  • 25'
    The lofted delivery causes no problems for the Nerazzurri, as it is cleared, though an initial counter-attack is quickly dissolved. Opening up this one.
  • 24'
    Yellow Card Javier Zanetti
  • 24'
    Zanetti fouls the on-rushing Mbia, and is booked. Marseille have a dangerous free-kick 27 yards away from goal. Nervous moments for the Nerazzurri.
  • 22'
    The pitch looks to be in a much better state than a month ago when Arsenal visited AC Milan, although there are a few bobbles, which is proving hard for the players.
  • 21'
    Nagatomo races in towards the penalty box, but is pegged back for a foul on Azpilicueta. Edging towards a quarter of the match completed, and it's still 0-0.
  • 20'
    Here's some permutations. If Marseille score ONE, Inter need three. If Ranieri's men are to progress, they need to defeat the French side by two clear goals.
  • 19'
    REMY! Wide. A lovely cross from Amalfitano, who caused the Nerazzuri problems gets in a neat delivery, but the striker heads narrowly wide of Cesar's goal.
  • 18'
    Valbuena attempts one from distance, but it is headed away. Morel aims to pick out a team-mate, but Nagatomo carries out his defensive duties well.
  • 16'
    Both sides giving away needless free-kicks when defending. It's Inter who have been awarded a set-piece, whipped in by Sneijder and headed away by an alert defence. At the other end, Nagotomo brings down Valbuena, but the little winger's free-kick is headed over by Diarra.
  • 15'
    Valbuena whips in a threatening ball, but Dejan Stankovic is on hand to head the ball away. Throw-in taken long by Azpilicueta is held by Julio Cesar.
  • 13'
    Andrea Poli, making his Champions League debut fouls Loic Remy. Marseille have a set-piece near the corner flag.
  • 12'
    Free-kick to Inter after N'Koulou goes in hard on Milito. 30 yards out, and Sneijder's ball in is cleared by Morel, under pressure from Forlan. Edgy start to the game this.
  • 11'
    MANDANDA!! WHAT A SAVE AGAIN!! The goalkeeper has denied Inter two clear scoring opportunities in the space of two minutes! A cross from the right meets the head of Milito who gets in behind the defence at point-blank range, but Mandanda thwarts him with an instinctive save! Should really be 2-0 Inter, and yet we're goalless!
  • 9'
    L'OM surge up the field after that heart in mouth moment, but the ball into the box is swiftly dealt with. Another look at Sneijder's howler, and it really is a mammoth save from the OM captain. The hosts are getting into their rhythm now!
  • 8'
    MANDANDA! WHAT A SAVE! How are Inter not ahead?! An amazing opportunity falls to the feet of Wesley Sneijder who initially creates the chance from Ayew's slip. Nagotomo races down the flank to cut back in towards the Dutchman, and after an initial block, a heroic save from Mandanda denies Sneijder!
  • 7'
    Diego Milito attempts to put pressure on Nicolas N'Koulou deep in Marseille territory, however the young Cameroonian wins that battle of wits, and gets possession of the ball.
  • 6'
    Deschamps' men are gently knocking the ball about from player to player, drawing fouls from the Nerazzurri. Firstly, Forlan is penalised for a foul on Mbia, and subsequently Samuel is reprimanded for a tackle on Amalfitano.
  • 5'
    Inter haven't heeded the warning signs from L'OM as Remy surges through, teeing up Valbuena, but an alert defence clears. The visitors have started brightly.
  • 4'
    Nagotomo lunges in on Amalfitano, giving away a needless free-kick. It's delivered in deep, but Remy heads wide of the goal.
  • 2'
    Early threat from Marseille as Valbuena forays into the opposition half, and lets fly, albeit with a weak shot. Cesar saves accordingly.
  • 2'
    The match begins in edgy fashion with both sides exchanging passes before Marseille draw a foul just past the halfway line. There are booming sounds inside the stadium, with Inter fans letting off flares.
  • 1'
    Tonight's referee, from Portugal, Pedro Proenca gets us underway! Marseille in their orange European strip, and it is Inter who get us started attacking from right to left!
  • And now the formality of the Champions League anthem. It definitely is an occasion, especially for the visitors who have not progressed past this round for 19 years.
  • The teams are in the tunnels, and the atmosphere is reaching fever pitch in Milan. Not long to go.
  • @Shashwatrff on Twitter: Being an Inter fan it's sad to say but i think inter would lose convincingly.....2-0 to Marseille.....3-0 agg.
