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Marseille hold on for third spot

Published: Wednesday 10 December 2003, 0.02CET
FK Partizan 1-1 Olympique de Marseille The French side progress to the UEFA Cup after a tight game.

Match statistics

PartizanMarseille

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
5
Attempts off target10
 
3
Corners5
 
4
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed19
 
19
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Wednesday 10 December 2003, 0.02CET

Marseille hold on for third spot

FK Partizan 1-1 Olympique de Marseille The French side progress to the UEFA Cup after a tight game.

Olympique de Marseille qualified for the UEFA Cup after fending off a late FK Partizan charge to secure third spot in UEFA Champions League Group F with a 1-1 draw in Belgrade.

Bad run ended
Marseille's run of results without a victory - they have been beaten in six of their previous seven games in all competitions - therefore continued but their sequence of defeats in their last seven away games in the Champions League is at least over.

Late drama
Partizan needed to win to progress and they had the better of possession and created more chances in the first half. But Marseille held firm and took the lead after 60 minutes against the run of play through a Ahmed Hossam 'Mido' header. Partizan fought back and Andrija Delibašic got a deserved equaliser late on to leave them with ten minutes in which to chase a winner.

Perrin surprise
Marseille coach Alain Perrin surprisingly dropped goalkeeper Vedran Runje to the bench and brought in 20-year-old Jérémy Gavanon for his European debut. Partizan were boosted by the presence of Tomasz Rzasa who passed a late fitness test, and started the stronger. Wing-back Milivoje Cirkovic was an immediate threat down the right and the visitors were forced to put two markers on him at times.

Profligate captain Ilic
Cirkovic was the architect of the first chance just after the ten-minute mark: he evaded tackles from Johnny Ecker and Brahim Hemdani before his cross broke to Saša Ilic in the area. From six metres out, the Partizan captain scooped the ball over.

Christanval off
Marseille took a hit when captain Philippe Christanval was forced off injured after only 15 minutes, but that coincided with an improved spell for the visitors, culminating in their best effort of the first period. Forward Didier Drogba had seen his weak shot parried around the post by Djordje Pantic and defender Daniel Van Buyten leapt highest to the corner that followed. His header looked destined for the net but Igor Duljaj popped up to head clear from right under the crossbar. It was a let-off for the hosts.

Malbaša unlucky
In fact, they were unlucky to go into the break with the scores level. After long-range shots from Vladimir Ivic and Ivica Iliev sailed wide, they were awarded a free-kick on the left corner of the area. For the first time, Gavanon was beaten by Nikola Malbaša's curling effort but the ball struck the crossbar.

Danger on the break
However the young Gavanon was a solid presence and continued to impress in the second period. Cirkovic again broke down the right and crossed for Delibašic, whose header was well stopped by the leaping goalkeeper.

Mido heads home
Partizan threw more players forward as they looked for the vital goal, leaving them short at the back and one breakaway led to Marseille's goal. Mido turned his marker Branko Savic just inside the Partizan half and was brought down. Hemdani's resulting free-kick was taken quickly and Partizan's defence was slow to pick up Mido, who directed the ball past Pantic and into the net.

Partizan go close
The goal stunned the crowd but Partizan continued attacking: Iliev almost beat Gavanon but his shot grazed the post, while Malbaša capped a frustrating night with a volley that flew off target.

Delibašic offers hope
The equaliser eventually came on 80 minutes when Van Buyten's poor back-header flew towards substitute Habib Beye. Delibašic shrugged him off the ball and headed past Gavanon. Partizan almost scored a winner when Iliev broke clear and shot fiercely at Gavanon. But the youngster blocked well from close range and it was his heroics that saw Marseille through to the UEFA Cup.

Last updated: 10/12/03 0.48CET

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Lineups

partizan

Partizan

marseille

Marseille

27
PantićDjordje Pantić (GK)
30
GavanonJérémy Gavanon (GK)
2
ĆirkovićMilivoje Ćirković
4
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
4
DuljajIgor Duljaj
5
ChristanvalPhilippe Christanval (C)
Substitution16
5
OgnjanovićDejan Ognjanović
6
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
9
DelibašićAndrija Delibašić
Goal80
7
N'DiayeSylvain N'Diaye
15
MalbašaNikola Malbaša
9
MidoMido
Goal61
17
IlievIvica Iliev
Substitution88
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
18
IvićVladimir Ivić
12
MéïtéAbdoulaye Méïté
22
S. IlićSaša Ilić (C)
Substitution88
14
VachoušekŠtěpán Vachoušek
Yellow Card38
24
SavicBranko Savic
15
JohansenPascal Johansen
26
RząsaTomasz Rząsa
Substitution66
21
EckerJohnny Ecker

Substitutes

1
RadakovicRadovan Radakovic (GK)
1
RunjeVedran Runje (GK)
6
RadoncicDženan Radoncic
Substitution88
8
PérezSébastien Pérez
7
StojanoskiMilan Stojanoski
10
FernandãoLucio Fernandão
10
DrulovićLjubinko Drulović
Substitution66
18
MeriemCamel Meriem
11
ČakarDamir Čakar
Substitution88
22
SychevDmitri Sychev
14
N. DjordjevićNenad Djordjević
23
BeyeHabib Beye
Substitution16
28
NadjAlbert Nadj
25
LaurentiFabien Laurenti

Coach

Lothar Matthäus (GER) Mikael Nilsson (SWE)

Referee

Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Oscar David Martinez Samaniego (ESP), Carmelo Miramon Moreno (ESP)

Fourth official

Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

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