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Olympique Marseille v Tottenham Hotspur Live Commentary, 02/11/2022

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That's all from Stade Velodrome today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
Tottenham now go into the hat for Monday's knockout stage draw, while Marseille miss out on even a Europa League playoff, which a point would have earned them. Their European dreams are over for another year; Spurs march on!
Stade Velodrome is silenced, as Spurs' smash-and-grab win sends the English side through to the last 16, while Marseille crash out of Europe. A last-minute winner was the reward for the visitors' improved second-half display, and OM will surely rue not capitalising on their absolute dominance before the interval. Tottenham's first away win in five Champions League matches is enough to seal top spot in Group D; their hosts finish rock-bottom.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: MARSEILLE 1-2 TOTTENHAM
H. Kane
Assist
Tottenham Hotspur
90' + 5' Kane broke rapidly down the left, and seeing Hojbjerg free in the middle, curled a low pass into the midfielder's path.
P. Højbjerg
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
90' + 5' SPURS WIN IT! Hobbling around injured just moments ago, Hojbjerg races through the middle of an exposed Marseille defence, and latching on to Kane's low pass from the left, he hammers the ball home! From the centre of the box, he steers it past Lopez with aplomb; sealing Spurs' victory and killing off Marseille's lingering hopes.
Bryan Gil
Lucas Moura
Tottenham Hotspur
90' + 3' Spurs make another change, as Gil makes a cameo in place of Lucas.
P. Højbjerg
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
90' + 1' Hojbjerg is booked for a foul in midfield.
90' Tavares fires a shot from the left side of the box high over the bar, having been played in by Harit. Tottenham are hanging on again - can they make it to the final whistle?
87' SO CLOSE! Ex-Arsenal defender Kolasinac almost breaks Spurs' hearts, as his downward header from near the left-hand post narrowly misses the target, following a brilliant ball across by Under!
O. Skipp
R. Bentancur
Tottenham Hotspur
84' No longer able to carry on, Bentancur comes off; Skipp is thrown on.
84' Just on as a late replacement, Suarez sees two attempts in quikc succession miss the target. Marseille are not done yet!
L. Suárez
V. Rongier
Olympique Marseille
83' Tudor makes a desperate switch, as skipper Rongier comes off for young for a striker, Suarez.
82' Perisic makes a crucial block at close range, as Sanchez almost puts Marseille back in front by breaking free and powering another shot at goal.
81' OFF THE BAR! Hojbjerg almost seals progress for Spurs, as he hits the bar with a shot from the centre of the box. Marseille escape!
81' SAVE! At the end of a smart counter by Spurs, Lucas manages to prod the ball through from flat out on the turf, and only a last-ditch Mbemba tackle denies Kane a clear shot at goal from 10 yards!
78' Bentancur is lying down on the pitch, near the centre circle, and it looks doubtful that he can continue. He's been moving sluggishly for a while, and perhaps is carrying a minor muscular injury.
L. Balerdi
Yellow Card
Olympique Marseille
76' For the slightest of shoves on Emerson, a yellow card is shown to Balerdi, who may consider himself harshly done by.
75' Just onto the pitch, Under makes an immediate impact by taking a left-footed shot from outside the box, which is comfortably saved in the bottom corner by Lloris.
C. Ünder
J. Veretout
Olympique Marseille
74' The third of Marseille's triple change sees Under come on for Veretout.
I. Kaboré
J. Clauss
Olympique Marseille
74' Clauss comes off to be replaced by Kabore.
S. Kolašinac
S. Gigot
Olympique Marseille
73' Only on as a first-half substitute himself, Gigot is hauled off by Tudor, and Kolasinac replaces him.
72' After a brief moment of concern, Kane - who had taken a blow to the head in a midfield challenge - is helped back to his feet and is able to carry on. Having lost Son in a similar manner early on, the England striker's presence is crucial if Spurs are to see this result out.
