2022-23 UEFA Champions League, Group Stage
  • Daichi Kamada (3')
  • Randal Kolo Muani (27')
  • Matteo Guendouzi (22')

Frankfurt stay alive with 2-1 win over Marseille

Eintracht Frankfurt muscled their way past Marseille 2-1 on Wednesday to leave Champions League Group D wide open and maintain their chances of advancing on the final matchday next week.

The win lifted the reigning Europa League champions to seven points, one ahead of Marseille and level with second-placed Sporting. Tottenham are top on eight after drawing 1-1 against the Portuguese side.

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Frankfurt travel to Sporting on Tuesday when Marseille host Tottenham. The top two teams qualify for the last 16.

"Now we have a final in Lisbon. If we present ourselves like we did today and stand together then everything is still possible for us," said Randal Kolo Muani, who scored Frankfurt's winner.

In a fiery start, Frankfurt's Daichi Kamada completed a superb passing move to put the hosts in front after three minutes with their first goal in a home game in the competition this season.

They should have added at least one more in a strong first half but Mario Gotze, making his 50th start in the competition, headed wide a little later while Christopher Lenz's effort was blocked by keeper Pau Lopez.

Marseille drew level with a Matteo Guendouzi close-range volley in the 22nd but their joy lasted only five minutes.

The France international turned from hero to villain, losing possession and Gotze, whose performances this season have made him a candidate for Germany's World Cup squad, played a perfect one-two with Muani who slotted in the winner.

Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp did well to protect their one-goal lead on the stroke of halftime when he got his hands to a Amine Harit volley and tipped the ball wide.

In a far more subdued second half, Marseille had the upper hand but struggled to create clear chances, with Eintracht working hard to close down any spaces.

"I don't know why things didn't work out this evening," said Marseille defender Jonathan Clauss. "We reacted well after a bad start but then conceded another goal due to a lapse in concentration."

"We tried to push, play as we are able to, but it wasn't enough. Now we have a final against [visitors] Spurs next week."

Frankfurt travel to Sporting next week while Marseille host Tottenham. The top two teams will qualify for the Round of 16.