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Tottenham Hotspur v Olympique Marseille Live Commentary, 07/09/2022

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Richarlison (76)
Richarlison (81)
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium


That is all for tonight folks, thanks for joining us. Goodbye!
Spurs will face Sporting away from home next week, while Marseille host Frankfurt during matchday two.
In a game of very few clear-cut chances, Spurs did well to keep Marseille at bay in both halves, but Richarlison deserves his moment in the spotlight. He left Everton to play in the Champions League, and after a tireless performance, he got his just rewards. Spurs sit second in Group D after tonight's win due to Sporting Lisbon's 3-0 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Spurs' decision to sign Richarlison will not be questioned anymore as the Brazilian came up trumps at a crucial stage to ensure that his side collected all three points. Mbemba's dismissal changed the game totally in Spurs' favour, but his challenge on Son was clumsy. Spurs then took full advantage with Richarlison heading home crosses from Perisic and then Hojbjerg.
90' + 4' BLOCK! From nowhere, Marseille burst forward on the counter-attack, but Under's low shot is blocked by Davies. That is just what Conte would have wanted from his team at the death!
90' + 4' Kane fires over the crossbar from the corner, and that could be all we have time for in London, with Spurs taking full advantage of the early red card in the second half.
90' + 3' Bailly deflects Doherty's cross behind for a corner in what could be Spurs' final chance of the match!
90' Four minutes of stoppage time to come...
88' OVER! Tanganga nearly added a third for Tottenham, but his looping header failed to stay under the crossbar, and Marseille won a goal-kick as a result.
C. Ünder
S. Gigot
Olympique Marseille
87' Former Leicester winger Under enters the game in place of Gigot.
P. Gueye
J. Veretout
Olympique Marseille
87' Two further changes for Marseille as Gueye replaces Veretout.
M. Doherty
Son Heung-Min
Tottenham Hotspur
86' Conte is now protecting his team's lead with Doherty on for Son.
Y. Bissouma
R. Bentancur
Tottenham Hotspur
85' Bentancur gets a deserved rest as he makes way for Bissouma.
83' After all that worrying, Spurs are now in cruise control at home in their opening match of the Champions League. Something their fans would never have expected on occasions last season.
P. Højbjerg
Tottenham Hotspur
81' Hojbjerg's delivery was just as good as Perisic's, if not better, and both players have made life easier for Richarlison, who is now on a hat-trick!
Tottenham Hotspur
81' GOAAALLLL - TOTTENHAM 2-0 MARSEILLE - The French outfit failed to learn their lessons from the first goal, and it is Richarlison who heads home from inside the penalty area. After their corner was cleared, Spurs recycled possession with Hojbjerg, but he wasted no time in crossing to the far post. Richarlison waited until the last second before throwing himself at the cross to head past Lopez.
79' Richarlison's goal came courtesy of Spurs' 13th shot of the game and their first on target.
I. Perišić
Tottenham Hotspur
76' Perisic showed a touch of class on that occasion to pick out Richarlison, and that is exactly why Spurs snapped him up this summer!
Tottenham Hotspur
76' GOAAAALLLL - TOTTENHAM 1-0 MARSEILLE - Richarlison finally gets the home fans on their feet as he scores Spurs' first goal in the Champions League this season. Perisic will take the credit for the delivery, as his cross was straight into the path of Richarlison. The Brazilian did the rest as he headed past Lopez after being left unmarked.
75' CHANCE! Marseille should be in front, but Harit scuffed his lines at the pivotal moment as he latched onto a cross. The substitute showed he has yet to warm to the occasion, and he could be made to rue that miss.
J. Tanganga
C. Romero
Tottenham Hotspur
73' Romero's night is also over, with Tanganga getting less than 20 minutes to impress.
B. Davies
C. Lenglet
Tottenham Hotspur
73' Conte sends on Davies, with Lenglet the one to make way for Spurs.
