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Dazzling Drogba inspires Marseille

Published: Friday 7 May 2004, 0.55CET
Marseille 2-0 Newcastle United (agg: 2-0) Didier Drogba's goals send Olympique de Marseille through.

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Attempts on target2
 
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Attempts off target0
 
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Corners0
 
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Offsides0
 
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Fouls committed0
 
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Published: Friday 7 May 2004, 0.55CET

Dazzling Drogba inspires Marseille

Marseille 2-0 Newcastle United (agg: 2-0) Didier Drogba's goals send Olympique de Marseille through.

By Matthew Spiro at the Stade Vélodrome

Olympique de Marseille became the second French club to qualify for a European final in 24 hours when they beat Newcastle United FC 2-0 in the second leg of their UEFA Cup semi-final.

Drogba the hero
Two goals from Didier Drogba, who has scored in all four rounds of the competition his team have played in, were enough to see off a battling but below-par Newcastle and take Marseille to the final in Gothenburg on 19 May.

Marlet start
Marseille made one change to the side that drew 0-0 at St James' Park, with the fit-again Steve Marlet replacing Laurent Batlles. He was handed an attacking role on the right of midfield, with Camel Meriem on the left and Drogba up front. Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson, bereft of key men Jonathan Woodgate, Kieron Dyer, Jermaine Jenas and Craig Bellamy, chose not to rush Lee Bowyer back after injury, instead opting for Hugo Viana in central midfield.

Given take
Marseille carved out the first glimmer of an opening on eight minutes when Manuel Dos Santos exchanged passes with Meriem but the wing-back scuffed his shot straight at Shay Given. The Newcastle goalkeeper was called into action again seven minutes later when Drogba's free-kick found its way through the defensive wall but again Given made a routine save.

Great composure
It was merely a warning of what was to come from Drogba who opened the scoring in the 18th minute. Newcastle had committed men forward for Laurent Robert's free-kick but when the move broke down, Meriem was free to race over halfway and release Drogba clear on the right. The Ivory Coast striker showed great composure, cleverly cutting inside Aaron Hughes, taking an extra touch to shake off the defender then dispatching a low shot past Given.

Shearer volley
The home fans came to life and Marseille threatened to score a second moments later, this time Marlet breaking the offside trap before rounding Given and seeing his effort from an acute angle deflected wide. Matthieu Flamini and Sylvain N'Diaye were winning the midfield battle, but Habib Beye had to be on his toes to block Alan Shearer's volley in the 27th minute.

Intelligent running
Marseille finished the half on top, however, with the effervescent Drogba causing major problems with his intelligent running. Full of confidence, the forward tried his luck from long range in the 43rd minute but his strike bounced up kindly into Given's arms.

English enthusiasm
Newcastle came out with renewed vigour after the break. They created their first clear chance of the night in the 52nd minute when Shola Ameobi received a throw-in and cleverly turned past Beye before unleashing a right-foot drive over the bar. The home team seemed content to sit back, but they nearly paid the price when Shearer found space on the edge of the box and rifled a low shot straight at Fabien Barthez.

Spectacular effort
The game became stretched as Marseille launched a series of dangerous counterattacks, and Marlet went close to scoring a spectacular goal with a volley from 20 metres that just missed the top corner after an hour.

Glorious chance
The alarm bells were ringing at the other end in the 73rd minute when Barthez misjudged a cross from the left and Ameobi headed goalwards. The Marseille goalkeeper recovered well, though, clawing the ball to safety. Substitute Bowyer squandered a glorious opportunity four minutes later, hooking wide from close range. It was to prove a costly miss as, eight minutes from time, Marseille sealed their impressive victory as Drogba lashed in his second goal from Batlles's cleverly-taken free-kick.

Last updated: 07/05/04 11.47CET

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Lineups

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Marseille

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Newcastle

28
BarthezFabien Barthez (GK)
1
GivenShay Given (GK)
2
Demetrius FerreiraDemetrius Ferreira
5
Andy O'BrienAndy O'Brien
3
Dos SantosManuel Dos Santos
9
ShearerAlan Shearer
6
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
11
SpeedGary Speed
7
N'DiayeSylvain N'Diaye
17
AmbroseDarren Ambrose
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Goal18
Goal82
Substitution90
18
HughesAaron Hughes
12
MéïtéAbdoulaye Méïté
19
BrambleTitus Bramble
18
MeriemCamel Meriem
23
Sh. AmeobiShola Ameobi
20
MarletSteve Marlet
Substitution81
32
RobertLaurent Robert
23
BeyeHabib Beye
35
BernardOlivier Bernard
32
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
Yellow Card75
45
Hugo VianaHugo Viana
Yellow Card23
Substitution65

Substitutes

30
GavanonJérémy Gavanon (GK)
12
HarperSteve Harper (GK)
5
ChristanvalPhilippe Christanval
3
ElliottRobert Elliott
14
VachoušekŠtěpán Vachoušek
Substitution90
14
BridgesMichael Bridges
21
EckerJohnny Ecker
28
ChopraMichael Chopra
26
BatllesLaurent Batlles
Substitution81
29
BowyerLee Bowyer
Substitution65
Yellow Card79
29
CelestiniFabio Celestini
30
CaldwellSteven Caldwell
31
MerlinLaurent Merlin
48
BrittainMartin Brittain

Coach

José Anigo (FRA) Bobby Robson (ENG)

Referee

Ľuboš Michel (SVK)

Assistant referees

Igor Sramka (SVK), Martin Balko (SVK)

Fourth official

Anton Stredak (SVK)

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