71' Now, following a spell without momentum and looking quite leggy, Marseille regain their footing in the game. First a free-kick and then a corner have to be defended by the Spurs rearguard.
68' Following in the footsteps of his more illustrious coaching colleague Conte, who sits in the stands today, Stellini receives a yellow card from the referee on the touchline. He's had a little too much to say for himself!
66' Lucas is now cuaght offside, and it really seems that Tottenham are likeliest to score a winner here - a remarkable turn of events, given the way the first half panned out.
64' Spurs continue to improve, and Kane actually crashes the ball into the back of the net from just inside the area before being flagged for a clear offside.
63' At the end of a Tottenham counter-attack, Lopez spills a low ball from the right by Emerson, and Kane comes within a stud's length of turning it goalward. Then, from a corner, Dier can't make clean contact with his header from near the penalty spot and the ball skids away to safety.
61' Veretout mistimes a midfield challenge on Hjobjerg, which sends the Denmark international sprawling over the turf. Only a free-kick results, though, and the referee's rather lenient approach continues.
59' CLOSE! Arrowing in a 20-yard strike with very little backlift, Harit zips the ball just over the crossbar, as Lloris scrambles to get in position for a save that ultimately isn't required. A great hit, but it was always rising a little too much!
58' Overhit, Veretout's free-kick from out on the left touchline is too close to Lloris, who plucks the ball out of the air just off his goal-line.
C. Lenglet
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
57' For a clear foul on Tavares, goalscorer Lenglet is shown a yellow card.
I. Perišić
Assist
Tottenham Hotspur
54' A wonderful inswinging set-piece delivery by Perisic is whipped into the heart of Marseille's area, to be met by Lenglet's head.
C. Lenglet
Goal
Tottenham Hotspur
54' SPURS PULL LEVEL! A crucial goal for the visitors, who need just one point to progress! Shrugging off the close attentions of Rongier inside the six-yard box, Lenglet leaps high to steer a powerful header into the bottom corner, following an inswinging free-kick from the left by Perisic. It's 1-1, and Marseille are heading out if they don't score again!
51' As Spurs have switched to four men at the back, they look a little more stable since half-time. Certainly, it's a more balanced game, following Marseille's outright dominance during the first half.
49' A dangerous low cross from Bentancur whips across the six-yard box from the right flank, and only a couple of fingertips from the flailing Lopez diverts the ball away from kane, who is arriving late into the box.
47' Tottenham have now failed to score a first-half goal in five of their six Group D games, no team has done so more often in the Champions League this season.
Emerson
R. Sessegnon
Tottenham Hotspur
46' Spurs have made a half-time change, their second substitution of the game: Sessegnon makes way for Emerson at wing-back.
Marseille kick off, and we are back under way at Stade Velodrome!
Spurs have already conceded the opening goal three times in their Group D campaign, and their record from that position to date reads one win, one draw and one loss. Meanwhile, Marseille have won two of their last three Champions League home fixtures, and are now just 45 minutes away from another - bringing with it a precious three points.
Utterly dominant, both in terms of territory and possession, Marseille failed to create enough clear-cut chances, but were ultimately rewarded for their first-half supremacy when Mbemba struck in stoppage time. Apparently cowed by the crowd, which has created a vociferous backdrop, Tottenham have been too cautious and sitting so deep only served to invite further pressure. It is they who must take the initiative now, as the visitors need a draw to secure a spot in the last 16 - but can OM hold their nerve and see out a famous victory instead?
45' + 8' HALF-TIME: MARSEILLE 1-0 TOTTENHAM
45' + 7' CLOSE! At last, Tottenham carve out an opening, as Marseille finally take their foot off the gas: Kane drives just over the crossbar via the tips of Lopez's fingers! Then, from the corner, Hojbjerg prods a tame shot wide.
45' + 4' Not only has Mbemba's second Champions League goal this season made the defender OM's top scorer in the competition, he has also had a hand in three goals in his last four UCL appearances (two goals, one assist). That's as many as in his previous 27.
