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February 5, 2012
• Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Referee: A. Gautier
• Attendance: 41474
B. Cheyrou 16'
B. Gomis 36'
S. Diawara 45' (own goal)
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For Lyon, they haven't closed the gap on runaway leaders PSG or challengers Montpellier, leaving Lille to take advantage when their trip to Sochaux is rescheduled.
Full time it is then. Both sides share the spoils, but Marseille will be highly aggrieved as they let slip a two goal lead. Cheyrou and Brandao put the hosts ahead before lax defending ensured Gomis to halve the deficit before Diawara's own goal. That also ends an eight match winning streak in all competitions.
90' + 2'
FULL TIME! Marseille 2-2 Lyon.
90' + 1'
Lyon exercising their attacking muscle late on as Lisandro measures a shot towards Mandanda.
Two minutes signalled at the end of the second half.
BRANDAO! The number 9 gets control of the ball but fires slightly wide of the goal.
Lisandro Lopez finds space latching onto a through ball, but he has run marginally offside.
REMY!! Ball is whipped in by Morel towards Cheyrou who keeps possession by nudging the ball towards Remy who in turn lashes in a volley which is well saved by Lloris.
Yellow Card Jimmy Briand
Marseille and Lyon by the way are France's two remaining UEFA Champions League representatives. L'OM, who were bottom after losing this fixture back in September maintained an aim of a podium finish, and they could move to 3rd if they win tonight. Four minutes added time to do it in however.
Azpilicueta finds Amalfitano in acres of space, and the latter heads on into the box towards Brandao who is pulled on. No penalty signalled by the referee.
MANDANDA! Good save from the Marseille captain. Gonalons' header is helped on towards Lisandro on the flank, and the Argentine slams an effort goalwards - only to be thwarted by the goalkeeper.
Marseille make another substiution - Charles Kabore, his first start since Burkina Faso were knocked out of the AFCON, is replaced by Djimi Traore - who's first contribution is to be nutmegged on the wing.
Marseille fans - breathe easy. Another dose of questionable defending has allowed Anthony Reveillere to wander into the box, before Jimmy Briand slammed into the side-netting. Almost a goal there.
Edging towards the end of the match. Still no goals in this second period, and doesn't look likely either with both defences holding out.
Cesar Azpilicueta does well to evade his marker, but is restricted by a crunching tackle leaving Didier Deschamps to scream angrily at referee Antony Gautier. He has a point there.
Statwatch: Lyon slightly ahead on posession 51% to Marseille's 49% despite Marseille having almost twice as many shots on goal. (OM 17 OL 9) Meanwhile, Remy attempts to chase down a loose ball, but is beaten to it by Lloris.
And that corner is met with the head of Alou Diarra who outjumps Maxime Gonalons, but ultimately, heads off target.
Lovely phase of play by the hosts as Morel is found on the overlap before his threatening cross is headed away by Kone. Corner to OM.
Morel chases a loose ball on the left flank, but faisl to keep it in as he smashes into an Orange advertising board near the corner flag. Neither side look close to scoring at the moment.
That action also proves to be Diawara's last of the game as he is substituted for Rod Fanni. 20 minutes left.
DIAWARA!! The ball is deflected in the penalty area before finally falling to the defender who fires a powerful effort past Lloris and also past the goal. Had he scored, he would've been the third Senegalese national team player to have netted upon their return from the 2012 AFCON - after Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse's goals for Newcastle earlier today. There's a random stat if there ever was one.
Fine shot by Remy who forces Lloris into a smart save. The following corner is headed goalwards by Brandao before being cleared.
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Free-kick curled in towards Brandao who spectacularly clears it away from goal. Lyon instigate a counter-attack which is foiled by the linesman's flag.
Yellow Card Samuel Umtiti
Another rough tackle by Samuel Umtitii who blocks Charles Kabore's path. Free-kick OM from about 25 metres out. Amalfitano over this one.
And yes, it will be Clement Grenier who comes on for goalscorer Bafetimbi Gomis. About 27 minutes left in this one.
The Velodrome erupts as Kabore is penalised for a foul on Kallstrom. Didn't rather look anything malicious, but a substitution is being prepared by Remi Garde.
Ohh, a crunching tackle on Cesar Azpilicueta who looks a tad dazed I reckon. Wonderful reaction by Alou Diarra who fizzes an effort towards Lloris who gets down well to his right and palms away for a corner.
Bit of a touchline argument between the referee and Didier Deschamps as they discuss a potential handball by Souylemane Diawara. Meanwhile, OM in possession....
KALLSTROM! Poor mistake by Alou Diarra allows the Swede to take control of the ball and fire an effort, which is well saved by Steve Mandanda.
The ball possession changing hands more frequently this half as Lisandro pops an effort, which slams against the side netting.
Amalfitano attempst a powerless shot towards Lloris form about 20 metres out. Easily saved by the France number one.
LISANDRO! The Argentine almost punishes poor defending from the hosts as Marseille get the ball away hurriedly. Cheyrou knocks it towards Brandao, who cannot control it. Gomis ruled offside from the follow-on.
