Cissé wins Champions Trophy for Marseille in shootout

Trophée des Champions


Ex-Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Edouard Cissé struck the winning penalty against his former club as Ligue 1 champions Marseille lifted the first trophy of the season, taking the shootout 5-4 in front of a new Champions Trophy record attendance of 55,000 in Radès, Tunisia after it finished goalless after 90 minutes.

 Wednesday July 28 2010

  Olympique de Marseille / Paris Saint-Germain :  -

French Cup holders PSG were making their fifth Champions Trophy appearance. For the fourth time it went to penalties and after this latest setback PSG have emerged victorious on a single occasion, back in 1996 when a Claude Makelele miss for Nantes gifted them the prize. The veteran skipper calmly tucked away PSG’s fifth kick here as it went to sudden death. Experienced substitute Ludovic Giuly had his kick saved by OM goalkeeper Steve Mandanda – voted man-of-the-match -  low to his right and then Cissé showed his bottle to kickstart the celebrations as Marseille won the Champions Trophy on their debut appearance.

Luyindula and Lucho miss spot kicks

The shootout got off to the worst possible start for PSG as Peguy Luyindula hit the post and the ball rebounded off Mandanda’s head to safety. All of the other initial five takers scored from both sides except for OM playmaker Lucho Gonzalez. The Argentinean’s attempted “Panenka” chip down the middle of the goal was Marseille’s third spot kick and easily saved by Grégory Coupet.

PSG enjoyed the better of the opening period, frequently threatening to get in behind Marseille’s high defensive line with the movement of forwards Mevlut Erding and Peguy Luyindula a notable feature. Just before the break Luyindula fired wide when in on Steve Mandanda’s goal and shortly afterwards the OM goalkeeper excelled himself in diving in at the feet of Nêne to thwart the Brazilian.

New signings strut their stuff

Nêne, like Mathieu Bodmer, made his first start for the capital club in an official encounter. Nêne’s set-piece prowess was one of the reasons Antoine Kombouaré signed him and a left-footed corner midway through the first half could have resulted in a goal had centre-half Zoumana Camara managed to generate more power with his header.

Marseille’s new signing Cesar Azpilicueta distinguished himself with his willingness to break forward from right-back, while the young Spaniard’s prodigiously long throws were a constant source of danger, Mamadou Samassa powering a header off target from one such delivery on 25 minutes.

Diawara injury blow, Ben Arfa fireworks

Didier Deschamps left Stéphane Mbia and Gabriel Heinze back in France for pre-season training after featuring for Cameroon and Argentina respectively at the World Cup. OM’s defensive options were further reduced on the stroke of half-time as Souleymane Diawara pulled up with a thigh problem. The former Bordeaux man expects to be out for at least three weeks.

A passionate crowd reserved their biggest cheer for the introduction of Hatem Ben Arfa – a French international of Tunisian origin – on the hour. It sparked OM’s best spell of the game with Samassa, getting his chance at centre-forward with Mamadou Niang and Brandao suspended, denied by Coupet from point blank range and then Ben Arfa’s solo run culminating in a shot just wide of the upright.

Late drama

With penalties looming, Luyindula created a great chance for himself to win the game for PSG, twisting past a couple of Marseille defenders before unleashing a shot which he was unable to keep down. Seconds later OM hit the post with Coupet beaten as defender Leyti N’Diaye, on for Diawara, flicked a Taye Taiwo shot against the upright.

In a pulsating close to the game neat interplay from PSG created a chance for substitute Mateja Kezman. Fortunately for OM Vitorino Hilton was there with the saving block. With seconds left on the clock Nêne blazed over after working the shooting opportunity, cutting in from the right.

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