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UEFA Champions League

  • November 23, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
  • • Attendance: 25392

Live Commentary

  • That's it from me this evening folks. Thanks for joining's LIVE commentary. Stick with us for analysis, reports, ratings and comment from all of tonight's Champions League games. Join me here on Sunday from 2045CET for Le Classique, OM v PSG. Until then - take care.
  • Dortmund host Marseille on matchday six, needing a big win (more than 3-0) to qualify. Olympiakos need to win against Arsenal, so it's still in OM hands this. All to play for.
  • Take nothing away from Olympiakos who have got the result they wanted. Superb effort. Group F is won by Arsenal, but three teams are vying for the last spot. Marseille on seven, Olympiakos on six, and Dortmund on four.
  • It's Full-time, and boos ring out around the Stade Velodrome. They really have been woeful Marseille, and a draw would've seen them qualify. Frustrating evening, with Steve Mandanda's perfromances the only limelight.
  • 90' + 3'
    Last chance saloon for Marseille. Dinked in ball towards Lucho, but Megyeri is there again!.
  • 90' + 2'
    Ball in from the wing, and it's gone straight to Kabore who heads into Megyeri. Drops it, but smothers it at the second attempt.
  • 90'
    Three extra minutes signalled. A goal for Marseille would see them qualify and close Group F. As it stands, it all goes down to the final round.
  • 88'
    SubstitutionRafik Zoheir Djebbour Giannis Potouridis
  • 88'
    Marseille racing for it as they hit Olympiakos on the break. In London, Arsenal go 2-0 up v Dortmund and look to have definitely sealed Group F.
  • 86'
    CONTROVERSY! Hand-ball by an Olympiakos player, it was inside the box. But it's a free-kick outside as Gignac shoots straight at Megyeri.
  • 85'
    SHOULD'VE BEEN AN EQUALISER! Megyeri makes a fantastic save there. Point-blank from Remy. Marseille going for it!
  • 83'
    The defence was nothing short of shambolic in the lead up to the goal as the "Greek Messi" took initiative and fired past Mandanda. The French keeper really gave a stern look at his back four there.
  • 82'
    Assist Francisco Yeste
  • 82'
    Goal Ioannis Fetfatzidis
    FETFAZIDIS! GREAT GOAL! Outside of his left-foot, and it catches out Mandanda. Out of the blue that. Totally changes the outlook of Group F as Olympiakos grab the goal they need to stay in the Champions League.
  • 79'
    Gignac does well to get the ball into the box, but Mbia unsuccessfully lets it run out of play. At the other end, it's a great chance for Olympiakos but Yeste shoots straight at Mandanda.
  • 77'
    Yeste tries a speculative free-kick. Mandanda goes out quite a long way to meet that, but still grabs hold of the ball! Impressive keeping.
  • 75'
    SubstitutionJose Holebas Ioannis Fetfatzidis
  • 75'
    Fetfazidis comes on for the robust Jose Holebas as Ernesto Valverde's men seek that elusive goal.
  • 73'
    SubstitutionMathieu Valbuena Lucho González
  • 73'
    Lucho Gonzalez comes on for Mathieu Valbuna. The former Porto captain scored against Olympiakos on matchday one. Can he repeat the trick here?
  • 72'
    DIARRA! Good save by Megyeri. Inventive by Valbuena whose cross finds Diarra fantastically. The former Bordeaux man powefully heads goalwards, but it's saved by the 21 year old keeper.
  • 70'
    Mirallas fouls N'Koulou - the Belgian could be one foul away from a yellow card. The tempo of the match has returned to that of the first half, with few chances being created consistently. Marseille look to be content with a draw, which would see them qualify.
  • 67'
    Holebas has an unsucessful effort on goal, with Mirallas flagged for offside. Could be an interesting last 20 minutes or so at the Velodrome.
  • 65'
    AYEW! Torosidis was penalised for a foul, and the Ghanaian found the ball at his feet after a simple attack. The winger flashes a shot from outside the area which goes just wide. Valbuena also tries an effort which lands on the roof of the net.
  • 64'
    Mbia looking sold in his early touches. This is his first proper action since breaking a metatarsal in August. Meanwhile, OM looking to draw in the advances of the Greeks by calmly pinging the ball around the defence and midfield. Didier Deschamps urging them on from the touchline.
  • 63'
    OM need to be wary here as the referee signals for a free-kick after an infringement in the area. Should Olympiakos nab a shock win, they would be a point behind the hosts as they welcome Arsenal on matchday six. Could be very tight this one.
  • 62'
    Djebbour! Tries to scramble in behind the OM defence, and as he turns his back around to catch the shot, the defence get it to Mandanda. Soft calls for a penalty there, mind.
  • 61'
    SubstitutionJordan Ayew Andre-Pierre Gignac
  • 61'
    SubstitutionBenoît Cheyrou Stéphane M'Bia
  • 61'
    Stephane Mbia and Andre Pierre Gignac came on for Cheyrou and J Ayew.
