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UEFA Champions League

  • September 28, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
  • Referee: J. Eriksson
  • • Attendance: 26142

Live Commentary

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  • FULL TIME! An incredible win for the hosts, who remain at the top of their group, having taken six points from their two matches thus far. It was a gritty win, but they took their chances and earned a tremendous victory. Having played well for all but a few critical moments, Dortmund will be scratching their heads as they return to Germany.
  • 90' + 4'
    What an unfortunate turn of events for the substitute, whose brother was the hero. He earns a second booking for a silly, and completely needless, dive.
  • 90' + 3'
    Yellow/Red Jordan Ayew
  • 90' + 3'
  • 90' + 1'
    With the clock winding down now the Marseille fans are finding their lungs once more. There will be a deafening roar at full time...
  • 89'
    SubstitutionA. Ayew Jean-Philippe Sabo
  • 89'
    Ayew comes off much to the applause of the home fans. He made the difference on the night; Jean-Philippe Sabo is his replacement.
  • 89'
    BARRIOS HITS THE BAR! And wouldn't you believe it, Mandana is finally beaten, but the Paraguayan striker's header is denied by the woodwork.
  • 88'
    BLASZCZYKOWSKI! Oh, he takes too long! Gotze slips a perfect ball in to the substitute, who ought to have shot with his first touch. He has two attempts blocked. Dortmund just can't score...
  • 86'
    Here's a glimpse at goal for the hosts as Jordan Ayew takes a speculative shot from distance, but Weidenfeller is able to smother it comfortably.
  • 84'
    The crowd is surprisingly quiet in the closing minutes. Not much happening as the result was decided several minutes ago.
  • 82'
    Gotze goes on a solo run up the middle and does well up to the edge of the box before Diarra intervenes with a good challenge.
  • 79'
    Yellow Card Jordan Ayew
  • 79'
    Jordan Ayew is the next to be booked for an over-enthusiastic challenge on Piszczek near the midfield line. Had he won the ball he would have been free, but he was actually well late.
  • 78'
    Again play opens up for Dortmund, who fail to convert. Perisic has the ball fall favourably to his feet, but before he can shoot on goal he is closed down.
  • 75'
    Mandana makes a rare mistake as he spills a Subotic free kick. Barrios is first to the ball, but is called offside before he can convert.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionRobert Lewandowski L. Barrios
  • 73'
    SubstitutionLucho González Morgan Amalfitano
  • 73'
    More substitutions now: for Marseille, Remy is replaced by Jordan Ayew and Morgan Amafitano is on for Lucho Gonzalez. For Dortmund, Lucas Barrios comes in for Lewandowski.
  • 72'
    SubstitutionLoïc Remy Jordan Ayew
  • 70'
    True to the tune of the match, Dortmund are up and fighting at the other end, but chances go begging. Gotze goes on a superb solo run up the end line but again runs into too many defenders. Moments later, Gotze again is at the centre of the action as he heads a cross on goal, but Mandana tips for a corner!
  • 69'
    Assist Loïc Remy
  • 69'
    Penalty Goal A. Ayew
  • 69'
  • 68'
    PENALTY FOR MARSEILLE! Valbuena gets ahead of Piszczek and looks to cuts back to Remy, but Kehl clatters into the striker!
  • 65'
    Really incredible how this game has turned out. Marseille have had two sniffs at goal and scored with both. Dortmund have hit the post and had a number of chances go begging, but are yet to score...
  • 63'
    SubstitutionShinji Kagawa Jakub Blaszczykowski
  • 63'
    SubstitutionKevin Großkreutz Ivan Perisic
  • 63'
    Dortmund make a pair of substitutions now as Ivan Perisic and Jakub Blaszczykowski replace Grosskreutz and Kagawa
  • 63'
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL REMY! 2-0 MARSEILLE! What a turn of events! Just as in the first half, a defensive mistake leads to a chance for the hosts, and a clinical finish sees them take full advantage! Hummels heads the ball directly into Remy's path, and the striker volleys a fantastic strike inside the right post!
  • 62'
    Goal Loïc Remy
  • 62'
    Valbuena is in and...offside! A tight decision, but a correct one. Dortmund breath a collective sigh of relief.
  • 60'
    Yellow Card Jérémy Morel
  • 60'
    And there's the second booking of the game as Morel comes across Piszczek. The Frenchman was first to the ball, but his challenge was rather reckless and the Pole made the most of it...
