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Coupe de la Ligue
April 14, 2012
• Stade de France, Paris
Referee: S. Lannoy
• Attendance: 78877
MARSEILLE LIFT THE COUPE DE LA LIGUE! A wonderful sight. Ticker tape all around as fireworks erupt over the national stadium
Marseille embark up the steps of the Stade de France to pick up their winners' medals now as the trophy ceremony moves into full swing.
Lyon's players dejectedly pick up their losers' medals. They've been average this evening to say the least.
The trophy celebration is imminent, and Steve Mandanda will be the man to lift the trophy once more. Marseille qualify for the Europa League irrespective of their league finish. A wonderful story for the beleaguered giants. Lyon have to do it all again in the Coupe de France final against Quevilly. They must win that one, surely.
Lyon players are emotional and are consoled by the coaching staff. The likes of Samuel Umtiti are in tears. Marseille meanwhile, have broken their hoodoo of defeats!
FULLTIME! And history is made! Marseille is the first team to win the Coupe de la Ligue trophy for the third straight year with an extra-time victory over Lyon. Brandao is the hero once again!
120' + 2'
FULL-TIME: OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS 0-1 MARSEILLE - MARSEILLE WIN THE COUPE DE LA LIGUE!!!!
120' + 1'
Yellow Card Alexandre Lacazette
ONE MINUTE LEFT! Gomis shoots from distance. Easy for Mandanda, surely that is it!
INTO ADDED TIME! Lyon down to ten men. Surely there is no time left for Lyon?
Yellow Card N. N'Koulou
Yellow/Red Dejan Lovren
Oh dear, a spot of handbags. Both sets of players engage in a pointless argument with an OM player down on the pitch. Yellows are given to Alexandre Lacazette, Nicolas N'Koulou and Dejan Lovren. The referee forgot that Lovren was already booked, but the Croatian is now SENT OFF!
Marseille are without a win since beating Inter 1-0 in the Champions League in mid-February. Eleven defeats in 12 games have followed, and that could all change tonight.
Brandao fouls Umtiti as Lyon are offered one more chance. Marseille bring on Jeremy Morel on for Mathieu Valbuena.
Oh what a poor decision by Fanni. Breaks free on the right wing, but with Brandao waiting in the middle, he opts to catch Lloris off his line, with the France captain not swayed.
Lacazette goes down in the penalty area but Lyon's penalty appeals are dismissed. Went down too easily in my opinion.
Marseille opting to keep the ball and slowly instigate attacks. A speculative ball from the midfield bobbles towards Lloris.
Lyon fans look on dejected as their team fail to stir up some attacking chances. Reveilliere bombs forward, but Azpilicueta is on hand to clear the ball.
Lyon aim to hit OM on the counter with another lofted ball over the defence, but N'Koulou is on hand to nullify the threat. The Cameroonian is on top form this evening.
Lyon lacking some urgency, and haven't even ventured into the Marseille box as of yet. OM fans are making much of the noise inside the Stade de France.
CLOSE AGAIN! Marseille might be kicking themselves that they are not 2-0 ahead. Another cross in from a corner and Fanni goes close with a header, as Lloris saves.
AYEW!!! LLORIS FANTASTIC SAVE!! Wonderful ball from the right, and the Ghanaian's speculative header almost floats into the back of the net, had it not been for Lloris' clawed save.
Lacazette is on as Remi Garde rolls the dice one last time! Tense 15 minutes for Lyon as the second half is UNDERWAY!
105' + 1'
The Stade de France erupts with joy after Marseille take the lead against Lyon. 15 minutes short of two hours, and OM are on the brink of history.
105' + 1'
Half-time in extra-time - Lyon 0-1 Marseille (Brandao 105')
GOOOOAALLLL! FINALLY!! MARSEILLE TAKE THE LEAD!! BRANDAO!!! His seventh goal in eight CDL games, and he has given OM the lead. Fantastic ball from Cheyrou, in towards the Brazilian who evades Umtiti and strikes under Lloris!!! LYON 0-1 MARSEILLE!!!
Marseille counter and a fantastic ball into the box finds Brandao who heads wide, with Ayew giving chase. The ball rolls out for a goal-kick.
BRIAND! He's been invisible all night, but when the moment presents itself, Briand wastes it. Lovely ball over the top of Azpilicueta, and the ex-Rennes winger fires miles over Mandanda's bar.
GOMIS! Inches wide! Was it a shot? Or a cross? Either way, he should've done better. Evades the challenge of the OM defenders, and Gomis strikes across the face of the goal and goes out.
FANNI! Headed into Lloris' arms after taking a bounce. The Lyon defenders have failed to track the run of the right-back.
