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Marseille's century celebrations

Published: Thursday 26 February 2004, 23.59CET
Marseille 1-0 Dnipro Olympique de Marseille gain victory in their 100th match on the European stage.

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Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 26 February 2004, 23.59CET

Marseille's century celebrations

Marseille 1-0 Dnipro Olympique de Marseille gain victory in their 100th match on the European stage.

A penalty from Didier Drogba ensured Olympique de Marseille celebrated their 100th game on the European stage by snatching a crucial win in the first leg of their UEFA Cup third-round tie against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.

Bright start
Marseille, who were beginning their campaign in this tournament after departing the UEFA Champions League in December, started the match brightly with Steve Marlet hooking a close-range effort over the bar in the opening minute and Demetrius Ferriera Leite testing Viacheslav Kernozenko with a fierce drive from 20 metres. There was no let-up for the visitors, as Habib Beye's header forced the goalkeeper to get down quickly to make another save moments later.

Lax defending
Dnipro almost stole the lead against the run of play in the 15th minute as Volodymyr Yezerskyy took advantage of some lax defending in the Marseille penalty area to unleash an effort that cannoned off the post. Then Drogba, attempting to help out at the back, hit the loose ball against Serhiy Matiukhin and was relieved to see it bounce harmlessly wide of goal.

Dnipro pressure
Dnipro put together their first period of concerted pressure midway through the first half and Matiukhin could have done better than steer his free header wide of the far post with home goalkeeper Fabien Barthez beaten. At the other end, Marlet found space for an unchallenged header from a corner but the ball struck Drogba's shoulder and was safely gathered by Kernozenko.

Spot-kick converted
Marseille began the second half as they had finished the first and Drogba could not believe his misfortune when his well-struck effort thudded against the underside of the crossbar and bounced away to safety. But the striker did not have to wait much longer for a goalscoring opportunity, as Marlet was soon bundled over by Matiukhin in the penalty area. Despite slipping as he struck the spot-kick, Drogba found the net.

Stout defence
Marlet should have doubled Marseille's advantage in the 76th minute after being played in, but Kernozenko dived bravely at his feet to save. The striker was substituted moments later to join goalscorer Drogba on the bench as Marseille changed things around and opted for a stout defensive policy, denying Dnipro time and space to work any openings.

Barthez untroubled
The tireless Ruslan Rotan tried his luck from 20 metres out in the closing seconds, but his shot did not trouble Barthez as Marseille easily held out to take the advantage ahead of Wednesday's second leg.

Last updated: 27/02/04 9.53CET

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Lineups

marseille

Marseille

dnipro

Dnipro

28
BarthezFabien Barthez (GK)
23
KernozenkoVyacheslav Kernozenko (GK)
2
Demetrius FerreiraDemetrius Ferreira
5
YezerskiyVolodymyr Yezerskiy
3
Dos SantosManuel Dos Santos
6
ShelayevOleh Shelayev
6
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani (C)
8
MaksymyukRoman Maksymyuk
Substitution75
7
N'DiayeSylvain N'Diaye
Substitution74
15
MatiukhinSerhiy Matiukhin
Yellow Card54
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Goal54
Substitution71
16
RusolAndriy Rusol
12
MéïtéAbdoulaye Méïté
19
MykhaylenkoDmytro Mykhaylenko (C)
Substitution79
18
MeriemCamel Meriem
20
RykunOlexandr Rykun
20
MarletSteve Marlet
Substitution79
28
NazarenkoSerhiy Nazarenko
Yellow Card18
23
BeyeHabib Beye
29
RotanRuslan Rotan
29
CelestiniFabio Celestini
10
KostyshynRuslan Kostyshyn
Substitution87

Substitutes

30
GavanonJérémy Gavanon (GK)
12
KusliyArtem Kusliy (GK)
5
ChristanvalPhilippe Christanval
2
PoklonskyyOlexandr Poklonskyy
9
MidoMido
Substitution71
7
PopoviciAlexandru Popovici
15
JohansenPascal Johansen
9
ValyayevSerhiy Valyayev
21
EckerJohnny Ecker
14
RadchenkoOlexandr Radchenko
Substitution75
32
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Substitution74
21
SemochkoDmytro Semochko
Substitution87
33
CicutNicolas Cicut
Substitution79
25
GrytsayOlexandr Grytsay
Substitution79

Coach

José Anigo (FRA) Yevgen Kucherevskyy (UKR)

Referee

Georgios Kasnaferis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Georgios Taprantzis (GRE), Konstantinos Dalas (GRE)

Fourth official

Georgios Borovilos (GRE)

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