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France 0-1 Spain: both sides use one wide player for ball retention and the other for direct attacks

March 28, 2013
France 0-1 Spain: both sides use one wide player for ball retention and the other for direct attacks

Spain recorded a narrow victory, and go one point clear of France at the top of Group I. Didier Deschamps used Patrice Evra rather than Gael Clichy at left-back, and the late withdrawal of Mamadou Sakho saw Laurent Koscielny start at centre-back. But the key change was higher up – from the side that defeated...
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Lyon 0-0 Marseille: A bad reflection of Ligue 1, and a bad result for Ligue 1

March 11, 2013
Lyon 0-0 Marseille: A bad reflection of Ligue 1, and a bad result for Ligue 1

PSG were the real winners, as 2nd versus 3rd played out a boring goalless draw. Remi Garde was without Anthony Reveillere, so Mohamadou Dabo played at right-back, with Samuel Umtiti on the left. Clement Grenier dropped to the bench, with the more defensive-minded Gueida Fofana starting instead. Elie Baup was without Morgan Amalfitano, so used the...
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PSG 2-0 Marseille: PSG attack at speed, but fortunate to keep a clean sheet

February 25, 2013
PSG 2-0 Marseille: PSG attack at speed, but fortunate to keep a clean sheet

A closer game than the scoreline suggests. With injury problems in defence, Carlo Ancelotti named Sylvain Armand as his left-sided centre-back. David Beckham was on the bench. √Člie Baup named an unchanged side from the XI that triumphed over Valenciennes last week. PSG’s four outright attackers combined effectively at times, but Marseille will feel they had enough...
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Spain 1-1 France: Deschamps’ formation switch results in late France dominance

October 17, 2012
Spain 1-1 France: Deschamps’ formation switch results in late France dominance

Spain failed to win for the first time in 25 qualification matches. Vicente del Bosque continued with Sergio Busquets at the back and Xabi Alonso as the sole holding player. David Silva started on the left, but went off injured after 13 minutes, replaced by Santi Cazorla. Didier Deschamps started with a single striker, Karim Benzema,...
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Marseille 1-0 Inter: Marseille finally get the breakthrough with their 44th cross of the match

February 23, 2012
Marseille 1-0 Inter: Marseille finally get the breakthrough with their 44th cross of the match

Andre Ayew pounced in stoppage time, and Marseille will take a one goal lead to Inter.
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