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Match Report: Marseille 2-2 Lyon

Monday 6th February 2012
Marseille's winning run came to an end as Lyon came back from 2-0 down to salvage a draw in an open first half at Stade Velodrome. A goalless second half left the two clubs languishing just outside the Champions League places.

Benoît Cheyrou scored after poor defending from Lyon before Brandão doubled Marseille's lead finishing off a well worked goal. More slack defending then allowed Lyon to get back into the game as Bafetimbi Gomis was allowed too much room to score and then Souleymane Diawara turned into his own net.

With Marseille having won their previous eight games it was Lyon who made the brighter start and if it hadn't been for keeper Steve Mandanda, they might have taken an earlier lead. The home side failed to deal with a Lisandro Lopez pull back before Gomis' shot was saved. Mandanda then reacted superbly to cut out a Michel Bastos pass which would have found its way to the waiting Lisandro.

However, it was the home side who took the lead as an Aly Cissokho mistake allowed Cheyrou to score from close range as Brandão caused havoc in the Lyon box.

Marseille continued to put the pressure on the visitors and should have taken an earlier 2-0 lead but Hugo Lloris got down well to save Alou Diarra's header. They did eventually double their lead through Brandão, the Brazilian found room as he pulled off Umtiti and then composed himself to beat Hugo Lloris.

Only two minutes had passed before Marseille left Gomis unmarked in the six yard box from a Kim Källström corner, the striker wasn't going to waste the opportunity and converted the chance after a flick-on by Jimmy Briand.

Then on the verge of half time Lyon equalised through the misfortune of Diawara, who turned in Cissokho's cross after it took a deflection off César Azpilicueta. It was Cissokho's brilliant surge down the left which caused Marseille's failure to deal with the goal.

The second half was a tame affair which failed to live up to the first. Marseille took control and didn't allow Lyon to have an impact on the half but this seemed to have a negative effect on the home side and they looked happy to play for the point rather than risk conceding again. Marseille's best chance of the half came from Diarra whose volley from the edge of the box had to be tipped over by Lloris.

Loic Remy then forced Lloris into another save with his placed shot, before Briand and Gomis both wasted half chances by only finding the side netting.

Lyon could have won it late on, as good work from Källström on the wing presented Lisandro with a great chance but his effort was well saved by Mandanda.

The result damages both teams' title hopes, and securing Champions League football for next season is now the priority for both.
Glenn Noble

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