UEFA Champions League

March 15, 2011

Full-time

Manchester United

2 - 1

Marseille

UEFA Champions League

19:45 +00:00, March 15, 2011

Old Trafford, England

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo

2nd Leg: 2 - 1 (Agg)

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    That's all we've got time for tonight folks, thanks for tuning in. Remember to keep an eye out for Chelsea v Copenhagen and Real Madrid v Lyon tomorrow night and, of course, the Champions League quarter-final draw on Friday.

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    In tonight's other game, Inter Milan have won an absolute cracker at the Allianz Arena. The reigning champions won 3-2, having been 2-1 down and they have beaten Bayern Munich just like they did in Madrid last May. Goran Pandev with Inter's winner.

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    Man Utd 2-1 Marseille. It's an 11th Champions League quarter-final for United, though they made it hard work for themselves. A poacher's brace from Chicharito sends them into the last eight. Wes Brown's own goal made the last ten minutes very interesting, but United held on and eagerly await the draw on Friday now.

  • 94'

    It's all over...

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    Just seconds to go now at Old Trafford.

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    Throw-in for United upfield in the Marseille half.

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    Patrice Evra vies for the ball against Marseille's Loic Remy

  • 92'

    Remy booked for holding Smalling back. Dragging him to the floor may be more accurate.

  • 92'

    The tension is tangible at Old Trafford, as Rooney again brings United down the left.

  • 91'

    Carrick hoofs it clear and Fabio then wins a free-kick deep in United territory moments later.

  • 90'

    Inter have just gone 3-2 up in Munich. They will be through on away goals as things stand.

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    Marseille goal-kick now though and they can throw the ball forward again. Four minutes of stoppage time will be played.

  • 89'

    Cheyrou fouls Giggs in midfield. I have a feeling United will be taking their time after this one.

  • 88'

    Rooney receives the ball wide left but Scholes gives the ball away as he looks for the one-two.

  • 88'

    United throw-in, but they're being pegged back by Marseille.

  • 87'

    Messrs Scholes and Giggs beginning to look tired, do the veterans have enough left in their locker to see this game out?

  • 87'

    One goal is all that Marseille need, it will send them through on away goals.

  • 87'

    Anxious faces all around Old Trafford, from Marseille and United fans alike.

  • 86'

    This game is far from over, I reckon there will be plenty of stoppage time too.

  • 85'

    Marseille pressing with Fanni and Remy, but Evra does well to shepherd the ball out of play.

  • 84'

    Rooney shoots from 25 yards out but his effort is easily scooped up by Mandanda.

  • 84'

    The fingernail biting begins again in earnest at Old Trafford.

  • 82'

    United 2-1 Marseille. Scholes tries to clear his team-mate's header off the line, but it's already crossed and Marseille are back in it.

  • 82'

    GOAL Wes Brown own goal.

  • 81'

    Remy again finds himself in space and he's won Marseille yet another corner.

  • 80'

    An attacking sub by Deschamps.

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    Jordan Ayew on for Stephane M'Bia.

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    Hernandez gets ahead of Diawara before crossing towards Valencia. Heinze clears it out for a corner.

  • 78'

    Fanni with a low shot from a tight angle, but Van der Sar protects his near-post well.

  • 77'

    Evra tees himself up after a great run into the box and pass from Rooney. But the left-back's volleyed effort is comfortably delay with by Mandanda.

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    A universal sigh of relief goes around Old Trafford, and United determined to keep attacking.

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    A real pair of poacher's goals for Chicharito.

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    United 2-0 Marseille. Valencia threads it through to Giggs on the right of the area and he crosses it in to Hernandez, who sweeps the ball in from close range once more.

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    GOAL Hernandez

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    Remy finally with an accurate delivery and Cheyrou swings his right foot at the ball from the penalty spot. Smart save from Van der Sar down low.

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    Wonderful header from Valencia to set himself up for a dart down the wing. His first cross is cleared away and he gets a second chance after an incisive ball from Scholes but it's far too hard.

  • 72'

    Valbuena booked for a late challenge on Brown - not sure that's quite the impact Deschamps had in mind.

  • 71'

    Evra climbs well next to Lucho and wins a goal-kick.

