France World Cup winger FLAURENT MALOUDA of English club FC Chelsea, who is tied for the London club’s leadership with seven Premier League goals this season, shields the ball from Olympique Marseille’s Burkina Faso international midfielder CHARLES KABORE (12) at the Stade Velodrome in the south of France on the Mediterranean Coast. (Lionel Cironneau/AP)
UEFA Champions League
1 – Olympique Marseille (FRA) ——— Brandao 81′
0 – FC Chelsea (ENG)
A goal just ten minutes from time decided a match not without controversial moments as French Ligue 1 side OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE nipped visiting English Premier League club FC CHELSEA 1-0 in Group F of the UEFA Champions League.
With Chelsea and Marseille having clinched first and second place, respectively, in the group heading into the final game at the group stage not much other than pride was on the line. Embattled Italian manager CARLO ANCELOTTI elected not to rest several key players, such as Czech Republic international goalkeeper PETR CECH, ahead of Chelsea’s London Derby with Tottenham Hotspur this weekend. Meanwhile, Ivory Coast World Cup striker DIDIER DROGBA was in the midst of a homecoming.
The 32-year-old veteran poacher, of course, spent a highly successful 2003-04 campaign with Marseille after signing from En Avant Guingamp in France. Drogba scored 19 goals in 35 league games while adding another eleven in sixteen European contests as Marseille reached the UEFA Cup Final. Following his only season with OM, Drogba was sold to FC Chelsea for the staggering sum of 24.0 million English pounds.
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OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE : Mandanda ; Heinze, N’Diaye (J. Ayew 86′), Diawara, Taiwo ; Kabore, Valbuena (Gonzalez 63′), Cheyrou, Abriel (A. Ayew 63′) ; Brandao, Remy
FC CHELSEA : Cech ; Ferreira, Terry (Bruma 72′), Ivanovic, Bosingwa (van Aanholt 80′) ; McEachran, Essien, Obi, Malouda ; Kalou, Drogba (Sturridge 62′)