Champions League - Marseille hit seven past Zilina

Wed, 03 Nov 21:52:00 2010

Marseille increased their chances of progressing in the Champions League with a resounding 7-0 win against MSK Zilina in Group F at Pod Dubnon, as Andre-Pierre Gignac scored a hat-trick.

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Marseille opened the scoring after just 12 minutes. Benoit Cheyrou delivered a free-kick from the right 35 yards out.

The ball was not cleared as MSK Zilina players left it to each other and Gignac got the slightest of touches to help the ball into the far corner.

Gignac doubled his and his side's tally thanks to more poor defending. Charles Kabore played a delightful ball through the middle of the MSK Zilina defence, Ondrej Sourek failed to deal with it leaving Gignac to calmly slip the ball past Martin Dubravka in the Zililna goal.

The French side were not finished and quickly added a third three minutes later. Cheyrou was again the provider, as his corner from the right was met by the flying Gabriel Heinze at the near post. His header was sent into the far corner for a picture-book goal.

If Zilina thought Marseille might take their foot off the pedal they were wrong on 36 minutes. Cheyrou found himself wide on the left wing, sent over a delicious cross that Loic Remy met six yards out and his right-footed effort was never going to miss to make it 4-0.

It was the biggest half-time lead in Champions League history, and five minutes after the break Marseille made it 5-0.

Remy played in Mathieu Valbuena down the left hand side beating the offside trap with ease. The winger made his way to the byline then chipped to the far post where Lucho Gonzalez was waiting to head in a simple goal.

Number six was not too long in coming. Cesar Azpilicueta found himself completely free on the right and delivered an inch-perfect cross which Gignac stooped from six yards out to head into the top corner and claim his hat-trick.

Gonzalez completed the scoring with number seven which also gave Marseille the biggest away win in Champions League history.

The Argentine playmaker played a neat one-two with Remy. He controlled the ball on his chest before rifling his effort through Dubravka from 12 yards.

Zilina nearly salvaged some pride in the closing stages when Tomas Majtan crashed a shot against the crossbar but it was to no avail.

Marseille now sit in joint second place on six points with Zilina rooted firmly to the bottom of Group F.

Matchday Four will see Zilina travel to Chelsea on November 23 with Marseille making the trip to face Spartak Moscow.

Mark Applin / Eurosport

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