L'OM get a header in from a set-piece, but Brandao's intervention flies over Lloris' bar. Slightly subdued and more controlled start to the second half.
Alou Diarra penalised for a foul on Lisandro Lopez.
We are off for the second half. Let's hope it is as equally entertaining than the first.
Well, it is half-time, and it is 2-2. Why not send your messages in to me via Twitter to @mohammedali_93. What can either side do for the victory? The proverbial floor is all yours.
Well, an action-packed first half from the Stade Velodrome results in four goals equally shared. Benoit Cheyrou capitalised on lax defending for 1-0 on 16 minutes before Brandao's fine volley sent Didier Deschamps' men looking likely for a possible victory. Two defensive moments of horror saw first Bafetimbi Gomis nudge past from close-range to beat Mandanda before Diawara's questionable "kick" slip behind him and into the net on the stroke of half-time. Both managers have work to do.
45' + 1'
AND THAT'S HALF-TIME! Olympique de Marseille 2-2 Olympique Lyonnais.
Own Goal Souleymane Diawara
GOAL! !!! LYON 2-2!! I said defending was bad, but it's got a whole lot worse. A threatening cross from Bastos on the wing should be an easy clearance for Diawara, but he's made a right hash of that and it trickles in past Mandanda. Oh dear Oh dear.
About two minutes plus stoppage time to go before the end of the first half. It's been good viewing from an attacking point of view. Not so if defending's your high point.
Kim Kallstrom's free-kick is headed away, and the clearance instigates a fine through ball for Brandao to chase. Kone quickly intercepts before launching a lofty open ball to Lisandro who shoots first time unaware that he had options, and the space.
Yellow Card Baky
Too easy for the attackers in this match. Some atrocious defending scuppering the quality of the game. Cheyrou at one end is dispossessed, whilt at the other, Lisandro calmly negotiates his way past the slipping and sliding Azpilicueta. Guys, I know it's cold but.....
Assist Jimmy Briand
Goal Bafetimbi Gomis
GOAALLL!! LYON HIT BACK! Well, they say a team's most vulnerable when they score a goal. And whoever "they" are, they are certainly correct. More suspect defending allows Bafetimbi Gomis to convert one in! GAME ON - Marseille 2-1 Lyon!
Assist Morgan Amalfitano
GOAAAAAL!!!!!!!! MARSEILLE 2-0 UP!!!! Fantastic volley by Brandao from Amalfitano's cross. Brilliantly fired first-time by the usually maligned Brazilian striker. Amalfitano left untouched by the midfield before that cross. Questions asked.
Currently, les Gones are unable to get the ball off their opponents. String of passes throughout the midfield, but Amalfitano unable to control a weighted pass.
Brandao attempts a shot at goal, but it powers over Lloris' bar, not the best time to shoot one would ponder. Meanwhile, it is all Marseille at the moment, who are making progress on the wing.
Hurried defending on Les Gones' part as Brandao continues to make life difficult for Bakary Kone and Cissokho. Still 1-0 to the hosts, and provisional third place in the table.
Ohh, Jimmy Briand is cruelly dispossessed as Marseille take full advantage. Cheyrou powers past his marker, before overhitting a throughball to Remy, as it trickles out of play.
DIARRA! The France captain powers a header into Lloris' arms from the free-kick after it's taken a wicked deflection off the defender. Moving towards the halfway point of the first period.
Brandao wins a free-kick in which Samuel Umtiti is adamant that it shouldn't be given. Quite rightly so, the Brazilian tripped over the ball.
Efficient defending by Nicolas N'Koulou, who intercepts a ball intended for Jimmy Briand. The defender repeats the trick by racing skilfully past his opponent as the Velodrome faithful voices its approval.
Shouts of a penalty as Cissokho deflects Amalfitano's cros sinto the box. A long range drive from Cheyrou goes wide. This one's heating up, make no mistake.
Oh, and it's almost a response from Remi Garde's men. Another mistake at the other end enables a shot to fizz wide of Mandanda's post.
Goal Benoît Cheyrou
GOAAALLL!!! MARSEILLE TAKE THE LEAD! Complete and utter defensive mistake by Aly Cissokho who makes a hash of a loose ball inside the box. Benoit Cheyrou capitalises, and makes it 1-0!
It's Marseille's turn for a free-kick about 25 metres from goal. Brandao is tugged back by Samuel Umtiti. Benoit Cheyrou over this one.
Despite a bright opening by the hosts, they do look shaky in defence. Meanwhile Remy is too late to control the ball as it lands at Lloris.
Yellow Card Souleymane Diawara
Pretty stupid foul committed by Souleymane Diawara who upends Lisandro Lopez and earns himself a yellow card. Free-kick on the edge of the area for OL.
Turning into a defensive mishap on Marseille's part. Superb run from Michel Bastos enables a 3 v 2 scenario in Les Gones' favour. The cross in is thwarted by Mandanda.
