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January 15, 2012
• Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Referee: R. Buquet
• Attendance: 41279
For Lille, well they remain six behind PSG, and fail to capitalise on Lyon's slip-up yesterday. Despite chances, they were distinctly second-best. That's it from me this evening, and thanks again for joining Goal.com's LIVE text commentary. I'm Mohammed Ali, and it's been a pleasure. Good night.
What a win for Didier Deschamps' men who beat the Ligue 1 champions and continue their surge up the table. Further tests lie ahead in the shape of Lyon and Rennes, but L'OM have entered 2012 in exactly the same way as they ended 2011, scoring ten and conceding none in three matches.
90' + 5'
FULL-TIME! Olympique de Marseille 2-0 Lille!
90' + 4'
Mathieu Valbuena is tripped by Chedjou. And it's a short-free-kick as OM continue to wind down the clock. Seconds remaining.
90' + 3'
Marseille doing well to keep possession and wind down time. It's a big win for them, and trims the points they are behind leaders PSG to nine points. Two years ago, Marseille were more than 11 points behind leaders Bordeaux and went on to win Ligue 1. Unlikely this time round.
90' + 1'
90' + 1'
Marseille readying their final substiution. Loic Remy comes off to a standing ovation by the Stade Velodrome faithful, and probably Harry Redknapp too. An impressive match from the number 11 who put Les Dogues to the sword. Djimi Traore his replacement.
Five minutes stoppage time at the end of the second half.
Gianni searching for a penalty as his first contribution. He was tripped in an off-the-ball incident in the penalty box. A minute plus injury time. Meanwhile, Payet skies an effort from Hazard's pull-back.
Payet's set-piece is safely in the hands of Mandanda who has been solid this evening. Youngster Bruno Gianni replaces Ireneusz Jelen.
The Stade Velodrome is in full voice now. Marseille make a change with the impressive Lucho Gonzalez replaced by Rod Fanni. Remy's brae tonight has certainly increased his chances of a big-money move soon.
Goal Loïc Remy
REMY MAKES IT 2-0!! Great finish by the striker who dribbles past an onrushing Landreau 30 metres from goal and sliding it into the bottom corner. Wonderful goal, and it's a certain win for L'OM!!
From Lille missing an effort one side, to Marseille being 2 against 2 at the other. Amalfitano and Brandao embark on a wonderul break but the latter's pass back is poor!
Yellow Card Alou Diarra
Marseille applying some late pressure here. Remy again races past Gueye before crossing towards Brandao. Landreau stifles the chance, by clutching the ball tightly. Diarra is booked for persistent fouling.
VALBEUNA! Just over the bar!! It could've been the game right there. Remy latches onto a weighted through ball and fires a past towards Valbuena who curls just over Landreau! A goal would really settle some nerves here.
COLE! The Englishman looks certain to pull the trigger, had it not been for a last ditch tackle by the solid Stephane Mbia, Lille can't find a way past a resolute Olympian back-line. Backs to the wall stuff at the Velodrome.
It's Lille who are looking more likely to score now. Balmont is fed into space and on the flank, pushes a low corss towards Hazard, with Mbia clearing behind the goal. Gueye on for ex-Marseille defender Bonnart.
It's just not going for Eden Hazard is it? A beautiful one-two with Payet sees the 20 year old get past a confused Mbia but a shot devoid of any power makes it easy for Mandanda.
Yellow Card Mathieu Valbuena
Dimitri Payet replaes Benoit Pedretti. Eighteen minutes to go, with Lille attacking a free-kick.
And that is a nasty injury to Loic Remy, coming at the worst possible time for Marseille. Concern here for the goalscorer, who is being attended to by the physios. A crunching fall , and he seems to be in a lot of pain.
REMY! Well, he's really the main man now isn't he? And almost doubled his tally there too. Dribbled past Joe Cole before firing goalwards, a bit too high there.
Souare makes a rare move forward and almost crosses the ball into the net! Mandanda makes a slightly unorthodox save however.
25 minutes left in this one, and Marseille finally do look good value for their lead after a first half filled with profligate finishing. Lucho again providing the creative force throughout the midfield, leaving Pedretti and Mavuba with lots to do.
HAZARD! Wonderful save MANDANDA! The Belgian trikster looks to issue an instant response to Remy's goal by firing an effort which is fantastically saved by the OM captain. Great bit of dribbling to get past N'Koulou too.
Remy scores in front of the watching Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp. His eighth league goal of the season.
Assist Mathieu Valbuena
Goal Loïc Remy
GOAAAALLL!!!!! ITS BEEN COMING! LOIC REMY PUTS MARSEILLE IN FRONT! Sliky play between the 25 year old and Valbuena after Lucho took back possession of the ball. After being fed into space, Valbuena crosses into Remy who looked a tad offside before planting a header past Landreau! MARSEILLE 1-0 LILLE
And it's that man Chedjou who clears his lines from the free-kick. Fouls and free-kicks becoming more prevalent in this encounter.
