Final score

8 April 2004 21:00

Ol. Marseille
1' (2nd half) Drogba
referee Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista / linesmen P. L. Ribeiro, J. S. Cardinale / 4th man P.P. O.A. Garcia
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Minutes Text commentary
46' Half time. Olympique Marseille 0-0 Inter.
45' 1 minute of additional time to play.
44' Drogba takes the ball down the left and into our box, but Cordoba is there. The Colombian intercepts and kicks the ball out of play for a Marseille throw-in.
43' Beye jumps on Vieri to head clear an Inter ball forward and we win a free kick.
41' Ferreira's cross sails over the heads of Drogba and Cordoba and goes out for a goal kick.
40' Vieri plays a one-two with Martins then sees his angled left-foot shot parried by Barthez.
39' Dos Santos' low, long-range free kick has power but it's way off-target.
38' Almeyda fouls Meriem from behind and Marseille are given a free kick 30 yards out.
37' Meriem's shot from 25 metres swerves well wide of the left-hand post.
35' Flamini crosses from the left and Cristiano Zanetti makes an acrobatic intervention to denu Drogba a one-on-one with Fontana.
32' Marseille win a right-wing corner. Battles crosses, Kily heads out of our penalty box.
31' Vieri tries to turn Beye on the left but the Marseille defender is right on Bobo and plays out of defence.
29' Adani intercepts Flamini then plays a long ball forward which is comfortably dealt with by the Marseille rearguard.
28' Cristiano Zanetti is yellow-carded for tripping Merriem.
28' The free kick is floated into the Inter box, where Fontana jumps and catches.
27' Cannavaro blocks Drogba's header from inside the Nerazzurri box.
26' Cordoba shows his strength to hold off a challenge from N'Diaye and concede a left-wing throw-in.
25' Ferreira's forward pass is chested down by Drogba then Meriem blasts his right-footed shot way over.
24' Another free kick to Marseille as Cristiano commits another foul on Drogba.
23' Drogba's free kick rebounds off the Inter wall.
23' Inter come forward on the counter-attack. Karagounis' right-wing cross is too long for Vieri and Barthez collects.
22' Drogba is fouled from behind by C.Zanetti and the home side win a free kick 25 yards out.
20' Both Battles and Kily are booked by Cortezs Batista for arguing.
19' Adani clears Drgoba's right-wing cross then Kily is fouled by Battles as both players race to reach the loose ball.
18' Drogba's powerful right-foot shot from the free kick flies over the crossbar.
17' J.Zanetti's low right-wing cross is easily dealt with by the French defence.
17' Marseille win a free kick 25 yards out after J.Zanetti fouls Dos Santos.
16' Flamini is booked for a sliding tackle on Almeyda.
15' Drogba's acrobatic header from the left-wing centre is caught by Fontana, but the flag goes up for offside.
14' With Martins hot on his heels, Hemdani plays back to Barthez.
13' Flamini is fouled by The Hammer in midfield and Marseille win a free kick.
12' Cristiano Zanetti's header from Karagounis' corner is just wide of the left-hand post.
11' Vieri plays wide to Kily, whose cross into the box is blocked. Moments later Beye closes down Martins, blocks the Nigerian's low shot and concedes a corner.
9' More efficient defending from the Italy captain, who beats Drogba to a long ball forward then turns his opponent before playing clear.
8' Cannavaro shows great timing as he makes a sliding tackle on Battles to deny the Marseille player a clear route on goal.
6' Drogba's overhead kick from a left-wing cross is wide of the right-hand post.
4' From the right wing Almeyda crosses over the left side of the Marseille box, where Beye heads out for a corner.
3' Adani holds off a challenge from N'Diaye and lets a Marseille ball forward roll through to Fontana.
1' We're underway at the Vélodrome as Marseille kick off against the Nerazzurri.
1' Cordoba heads clear a left-wing cross, then moments later Fontana parries a low, long-range shot from Battles.
Minutes Text commentary
49' Full time. Marseille go into the Uefa Cup quarter final 2nd leg with a one-goal advantage over Inter.
46' Fontana drops a right-wing corner and Adani smashes clear.
45' Farinos is booked for a foul on Meriem.
45' 4 minutes of additional time to play.
44' Beye is fouled by Kily near the right-wing by-line and Marseille win a free kick. Meriem's inswinger is headed over by N'Diaye.
44' Drogba goes through on goal. Fontana does well to block the French striker's shot.
41' Zaccheroni makes his third switch: Farinos comes on for Almeyda.
40' Ferreira's free kick is punched clear by Fontana.
39' Meriem runs down the right then is brought down by Almeyda.
38' Emre receives in midfield, makes a short, darting run then lays off for Javier Zanetti, who is dispossessed.
36' Anigo brings on Vachousek for Battles.
35' Meriem finds space on the edge of our box then sees his shot go just over Fontana's crossbar.
30' Kily storms down the left then crosses into the middle. Martins' shot is wayward and the French win possession.
28' Martins' cross for Vieri takes a deflection and Marseille move out of defence.
27' Drogba again. This time he takes on two then from the right edge of the penalty box fires a fierce shot wide of the far post.
26' Drogba's header from Flamini's free kick is straight at Fontana.
26' Matias Almeyda is yellow-carded for foul play.
25' Adani handles the ball to stop Meriem from advancing and Marseille win a free kick 25 yards out.
23' Kily's ball over the Marseille defence is too long for Vieri and Barthez collects.
21' Drogba's far post header from a left-wing free kick is just over the bar.
20' Cannavaro commits defensive suicide and Meriem dribbles Fontana then sees his shot come off the left-hand post.
20' Inter substitution: Karagounis off, Emre on.
18' Karagounis is brought down by Ferreira in the Marseille box. The Portuguese ref doesn't see then books the Greek midfielder for protesting.
17' Drogba fails to make contact with a dangerous ball played across the face of the Nerazzurri six-yard box.
16' Gamarra is sent crashing to the ground after an aerial duel with Drogba.
14' Free kick to us on the right after Almeyda is brought down N'Diaye.
14' Zaccheroni brings on Gamarra for Cordoba.
12' Martins tries to dribble N'Diaye but commits a foul. Free kick to the home side.
10' Inter win a right-wing corner after Javier Zanetti's cross is blocked by Dos Santos.
9' The Marseille defence clear a left-wing free kick after Martins is fouled.
8' Meriem plays wide to Brazilian Ferreira, who crosses over the the far side. Battles' diving header is wide of the left-hand post.
3' Drogba dribbles Almeyda then remains on the ground after a challenge by Cristiano Zanetti.
2' Inter come forward and Javier Zanetti's right-wing cross is headed out of defence.
2' The goalscorer is booked for excessive celebrations.
1' Inter kick off the second period.
1' 1-0 to Marseille. Didier Drogba scores his ninth European goal of the season with a powerful left-footed shot from inside the penalty area.
Kily Gonzalez
Average rating 5.29
6 shots on target 1
11 shots off target 2
0 fouls committed 0
4 corners 2
3 offsides 0
00 ball possession 00
Disciplinary situation

