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Marseille’s substitute Brandão scored in stoppage time to send them into the Champions League quarter-finals on away goals despite the 2-1 loss at Internazionale which earned them a 2-2 aggregate score. Labouring in eighth place in Ligue 1 the French side have not reached the last eight since 1993, when they won the competition in the flawed Bernard Tapie era.

Diego Milito’s scrappy goal 15 minutes from time had given Inter hope. They had huffed and puffed and the ball bobbled around in the box before the Argentinian striker prodded it home.

Brandão then exposed Inter’s defence when he turned on a long ball and confidently scored and there was even time for Marseille’s goalkeeper, Steve Mandanda, to be sent off for a foul in the box and Giampaolo Pazzini to score from the penalty spot.

The result was calamitous for Inter’s manager, Claudio Ranieri, whose position could now be in jeopardy after a string of poor results – his Marseille counterpart, Didier Deschamps, could not stop smiling after easing his own pressure.

Marseille’s André Ayew, who scored the stoppage-time winner in the first leg with a header, recovered from injury to start at an apprehensive San Siro, with both sides in poor form. Inter won their first game in 10 matches on Friday when they beat Chievo 2-0 away in Serie A while Marseille had lost all four Ligue 1 games and not scored since the first leg.

The hosts had the first chances when Wesley Sneijder’s shot from close range was somehow saved by Mandanda, who soon after brilliantly blocked Milito’s chested effort from point-blank range.

Marseille, playing in red, gradually grew into the game and a Loïc Rémy effort flew just wide before Jérémy Morel fired past the post and Souleymane Diawara’s header almost sneaked in.

With Ranieri desperate for goals, he replaced Sneijder and Diego Forlán with Joel Obi and Pazzini just before the hour and the ploy looked to have worked until the late drama. The substitute Esteban Cambiasso could have put them 2-0 up in normal time before Brandão struck, but he headed over from four yards.

Inter, the 2010 European champions, are already out of the Italian Cup and stand seventh in Serie A, eight points behind the third and final Champions League berth. Ranieri will be looking over his shoulder.

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