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Dnipro rue missed chances

Published: Wednesday 3 March 2004, 22.08CET
Dnipro 0-0 Marseille (agg: 0-1) The home side are left reflecting on what might have been in Ukraine.

Match statistics

DniproMarseille

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target0
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 3 March 2004, 22.08CET

Dnipro rue missed chances

Dnipro 0-0 Marseille (agg: 0-1) The home side are left reflecting on what might have been in Ukraine.

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk were left ruing a succession of missed chances as Olympique de Marseille held out for a goalless draw in Ukraine, moving through to the UEFA Cup fourth round 1-0 on aggregate.

Early pressure
Despite starting with prolific striker Didier Drogba on the substitutes' bench, the visitors looked in control in the early stages, posing a number of problems for the home side. However, Dnipro goalkeeper Viacheslav Kernozenko did well to cope with a succession of crosses into his penalty area in the opening minutes.

Near misses
On 22 minutes, Ahmed Hossam 'Mido' had a chance to open the scoring for the French side, but his header from five metres out was well held by Kernozenko. Four minutes later, Ruslan Rotan was on hand to clear off the line as Marseille forward Steve Marlet looked certain to score a valuable away goal.

Dnipro strike back
Having survived those two early scares, the home side poured forward in search of the goal that would have levelled the tie overall. The Ukrainian side could have taken the lead on the night two minutes before half-time as Ruslan Kostyshyn collected a loose ball inside the Marseille penalty area, but his shot hit the side-netting.

Close-range chance
In added time at the end of the first period, Dmytro Mykhailenko had another chance to break the deadlock, but he failed to find the empty net from two metres from Kostyshyn's cross.

Rotan off target
Shortly after the restart, Rotan made a fine burst down the right, only to send his shot fractionally over the crossbar. Moments later, the Dnipro midfield player tried a curling shot from the edge of the penalty area, but again his strike lacked precision.

Batlles beaten
Marseille might have put the tie beyond the reach of the home side in the 56th minute as Laurent Batlles was left one-on-one with Kernozenko, but his shot, aimed for the far corner, was spectacularly saved by the former FC Dynamo Kyiv goalkeeper. At the other end, Olexander Rykun crossed for Serhiy Nazarenko nine minutes later, but the midfield player was unable to connect.

Final opportunity
Oleg Shelayev also failed to convert moments later as he was unable to beat Barthez when clean through. Although Dnipro were on top in the later stages, they were unable to make the breakthrough and Marseille held on to progress. "To be honest, I did not expect it to be so hard for us," said Marseille coach José Anigo. "But whatever ends well is good."

Last updated: 04/03/04 11.21CET

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Lineups

dnipro

Dnipro

marseille

Marseille

23
KernozenkoVyacheslav Kernozenko (GK)
28
BarthezFabien Barthez (GK)
5
YezerskiyVolodymyr Yezerskiy
2
Demetrius FerreiraDemetrius Ferreira
Substitution63
6
ShelayevOleh Shelayev
Yellow Card20
3
Dos SantosManuel Dos Santos
Yellow Card34
8
MaksymyukRoman Maksymyuk
Yellow Card59
Substitution60
6
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani (C)
10
KostyshynRuslan Kostyshyn
7
N'DiayeSylvain N'Diaye
14
RadchenkoOlexandr Radchenko
9
MidoMido
16
RusolAndriy Rusol
12
MéïtéAbdoulaye Méïté
19
MykhaylenkoDmytro Mykhaylenko (C)
Substitution59
20
MarletSteve Marlet
Substitution66
20
RykunOlexandr Rykun
23
BeyeHabib Beye
28
NazarenkoSerhiy Nazarenko
26
BatllesLaurent Batlles
Substitution78
29
RotanRuslan Rotan
32
FlaminiMathieu Flamini

Substitutes

12
KusliyArtem Kusliy (GK)
30
GavanonJérémy Gavanon (GK)
21
SemochkoDmytro Semochko
Substitution60
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Substitution66
25
GrytsayOlexandr Grytsay
Substitution59
15
JohansenPascal Johansen
Substitution63
2
PoklonskyyOlexandr Poklonskyy
18
MeriemCamel Meriem
Substitution78
9
ValyayevSerhiy Valyayev
5
ChristanvalPhilippe Christanval
29
CelestiniFabio Celestini
38
CantareilAlaina Cantareil

Coach

Yevgen Kucherevskyy (UKR) José Anigo (FRA)

Referee

Claus Bo Larsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Bill René Hansen (DEN), Bo Blankholm Pedersen (DEN)

Fourth official

Nicolai Vollquartz (DEN)

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