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Match Report: Lyon 0-1 Marseille

Monday 16th April 2012
Marseille clinched the Coupe de la Ligue with a 1-0 extra time win over Lyon, as Brandao scored from the bench in a dull final at the Stade de France.

Coming into the game with no win in 12, Marseille managed to stop any threat from Lyon before creating the best chances of the game in the second half.

Extra time was needed and it was Brandao who proved the difference, although Lyon felt they should have been awarded a penalty when Alexandre Lacazette was fouled with three minutes remaining. Dejan Lovren was then sent off in the final seconds to round off a poor evening from Lyon.

The first half was a poor spectacle, with both teams looking scared to concede first. As a result, it made for a scrappy affair with plenty of free kicks being conceded in midfield. The highlight of the first half came when Michel Bastos fired a ball across the six yard box but both Lisandro Lopez and Bafetimbi Gomis missed the opportunity to score.

The game did liven up in the second period, and it was Marseille who were doing all the pressing. Brilliant work from Mathieu Valbuena down the left created a chance for Morgan Amalfitano, but his header was tipped onto the post by Hugo Lloris.

The same duo then combined again, but Valbuena couldn't stretch Lloris as he hit his tame shot straight at the keeper from outside the box.

Extra time then ensued and with the dreaded penalties looming, and looking the only likely outcome, it was substitute Brandao who found the winner in the first half of the extra 30 minutes. Benoît Cheyrou made a surge into the heart of the Lyon defence before turning and playing in the match winner. The Brazilian beat Samuel Umtiti to the ball and then fired past Lloris.

The keeper, probably with penalties on his mind, started to come off his line but retreated, allowing Brandao to fire through his legs at the near post.

Lyon then felt they should have had a penalty when Lacazette was fouled in the box, but referee Lannoy waved away the protests.

Andre Ayew then almost scored in the second half of stoppage time, but Lloris matched his efforts before Lovren was sent off late on for a second bookable offence.

So a disappointing league campaign has been lightened a little by this Cup victory for Didier Deschamps' side. It was a match of little excitement, but Marseille's players and supporters won't care one jot as they celebrate collecting more silverware with their third Coupe da Ligue title.
Glenn Noble

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