VALBUENA! No power in the shot, and it is saved easily by Hugo Lloris.
Marseille send on Brandao in place of Loic Remy who trots off the field in disbelief and shakes his head.
Valbuena attempts a delivery from the flank in towards the lurking Ayew. Cleared. Marseille readying another substitution.
Fanni continues the trend of woeful crosses with yet another overhit attempt. Good movement by Cheyrou to create the opening however.
A minute later, Loic Remy becomes the sixth player in the book with an elbow in the face of Samuel Umtiti, who is in turn stepped on by the referee.
Yellow Card Loïc Remy
Yellow card for Bafetimbi Gomis after clattering into Mbia. In truth, Gomis has done nothing wrong. Referee Stephane Lannoy has made a number of poor decisions tonight.
Yellow Card Bafetimbi Gomis
UNDERWAY IN THE FIRST PERIOD OF EXTRA-TIME: Lyon get us started. It has actually gone past 23.00 CET local time.
90' + 3'
Boos greet the final whistle at the Stade de France in what was a turgid and uninspiring second half in the final. Amalfitano had the best chance of the game in the 65th minute, hitting the bar. Stay tuned with Goal.com for extra-time, and if required - penalties!
90' + 3'
FULL TIME: Olympique Lyonnais 0-0 Olympique de Marseille. Extra-time to follow shortly.
90' + 2'
AYEW! Over. Difficult one to get on target, but the Ghanaian has spurned the final opportunity in normal time. Could've essentially headed back in towards the path of Remy.
90' + 2'
@Chidex15 on Twitter: Its a tightly contested match.. But Marseille has the edge
90' + 1'
TWO ADDED MINUTES signalled by the fourth official.
Entering the final minute of normal time with a further 30 minutes looking likely. Marseille have a knack of scoring late with Lyon coming back in the 94th minute in their semi-final to eventually qualify for the final.
Amalfitano threads a pass in towards Valbuena whose cross is slightly overhit and goes out for a throw-in. Lyon boss Remi Garde fails to control the ball well.
GOMIS! Over. Lyon's corner is a good one, but Gomis fails to connect with it properly as it travels over the bar. Five minutes remaining in the Coupe de la Ligue final.
Grenier crosses deep in towards the box, but again Mandanda is on hand to grab the ball. Crossing tonight has been poor overall. Lisandro Lopez forces a corner for les Gones.
The free-kick, taken by Valbuena into the box is headed away before being crossed back into the danger zone. Reveilliere draws a foul from Azpiliceuta.
Substitution for Marseille: Alou Diarra off for Charles Kabore.
Last season's Coupe de la Ligue Final didn't see a goal until the 81st minute when Taye Taiwo (now at QPR) fired in to seal Marseille a cup win over Montpellier.
Remy gives Dabo the runaround, but the striker's cross in towards Ayew is poor and plucked out of the air by Lloris. Still 0-0, ten minutes or so to go.
The ball is in the back of the net, but it is DISALLOWED! Lisandro heads towards Gomis who is offside, and the striker fires in past Mandanda despite the whistle already being blown.
N'Koulou does well to retrieve the ball against Lisandro as Lyon again aim to break down a resilient OM rearguard. Azpilicueta clears.
The 25,000 Marseille fans inside the stadium are continuing to ramp up the noise and spur on their side to victory. Extra-time looking very very likely.
Dabo takes on Fanni on the left wing, and again the left-back opts for the wrong decision in powering his cross as it sails past Mandanda's goal.
Corner awarded to Lyon after some perseverance on the wing by Kallstrom. Approaching the last 17 minutes or so. Whipped in by Grenier, and Mandanda punches it away for a throw-in.
Lyon threaten again with Lisandro going toe-to-toe with Mbia in the box. Mbia appears to be hurt and is in some pain. Seems to be a jaw injury.
Interestingly, Amalfitano's header off the post four minutes ago was the first shot on target in the Coupe de la Ligue Final.
And Kallstrom with two attempts fails to even trouble Mandanda. First, the free-kick cannons off the wall before the Swede fires wide.
Michel Fernandes Bastos
First substitution in the match. Lyon bring on Clement Grenier on for Michel Bastos. Lyon have a free-kick from 40 yards out despite OM appearing to do nothing wrong.
AMALFITANO!!! OFF THE POST!!! Wonderful save from Lloris to push it onto the woodwork. Dazzling move by Valbuena who gets past Reveilliere and drill in a cross. It is met by Amalfitano who is unlucky. Almost a goal from Marseille!