Cole caught in an offside position as Les Dogues aim to build on their somewhat positive play in the second period. Landreau is pressured into a low clearance by Remy. Elsewhere, Mathieu Valbuena is down after a barge by Chedjou.
And it materalises into nothing as Diarra heads away before it is hoofed up the field. L'OM have completed 86% of their passes, compared to Lille's 79%.
Hazard is again down and in a bit of pain. Lille have the ball in a good position 30 metres out from goal. Pedretti is over this......
Valbuena again proves to be a handful for the Dogues' backline. Quick feet and a low shot however isn't fooling Mickael Landreau.
HAZARD! Falls to ground, but again a penalty appeal is dismissed. Marseille look rattled for the first time in the match, but a string of last ditch tackles sees them survive. Replays show that Hazard did have a good shout for a penalty having been hauled down in the box by N'Koulou.
Valbuena moves into space, and fires an effort from distane which Landreau is equal to. Meanwhile, Evaeverson Lemos da Silva, known to you and I as Brandao makes his first OM appearance in 11 and a half months for the hosts,
JELEN! Lille instantly race into the box through Hazard. A wonderful through ball into the feet of Jelen sees the Polish international look to direct the ball past Mandanda, but the French international is at full stretch and takes control.
And we are away for the second half! Marseille 0-0 Lille
The teams are out for the second period. Let's hope for a few goals in this one.
Here's an interesting stat for you lucky people. The two games featuring these two sides this season has totalled an aggregate score of 7-7. (5-4 in Trophee des Champions, 2-3 in Ligue 1)
I'll be back in 10 minutes with the second half from Stade Velodrome. Meanwhile continue to send me your messages via Twitter to @mohammedali_93.
Well, what must Didier Deschamps be thinking? L'OM should really be at least a goal to the good at the interval, with Benoit Cheyrou's missed effort adding to the long list of profligate finishing from Remy and Lucho. Lille have offered no response, despite sporadic attempts by Joe Cole and Eden Hazard although both were kept out by a resolute hosts back-line.
45' + 1'
HALF-TIME! Olympique de Marseille 0-0 Lille
One minute signalled at the end of a one-sided first half. Lille really do look devoid of any attacking creativity and have offered little offensively. Looking quite uncertain at the back also, Souare and Rozehnal's moments of poor concentration almost cost them.
CHEYROU!!! Half the stadium thought that was in! Slightly bemused that L'OM are not ahead. First Souare is dispossessed easily, and after Amalfitano puts the ball into the box, Remy smashes an effort which is caught out by a full-stretched Landreau. Valbuena drills the effort back in, and Cheyrou misses by an INCH!!!
Six or so minutes left in the first-half, and Rudi Garcia must be thanking his lucky starts that it's still goalless. All Marseille in this half, and wasted chances by Remy and Lucho have kept it equal.
REMY! What else must Marseille do to make it 1-0? Rozehnal's poor clearance sees Valbuena take charge, and eases a ball into Remy. After beating his man with a deft chest control, the Frenchman goes a little too wide and is eventually tackled.
Les Dogues finally look to keep possession, but they've been devoid of any attacking creativity in this game, quite unlike them in fact.
An ugly defletion off Mbia almost catches out Marseille following Joe Cole's sizzling low effort. An interesting half-hour at the Velodrome, but it is 0-0.
Les Dogues finally make progress into the Marseille half, courtesy of Eden Hazard's free-kick. The delivery is poor, and certainly doesn't trouble Mandanda.
Yellow Card Jérémy Morel
REMY! The ball in is headed away, before being struck sweetly by Remy who is protesting handball after the ball bounced off Chedjou. As Balmont clears, Morel catches with his hand and earns a yellow card.
Close again for Marseille who aren't making most of the attacking chances afforded to them. Another lovely cross from the right by Amalfitano is cleared after a bit of a sramble. Free-kick comes OM's way after Hazard's foul.
Joe Cole breaks free of the Marseille defence, but can't hase the ball as it finds its way into the clutches of Steve Mandanda. A goal there would certainly be against the run of play.
REMY!! Dear me, it should be 1-0. Another great piece of attacking play from the hosts, and the French international's fierce strike is saved by Landreau, and the follow-up volley headed away. Superb control fromt he 25 year old, sure to delight Harry Redknapp.
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Free-kick to Marseille in a dangerous position. Remy and Rozehnal tussle for the ball before the Czech defender takes possession.....with his hands. Set-piece well saved by Landreau.
LUCHO! Mareille knocking on the door again. They've started this encounter the stronger. A weighted ball finds the Argentine in space, but poor control sees it trickle to Amalfitano who reciprocates the favour before a last-ditch tackle.
