Tottenham vs Marseille
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
UEFA Champions League
Spurs welcomed Marseille to London last night to kick off their UCL campaign. The first half was closely fought. Either team managed to get on the scoresheet.
However, the Olmpyians suffered a significant setback early in the second half. As Mbemba was sent off in the 47th minute.
The visitors, despite having a man sent off, were defensively sound for the next half an hour. However, Richarlison scored a brace in his UCL debut with goals separated by just 5 minutes. This was enough for Spurs to register a 2-0 win.
Tottenham vs Marseille: Match report
Full time score: Tottenham 2-0 Marseille
Spurs (3-4-3): Lloris (c), Romero (Tanganga 73), Dier, Lenglet (Davies 73), Royal (Kulusevski 61), Bentancur (Bissouma 85), Hojbjerg, Perisic, Richarlison, Kane, Son (Doherty 86). Substitutes (not used): Forster, Spence, Sanchez, Sessegnon, Sarr, Skipp, Bryan.
Marseille (3-2-4-1): Lopez, Mbemba, Bailly, Gigot (Under 87), Veretout (Gueye 87), Rongier, Clauss (Kolasinac 70), Gerson (Balerdi 50), Guendouzi, Nuno Tavares, Suarez (Harit 70). Substitutes (not used): Ngapandouentbu, Blanco, Payet, Kabore.
Goals: Spurs – Richarlison 76, 81.
Yellow cards: Spurs – Dier, Son; Marseille – Bailly, Clauss.
Red card: Marseille – Mbemba.
Referee: Tomaz Klancnik (Slovenia).
Igor Tudor, Marseille coach: “There’s a mix of emotions. In the first half, we dominated, and it’s not easy to come here and do that. The red card changed things, and it was more difficult. Neither side was able to create many chances, and two crosses decided the game.”
Antonio Conte, Tottenham manager speaking to UEFA.com about Richarlison’s performance: “I remember very well when Richi [Richarlison] signed for us and he said “I can’t wait to play in the Champions League and listen to the music”. When a player says these words, it means he has great desire and great will.”