Lyon face an uncertain moment as Lloris runs out of goal to meet a loose ball, and luckily gets to it in time. Marseille stepping up their efforts.
VALBUENA! Oohh, just wide. Inches wide even. 'Le Petit Velo' cuts in past the Lyon defenders and his effort goes agonisingly wide of Lloris' goal. Bit like the player's goal against Dortmund in the Champions League, if you like.
GOMIS! Offside. Fantastic header from the striker though the referee's assistant has ruled it out for offside.
AYEW! Close from Marseille. A very poor defensive challenge from Lovren allows Ayew to lock onto the free-kick, but is denied by an on-rushing Hugo Lloris. Reveilliere holding off the Ghanaian perhaps proved the best move for les Gones.
Amalfitano is in some pain after a poor challenge from Dabo. Marseille have a free-kick on the right hand side, 50 yards from goal.
Valbuena seeks space on the right flank, but the ball narrowly evades the dimunitive winger as Lyon are awarded a free-kick. Still 0-0.
Yellow Card Dejan Lovren
Penalty? NO! Superb run by Gomis into the penalty area, but the Frenchman is wonderfully denied by the impressive Azpilicueta. Referee Lannoy waves play on before Lovren is booked for a late tackle on Valbuena.
Dabo paces his marker on the left flank, but his delivery evades a team-mate as Diarra clears accordingly. On the touch-line, a frustrated Remi Garde barks instructions at his players.
If Marseille win tonight, they join an elite list of clubs who have won three consecutive (or more) cup titles including the great Liverpool side of the 80s, Lille in the 40s, as well as Red Star, Athletic Bilbao, Blackburn, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Yellow Card Stéphane M'Bia
Yellow card for Stephane Mbia after a clumsy challenge on Bafetimbi Gomis. That's the third yellow card of the match now.
Play has been stopped due to two players - Bastos & Mbia going to ground. Mbia appears to catch the ankle of Bastos after both going for an aerial ball.
Valbuena drills in a cross from the right, and after an initial hesistation, Lloris jumps on top of Lovren to claw it away.
Neither side have had a shot on target as yet in this encounter. Marseille meanwhile have, in their previous two cup finals, scored in the second half only.
UNDERWAY IN THE SECOND HALF! Lyon get us started kicking from lfet to right.
Interesting. In the build-up to the final, Marseille's youth teams beat their Lyon counterparts 6-2, and 1-0 in their 'final' game on the pitch at the Stade de France this afternoon. Can the senior team make it a hat-trick of victories?
A new record for the Coupe de la Ligue Final, which for the first time is being aired in 73 countries and in 200 million homes as reported by the LFP. Not too sure they all would've enjoyed the first half. I'll be back in a bit with coverage of the second period.
Marseille & Lyon fans, I want to hear from you. What are your thoughts ahead of the second half? Send me your messages via Twitter to @mohammedali_93
Marseille have looked the likelier to score, but they too have been rather profligate up front with Remy, Azpilicueta and Fanni all failing to get past Hugo Lloris who has had a rather easy 45 minutes. Much of the play has been surrounded in the midfield.
In truth, it has been a poor half of football in Saint-Denis on the outskirts of Paris. Lyon had an early chance from Lovren, which was mirrored by Gomis' chance just before the half, but Remi Garde's outfit have failed to seriously trouble a solid Marseille defence.
HALF-TIME: Olympique Lyonnais 0-0 Olympique de Marseille.
45' + 2'
Ayew gives chase to a long ball in towards the right flank, but fails to get it in time. That appears to be the last remaining action in the first-half.
45' + 1'
Into TWO ADDED MINUTES here at the Stade de France.
Nicolas N'Koulou has a pass completion rate of 95%, followed by Lyon's Gonalons (93%) and Samuel Umtiti (92%) the stats tell us as we approach half-time in the Coupe de la Ligue Final.
Remy spreads play in towards Fanni. The right-back's cross in towards a team-mate is headed behind awkwardly by Reveilliere with Lloris catching the ball well.
Azpilicueta gets ahead with a timely volley which is denied by Lovren. Marseille certainly growing in confidence with a series of intereptions and blocks to nullify Lyon's pacy attackers.
GOMIS! Almost a goal there from Lyon and it initially came from a poor shot from Michel Bastos. The Brazilian's effort appears to go miles wide before Gomis gets in behind the defence and attempts to connect with it, but agonisingly fails.
Fantastic move by Loic Remy who picks up on Lovren's error and dribbles in between the Lyon defence before the Croatian redeems himself to concede a corner.
Remi Garde's men threaten momentarily with Kallstrom spreading the ball towards Bastos who fails to control the ball as it goes out for a throw-in. Could've evolved into something serious, that.
