Champions League - LIVE: Marseilles v Arsenal, plus updates from Chelsea v Basle - Live coverage - The Independent

Champions League - LIVE: Marseilles v Arsenal, plus updates from Chelsea v Basle

By JAMES ORR

by Jack de Menezes on Sep 18, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of this Champions League Group F opening contest between Marseilles and Arsenal at the Stade Velodrome.

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  • Marseilles 1 Arsenal 2
    • Full-time across Europe
    • Walcott and Ramsey on target for Arsenal; Marseilles score from the penalty spot
    • Chelsea 1 Basle 2
    • Oscar scores for Chelsea; Salah and Streller for Basle
    • Basle record their first victory in England
    9/18/2013 1:54:38 PM
  • 58 mins: After a Ramsey tackle, Arsenal break, Sagna lofting one over to Wilshere but his shot is well saved.
    9/18/2013 8:02:12 PM
  • 60 mins: A comedy of errors for Arsenal at the back, Mertesacker slices his clearance and the ball loops over Szczesny, but Gibbs makes a crucial save on the line. So close to embarrassment for the Gunners, Mertesacker must be the most relieved man in the South of France.
    9/18/2013 8:04:50 PM


  • 9/18/2013 8:05:29 PM
  • GOAL! Marseilles 0 Arsenal 1 (64 mins) Morel can't clear the cross and it bounces up for Walcott to sweetly volley in from close range. Slightly against the run of play but a fine break for the Gunners.
    9/18/2013 8:09:22 PM


  • 9/18/2013 8:10:04 PM
  • With Napoli and Borussia Dortmund still to play in Group F, that goal could prove to be absolute gold dust for Arsene Wenger's team.
    9/18/2013 8:12:21 PM
  • 72 mins: Giroud, who has been painfully quiet from his recent standards tonight, connects with a header from a corner but can't hit the target.
    9/18/2013 8:14:42 PM
  • 73 mins: Valbuena takes a touch to bring the ball down near the 18-yard line, but smashes the ball over the goal. Koscielny immediately putting him under pressure.
    9/18/2013 8:16:31 PM
  • Shock for Chelsea over at the Bridge, Basle have equalised - Mohamed Salah with a clinical finish.
    9/18/2013 8:18:31 PM
  • 78 mins: Time to shut up shop for the Gunners, Nacho Monreal has come on for the goalscorer Walcott.
    9/18/2013 8:20:26 PM
  • A usual problem for Chelsea it seems...

    9/18/2013 8:22:49 PM
  • What was that about a shock at Stamford Bridge. Basle, who have never won a European match in England, have come from behind to lead at Chelsea. Marco Streller heads in. 1-2 Basle.
    9/18/2013 8:25:26 PM
  • GOAL! Marseilles 0 Arsenal 2 (84 mins) He's unstoppable so far this season, a new player some might argue. Ramsey scores his sixth goal for Arsenal in this campaign, evading two tackles en route to his strike taking a deflection before going past Mandanda.
    9/18/2013 8:30:27 PM



  • 9/18/2013 8:31:02 PM
  • Walcott celebrates his powerful opening strike

    9/18/2013 8:32:22 PM
  • Penalty to Marseilles in the 92nd minute....and Jordan Ayew makes no mistake. Can they pull this back? 
    9/18/2013 8:35:32 PM
  • FULL-TIME: Marseilles 1 Arsenal 2 No. The penalty comes just too late for Marseilles. Arsenal leave with a crucial victory in their opening match of Group F, recording their 10th successive away win, and they remain unbeaten against French teams in France in European competition.
    9/18/2013 8:37:10 PM
  • FULL-TIME Chelsea 1 Basle 2 Shock reverberates around Stamford Bridge. A compelling fight back in the second half sees Basle pull off a famous victory, their first in England in their 10th European match in the country.
    9/18/2013 8:41:37 PM
  • Truly shocking indeed...

    9/18/2013 8:44:04 PM
  • It's not a wrestling move, it is Sagna celebrating Ramsey's goal, Arsenal's second

    9/18/2013 8:45:20 PM
  • In the other match in Arsenal's Group F, Rafa Benitez's Napoli defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1. Elsewhere it was heartbreak for Celtic at San Siro, Milan scored twice in quick succession to secure a 2-0 victory.
    9/18/2013 8:52:09 PM
  • Here's the thoughts of Basle's biggest fan, and favourite son:

    9/18/2013 8:53:15 PM
  • Tonight's results in full...

    Group E
    Chelsea 1 FC Basle 2
    Schalke 3 Steaua 0

    Group F
    Marseilles 1 Arsenal 2
    Napoli 2 Borussia Dortmund 1

    Group G
    Atletico Madrid 3 Zenit 1
    Vienna 0 Porto 1

    Group H
    Milan 2 Celtic 0
    Barcelona 4 Ajax 0
    9/18/2013 8:57:06 PM
  • That concludes our coverage for tonight, a win for Arsenal that could prove absolutely vital, but it's a shock result for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as Basle claim an historic victory. Jose Mourinho has just said he is not in shock, but he must be devastated after a second loss in a row for his team.  "I'm not in shock. Sometimes you win sometimes you lose. The reality is that sometimes you don't win. I'm not happy of course," Mourinho said. "We have taken a step back in qualification but we have to assume responsibility. We have five games left to finish in the top two."

    9/18/2013 9:02:28 PM
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