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  • OL Marseille 8-2 Manchester United XI: Welbeck, Cleverly great-finish

    Manchester United lost 8-2 on OL Marseille in a charity match in the title Tuesday, 02/08/2011. Mancester United's goals scored by Welbeck and Cleverly.
    The match was organised by former Marseille goalkeeper Pascal Olmeta for his children’s charity and although the first half produced some entertaining football, once the majority of the United players were replaced by a selection of guests and celebrities, the floodgates opened.

    The first real attempt in the match ended up being the first goal as United failed to clear a Morgan Amalfitano corner properly after 20 minutes and the ball dropped nicely to Nicolas N’Koulou who pulled off a brilliant left-footed volley.

    Marseille added a second in the 34th minute through Jordan Ayew as the 19-year-old managed to bundle the ball past several defenders, owing to a favourable ricochet, before side-stepping Evra and finishing past Barthez in the United goal.

    United took just two minutes to hit back, however, as Cleverley played a clever through-ball between two defenders for Danny Welbeck to run on to and he made no mistake as he placed the ball into the bottom far corner.

    A minute later United found themselves level as Welbeck turned provider as he played Cleverley through on goal who finished brilliantly as he stroked the ball into the corner of the net.

    Marseille took the lead once again less than 60 seconds into the second half as Benoit Cheyrou controlled a cleared corner before lashing it into the top corner of the net from range.

    The hosts restored their two-goal lead in the 59th minute as Alou Diarra diverted a corner goalwards with a near-post header, and that lead was extended three moments later as Ayew pounced on a defensive error to score easily from close range.

    United, who by the 70th minute had just four of their own official first-team players on the pitch, lost another goal 20 minutes from time as Loic Remy eased past a defender and slotted home from seven yards out.

    With 10 minutes to go, Marseille grabbed their seventh of the night as Remy got on the end of a cross from the right-wing and unleashed an unstoppable header towards the top far corner, whilst Cheyrou grabbed his second of the match four minutes later as he headed home at the far post.

    Team Line-up:

    Manchester United XI: Fabien Barthez,Patrice Evra,Chris Smalling,Phil Jones,Kévin Malcuit,Tom Cleverley,Idir Belhaid,Yazid Mansouri,Chadir Belghazouani,Ji-Sung Park
    Substitutes: David Ginola,Paul Pogba

    OL Marseille: Gennaro Bracigliano,Jean-Philippe Sabo,Nicolas Nkoulou,Stephane Mbia,César Azpilicueta Tanco,Charles Kaboré,Edouard Cissé,Morgan Amalfitano,Billel Omrani,Jordan Ayew,Chris Gadi
    Substitutes:Souleymane Diawara,Jérémy Morel,Benoît Cheyrou,Lucho González,Alou Diarra,Loïc Remy,Steve Mandanda


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