Bastos catches Cesar Azpiliceuta with the referee awarding a free-kick to L'OM. Eight minutes till half-time. Who can grab the opening goal? Tweet me @mohammedali_93.
Amalfitano weaves in past les Gones' defender and draws a foul from Kallstrom. Poor decision from the Swede, and Marseille again have a set-piece in a position.
Amalfitano floats a speculative ball up the field towards Remy before Lloris again acts instinctively to grab the ball. Marseille look the more likelier to open the scoring, in all honesty.
A half-chance from Lyon as Briand and Bastos take charge of the wings. The former swiches play towards the Brazilian whose low cross in towards the box is blocked by Morgan Amalfitano
Azpilicueta pings a pass towards Remy up front, but Lloris snuffs out the chance, coming forward to gain possession of the ball. Passed the half-hour mark at the Stade de France.
Marseille have a free-kick about 30 yards out, and it is a very good delivery into the box. Mbia jumps with Lloris who is under pressure to punch away, and does so with the aid of the referee's whistle.
MANDANDA! Completly missed the punch after committing himself and OM are awarded a free-kick despite the ball hitting Diarra on its way over the bar.
Diarra is caught out with a poor ball. N'Koulou performs heroics to divert the ball away from Lisandro and out for a corner with Gomis seeking to capitalise on the error.
Free-kick is poor and fails to trouble Lloris. Remy collects the ball on the outside of the box, and ventures in before his low ball is cleared by Lovren. Neither side really threatening at the minute.
Yellow Card Jimmy Briand
Jimmy Briand is booked for a crude challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta near the corner flag. The young Spaniard seems to be in some pain here. OM have the set-piece, in a particularly dangerous position.
Marseille reduced to ten men after Fanni is forced off to receive medical treatment. The right-back is on the field once more, with OM looking particularly strong.
L'OM surge forward through Ayew on the left-flank. Cross is deep but fails to find a team-mate. Fanni attempts to recover the ball, but is caught in the face with an elbow.
Marseille leading the possession count 60% to 40%. They are fearsome on the flank and from set-pieces. If they are to score, one would presume that it would be from that situation.
Here is a random stat. Marseille have appeared in two previous Coupe de la Ligue Finals (this being their third). All of their goals in the showpiece have been scored at the end they are attacking now.
Great movement down the right flank by Fanni whose first time cross is not dealt with by a static Lyon defence. Cheyrou fires goalwards which is blocked before the ball is eventually cleared.
18 minutes gone and not much chances created in the final as of yet. What do you fans make of the game so far? Tweet me @mohammedali_93.
Dabo back onto the pitch amidst boos from the Marseille fans. Kallstrom digs deep from the midfield with a lovely lofted ball into space towards Michel Bastos. The Brazilian is pegged back for offside.
Yellow Card Alou Diarra
Dabo goes down under a challenge, but the referee initially waves play on. Lyon subsequently lose possession despite Dabo still injured. Play is then stopped to give the defender attention, and Alou Diarra is booked for the challenge as he looks on in disbelief. What was that about?
....And the free-kick goes absolutely nowhere, sailing high and wide over Mandanda's goal bringing cheers from the fervent Marseillais inside the Stade de France.
Lyon awarded a free-kick about 40 yards from goal after Stephane Mbia goes in late and hard on Lisandro Lopez. Referee Lannoy gives the Cameroonian a talking to. Kallstrom is over the ball......
Amalfitano whips in a threatening cross from the right flank, though it is denied by an alert Samuel Umtiti. The young defender in his first senior season at the Rhone club replaces Bakary Kone alongside Dejan Lovren.
A rather tetchy start to the Coupe de la Ligue Final with both sides failing to retain the ball as well as giving away needless fouls. Ayew is penalised up front, heading wide. The Ghanaian partners Loic Remy, who incidentally is the competition's top scorer with four goals.
Fanni's throw-in causes havoc in the Lyon box, and whilst Umtiti tries to clear his lines, Azpilicueta intercepts. The referee decides it was hand-ball, much to the dismay of the Spain U23 international.
Marseille's run to the final included wins over Lens, Caen and Nice in the semi-finals. Lyon encountered Saint-Etienne, Lille and Lorient in a much difficult path to the final. So difficult in fact, that they were seconds away from elimination in the semi-final but Jimmy Briand's 94th minute equaliser forced extra-time against les Merlus.
Azpilicueta heads back to Mandanda though Bafetimbi Gomis gives chase, barging Nicolas N'Koulou in the process. Foul given by referee Lannoy.