O. Marseille
Suspended: Hossam
Cautioned: Drogba, Meité, Vachousek

Suspended: Kallon
Cautioned: Cordoba, Okan, Recoba

The referee: Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista

Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista was born on 26 April 1965 in Lisbon and resides in Almada. An international referee since 1996, he counts among his hobbies cinema, reading and photography. Cortez Batista will be one of the twelve Euro 2004 referees. The Portuguese official has taken charge of Nerazzurri matches on two previous occasions: Inter 2-1 Hertha Berlin (Recoba 5', Tretschok 54', Hakan Sukur 88') in the 2000/01 Uefa Cup and Inter 2-2 Newcastle (Shearer 42', 49', Vieri 48', Cordoba 62') in the 2002/03 Champions League. Besides these two matches, Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista has refereed Italian clubs on four other occasions: Lazio 4-0 Maribor (1999/00 Champions League), Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 Udinese (1999/00 Uefa Cup), Juventus 4-0 Basle (2002/03 Champions League) and Sparta Prague 0-0 Lazio (2003/04 Champions League). At international level, he has taken charge of one Under-21 match: Italy 2-1 France (17 November 1999 in Taranto).

O. Marseille v Italian teams

There are 10 previous encounters between Olympique Marseille and Italian teams, with 3 French victories, 3 draws and 4 French victories. O.M haven't won any of the last 5 official matches against Italian clubs, with 2 draws and 3 defeats. Their last win was on 26 May 1993 when they beat AC Milan in the European Cup final in Munich.

In detail:

1972/73 European Cup O. Marseille - Juventus 1-0 0-3
1990/91 European Cup O. Marseille - AC Milan 3-0 1-1
1992/93 Champions League O. Marseille - AC Milan 1-0 (in Munich)
1998/99 Uefa Cup O. Marseille -Bologna 0-0 1-1
1998/99 Uefa Cup O. Marseille -Parma 0-3 (in Moscow)
1999/00 Champions League O. Marseille -Lazio 0-2 1-5

Inter v French teams

The Nerazzurri have recorded 9 victories, 8 draws and 4 victories from their 21 matches against French teams.

