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  • Date:08 Dec 2010
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Stade Velodrome
  • Brandao (80)
Goal!

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93mins

Daniel Sturridge has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

88mins

Lucho Gonzalez takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Florent Malouda.

87mins

Foul by Benoit Cheyrou on Daniel Sturridge, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Michael Essien.

86mins

Leyti N'Diaye leaves the field to be replaced by Jordan Ayew.

84mins

Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Steve Mandanda.

83mins

Andre Ayew receives a caution.

81mins

Evanilson Brandao finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Marseille 1-0 Chelsea.Assist by Taye Taiwo.

80mins

Patrick Van Aanholt joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jose Bosingwa.

78mins

Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, Steve Mandanda makes a save.

76mins

The ball is crossed by Paulo Ferreira, save by Steve Mandanda.

75mins

Daniel Sturridge concedes a free kick for a foul on Leyti N'Diaye. Leyti N'Diaye restarts play with the free kick.

74mins

Long range effort from Benoit Cheyrou misses to the left of the goal.

73mins

Shot from just outside the box by Ramires goes over the target.

72mins

Jeffrey Bruma comes on in place of John Terry.

71mins

Effort on goal by Charles Kabore from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

70mins

The ball is delivered by Charles Kabore.

69mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Daniel Sturridge. Free kick taken by Steve Mandanda.

68mins

Daniel Sturridge is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Steve Mandanda.

68mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Evanilson Brandao. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.

65mins

Effort on goal by Benoit Cheyrou from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

64mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Lucho Gonzalez from the right by-line, Daniel Sturridge makes a clearance.

64mins

Taye Taiwo takes a shot. Jose Bosingwa gets a block in.

64mins

Lucho Gonzalez decides to take a short corner.

62mins

Lucho Gonzalez on for Mathieu Valbuena. Andre Ayew replaces Fabrice Abriel. Mathieu Valbuena fouled by Michael Essien, the ref awards a free kick. Benoit Cheyrou delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.

62mins

Daniel Sturridge on for Didier Drogba.

60mins

Leyti N'Diaye concedes a free kick for a foul on Joshua McEachran. Joshua McEachran restarts play with the free kick.

60mins

Loic Remy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jose Bosingwa. Direct free kick taken by Jose Bosingwa.

59mins

The ball is swung over by Charles Kabore, blocked by Salomon Kalou.

57mins

Unfair challenge on Taye Taiwo by Ramires results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Benoit Cheyrou from left wing.

56mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by Florent Malouda, save by Charles Kabore.

56mins

The ball is swung over by Paulo Ferreira, blocked by Taye Taiwo.

55mins

Joshua McEachran concedes a free kick for a foul on Mathieu Valbuena. Direct free kick taken by Benoit Cheyrou.

53mins

Unfair challenge on Paulo Ferreira by Mathieu Valbuena results in a free kick. Paulo Ferreira takes the indirect free kick.

51mins

Foul by Paulo Ferreira on Mathieu Valbuena, free kick awarded. Benoit Cheyrou crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.

47mins

Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save by Steve Mandanda.

47mins

Florent Malouda takes a shot. Steve Mandanda makes a save.

45mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Evanilson Brandao clears the bar.

45mins

The ball is sent over by Mathieu Valbuena, John Terry makes a clearance.

44mins

Effort on goal by Salomon Kalou from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

40mins

Florent Malouda is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Charles Kabore.

38mins

The ball is crossed by Charles Kabore, save by Petr Cech.

36mins

The referee blows for offside against Gabriel Heinze. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.

35mins

Foul by Paulo Ferreira on Leyti N'Diaye, free kick awarded. Benoit Cheyrou restarts play with the free kick, The ball is delivered by Fabrice Abriel.

34mins

Didier Drogba takes a shot. Blocked by Taye Taiwo.

32mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Didier Drogba misses to the left of the goal.

29mins

Mathieu Valbuena sends in a cross.

25mins

Didier Drogba takes a shot. Steve Mandanda makes a save.