It's Marseille's turn to see more of the ball as Remy goes to ground after a challenge. Fanni's ball up the other end finds no team-mate, as Lyon recover possession.
LOVREN! Inches wide. Lyon have started the better in the final, and Kallstrom's free-kick meets the head of the Croatian who rises highest to meet the ball. Mandanda sees it go past.
Gonalons is tackled by Ayew, but the referee signals a free-kick against the Ghanaian. Poor decision as Ayew had got the ball.
Jimmy Briand shows pace to beat his marker Azpilicueta, but his cross is over-hit as it trickles out of play.
Tonight's final referee Stephane Lannoy gets us underway. Lyon in their traditional white, Marseille in their change strip.
Formalities over. The 2012 final is to be kicked off by Lyon legend Sonny Anderson, alongside Marseille's Abedi Pele father of Andre and Jordan Ayew!
An amazing scene inside the national stadium in France with balloons, and pyrotechnics galore ahead of the teams' entrance to Party Rock Anthem. It's a fervent atmosphere, and it is seconds away!
The opening ceremony is in full flow, with a giant Coupe de la Ligue trophy floating in the air at the Stade de France. The French know how to put on a show.
Atmosphere building inside the 80,000-capacity Stade de France which sold out three weeks ago! Any last-minute predictions? Send them via Twitter to @mohammedali_93. Moments to go until kick-off!
Loic Remy and Cesar Azpilicueta return to full match fitness and take their place with the latter deployed in the unusual role of left-back. It is the same side that lost to rivals Paris Saint-Germain last weekend. Amalfitano, Valbuena, Ayew all return after missing Wednesday's 3-1 defeat to Montpellier.
TEAM NEWS: Remi Garde has dropped semi-final star Alexandre Lacazette in favour of Bafetimbi Gomis who partners captain Lisandro in a 4-4-2 formation. Jimmy Briand returns to displace Gueida Fofana while Cris only makes the bench with youngsters Samuel Umtiti and Mohamadou Dabo preferred to the experienced Bakary Kone and Aly Cissokho.
OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE: Mandanda; Fanni, Nkoulou, Mbia, Azpilicueta; Diarra, Cheyrou; Amalfitano, Valbuena, A Ayew, Rémy. SUBS: Bracigliano, Traoré, Morel, Kaboré, Brandão, Gignac, Jordan Ayew
OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS: Lloris, Réveillère, Lovren, Umtiti, Dabo, Gonalons, Källström, Briand, Bastos, Lisandro, Gomis. SUBS: Vercoutre, Cris, Koné, Cissokho, Grénier, Fofana, Lacazette
CONFIRMED TEAM LINE-UPS:
On the other hand, OM's trainer Deschamps has bluntly said that victory tonight would not save their season. "It won't save anything," said the World Cup winner in Friday's pre-game press conference. "It's a final and there's something at stake, a title to play for. But it won't give us any more points in the league."
Remi Garde has warned against complacency ahead of his side's first cup final for three years. "There is no superiority complex," the 43 year old told reporters. "It's not in my personality and not in the DNA of my group. We have been brought down to Earth many times this season. We have had difficulties against L'OM in the past"
Marseille meanwhile are seeking cup salvation in a tournament where they haven't LOST since September 2008! (Hands up who actually knew that!). L'OM have won the Coupe de la Ligue in 2010 (beating Bordeaux 3-1) and 2011 (beating Montpellier 1-0). A win would qualify them for the Europa League and add some comfort in an otherwise wretched season where Didier Deschamps' men have lost 11 out of their last 12.
Remi Garde's men are in great form heading into tonight's final. Since their Champions League elimination at the hands of APOEL, les Gones have won six out of seven games, as well as qualifying for the Coupe de France final where they will play part-timers Quevilly. Victory tonight would ensure a first trophy for the Rhone club since Alain Perrin's reign in 2008. The club had previously won seven straight league titles from 2002-08.
The Coupe de la Ligue final promises to be a momentous occasion with the first piece of silverware in the French football season up for grabs. Marseille are bidding to become the first side to win the trophy for an unprecedented third straight year. Lyon on the other hand are appearing in the CDL final for the first time since 2007, having won the trophy for the one and only time in 2001.
First of all, allow me to introduce myself. My name's Mohammed Ali and I'll be bringing you the action as it happens from the French capital. Have a prediction? A comment? Maybe even an opinion? Send them to me via Twitter to @mohammedali_93. I'll be waiting patiently.
Good evening and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE text commentary. It's the 2012 Coupe de la Ligue Final featuring Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille from the Stade de France in Paris. It ought to be a mouthwatering showpiece. Team news to follow shortly.
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