In detail:

1958/60 Uefa/Fairs Cup Inter-Olympique Lyonnais 7-0 1-1
1963/64 European Cup Inter-Monaco 1-0 3-1
1980/81 European Cup Inter-Nantes 1-1 2-1
1985/86 Uefa Cup Inter-Nantes 3-0 3-3
1987 Mundialito Inter-Paris Saint Germain 0-0 ----
1996/97 Uefa Cup Inter-Guingamp 1-1 3-0
1996/97 Uefa Cup Inter-Monaco 3-1 0-1
1997/98 Uefa Cup Inter-Olympique Lyon 1-2 3-1
1997/98 Uefa Cup Inter-Strasbourg 3-0 0-2
2002/03 Champions League Inter-Olympique Lyonnais 1-2 3-3
2003/04 Uefa Cup Inter-Sochaux 0-0 2-2

Tenth two-legged tie against French sides

Inter's 2003/04 Uefa Cup quarter-final first leg is their tenth against teams from France. The Nerazzurri have progressed on all nine previous occasions: twice in the European Cup and seven times in the Uefa/Fairs Cup. The opponents knocked out were Lyon, Monaco and Nantes (twice each), and Guingamp, Sochaux and Strasburgo (once).

No goal conceded for three away matches

Inter haven't let in a goal on the road for 270 minutes, since Mancini's 90th-minute strike for the Giallorossi in Roma 4-1 Inter on 7 March. Since then the Nerazzurri have kept clean sheets at Benfica, Ancona and Reggio Calabria.

Nerazzurri unbeaten in Europe for five matches

Inter have notched one victory and four draws since their last European defeat, that 5-1 reverse at home to Arsenal on 25 November 2003. If the Nerazzurri win away to Marseille they will be on their way to equalling the positive series of European results from August 2000 to February 2001 when they won three matches and drew five.

José Anigo factfile

Marseille native José Anigo, born on 15 April 1961, took over from Alain Perrin on 15 January 2004. Prior to replacing Perrin, Anigo was coach of the Marseille B side, and now leads the first team for the second time in his coaching career. He coached O.M. for five matches in 2001 but then left the club after irreconcilable differences with then president Bernard Tapie.

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MARSEILLE - The Nerazzurri couldn't find a way past Marseille at the Vélodrome. After keeping the French outfit at bay in the opening period, Didier Drogba stunned Inter two minutes into the second half with the only goal of the game when he took on Cordoba then from close range blasted a left-footed shot past Fontana.

Marseille's 1-0 victory means Inter need to score at least twice at the San Siro next Wednesday to progress to the Uefa Cup last four.

In the meantime, Inter play away to Perugia in Week 29 of the Serie A championship on Easter Day.

Match facts:


Scorer: Drogba 46'

MARSEILLE: 28 Barthez, 2 Ferreira, 3 Dos Santos, 6 Hemdani, 7 N'Diaye, 11 Drogba, 12 Meitè, 18 Meriem, 23 Beye, 26 Battles (14 Vachousek 81'), 32 Flamini
Subs not used: 30 Gavanon, 21 Ecker, 29 Celestini, 33 Cicut, 36 Ba, 38 Cantareil
Coach: Anigo

INTER: 12 Fontana, 2 Cordoba (24 Gamarra 59'), 4 J. Zanetti, 6 C. Zanetti, 15 Adani, 17 Cannavaro, 18 Kily Gonzalez, 19 Karagounis (5 Emre 65'), 25 Almeyda (14 Farinos 86'), 30 Martins, 32 Vieri
Subs not used: 71 Cordaz, 7 Van der Meyde, 8 Lamouchi, 13 Helveg, 26 Pasquale
Coach: Zaccheroni

Referee: Cortez Batista (Por)

Booked: Flamini 16', Battles 20', Kily Gonzalez 20', C.Zanetti 28', Drogba 47' (misses 2nd leg), Karagounis 63', Farinos 90'

starting lineups

Barthez 12 Fontana
Ferreira 2 Cordoba
Dos Santos 4 Zanetti
Hemdani 6 Zanetti
N'Diaye 15 Adani
Drogba 17 Cannavaro
Meitè 18 Kily Gonzalez
Meriem 19 Karagounis
Beye 25 Almeyda
Battles 30 Martins
Flamini 32 Vieri


Gavanon 5 Emre
Vachousek 7 Van Der Meyde
Ecker 8 Lamouchi
Celestini 13 Helveg
Cicut 14 Farinos
Ba 24 Gamarra