Jesper Lindstrom scored the only goal as Eintracht Frankfurt at Marseille
The German side later distanced itself from an alleged Nazi salute by a fan
Early penalty by Ferran Jutgla set Club Bruges on their way to 4-0 win at Porto
Jeremie Frimpong set up both goals as Bayer Leverkusen beat Atletico Madrid
Careless defending cost Marseille again in the Champions League as it lost 1-0 at home to Europa League winner Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday.
Coach Igor Tudor’s side is unbeaten in the French league but lacks a cutting edge at this level. Marseille looked organized and untroubled, just like last week against Tottenham, but fell behind in the 43rd minute after a defensive error allowed attacking midfielder Jesper Lindstrom to score.
Japan midfielder Daichi Kamada thought he had made it 2-0 in the 79th but his effort was ruled out for offside.
Tottenham’s 2-0 loss at Sporting in the other Group D game means Sporting takes charge with six points, having beaten Frankfurt 3-0 last week in Germany.
Tottenham and Frankfurt have three points, with Spurs in second place on goal difference and Marseille last.
It was a hostile atmosphere at Stade Velodrome, where riot police intervened before kick-off and late on to quell disorder as opposing fans threw flares and fireworks at each other. A large-scale police operation had prevented fan violence before the game, which was classified as very high risk.
Frankfurt put out a statement distancing itself from an alleged Nazi salute by a fan captured on video before the game.
‘Eintracht Frankfurt stands for tolerance and diversity and takes a clear stance in the fight against racism, antisemitism and discrimination,’ Frankfurt’s statement read.
‘The club distances itself clearly from the isolated incident before the UEFA Champions League game … where one person performed a gesture understood to be a ‘Hitler salute’. Antisemitic ideas are in stark contrast to the unequivocal and unshakable values of the club and its roots.’
Frankfurt added that the fan ’emphatically rejects the accusation of antisemitic intentions’ and that the club will ‘thoroughly review this incident.’
After veteran Marseille forward Alexis Sanchez just failed to head home a cross, Frankfurt’s rapid attack down the right prompted an error from home midfielder Valentin Rongier.
A large-scale police operation prevented fan violence before the game on Tuesday night
He failed to clear the ball properly and Lindstrom drove it home past goalkeeper Pau Lopez, who tipped the lively Lindstrom’s angled shot onto the crossbar early in the second half.
With one hour played, Turkey winger Cengiz Under came on for playmaker Dimitri Payet and set up right back Jonathan Clauss, who shot straight at former Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.
Trapp then stopped a tame effort from Rongier in a good spell for Marseille that saw the unmarked forward Luis Suarez fluff his shot in front of goal with 20 minutes left.
With the game opening up, Lopez did well to deny Frankfurt forward Randal Kolo Muani with his feet and batted away a strike from Kamada, shortly after his disallowed goal.
Club Bruges celebrate shock 4-0 win at Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday night
Marseille, the 1993 champion and only French side to win the Champions League, lost 2-0 at Tottenham last week.
Sporting substitutes Paulinho and Arthur Gomes scored late goals on Tuesday to hand Spurs its first loss of the season.
Club Bruges pulled off a shock 4-0 win at Porto on Tuesday to win a second successive Champions League Group B game and go top of the standings.
An early penalty converted by Ferran Jutgla was followed by two quick goals after half-time from Kamal Sowah and Andreas Skov Olsen before a late effort from teenage substitute Antonio Nusa put the seal on a massive upset.
The Belgian champions were worthy winners as they added an unexpected triumph to last week’s home success over Bayer Leverkusen.
Sub Jeremie Frimpong set up both goals as Bayer Leverkusen beat Atletico Madrid
Bruges moved to six points, ahead of Leverkusen and Atletico Madrid who have three each after the German side beat the Spaniards 2-0 also on Tuesday. Porto are bottom with no points.
Bayer Leverkusen left it late but pulled off a 2-0 win at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday to kickstart their Champions League campaign and ease the pressure on coach Gerardo Seoane.
The German side showed more intent to win the game than the visitors and finally found a breakthrough when Robert Andrich found the bottom corner of the net in the 84th minute after a cut-back from Jeremie Frimpong.
Dutch fullback Frimpong was a handful for Atletico when he came off the bench in the second half and also set up the second goal, taken confidently by Moussa Diaby in the 87th.
The win took Leverkusen second in Group B on three points, level with third-placed Atletico.