  • 58'
    Yellow Card Mats Hummels
  • 58'
    Oh dear, Hummels is late to come in on Ayew and picks up the first booking of the game. Free kick to L'OM near the centre circle.
  • 57'
    Dortmund win another corner following a good passing sequence. their completion rate was just 67% in the first half, an uncommonly low figure. It has dramatically improved since the start of the second half.
  • 55'
    More pressure from the Germans as Lewandowski heads towards Kagawa, but N'Koulou nudges him off balance and Mandana claims.
  • 54'
    Schmelzer has a cross punched clear by Mandana. the hosts have been awfully sloppy with the ball, especially in their own third, since the beginning of the second half...
  • 52'
    AGAIN! Another cheap giveaway from the hosts and Gotze is played behind their back line. Mandana heroically comes out and deflects the ball clear off his opponent's feet!
  • 51'
    GOTZE! HOW IS IT NOT 1-1??? Incredible sequence as Grosskreutz crosses and N'Koulou nods straight to Gotze. The 19-year-old volleys off the inside of the post, and Mandana pounces!
  • 48'
    LUCHO! It could be 2-0, again! Remy gets the better of Schmelzer on the wing and crosses low to Lucho at the near post. The Argentine stumbles over the ball and before he finds it, the ball rolls out of play!
  • 46'
    Oh, from the get-go, Dortmund go straight for goal! Lewandowski flicks on to Kagawa, who appears to be impeded by Azpilicueta. No penalty is given, though Dortmund are awarded a corner...
  • 46'
  • That's all from here for now - I'll be back in 15 minutes to keep you up to date with all the latest developments.
  • HALF TIME! The hosts looked to be in some danger in the early stages, but battled back and through Ayew's brilliance, managed to go ahead. The goal changed everything, and the hosts looked rather comfortable afterward. They are in full control for the moment, meaning that Jurgen Klopp will have to inspire some big changes if the visitors are to take anything from this match.
  • The players are back on the pitch now and we're almost ready to start. No changes, it appears...
  • 45' + 1'
    Two minutes of time to be added, but at this rate it appears that the score will remain 1-0 at half-time...
  • 44'
    Ayew shows fantastic strength to fend off a couple of challenges before finding Lucho on the right. The playmaker tries to find Remy in the centre, but Hummels is keen to intercept and deflects out for a corner.
  • 42'
    Bender is fortunate not to be booked as he crashes into Lucho long after the ball had left. The BVB man has missed his team's last two matches and appears a bit behind the pace.
  • 41'
    N'Koulou is penalised for running into Weidenfeller, who had punched a corner clear.
  • 40'
    Remy turns Subotic on the touchline, but the Serbian defender recovers and makes a critically important tackle to concede a throw-in.
  • 37'
    The man of the match thus far has absolutely been Ayew, who just threatened another time after taking the ball down with a truly immaculate touch. He makes a poor decision to cross towards no real target, though, and Hummels clears.
  • 36'
    AYEW AGAIN! OH, IT COULD HAVE BEEN 2-0! Brilliant play from the winger, who powers past both Piszczek and Gotze before crossing. Dortmund fail to properly clear, and Valbuena returns the ball to Ayew, whose low drive is parried by Weidenfeller!
  • 34'
    Ayew is OK to continue, and shortly after play resumes, Schmelzer plays a dangerous ball across the face of goal! No team-mate is in the area, though, and the ball skips out to the opposite wing.
  • 33'
    Ayew goes down awkwardly and appears to have injured his shoulder. No foul is called, but after a few moments of continued play, play comes to a temporary halt...
  • 32'
    Ah, nice work by Valbuena, who makes enough space to dribble up the end line and cross, but nobody is at the near post. Hummels heads to Schmelzer, who clears.
  • 30'
    More pace from the hosts, who have really been controlling the possession over the last few minutes. Kagawa is felled in the centre circle and takes the free kick early. Gotze races forward, but his through ball to Lewandowski asks a bit too much of the Pole as Diawara runs it down.
  • 28'
    TWO MORE CHANCES FOR DORTMUND! But both go begging! Kehl redirects the corner on goal, forcing a good reflex save from Mandana. The rebound goes only as far as Hummels, who volleys narrowly over the bar! Still 1-0 to Marseille...
  • 28'
    Curiously, the lines judge has stood in front of the ball for the last 30 seconds or so, preventing Schmelzer from taking the corner...