A. Harit
L. Suárez
Olympique Marseille
71' Suarez's quiet night at the office is also over, with Harit on in his place.
J. Clauss
Yellow Card
Olympique Marseille
70' Clauss was carded as he left the field of play due to time-wasting.
S. Kolašinac
J. Clauss
Olympique Marseille
70' Tudor turns to his bench for a second time as Kolasinac replaces Clauss.
66' Kulusevski has already changed the momentum in Spurs' favour, with two ambitious crosses into the box. The first was blocked for a corner, while the second ended up being a goal-kick. That is more like it from Spurs, with the Swede putting his head down and driving the Marseille defence back towards their own box.
Son Heung-Min
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
65' Son is carded for dissent after disagreeing with a decision from the referee.
63' After an hour, Spurs are yet to force Lopez into making a meaningful save, and Conte will hope Kulusevski's introduction can help them break Marseille down. The sending-off has changed the French outfit's approach, but it is so far so good from Tudor's troops.
D. Kulusevski
Tottenham Hotspur
61' Conte makes an attacking change as Kulusevski replaces Emerson.
58' It looks like Conte has had enough of what he has seen, and Kulusevski has been recalled to the bench!
56' WIDE! Son shows signs of rustiness once again as he fires wide of the target from outside the box. The Spurs forward has yet to find his groove this season, but he has plenty of time to make amends this evening.
E. Dier
Yellow Card
Tottenham Hotspur
53' Dier is now in the book after jumping into the back of Suarez, although replays suggest that was a tad harsh from the official.
L. Balerdi
Olympique Marseille
50' Gerson is sacrificed, with Balerdi now coming onto the pitch to fill in for Mbemba.
50' The Marseille wall does its job to deny Kane from the resulting free-kick, and it remains goalless, but the visitors' gameplan is now out of the window after Mbemba's red card.
E. Bailly
Yellow Card
Olympique Marseille
48' Bailly is also booked after protesting the referee's decision!
C. Mbemba
Red Card
Olympique Marseille
47' SENT OFF!!! Mbemba is shown a straight red card after bringing down Son. The Marseille defender was the last man, and he clipped Son as he was just about to enter the penalty area.
46' We are back underway in London, and neither manager has made a change at the break.
The good news for Spurs is that they have managed to keep the game goalless despite their poor first-half display. Conte will no doubt read them the riot act at half-time, and we may see a different approach in the second 45 minutes.
A tame first 45 minutes comes to a close, and this game has yet to spark into life. Many expected an end-to-end battle ahead of kick-off, but Marseille have just shaded things, despite only testing Lloris once. Guendouzi's effort was the highlight of the half, but neither side deserved to lead.
45' + 1' SAVE! Lloris keeps the scoreline at 0-0 after a strong save from Guendouzi's shot. The former Arsenal man let fly from the edge of the box, but Lloris got down in time to tip his effort away from danger.
45' One minute of stoppage time to come...
42' Spurs look like they could do with half-time, with Conte's side just going through the motions. Thankfully for them, Marseille have not looked dangerous enough in the final third, but the French outfit are winning the midfield battle.
40' CLOSE! The best chance of the match so far, but Kane fires wide from inside the box. Son did all of the leg work for him before playing in his team-mate, but Kane dragged his right-footed shot past Lopez's far post.
38' Marseille have done well to set traps this evening, before then flying forward as they try to counter-attack. They've struggled to provide any service for Suarez, but Emerson and Perisic have had their work cut out so far.
35' BLOCK! Kane's first shot of the night is blocked by the visitors, but that was much better from Spurs. The England international decided to be selfish in the box, but Marseille's defence held firm and the deflection sailed into the hands of Lopez.
33' Spurs have never really controlled proceedings tonight, but they are really struggling to string their passes together, and Marseille are doing a great job of unsettling them.
31' A poor delivery from the corner ensures that it remains 0-0 in London.