J. Veretout
Assist
Olympique Marseille
45' + 2' Once Harit taps a short corner to him on the right flank, Veretout sends in an inviting cross to Mbemba at the far post; setting up Marseille's opener.
C. Mbemba
Goal
Olympique Marseille
45' + 2' MARSEILLE LEAD! After a short corner routine between Harit and Veretout, the former curls over a brilliant cross to the back post, where Mbemba rises highest to plant an emphatic header into the back of the net! Lloris never had a chance, and it's deservedly 1-0 to Marseille! The crowd is going wild!
45' As we enter seven minutes of stoppage time - largely due to Son's injury - Kane is permanently positioned 30 yards from his own goal. He is the furthest forward player for Spurs - this surely can't continue.
43' Remarkably, both of Marseille's centre-backs are stationed inside Spurs's defensive third, as the home side absolutely boss possession. It's attack versus defence, and the away side are desperate for half-time here.
41' Beating both Dier and Lloris to the ball in an aerial duel, just outside the six-yard box, Gigot powers his header over the crossbar following a corner.
39' Guendouzi claims a foul on the edge of the Tottenham area, as he goes down clutching his face. However, the referee is disinterested, and when the game goes on, the OM midfielder springs back to his feet.
37' Kane holds the ball up well and grinds out a corner on the left side, but when the subsequent cross comes into the six-yard box, Lopez is apparently fouled by Dier while punching clear.
35' A rare moment with the ball in the Marseille half ends for Spurs when Lucas plays a throughball for Perisic, who is caught offside.
33' SAVE! Lloris is called upon again, as a thumping 10-yard strike by Veretout, who draws the ball across his body with great skill before unleashing an attempt towards the far post, is saved at full stretch!
31' Though they've only forced one attempt on target, Marseille's dominance of the ball is reflected by a 63 per cent share of possession so far. They have also made more passes and won more duels than Spurs.
Y. Bissouma
Son Heung-Min
Tottenham Hotspur
29' Finally, a break in play allows Heung-Min Son's replacement to come on, after the Spurs striker's head injury. Bissouma is introduced, as the visitors aim to stiffen up their midfield following a shaky start to the game.
27' The action resumes, with Tottenham down to 10 men - they've yet to replace Son, who has been led hesitantly down the tunnel.
25' Both sets of players take on drinks at this midway point of the first half, as Son continues to be assessed for a head injury. Looking dazed, and requiring help from the Tottenham staff, the South Korean striker is brought over to the touchline. He surely can't carry on.
23' A coming together between Mbemba and Son in an aerial challenge inside the centre-circle brings the latter down to the turf, holding his head. He will need treatment from the medics, so the game is brought to a halt.
21' DOUBLE CHANCE! After Harit has a powerful effort towards the centre of Spurs' goal repelled by Lloris, the ball later breaks to Clauss on the right, who pulls a low shot at least a yard wide of the far post! Tottenham are just hanging on here!
19' SAVE! Certainly the danger man for Marseille so far today, Sanchez takes a shot at goal from the left side of the box, which forces Lloris into making a sharp save!
18' Spurs' wing-backs are entirely tucked in, and it's more of a back five at the moment, with Sessegnon being required to hack the ball clear from deep inside his own area.
16' Precedent does neither side any favours today: Marseille are winless in their last nine games against English sides in the Champions League - losing seven - with their last victory coming in December 2010, against Chelsea. Spurs, meanwhile, have played away from home against French sides on six previous occasions in European competition, but have failed to win all six.
14' Even after the pause for Bailly's substitution, it remains a one-sided affair at the Velodrome: Marseille resume their territorial dominance and move the ball at pace. Spurs simply sit back and will hope to draw the sting before striking on the counter - they certainly have the tools to do so.
12' Tottenham wing-back Sessegnon concedes successive free-kicks, and from the latter - out on Marseille's left - a cross into the box is comfortably cleared away by the English side.
