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Meriem makes merry in Milan

Published: Thursday 15 April 2004, 0.02CET
FC Internazionale 0-1 Olympique de Marseille (agg: 0-2) French side rewarded for resolute display.

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InternazionaleMarseille

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 15 April 2004, 0.02CET

Meriem makes merry in Milan

FC Internazionale 0-1 Olympique de Marseille (agg: 0-2) French side rewarded for resolute display.

Olympique de Marseille took an impressive stride into the UEFA Cup semi-finals when they withstood all that FC Internazionale could throw at them at the San Siro and then scored a late goal to add to their 1-0 advantage from the first game.

First defeat
The defeat, Inter's first in ten ties against French opposition, put the seal on an unhappy European season for the Milan club who went out of the UEFA Champions League after the group stage and were hoping to make amends in this competition.

No complaints
However, coach Alberto Zaccheroni and his team can have no complaints after Marseille built their success on a superb defensive display that offered Fabien Barthez maximum protection. Then with 26 minutes remaining Camel Meriem broke away and scored a magnificent solo goal to ease the visitors' passage into the last four.

Breakaway goal
After defending a free-kick on the edge of their penalty area, the ball was switched to the left where Meriem, who last week missed a decent chance to put Marseille two ahead in the first leg, had a clear run. His side-footer was played just out of reach of Francesco Toldo and into the net off the base of the post.

Disappointing Inter
Inter, bidding to become the first team to reach five UEFA Cup finals, were disappointed that despite all their pressure they were unable to put Barthez under sustained pressure.

Cruz lets Barthez escape
When he was called upon, the French international was brave and commanding and was quick to leave his line and deal with any crosses that Inter swung over. Barthez was grateful in the 52nd minute when the hard-working Julio Cruz shot tamely at him after Cristiano Zanetti had played him in with a fine through-ball.

Almeyda off target
In the first half Cruz, who had come in for the injured Christian Vieri, had turned the ball across adroitly and when it was only partially cleared Matías Almeyda scooped a great chance over the bar.

Vieri missed
Maybe with Vieri involved Inter would have put these opportunities away and the outcome would have been different. An earlier opening had arisen for Kily González but his timing was awry as the ball sliced past the upright. Obafemi Martins did well to win a header at the far post but put it wide while Cruz also came close from a similar opening.

Dogged defence
Marseille knew it would be a struggle as Inter fought to claw back the deficit from six days ago. And they were not helped by the absence of suspended striker Didier Drogba, booked in the first game after celebrating his winning goal too forcefully.

Marlet threatens
As expected coach José Anigo brought in Ahmed Hossam 'Mido', who was suspended last week, to play as a lone front runner and had Steve Marlet available on the bench after injury. Marlet proved a handful when he appeared in the second half and twice Toldo had to be at his best to foil him.

Terrific trio
At the other end Inter continually ran up against a formidable roadblock in the shape of Marseille's three central defenders, Abdoulaye Méïté, Brahim Hemdani and Habib Beye who together made sure that Cruz and Martins had little room in which to work.

Fully committed
Whenever a Marseille marker was out of position another would move quickly to close the gap and that commitment and organisation was replicated all over the pitch as they gradually squeezed the life and ambition out of the home team.

Last updated: 15/04/04 9.59CET

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Lineups

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Internazionale

marseille

Marseille

1
ToldoFrancesco Toldo (GK)
28
BarthezFabien Barthez (GK)
2
CórdobaIván Córdoba
2
Demetrius FerreiraDemetrius Ferreira
4
ZanettiJavier Zanetti
3
Dos SantosManuel Dos Santos
6
ZanettiCristiano Zanetti
Substitution79
6
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
7
Van der MeydeAndy van der Meyde
Substitution55
7
N'DiayeSylvain N'Diaye
9
CruzJulio Cruz
9
MidoMido
Substitution83
17
CannavaroFabio Cannavaro
12
MéïtéAbdoulaye Méïté
18
Kily GonzálezKily González
Yellow Card90+1
18
MeriemCamel Meriem
Goal74
24
GamarraCarlos Gamarra
23
BeyeHabib Beye
25
AlmeydaMatias Almeyda
Yellow Card34
Substitution46
26
BatllesLaurent Batlles
Yellow Card28
Substitution53
30
MartinsObafemi Martins
32
FlaminiMathieu Flamini

Substitutes

12
FontanaAlberto Fontana (GK)
30
GavanonJérémy Gavanon (GK)
5
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
Substitution46
5
ChristanvalPhilippe Christanval
8
LamouchiSabri Lamouchi
Substitution79
14
VachoušekŠtěpán Vachoušek
Substitution83
13
HelvegThomas Helveg
20
MarletSteve Marlet
Substitution53
Yellow Card76
14
FarinósFrancisco Farinós
21
EckerJohnny Ecker
20
RecobaÁlvaro Recoba
Substitution55
29
CelestiniFabio Celestini
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
36
BaKhalifa Ba

Coach

Alberto Zaccheroni (ITA) José Anigo (FRA)

Referee

Kim Milton Nielsen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Jens Larsen (DEN), Joergen Jepsen (DEN)

Fourth official

Knud Erik Fisker (DEN)

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