24mins

The ball is crossed by Benoit Cheyrou, save made by Petr Cech.

23mins

Shot from close range by Salomon Kalou misses to the right of the target.

22mins

Shot from just outside the area by Ramires goes over the bar.

21mins

Michael Essien takes a shot. Save made by Steve Mandanda.

20mins

Unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic by Loic Remy results in a free kick. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.

17mins

Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda.

14mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Evanilson Brandao misses to the right of the target.

13mins

Leyti N'Diaye has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.

12mins

The offside flag is raised against Jose Bosingwa. Steve Mandanda takes the indirect free kick.

11mins

The ball is swung over by Loic Remy, Header by Fabrice Abriel from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

11mins

Fabrice Abriel takes a shot.

10mins

Salomon Kalou is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Mandanda.

8mins

Benoit Cheyrou has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.

6mins

Fabrice Abriel takes a shot. Blocked by Jose Bosingwa.

4mins

The ball is sent over by Leyti N'Diaye, clearance made by Jose Bosingwa.

4mins

The offside flag is raised against Evanilson Brandao. Petr Cech takes the free kick.

3mins

Leyti N'Diaye challenges Salomon Kalou unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ramires takes the free kick.

2mins

Evanilson Brandao gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.

1mins

A cross is delivered by Charles Kabore.

The match begins.

The referee blows for half time.

The game restarts for the second half.

The final whistle goes and the game is over.

Match Preview

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti has demanded his side turn on the style against Marseille in their final Champions League Group F game.

Chelsea, suffering a mid-season slump that has seen them win just one game out of the last six in the Barclays Premier League, have been ordered to return to the free-flowing football that excited everyone when the new campaign began.

Ancelotti was clearly angered and upset by Chelsea's 1-1 draw against Everton last Saturday and told his players so in a team meeting.

With Chelsea have already finished top of the pool, and Marseille through in second, there is little but pride riding on tomorrow's game, but the Italian coach made it clear he wants his side to go back to the style of football which brought them a flood of goals and five straight wins at the start of the Barclays Premier campaign.

"We are trying to search the right way to move on quickly from this moment and we have a possibility to do this tomorrow," said Ancelotti.

"The result of the game is not important but the performance is very important. We want to put out the best line-up possible because we consider the game important for our confidence and to come back and play our football.

"We have to come back quickly to play our football. I spoke with my players. It is not the right place to explain what I said to them. it was private and confidential. The reaction has to be good tomorrow.

"When I say strong team, it doesn't mean there are no young players in the team. Maybe some of them will be involved. We give a lot of importance to this game for the reason that we need to come back to play our football."

Meanwhile, Didier Drogba will make an emotional return to the Stade Velodrome and admits finishing his career at the club remains a very tempting prospect.

Drogba, now 32, spent just a year at Marseille, scoring 18 Ligue One goals, plus another 11 in Europe in 2003/04 after arriving from Guingamp.

His goal record made him a cult hero among the Marseille fans and the Chelsea ace has often spoken of finishing his career back at Stade Velodrome.

"I am glad to be here and see some familiar faces," said Drogba.

"I know that everything will be good tomorrow. All I can say is that I have been at Chelsea for six years now and I am happy there.

"My family is also happy there. Of course Marseille is tempting. But there are so many parameters that come into play. I can see myself ending my career at Chelsea."

OM coach Didier Deschamps is hoping Drogba's love for the south-coast club will inspire him to play for them once more before he retires.

"Every coach appreciates Drogba," said Deschamps.

"If you know a coach who doesn't rate him, maybe you can introduce them to me. He's someone everyone would want to have in their team. He's a player of a very high calibre who had one great season at Marseille and the supporters took him to their hearts, which isn't easy.

"But tomorrow he's an opponent who, as he's said before, is very attached to Marseille and maybe one day will wear the shirt again. I don't know if that's feasible or not, who knows."

Meanwhile, Marseille goalkeeper and captain Steve Mandanda is relishing the match.

