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Stade Velodrome (ATT 40,000) 24th October 2007 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Mejuto Gonzalez

Marseille Marseille vs FC Porto FC Porto


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Lucho earns Porto point

Portuguese dominant but need late penalty to earn a draw

By Alex Dunn.   Last Updated: 24/10/07 10:52pm

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Porto were left to rue a combination of ill-luck and poor finishing as they left Marseille with only a 1-1 draw from a match they dominated.

The Portuguese giants needed a Lucho Gonzalez penalty 11 minutes from time to steal a share of the spoils, after earlier in the second half Mamadou Niang converted Djibril Cisse's right wing cross.

Marseille's form in Ligue 1 this season has been more Championship than UEFA Champions League and on their first half showing it is easy to see why.

With Cisse largely isolated as a lone striker the home side did little to enthuse a partisan Stade Velodrome crowd, as Marseille played with leggy lethargy against a punchy and easy on the eye Porto.

From the onset and it was Porto that played the more incisive football as twice Marseille were rescued by the width of a post.

Lucky escapes

The handsomely tattooed Jose Raul Meireles was on both occasions left to rue ill-luck with a pair of identikit strikes from the edge of the box.

His first brought a decisive touch from Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda onto the post, the second, on the 20-minute mark, a looping drive that deserved better.

Porto repeatedly tried to feed Ricardo Quaresma but the man who plays exactly like Cristiano Ronaldo before he realised he has 10 other team-mates, was repeatedly thwarted by the excellent Laurent Bonnart.

Marseille's best effort was a Bolo Zenden free-kick that Da Helton in Porto's goal pushed over with minimum fuss. It was a fair reflection of their attacking paucity.

The start of the second half mirrored much of what had gone before it as Porto were left to rue missed opportunities. A fine header from Lisandro Lopez brought another excellent save from Mandanda, before substitute Helder Postiga relived his Tottenham days with a tepid near post finish when free on goal.

If Porto were beginning to sense it was not to be their night, Niang added a haunting realism to the nightmare when in the 69th minute he broke the deadlock.

Run of play

Cisse's rifled ball across goal was intelligently played into the danger zone and showing a predator's instinct, Niang muscled in front of his marker to bundle home.

It was though to be a short-lived lead, as Porto deservedly drew level 10 minutes later when Lucho calmly slotted home from the penalty spot after Mandanda upended Lopez in the box.

The final 10 minutes were gloriously open but devoid of any real chances; with Cisse's decision to close his eyes rather than head home, one Marseille could well rue later in the competition.


MarseilleTeam StatisticsFC Porto
01st Half Goals0
4Shots on Target3
2Shots off Target8
2Blocked Shots3
2Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
74.4Passing Success73.9
89.7Tackles Success77.3
52.9Territorial Advantage47.1

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