  • 70'

    Remy again fails with a cross after he took advantage of Smalling's slip on the edge of the box.

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    Remy goes central now for Marseille, Valbuena to play a bit wider.

  • 69'

    Rafael in some pain, he's being stretchered off the Old Trafford pitch.

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    Fabio on for Rafael.

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    Valbuena on for Gignac.

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    Remy gets to the byline but again his cross is not good enough. Van der Sar has it in his grateful grasp.

  • 67'

    Valbuena warming up for Marseille. A pretty nifty player to be able to introduce at this stage.

  • 66'

    Bad news that for United, they're having a right-back crisis!

  • 65'

    The United physio is calling for the change.

  • 65'

    Rafael has pulled up with a hamstring problem and it looks as though Fabio will be coming on for him.

  • 64'

    Inter are back in the tie against Bayern, Sneijder has made it 2-2 tonight, 3-2 on aggregate stil to the Germans though.

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    John O'Shea pulls a hamstring taking on Marseille's Andre Ayew

  • 63'

    Mandanda does well to block Valencia's close-range effort.

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    Heinze heads it wide, he leapt well but couldn't direct it goalwards.

  • 62'

    The ball flashed into the box again and Brown slices it out for a corner. That could have gone anywhere.

  • 61'

    Ferguson wanting to protect Nani, clearly, who we were led to believe might have been ut for a while.

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    Valencia for Nani.

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    Sensational drilled ball from Rooney towards Nani down the right, but Taiwo does well again. He has handled Nani well this evening.

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    Remy takes it past Giggs at pace and smashes one across goal, but his inviting ball is not met by anyone in black.

  • 59'

    Carrick with an important interception to prevenmt Gignac from being through on goal. The midfielder has looked really solid tonight.

  • 58'

    Stats: United completed just 58% of their passes in the opposition half in the first 45. The Champions League average has been 75%.

  • 57'

    The game opening back up again now, and it's more like the end-to-end football we saw in the first half.

  • 57'

    United right back in the game - Rooney with a lovely little turn inside the box and he went for the shot but Heinze blocked.

  • 56'

    And Rooney again the architect searching for Giggs. But Mandanda is out to pick the ball almost off the Welshman's boot.

  • 55'

    Incredibly cheeky through-ball from Rooney - looked one way and passed the other to Hernandez, but he was offside.

  • 54'

    Nani gives the ball away cheaply but United have it back with Hernandez. The Mexican gets the ball stuck up in his feet though.

  • 53'

    Evra on the charge towards the box after a classy through-ball from Giggs but Diawara makes a superb challenge.

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    Rooney and Nani exchange well but the latter's cross is cleared away by Heinze.

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    Giggs wins a free-kick after a late challenge from Lucho. Taht ends an excellent spell of possession for the French side.

  • 51'

    United just chasing shadows at the moment, Marseille have shown more intent that the hosts thus far.

  • 50'

    Stats: Chicharito's goal prevented Marseille from keeping a sixth successive clean sheet. Six shut-outs in a row has only happened seven times before in the Champions League.

  • 49'

    Marseille keeping the ball well and Remy's movement is causing United problems.

  • 48'

    Massive challenge from Wes Brown on Remy, made him well aware of his presence!

  • 47'

    Ayew flicks it on to Gignac but Van der Sar is out quickly to smother the ball at his feet.

  • 46'

    Another really poor foul from Evra on Remy, but he somehow manages to stay out of the ref's book.

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    United know that a second goal is necssary to settle the nerves of supporters.

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    Early free-kick to Manchester United early on, but Marseille clear the ball away. No changes yet for either team.

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    And we're off...

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    Manchester United's Javier Hernandez scores the opening goal.

  • 45'

    United beat Arsenal in the FA Cup on Saturday and the Gunners have now been linked with former goalkeeper Jens Lehmann. ESPNsoccernet's Tom Adams gives his thoughts on the German's possible return.

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    HALF-TIME. United 1-0 Marseille. What a fantastic European tie and there is everything still to play for in the second half. Chicharito's goal sends United through as things stand, but Marseille have looked more than capable of getting the single away goal they currently require to advance. An exciting second 45 awaits.

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    And there's the half-time whistle.

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    Cheyrou fouls Carrick, before Rafael fouls Cheyrou. Only the second one acknowledged by the referee though.