Marseille command 67% of the early possession statistics. And their play certainly merits it. Had Cheyrou kept his shot down, we could've already had a goal.
Rudi Garcia is incensed on the touchline, whilst physios attend to Hazard. Dimitri Payet is warming up on the touchline. He should be allright however.
L'OM making inroads, but it's Lille on the counter. Eden Hazard embarks on a wonderful mazy run, and after a one-two with Jelen is fouled on the edge of the box. Referee gives nothing, whilst Hazard writhes on the ground. Replays suggest Diarra did get the ball, but the Belgian international is hurt.
Opening up this one! End to end stuff as both sides seek out an opener. Attacking play looks to be centred out on the wings, with Morel in particular causing a bit of havoc. Amalfitano meanwhile is fed a superb pass, but the cross is headed away by Rozehnal.
CHEYROU! Oh what a miss that was. Superb linking up play between Cesar Azpilicueta and Morgan Amalfitano, and the latter's simple through-ball towards Cheyrou sees the ball end up high above the goal.
A weak penalty appeal, and its rightfully quashed by referee Ruddy Buquet. Lucho is passed into space inside the area, but took too long to decide whether to shoot or to pass. The ensuing intervention saw him go to ground appealling for a penalty.
Joe Cole does well to superbly race past Jeremy Morel. The cross inwards is cleared away.
Valbuena attempts to slip in a pass through to Lucho Gonzalez, with pedretti intervening. A competitive start to proceedings.
Bit of an early scare there for Stephane Mbia with Jelen running down the flank. Free-kick to Lille, wasted however.
After a minute's applause, WE ARE OFF! Marseille attacking from left to right.
The teams are out. A Lille victory tonight will be the first in their history that they have won three times in a row against their Medittarrenean rivals.
Not far from kick-off here at a balmy Stade Velodrome. Atmosphere looking electric, as it should in a Marseille home game. Tonight's referee is Ruddy Buquet.
Remember folks, you can get in touch with me throughout tonight's game. Send me your messages, opinions or predictions via Twitter to @mohammedali_93. And I'll post them up. Promise.
This fixture ended 1-2 to Lille last year, with Eden Hazard smashing a beautiful 40 metre effort past Steve Mandanda, which ultimately clinched them their Ligue 1 title ahead of Les Phoceens. The reverse fixture this season ended 3-2 in Les Dogues favour, despite Valbuena's brace.
No more than FOUR players in this fixture have been attracting the attention of scouts across Europe this week. Eden Hazard continues to receive admiring glances from across the continent, whilst Loic Remy certainly must make an impression on Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp who is in the Velodrome this evening. Mathieu Valbuena and Cesar Azpilicueta also linked with the exit door too.
TEAM NEWS: Marseille move away from their usual 4-3-3 formation to accomodate Benoit Cheyrou and Morgan Amalfitano who replace Andre and Jordan Ayew. Brandao, who last played for Marseille a year ago, makes the bench after returning from a loan spell. Rudi Garcia entrusts Ireneusz Jelen with the goalscoring task, with Papa Souare replacing the suspended Mathieu Debuchy.
CONFIRMED TEAM LINEUPS MARSEILLE: Mandanda, Azpilicueta, N'Koulou, Mbia, Morel, Diarra, Amalfitano, Lucho, Cheyrou, Valbuena, Remy LILLE: Landreau, Rozehnal, Bonnart, Souare, Chedjou, Balmont, Mavuba, Pedretti, Cole, Hazard, Jelen
The upcoming Africa Cup of Nations has certainly taken its toll with key players of both sides competing in Equitorial Guinea and Gabon. Brothers Jordan and Andre Ayew, integral pieces of the L'OM jigsaw, along with Souleymane Diawara miss out, with Lille's lynchpin Moussa Sow away with Senegal.
Didier Deschamps' men, who started the season in awful form have certainly regrouped, and enter 2012 with a set of tests against their credentials. After Lille tonight, L'OM tackle Lyon and Stade Rennes in their next two league games. A poor run in this trio of games will certainly kill off any slim chance of a 10th league title.
Last night's action saw challengers Lyon lose to high-flyers Montpellier thanks to Olivier Giroud's 14th goal of the season. Les Dogues could break away from OL, and move to within a point of Rene Girard's charges with victory at the Velodrome.
Yes, with Ligue 1 back after the winter break, the onus is on both of these sides to improve on last year and push for the title. With Marseille 12 points behind the leaders Paris Saint Germain, it's unlikely that they'll be there, but certainly thereabouts at the end of the season. Lille start the evening in third, and will stay there regardless of tonight.
Evening all! And welcome to Goal.com's LIVE text commentary from Ligue 1 this evening. I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be guiding you through tonight's huge encounter at Stade Velodrome. It's Olympique de Marseille v LOSC Lille Metropole, and the winners of the last two championships are sure to conjure up a tantalising treat. Watch this space.
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