S. Gigot
E. Bailly
Olympique Marseille
9' Due to aggravating an existing injury, Bailly limps off injured, requiring Gigot to replace him in the Marseille defence.
8' Having come into the match after missing time with a thigh injury, Bailly is sitting forlornly on the turf, and it looks as if his participation in this game is over. He tried to play a part on the big occasion, but not for the first time, his body has let him down.
7' Spurs are still on the back foot, as OM push on for an early goal - roared forward by their passionate fans. Another attacking move ends with Sanchez firing well wide of the target.
5' Clauss bursts towards the right byline with a surging run, but when well-placed to cut the ball back or power a shot at goal from a tight angle, he merely rolls a harmless low cross into Lloris' gloves.
3' Marseille threaten early on, as Sanchez steers a header from the centre of the area not far wide of the right-hand post, following a cross from Harit. It's been a bright start for the hosts.
1' We are under way in Marseille!
The players are out on the pitch at an atmospheric Stade Velodrome, and kick-off is now just moments away!
Still missing Richarlison, Kulusevski and Romero today, Conte has named an altered Tottenham XI, with Sessegnon expected to line up on the right and Lenglet switching to that side of the visitors' back three. In all, there are four changes to the team that beat Bournemouth at the weekend: Sanchez, Emerson, Bissouma and Skipp drop to the bench, while Perisic, Davies, Lucas and Bentancur come in.
After returning from a thigh injury, Bailly is back in the Marseille side today, joining captain Rongier who returns to the hosts' midfield. Tavares, currently on loan from Arsenal - and one of many OM players with Premier League experience - starts on the left flank after being rested at the weekend. Former Gunner Alexis Sanchez leads the line up front; Kolasinac takes a seat on the bench, alongside veteran playmaker Payet.
SUBS: Fraser Forster, Brandon Austin, Emerson Royal, Bryan Gil, Matt Doherty, Harvey White, Pape Sarr, Davinson Sanchez, Japhet Tanganga, Oliver Skipp, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence.
TOTTENHAM (3-4-3): Hugo Lloris; Clement Lenglet, Eric Dier, Ben Davies; Ryan Sessegnon, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur, Ivan Perisic; Lucas Moura, Harry Kane, Son Heung-min.
SUBS: Ruben Blanco, Simon Ngapandouetnbu, Sead Kolasinac, Samuel Gigot, Gerson, Cengiz Under, Luis Suarez, Dimitri Payet, Issa Kabore.
MARSEILLE (3-4-2-1): Pau Lopez; Chancel Mbemba, Eric Bailly, Leonardo Balerdi; Jonathan Clauss, Valentin Rongier, Jordan Veretout, Nuno Tavares; Matteo Guendouzi, Amine Harit; Alexis Sanchez.
Tottenham, who won the reverse fixture 2-0 in London on the opening matchday, top Group D before kick-off, but still need three points to ensure a place in next week's Champions League draw. Due to Antonio Conte's touchline ban, his assistant Cristian Stellini will take temporary charge of a side that have failed to win any of their last four away matches in the competition. Should they lose today, the Europa League awaits. Following successive league defeats and a controversial draw with Sporting, confidence in the camp was at least lifted by a comeback win over Bournemouth at the weekend, which leaves Tottenham third in the Premier League table.
A finely-poised final matchday sees qualification from Group D entirely up for grabs, as all four clubs know victory would guarantee safe passage to the knockout stage. That includes fourth-placed Marseille, who were beaten by Eintracht Frankfurt last week to remain on six points - three shy of Spurs. OM's Ligue 1 form has also begun to tail off somewhat, as they have now gone four league games without a win after being held to a 2-2 draw by Strasbourg on Saturday. Furthermore, Igor Tudor's men have won just one of their last five home fixtures; conceding in each of their last six - but the Velodrome will surely be in full voice today.
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