  • 27'
    Piszczek tries a cross, but the ball is deflected out for a corner...
  • 25'
    Kagawa gets in behind the hosts' back line but his cross is easily claimed by Mandana.
  • 22'
    That goal has changed everything. The match was really lacking in pace up to that point and now the impetus is on the visitors to make a change. Marseille, by contrast, are not in such need...
  • 20'
    Assist Loïc Remy
  • 20'
    Goal A. Ayew
  • 20'
    GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! AYEW PUTS MARSEILLE AHEAD! Incredible! Marseille get their first sniff at goal and the Ghanaian takes his chance brilliantly! It all starts as Remy receives the ball outside the box and Subotic slips and goes to ground. Piszczek is forced to confront the striker, who lays off to Ayew, who powers home a really spectacular finish inside the far post.
  • 19'
    GOTZE! OH, MANDANA MAKES TWO SUPERB SAVES! The winger beats the offside trap and takes a long ball off his chest. After dribbling in past N'Koulou, he cuts back on his right foot and is denied by a brilliant stop! Moments later, the ball deflects back to him and he again has his shot saved by the goalkeeper!
  • 17'
    Ah, much better from Dortmund! Gotze and Piszczek link well before the latter runs into a sea of red. He stays with the play and maintains possession surprisingly long before the ball is cleared to Schmelzer, who has a go from the edge of the box. His shot is weak, though, and misses wide.
  • 14'
    Still a real lack of pace in the match thus far, and this, coupled with Dortmund enjoying the majority of possession, has prompted jeers from the home fans...
  • 11'
    What a phenomenal run by Gotze up the end line! After initially being stopped by Valbuena, the youngster powers past his marker, and then Diarra. His cut-back pass is intercepted, though, and Marseille breathe a sigh of relief.
  • 10'
    Dortmund concede possession too easily in their own box and the break is on! Remy gets a step ahead of Subotic, but Hummels steps forward to play him offside!
  • 8'
    First real sign of danger from the visitors as Kagawa plays through to Gotze, but Mandana reaches the ball half a step early. The goalkeeper's momentum takes him out of the penalty area and he needs to be quick to clear ahead of Lewandowski.
  • 8'
    And now it's AYEW! But his header from the corner misses narrowly over the bar! Poor marking from Subotic, by the way...
  • 7'
    Oooh, what a chance that Lucho wastes! Morel races up the left flank and sends in a low ball, but the unmarked Lucho completely fails to connect! Kehl eventually sends the ball out for a corner...
  • 6'
    Piszczek tries a long throw that Bender flicks on, but Diawara clears under no serious pressure
  • 5'
    Oh, very nice play between Remy and Valbuena, but the latter is just fractionally offside as the return pass is released.
  • 4'
    Kabore attempts a clearance, but Gotze catches him from behind to concede a free kick near the Marseille box.
  • 2'
    Some early signs of impatience from the fans as the match has gotten off to a rather slow start. Surely it will pick up soon enough...
  • 1'
    AND THE MATCH BEGINS! Marseille kick off but quickly concede possession.
  • Captains Mandana and Kehl meet the refereeing staff in the centre circle and exchange pleasantries...
  • The Champions League anthem sounds out from the Stade Velodrome now...
  • Subs: Langerak, Felipe Santana, Antonio da Silva, Blaszczykowski, Gundogan, Perisic, Barrios
  • Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer; Bender, Kehl; Gotze, Kagawa, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski
  • Subs: Bracigliano, Sabo, Amalfitano, J. Ayew, Omrani, Gadi
  • Marseille (4-2-3-1): Mandana; Azpilicueta, Diawara, N'Koulou, Morel; Diarra, Kabore; Valbuena, Lucho Gonzalez, A. Ayew; Remy
  • Starting line-ups are in...
  • Tonight's match is a critical one for both sides, who will be wary not to allow themselves to fall too far behind the pace in what is a very competitive group.
  • Dortmund, meanwhile, enter the match joint-second with Arsenal, with whom they drew 1-1 two weeks ago.
  • Marseille enter tonight's match atop the standings in Champions League Group F, having edged Olympiacos by a 1-0 margin in their opener in Piraeus.
  • Hello and welcome to's LIVE coverage of Marseille vs Dortmund. I'm Clark Whitney, and I'll be keeping you company for the next two hours or so…