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Porto closes in on last 16 as Marseille sets losing record

Porto won 2-0 at Marseille to close in on the knockout stage of the Champions League on Wednesday and condemn the French side to a record 13th straight defeat in the competition.

Left back Zaidu Sanusi scored the opening goal in the 39th minute and midfielder Sergio Oliveira added a penalty with 20 minutes left as both sides finished with 10 players at Stade Velodrome.

Another shoddy performance moves Marseille one beyond Belgian side Anderlecht, the previous co-holder of the record for straight defeats with 12. Marseille is also the only club in the current competition yet to score and has conceded nine goal in four games — a poor return for the only French side to win the competition, back in 1993.

Porto's Zaidu Sanusi, left, score his side opening goal during the Champions League group C soccer match between Olympique Marseille and FC Porto at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, southern France, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. (AP PhotoDaniel Cole)

Porto’s win left it with nine points and second in Group C behind Manchester City on 12 points. City reached the last 16 for an eighth straight season after winning 1-0 at Olympiakos.

Third-place Olympiakos is six points behind Porto but has a thin chance of qualifying since it still has to face Porto.

Marseille only has the Europa League to aim for.

Porto's Zaidu Sanusi, center, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side opening goal during the Champions League group C soccer match between Olympique Marseille and FC Porto at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, southern France, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. (AP PhotoDaniel Cole)

A minute's silence was held before the game in memory of Argentina great Diego Maradona, who died on Wednesday. Marseille's then-president Bernard Tapie tried to sign Maradona from Italian club Naples in the summer of 1989.

Valere Germain almost put Marseille ahead with a downward header from a free kick in the 15th, but goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin made a fine save from close range.

Porto did not threaten until the 37th, when Sanusi's shot from outside the penalty area was batted away by veteran goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

Porto's Sergio Oliveira shoots a penalty kick during the Champions League group C soccer match between Olympique Marseille and FC Porto at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, southern France, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. (AP PhotoDaniel Cole)

From the ensuing corner, Marseille defended very poorly, allowing Sanusi space to have two shots from near the line, beating the veteran France No. 2 Mandanda with the second.

Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas made changes on the hour in a bid to unsettle the club he coached from 2010-11, bringing on playmaker Dimitri Payet and striker Dario Benedetto.

Marseille was given some hope when central midfielder Marko Grujic was sent off for a second yellow card in the 67th after fouling Benedetto.

Porto's Sergio Oliveira clenches his fist after scoring the team's second goal following a penalty kick during the Champions League group C soccer match between Olympique Marseille and FC Porto at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, southern France, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. (AP PhotoDaniel Cole)

Just three minutes later, Marseille center half Leonardo Balerdi saw red after fouling striker Moussa Marega, and captain Oliveira converted from the spot for the two-time European champions.

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FC porto players celebrate after Porto's Sergio Oliveira scores the second goal following a penalty kick during the Champions League group C soccer match between Olympique Marseille and FC Porto at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, southern France, Wednesday, Nov.25, 2020. (AP PhotoDaniel Cole)