GOMIS! Fine stop Mandanda! Lyon come alvie with a series of well placed passes. A long cross from Cissojho is kept in by Briand who sets out a calm pass back to Gomis. Poor defending allows Gomis in, and his second attempt is well saved - point blank in fact, by Steve Mandanda.
Bafetimbi Gomis takes control of the ball about 40 metres outside goal, and tries to slip in a through ball to the oncoming Jimmy Briand. Easily stifled by Nicolas N'Koulou. Can the young defender keep up his impressive recent form tonight?
Corner is whipped in, and headed away. Amalfitano attempts another cross into the box, but Diawara is ruled offside. Lyon yet to find their feet in the opening five or so minutes.
Again, it's L'OM who are on the ascendancy early on at the Velodrome. Hooked cross form Cesar Azpilicueta is headed behind by Anthony Reveilliere.
It will be interesting to see how Marseille cope with the sale of Lucho Gonzalez who was re-sold to Porto earlier in the week. Charles Kabore starts in midfield. Meanwhile, Brandao is penalised for a foul on Umtiti
AMALFITANO! Immense start from the hosts, as Morel bombs down the left flank and crosses in. The ball eventually lands to Morgan Amalfitano who skies his effort.
AND WE ARE OFF! Marseille in their white home kit, Lyon in their away dark blue kit.
And there'll be a minute's silence to remember the 79 fans killed in the Port Said clashes earlier this week.
Tonight's referee is Antony Gautier. Somewhat surprisingly, Lisandro Lopez is the Lyon captain this evening. He's scored four goals in as many games in this fixture.
To say it's cold in Marseille tonight is an understatement. -1°C at the Stade Velodrome. Teams coming out of the tunnel.
Also, don't forget to get involved throughout tonight's match. Send me your messages, opinions, predictions and more via Twitter to @mohammedali_93.
Admittedly, this is the only Ligue 1 game which has gone ahead today. Earlier scheduled games, including Lille's trip to Sochaux was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions across Europe.
TEAM NEWS: OM slightly altered from the side that beat Rennes 2-1 last Sunday. Lucho Gonzalez is no longer a Marseillais following his move back to FC Porto, with African Cup of Nations returnees Charles Kabore and Souleymane Diawara back into the starting eleven, as Rod Fanni is relegated to the bench. Remi Garde had labelled Bakary Kone as "mentally fatigued" following his excursions in Gabon & Equatorial Guinea, but the defender takes his place, replacing Cris as Samuel Umtiti's run in the first-team continues.
LYON (4-4-2) Lloris, Cissokho, Kone, Umtiti, Reveilliere, Gonalons, Kallstrom, Briand, Bastos, Gomis, Lisandro
CONFIRMED TEAM LINEUPS: MARSEILLE (4-3-3) Mandanda; Morel, N'Koulou, Diawara, Azpilicueta; Diarra, Cheyrou, Kabore; Amalfitano, Remy, Brandao
Before the teams are announced. A few facts for you Olympiens, and les Gones fans out there. Lyon are yet to register a win at the Stade Velodrome whilst Didier Deschamps has been in the hot seat. On the other hand, L'OM have failed to keep a clean sheet in 19 out of their last 20 games against their Rhone rivals.
Meanwhile, Souleymane Diawara returns from an embarrassing elimination at the Africa Cup of Nations, along with Lyon's Bakary Kone. Remi Garde's side have doubts in the form of Clement Grenier and Dejan Lovren, with the latter seemingly unable to get rid of an Achilles problem. Confirmed team lineups to follow shortly.
One man that will not take part this evening is Mathieu Valbuena, who is suspended after being shown a red card in the Coupe de la Ligue semi-final. "Le Petit Velo" was booked for taking a free-kick early, in an incident Deschamps labels as "absurd". What consequence will the winger's absence have on the hosts?
Added impetus will surely come in the form of the 2012 Coupe de la Ligue Final. Lyon earned their place in a first cup final, and possibly first trophy since 2008 courtesy of a 4-2 win over FC Lorient in midweek. Holders Marseille beat Nice 2-1 in their semi-final to enable a third straight final appearance, to be played at the Stade de France on April 14.
Similarly, Didier Deschamps' side have only lost once in Ligue 1 since that reverse five months ago, losing 1-0 to Montpellier in November. Lyon, for all their injury problems have still managed to resurrect a podium target and the winner tonight could leapfrog Lille into third place.
Where to start? How tables have actually turned since the last time these two squared off. A 2-0 defeat at Stade Gerland left Marseille BOTTOM of Ligue 1 after six games, and since then L'OM have won ten out of 15 league games, as well as their last eight in all competitions to leave themselves only a point behind L'OL heading into the Olympico.
Good evening, and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE text commentary from Ligue 1. It's the Olympico, make no mistake. Olympique de Marseille against Olympique Lyonnais. And it's live, yes, right here, and now. I'm Mohammed Ali, and I'll be guiding you the encounter at Stade Velodrome, you can get involved via Twitter to @mohammedali_93. All right? Good.
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