  • 57'
    Arsenal lead Dortmund 1-0 - that means a draw will see OM qualify tonight, but they CANNOT win the group.
  • 57'
    MIRALLAS! Mandanda makes the save again! The French keeper has been impressive, and as his defence is opened up, he keeps them in the game again!
  • 55'
    Superb combination of attacks, with the killer touch missing for OM. They are getting closer!
  • 54'
    SubstitutionDavid Fuster Francisco Yeste
  • 53'
    Marseille really going for the jugular now. Superb crossing from the wings, and a goalmouth scramble ensues. Not enough time or space, but it could've been 1-0. Yeste comes on for Fuster.
  • 52'
    AYEW! Wide from the front-man, who's long range effort doesn't trouble Megyeri. Meanwhile in London, it's Arsenal 1-0 Dortmund.
  • 49'
    It's dinked in to Valbuena who pokes in towards the goal and it's saved by Megyeri! Corner in for OM, and the Hungarian is up again to save that. Marseille's best chance so far.
  • 48'
    Marcano runs through the wing, but his cross is headed away, and dealt with by Diarra.
  • 47'
    Charles Kabore is immediately penalised for a late tackle on Jose Holebas.
  • Maniatis, Mirallas and Djebbour link up well, but the ball is delayed and trickles out for a corner.
  • And it's Diarra on the ground here after a tanle with Fuster. The France captain is up on his feet, with OM charging towards goal. Traore fails to control it,but it's gone to the wing.....
  • And we are away for the second period.....
  • Teams out for the second half at the Velodrome. Hope it's a totally different second half. Send me your messages via Twitter to @mohammedali_93
  • It's 0-0 in the other game between Arsenal and Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium. Join me in 10-15mins as we see if OM can qualify for the last 16.
  • On the whole, a very defensive first-half with few chances produced by either side. Though OM were initially better, Olympiakos rallied with three fantastic efforts - equally saved fantastically by Steve Mandanda, whose stop from Jose Holebas has got to be the best in Europe so far.
  • 45' + 1'
    And that's the half over. Half-time in Marseille, it's OM 0-0 Olympiakos.
  • 45'
    Into first half injury-time here at Stade Velodrome. One minute.
  • 44'
    A minute before half-time as Valbuena is crowded out by Djebbour. Ball is wayward, and at the feet of N'Koulou.
  • 41'
    Both sides have been pretty poor in the final third. Olympiakos must win to prolong their stay in the Champions League. A point will do for OM if the game in London between Arsenal and Dortmund ends in an Arsenal win - also ruling out any chance that OM can top the group.
  • 39'
    MANIATIS! The defender shakes off his marker before unleashing a powerful drive which Mandanda palmes away. Jose Holebas goes close, but it is wide. Olympiakos are rattling Marseille's goal.
  • 38'
    Jordan Ayew has an effort which flies over the bar, but had it not been for Mandanda's efforts - they could've been a goal down. Save of the week, perhaps?
  • 36'
    It's livened up, and what a SENSATIONAL SAVE by Steve Mandanda. Mirallas gets in behind of the OM defence with an initial shot which is palmed away by the OM custodian. The second effort deflects of the defender and how Mandanda kept that out is anyone's guess. Clawed away.
  • 35'
    Yellow Card Loïc Remy
  • 33'
    Fuster with a good ball in for the visitors, kept in check by a resolute OM defence. Loic Remy is booked for a challenge, with the French international sticking his boot in late.
  • 31'
    Diarra and Modesto given a stern telling off by the referee. Both could go into the book after their next infringement.
  • 29'
    Moving onto the half-hour mark here at Stade Velodrome. Neither side really going for jugular as of yet, with needless fouls becoming all too frequent as it stifles attacking creativity. OM on top at the moment though.
  • 27'
    Yellow Card Vasilis Torosidis
  • 26'
    First booking of the night to Vassilis Torossidis who takes down Andre Ayew.
  • 23'
    Succession of corners for Didier Deschamps' men who are knocking on the door. Headed away by a sturdy Olympiakos defence, with finally Andre Ayew putting paid to the attack after being flagged offside.
  • 22'
    L'OM are moving again. J Ayew makes a superb run, only to be tracked by Papadopulous. A cross from the hosts forces Megyeri to punch away, and another drilled ball from Remy is headed behind for a corner.
  • 21'
    What do you make of the match so far? Can the Ligue 1 side make it into the last 16? Or can the Greeks take a shock win? Tweet me @mohammedali_93.
  • 20'
    And it's safely held by Balazs Megyeri - who makes only his second Champions League appearance.
  • 19'
    Modesto tries to find Torosidis, but its cleanly cut out. Neither side can actually grab a stranglehold on the match. Remy tries a long-range effort, but Mellberg's deflected a harmless effort. Corner.