  •'s Sergio Stanco is inside the stadium for us tonight, and he has this update: "San Siro is already almost full, outside the stadium it was a nightmare for traffic and chaos at the entrances. There are a lot of French fans all over the stadium not only in their sector. The away stand is full so I can estimate in 10.000 Marseillais in San Siro considering also the ones that are not seated in the away fans sector. Inter have been very well welcomed by its fans, the atmosphere is very hot and there is a lot of hope among Nerazzurri."
  •'s Roger Gonzalez sticks his head out to go for a 2-0 Marseille victory, whilst fellow colleague Nick Valerio thinks Inter will win 2-1 - a result which will not see them progress. Interesting.
  • @09q0 on Twitter: 0-0, Marseille to go through on aggregate.
  • So, L'OM and Nerazzuri fans - what do YOU make of the team lineups? Can Deschamps' men push Ranieri over the edge, or will Inter fight back to save their season? Send me your views and follow me on Twitter @mohammedali_93 - and I'll post those messages up.
  • TEAM NEWS:Claudio Ranieri has opted to start Wesley Sneijder in behind Diego Forlan and Diego Milito, whilst Andrea Poli replaces Esteban Cambiasso in midfield. Didier Deschamps has been boosted by the return of Loic Remy, Mathieu Valbuena and Stephane Mbia as the seek to preserve their aggregate lead.
  • MARSEILLE: Mandanda; Azpilicueta, Diawara, N'Koulou, Morel; Diarra, Mbia; Valbuena, Amalfitano, A. Ayew; Remy.Subs: Bracigliano, Traore, Fanni, Cheyrou, Kabore, Brandao, J. Ayew
  • CONFIRMED TEAM-LINEUPS: INTER: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Nagatomo; Poli, Zanetti, Stankovic; Sneijder; Forlan, Milito Subs: Castellazzi, Ranocchia, Faraoni, Cambiasso, Obi, Pazzini, Zarate
  • Inter, winners in 2010, have qualified for the last 16 for the eighth season running. They are also seeking to make the quarter finals for the third straight campaign. The Nerazzuri have won five of their last 11 games at home against Ligue 1 opposition, most recently a 2-1 victory over Lille in the group stage
  • Right, you brilliant lot. Some stats are in order: Olympique de Marseille are bidding to reach the last eight for the first time since they won the competition in 1993. The last time the two sides met before this season, L'OM went on to beat Inter 1-0 at the Giuseppe Meazza, having secured victory by the same scoreline at home in the 2003-04 UEFA Cup quarter-final.
  • Former Inter defender Fulvio Collovati issued a word of warning towards embattled boss Claudio Ranieri: "Iexpected more from Marseille, but since then they have lost four consecutive games. It depends on how it goes, but if it goes badly, I think that his Inter adventure will end.” Better hope it doesn't go badly then.
  • Didier Deschamps, meanwhile, has stated that OM have nothing to lose ahead of tonight's game: "We have nothing to lose. Inter are a great team and they will do anything to get through. Our aim was to reach the knockout phase but we will do our best to keep going as far possible."
  • Inter on the other hand have finally broken their winless streak, with a 2-0 win over Chievo on Friday night which reduced Claudio Ranieri to tears. The victory ensured the Nerazzuri's first three points since mid-January and also provided a boost of confidence ahead of tonight's showdown with the Ligue 1 giants, with the hosts required to overturn a deficit to qualify for the last eight for the third straight season.
  • Now what of their league form I hear you cry (hopefully)? How the tables have turned domestically for Didier Deschamps' outfit. In the run-up to the first leg on 22nd February, L'OM were unbeaten for almost three months, winning 12 of their 15 matches since November. Since Andre Ayew settled the first leg encounter, OM have scored......none, and have lost four straight Ligue 1 encounters - two of them to promoted sides, culminating in a 1-0 defeat to Ajaccio on Friday. Not ideal preparation one would OM are struggling to even qualify for next season's competition.
  • Let's re-cap the first leg, shall we? Three weeks ago, the two sides encountered a competitive game on the south coast of France, and it wasn't until the 93rd minute that Andre Ayew rose highest to power a header past Julio Cesar and into the net to give Marseille a slender 1-0 lead, and send the Stade Velodrome faithful into delirium. The scoreline, in truth failed to reflect positively on the Nerazzuri who were the victims of their own profligate finishing, most notably from Diego Forlan who brought a fine stop out of Steve Mandanda.
  • I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be bringing you LIVE commentary throughout tonight's showdown. As always, you can get involved and send me your messages, predictions and opinions more via Twitter to @mohammedali_93. Understand amigos? Course you do.
  • Good evening! And welcome to's LIVE commentary from the UEFA Champions League.first knockout round, second leg from the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. It's a huge one, make no mistake as Inter and Olympique de Marseille lock horns with a place in the last eight at stake. Should be an intriguing evening.