30' Mbemba's right-footed shot takes a wicked deflection, and Lloris is unable to stop it from trickling behind his goal, with Marseille now preparing themselves for a corner.
27' Marseille's medical team have patched Lopez up, and he is back on the pitch.
26' The game comes to a halt once again, but this time it is Lopez that is down. The Marseille keeper was caught by Kane with a stray hand, and he appears to have cut his eyelid.
24' A really negative approach from Marseille sees them go backwards with the set-piece before they then play the ball out for a throw-in. It is safe to say that did not go to plan.
23' Marseille win a free-kick after a sloppy challenge from Richarlison on Guendouzi,
20' WIDE! Marseille left-back Tavares fires past the near post from the edge of the box. Lloris looked to have it covered, but that does not mean he was not worried for a second.
17' Napoli are slowly growing into this game, and they are starting to win the ball higher up the pitch.
15' Guendouzi throws himself at Son's near-post cross, and Marseille clear comfortably from the resulting corner.
14' Richarlison wins Spurs their first corner of the night...
14' Panic over for Marseille as Gigot makes his way back onto the pitch!
12' The referee stops proceedings to ensure Gigot is OK after the Marseille defender complained of a head injury after a collision with Emerson inside the Spurs box.
9' Spurs defender Dier will need to watch himself as he gets a warning from referee Slavko Vincic after a poor challenge near the halfway line.
8' Spurs are wasting no time when they get the ball into Kane, Son or Richarlison, but so far, the lay-offs from all three players have been wayward.
6' Marseille's starting XI against Tottenham has a combined 47 appearances in the Champions League coming into this match, making them the most inexperienced Marseille XI in the competition since September 2003.
5' Neither side has been able to take control inside the first five minutes, mainly down to the standard of defending from both teams.
3' "Oh, When the Spurs Go Marching In" rings around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium inside the first few minutes, but his side have taken a cautious approach to this match so far.
1' We are underway in north London!
The two teams are making their way onto the field in London!
This will be the first-ever competitive meeting between Tottenham and Marseille, while the Lilywhites have won four of their previous five home matches against French opposition in all European competitions.
Conte makes one change to the side that beat Fulham 2-1 as Perisic replaces Sessegnon at left-wing back. Marseille coach Tudor makes four alterations to his side after their 2-0 win over Auxerre. Bailly, Gigot, Tavares and Guendouzi come in, while Kabore, Balerdi, Kolasinac and Under drop out.
SUBS: Dimitri Payet, Leonardo Balerdi, Issa Kabore, Ruben Blanco, Simon Ngapandouetnbu, Sead Kolasinac, Cengiz Under, Amine Harit, Pape Alassane Gueye.
MARSEILLE (3-4-2-1): Pau Lopez; Chancel Mbemba, Eric Bailly, Samuel Gigot; Jonathan Clauss, Valentin Rongier, Jordan Veretout, Nuno Tavares; Matteo Guendouzi, Gerson; Luis Suarez.
SUBS: Oliver Skipp, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Djed Spence, Bryan Gil, Matt Doherty, Dejan Kulusevski, Pape Sarr, Ben Davies, Davinson Sanchez, Ryan Sessegnon, Japhet Tanganga.
TOTTENHAM (3-4-2-1): Hugo Lloris; Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Clement Lenglet; Emerson, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur, Ivan Perisic; Richarlison, Son Heung-Min; Harry Kane.
Spurs remain unbeaten in the Premier League after six matches, and they won their fourth game of the season at the weekend at the expense of Fulham. That 2-1 victory has helped them move into third in the table, while Marseille are second in Ligue 1 after enjoying a similar record, although they have won five from six under Igor Tudor.
Antonio Conte's troops have been drawn alongside the French giants Eintracht Frankfurt and Sporting Lisbon in Group D, and they will be desperate to get off to a good start in front of their own supporters.
Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the Champions League contest between Tottenham and Marseille.