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    Van der Sar claims with ease, neither side has managed to make this glut of corners count.

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    Marseille corner now...

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    Good delivery and Smalling rises highest. But his header is over.

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    Diawara with an excellent challenge on Nani, sliding it out and handing United a corner.

  • 42'

    Superb volley by Remy but it's risen up and over the bar. Marseille really knocking at the door now.

  • 41'

    Wow, it's hard to keep up with the action - what a tempo.

  • 41'

    I'm inclined to agree with the ref, I think Taiwo was just standing his ground and Chicharito ran into him.

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    No penalty says the ref.

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    Cleared and now Giggs is on his own on the left. He plays it towards Hernandez, who is impeded by Taiwo.

  • 40'

    Another corner for Marseille now, it's end to end.

  • 39'

    The game is being played at a frenetic pace, the ball found its way straight to Rooney and his shot from just inside the box was stopped solidly by Mandanda.

  • 38'

    Cheyrou with an excellent strike from 25 yards and it forces Van der Sar into action. Good save fromt he Dutchman.

  • 38'

    Rafael again does well with Gignac closing him down. A cool head from the Brazilian.

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    Rafael with his first test against Ayew. He passes it and United come away with possession.

  • 37'

    Just saw a replay of the Diawara chance. He REALLY should have scored.

  • 37'

    Bayern are now 2-1 up against Inter. Thomas Muller the scorer.

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    The Irishman pulled his hamstring when trying to cross a couple of minutes ago.

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    Rafael on for O'Shea.

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    Free header for Diawara and he has somehow put it wide! Terrible effort off his shoulder.

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    Marseille break down the other end and have a corner.

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    Scholes with a beautiful pass to O'Shea, he cuts inside but it's a poor ball to the edge of the box, straight to a Marseille player.

  • 34'

    This time Gignac penalised for a foul on Brown.

  • 33'

    That free-kick came from a Smalling v Gignac tussle. That battle is proving to be an interesting one.

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    But his effort is well over, a poor efort with so many l'OM players in the box.

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    Lucho to take it...

  • 31'

    Deschamps' side have a free-kick now on the left wing, just near the penalty area. It's a dangerous position.

  • 31'

    Marseille hold their lines well, though and they can advance now.

  • 30'

    Rooney sprays it wide to Nani and United move down the right wing with O'Shea.

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    The ball just to-ing and fro-ing at the moment. Scholes has had some lovely touches in the first 30 minutes.

  • 29'

    Nani flashes a left-foot shot wide, it was a bit of a tame effort really.

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    Chicharito celebrates his opener.

  • 27'

    Stats: Before this game, United had picked up fewer yellow cards - three - than any other club in the Champions League this season.

  • 27'

    Boos echo around Old Trafford after Nani appears to be fouled by Taiwo. Even more boos when the ref fails to award a free-kick.

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    Good movement from Remy in round the back of the United defence, but his is cross is well defended by Scholes of all people.

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    Lucho slices one wide from 20 yards out. Big slice.

  • 23'

    Two mistakes in a minute for Marseille. Mandanda gave the ball straight to Nani who passed to Rooney ont he overlap, but the striker couldn't find a red shirt with his cross. A minute before Hernandez had a header after a mistake from Diawara, straight into the goalkeeper's hands.

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    Lucho and Remy with a neat exchange but Carrick does well to tidy things up.

  • 22'

    Bayern have levelled things up in Munich. 1-1 against Inter now thanks to a Mario Gomez goal.

  • 21'

    Heinze through the back of Hernandez. He had revenge in his eyes for that last challenge. No yellow card for the Marseille man though.

  • 20'

    Brown and Smallling go for the same ball and Remy with a chance to attack. But United regroup.

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    Chicharito booked for shouldering Heinze off the ball. A tad unfortunate.

  • 19'

    Hernandez ruled offside and Marseille have a chance to build an attack.

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    Scholes feeds in Giggs on the left, but his cross is straight into Mandanda's hands.

  • 18'

    And this one is cleared too.

  • 18'

    Quick throw-in from Rooney releases Giggs on the left and he's won another United corner. They haven't really threatened from them as yet, though.