"It's my first Champions League game without pressure, we've prepared well and it'll be a decent game," said Mandanda.

"We know we're going to play a big team tomorrow. Maybe for the fans it's like an exhibition match but for the players it's still an important game. There's not too much pressure but it matters to us.

"Whether it's Drogba in front of me or whoever it is, my aim will be the same, to keep a clean sheet. I'm not focusing on Drogba especially."

Formation:451Manager: Didier Deschamps

Marseille

Formation: 451Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

Chelsea

  • Steve Mandanda
  • Charles Kabore
  • Souleymane Diawara
  • Gabriel Heinze
  • Taye Taiwo
  • Mathieu Valbuena
  • Fabrice Abriel
  • Leyti N'Diaye
  • Benoit Cheyrou
  • Loic Remy
  • Evanilson Brandao
  • SUBS
  • Elinton Andrade
  • Edouard Cisse
  • Lucho Gonzalez
  • Jordan Ayew
  • Andre Ayew
  • Jean-Philippe Sabo

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Match Report

Brandao strike enough for Marseille Marseille piled more pressure on Chelsea's under-fire boss Carlo Ancelotti as a second-half goal from Brandao was enough to bring their unbeaten Champions League run to an end. Having already won Group F, the Blues were lethargic and passionless despite Ancelotti's call for a return to the free-flowing football they produced at the start of the season. Although the game had nothing riding on it apart from pride, the English champions looked a shadow of the side that took defences apart with ease last season. The Blues have now recorded just two wins out of their last eight games in all competitions and the storm clouds will continue to gather over Ancelotti until they reverse their alarming slump. Marseille started brightly and almost took the lead in the seventh minute, but Benoit Cheyrou's volley from 20-yards flashed just wide of the post. It certainly was not the entertaining start Carlo Ancelotti had wanted from his side. In the 10th minute only the woodwork saved Chelsea when Mathieu Valbuena rattled the crossbar with a 20-yard drive that had Petr Cech beaten. Moments later Loic Remy flashed another long-rage effort just wide and Brandao put another shot on the turn inches wide of the upright as Chelsea looked extremely vulnerable in defence. In the 15th minute there was total confusion when Chelsea appeared to have been awarded a penalty by Russian referee Vladislav Bezborodov after Souleymane Diawara brought down Florent Malouda. The Russian pointed to the spot but, under pressure from Marseille players, appeared to consult his linesman and change his mind. He then awarded the Blues a corner instead, much to the annoyance of the Chelsea players. Ancelotti's side had rarely ventured into the home penalty area and Ramires opted for the long-range approach in the 21st minute, though his effort was far too high. A clever move involving Malouda and Michael Essien finally allowed Didier Drogba the freedom to shoot but the Ivorian, clearly still not back to his best, missed the target. Marseille had a goal ruled out for offside in the 35th minute when Gabriel Heinze was adjudged to have slipped offside from Cheyrou's free-kick. Heinze rose unchallenged to head home from six yards but was immediately flagged offside by the referee's assistant. In the 43rd minute Salomon Kalou burst into the Marseille penalty area but his shot was high and wide. Chelsea began the second half in the same lethargic fashion as they ended the first period. It was the home side who again looked the more threatening but although they pinned Chelsea down in their own half, the final ball was lacking. Drogba, who had looked distinctly out of sorts all evening, was eventually replaced on the hour by Daniel Sturridge. The former Marseille goal hero was given a standing ovation from the home fans as he walked off the pitch. Goalmouth incidents were increasingly rare in a game that had little riding on it but Taye Taiwo almost sparked the contest into life in the 64th minute when his shot flashed past the far post. Two minutes later a cross from Taiwo was saved by Cech as substitute Lucho Gonzalez looked to pounce. The deadlock was broken in the 81st minute when Taiwo's cross-shot was deflected into the patch of Brandao by Ramires and the Marseille tucked the ball home from six yards. It was a killer blow for Ancelotti who had watched another insipid performance from his players and looked distinctly unhappy as he left the pitch.

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