  • 16'
    AYEW! Just wide, and it looks to have deflected Papadopoulous. The brothers Jordan and Andre interlink beautifully, and the former's left-footed shot goes behind for a corner.
  • 15'
    Holebas stumbles a little, and it leads to Valbuena linking well with Remy on the right flank. Defender tracks back to put it out for a throw-in.
  • 13'
    Attacking tempo seems to have temporarily relented at the minute. Marseille lead 55-45% in posession.
  • 10'
    DIARRA! Marseille immediately counter, and they have a corner. Valbuena drills it in, and Diarra jumps high to head just over the bar. Opening up, this one. Power on that.
  • 9'
    Free-kick in a great position. Floated in, and Mellberg's free! Headed in...GOAAAAAAL! NO!! Offside. Marginal that was. Marseille shell-shocked, but it's ruled out!
  • 8'
    Mirallas shows a burst of pace on the left-wing, but is pushed to the wayside by Nicolas N'Koulou. Corner to Olympiakos!
  • 6'
    OM get into the opponent's half, but the ball into the area is headed away by Marcano. Valbuena tries to meander his way into the box, but that's also dealt with.
  • 5'
    Alou Diarra is penalised for handball. The Greeks have a good free-kick position from about 40 metres out. Straight in Mandanda's hands. Vibrant start from Ernesto Valverde's men
  • 4'
    Kevin Mirallas is flagged offside for the visitors. Wrong decision by the Italian officials. Mirallas played for Lille a few years back.
  • 2'
    Edgy start in France, with posession changing hands pretty often in the early exchanges. Alou Diarra tries a volley from distance. Well wide.
  • 1'
    And the last match to commence tonight, we are a go at the Stade Velodrome!
  • The Champions League anthem is being played - and well sung by the players might I add. Marseille in their orange European strip, Olympiakos in white.
  • The teams are out in the tunnel. Kick-off moments away.
  • A noisy atmosphere at a half-full and iconic Stade Velodrome (being renovated for Euro 2016). Tonight's referee is Italian Nicola Rizzoli who took the whistle for previous OM and Olympiakos games in 2008 and 09 as well as the 2010 Europa League Final. Experienced then, huh?
  • That's your lot folks. Djimi Traore replaces Jeremy Morel in the left-back role, as has been the norm in Europe this season with Mathieu Valbuena moving into the three-man midfield rather than in the front three as Lucho Gonzalez is dropped in favour of Jordan Ayew. Stephane Mbia continues his wait to make a first start since August with Nicolas N'Koulou in defence after shaking off a niggle. Lubomir Fejsa is named on the bench, as he is still not 100% after travelling with a strained foot. Balazs Megyeri replaces Costanzo in goal for Ernesto Valverde's men.
  • OLYMPIAKOS (4-2-3-1): Megyeri, Maniatis, Holebas, Modesto, Mellberg, Papadopulous, Marcano, Torosidis (C), Fuster, Djebbour, Mirallas. Subs: Costanzo, Potouridis, Fejsa, Fetfatzidis, Yeste, Abdoun, Pantelic.
  • CONFIRMED TEAM-LINEUPS: Marseille (4-3-3) : Mandanda (C), Traore, Diawara, N'Koulou, Kabore; Diarra, Cheyrou, Valbuena; J Ayew, A Ayew, Remy. Subs: Bracigliano, Morel, Azpilicueta, Mbia, Gignac, Lucho, Amalfitano.
  • Permutations for this evening. Olympiakos could be eliminated from all European competition if they are defeated and Borussia Dortmund beat Arsenal. They won't be able to qualify for the last 16 if they do not win. Similarly, Marseille can qualify if they defeat Olympiakos and Dortmund drop points against Arsenal. A draw will suffice if the English side beat Dortmund at the Emirates. Got it all down? Good.
  • What happened on matchday four I hear your ask? Marseille went to London to face group leaders Arsenal, and somehow came away with a spirited 0-0 draw to remain in contention to qualify from Group F. After the Gunners had inflicted defeat on L'OM at the Velodrome, OM now know that they could seal the job tonight! Olympiakos on the other hand suffered a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund, but an unlikely win here for the Kikkoni could move them off the bottom, and in the fight for at least a Europa League place depending on tonight's other result.
  • I'm Mohammed Ali, and by now you should really know the drill. Join in the conversation on Twitter - sending your messages, opinions, musings, predictions, comments and whatever else to @mohammedali_93 with the hashtag #championsleague. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Understood?
  • Good evening everyone! And welcome to's LIVE commentary of tonight's UEFA Champions League encounter. Ligue 1 giants Olympique de Marseille face off against Greek champions Olympiakos in a game which could have all sorts of bearings on the outcome of Group F. So sit tight, it definitely has all the makings of an exciting and unpredictable game. Confirmed team-lineups to arrive shortly.