  • 18'

    Stats: Since Nemanja Vidic joined United, they have won just 47% of CL games that he hasn't played,in the side, compared to 68% with him.

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    Lucho pulling the strings for Marseille and he drives l'OM forward, before Remy overhits an attempted return pass.

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    Carrick prevents Lucho from getting onto the ball on the edge of the area with a good interception.

  • 14'

    Another foul from Evra, a bit high that on Lucho, right over his foot. The United captain for the night is lucky to escape a booking.

  • 14'

    Smalling and Gignac with a bit of handbags after the Englishman palms him off.

  • 13'

    Nani shoulders Taiwo off the ball, but it's a free-kick for the Nigerian. He won't be happy with that as he's one of the most physically imposing players I've ever seen.

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    Another ambitious long pass from Rooney towards Giggs. And he's won another corner.

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    Van der Sar grasps it and releases O'Shea.

  • 11'

    Evra brings down Remy and Marseille have a free-kick down their right-wing. Cheyrou to deliver left-footed.

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    Rooney picks out Smalling with an excellent pass after Marseille initially clear their lines, but Diawara is on top of him quickly.

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    Rooney wins a corner after Heinze heads it clear.

  • 9'

    He really should have done better there.

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    Ayew with a delightful flick put him through, but Gignac side-footed it high over the bar looking to lift it over Van der Sar.

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    What a chance for Gignac...

  • 8'

    Remy takes Marseille forward but Evra tackles back.

  • 7'

    Remember that all Marseille need now though is one goal and they will be going through on away goals.

  • 6'

    In tonight's other game, Eto'o has put Inter level with Bayern on aggregate, with the Italians winning 1-0 in Germany.

  • 6'

    What a start for United! They had certainly gone out with plenty intent and they've been rewarded. There's that "magic" that Ferguson was talking about.

  • 5'

    United 1-0 Marseille. Giggs and Rooney combine well on the left and the latter flashes the ball across the six-yard box for Chicharito to tap it in.

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    GOAL Hernandez

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    Mandanda comes out and claims it, good hands by the Marseille goalkeeper.

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    Corner for United now after Giggs wins it. He will take it too, though the referee is having a word with Chicharito.

  • 3'

    Lovely long ball from Giggs picks out Hernandez on the right. He brings it down and exchanges passes with Rooney - Nani found himself with space in the area but couldn't pick out a United shirt.

  • 3'

    United now have the ball but O'Shea - at right-back today - is pressured into booting the ball long and out of play.

  • 2'

    Remy looked particularly dangerous in the first leg, he was a standout player for l'OM.

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    Evra takes out Remy but the referee plays a good advantage.

  • 2'

    O'Shea penalised for brinigning down Ayew inside the Marseille half.

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    Evra on the move early on for United and Rooney with a smart back heel to keep the home side in possession.

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    We're off at Old Trafford.

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    Marseille to kick off...

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    There's a minute's silence before the game as a mark of respect for the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

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    The Champions League anthem plays and we're almost ready for action.

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    The players out on the pitch now, and there was a warm exchange between Gabriel Heinze and Ferguson in the tunnel. There love-in over the past few weeks has been a bit sickly at times!

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    Javier Hernandez starts up front for United - his only Champions League goal this year came in a 1-0 win in Valencia.

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    Just two weeks ago I was lucky enough to be at the Stade Velodrome watching the 0-0 draw in the first leg. It was a great night in terms of a Champions League matchday experience, though it was a pretty dire game of football. My not-so-complimentary thoughts on United's display can be found here.

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    Ferguson has just said that he "absolutely" plans to take the game to Marseille tonight, let's see if United's bite can match their manager's bark...

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    Marseille welcome back Andre-Pierre Gignac to spearhead their frontline and attempt to do what Dirk Kuyt managed against Brown and Smalling, while Benoit Cheyrou is also given a starting berth at Old Trafford.

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    Vidic is out for United so Chris Smalling and Wes Brown will be their central defensive partnership, while veteran duo Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes start in midfield, with Nani returning form injury and Chicharito continuing up front.

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    Hello and welcome to live text commentary of Manchester United's Champions League last-16 second leg against Marseille. I am Mark Lomas and I shall be taking you through tonight's action. Can Didier Deschamps' side become the first ever French club to win at Old Trafford?