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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 May, 2004, 20:56 GMT 21:56 UK
Newcastle's Euro dream over
UEFA CUP SEMI-FINAL

Marseille win 2-0 on aggregate

A Didier Drogba double ended Newcastle's Uefa Cup dream by giving Marseille a 2-0 aggregate win in the second leg of the semi-final.

He cut inside Aaron Hughes and beat Shay Given after capitalising on an error following a Newcastle free-kick.

Newcastle fans felt their side were denied two penalties, while Shola Ameobi curled an effort wide.

But Drogba sealed the win - and a place in the final against Valencia - when he drove in Laurent Batlles' free-kick.

Magpies boss Sir Bobby Robson won the Uefa Cup when he was in charge of Ipswich in 1981.

But his side suffered an early blow when Andy O'Brien was booked in the 12th minute for a foul on Camel Meriem.

He would have missed the final - if Newcastle had not been thwarted by the French side - but to his credit he showed little sign of disappointment and just carried on with his role.

KEY MOMENTS
12 mins: Newcastle's O'Brien is booked
18 mins: Drogba scores for Marseille
21 mins: Pitchside fire holds up game
53 mins: Ameobi curls a shot wide
77 mins: Substitute Bowyer slices wide
82 mins: Drogba sidefoots home from a free-kick
Six minutes later Newcastle found themselves a goal down - and it came after they had won a free-kick.

Olivier Bernard and Laurent Robert's efforts from the dead-ball situation failed to pay off and the ball was hustled away.

Hugo Viana then lost out in a duel with Meriem and when the ball eventually fell to Drogba via Matthieu Flamini, he cut inside Aaron Hughes and prodded it past Shay Given for his 10th Uefa Cup goal of the season.

Newcastle had time to gather their thoughts when the game was briefly held up in the 21st minute.

Stewards had to attend to a fire that broke out behind Marseille keeper Fabien Barthez's goal.

It is believed that a flare led to the incident but the match was quickly restarted and the Magpies suffered a scare when Steve Marlet forced his way past Titus Bramble and sent over a cross, which was cleared by O'Brien.

The visitors threatened when Shola Ameobi laid the ball off to Alan Shearer but after he had chested the ball down, Habib Beye blocked the former England captain as he tried to shape up to shoot.

Marlet was thwarted by a tight angle and Given's efforts before Robert sent a 35-yard free-kick over Barthez's crossbar.

Newcastle's players cast a glance towards the referee when Ameobi went down under a challenge in the box but no penalty was given.

Robson's half-time discussion seemed to have had an impact because Newcastle started the second half strongly.

Ameobi curled a shot wide, Barthez had to be on his toes to tip away a Robert effort and the former Manchester United keeper then saved from Shearer.

Marlet saw a deflected volley fly over the bar at the other end, while Newcastle's fans felt they were denied another penalty following an apparent handball in the box.

In the 77th minute, Ameobi got his head to the ball before Shearer but substitute Lee Bowyer failed to make a strong connection and sliced his shot wide of the post.

Bowyer was then booked after a two-footed challenge on Sylvain N'Dyiaye, which led to some pushing and shoving from both sides.

But Drogba sealed the win for Marseille when he was left unmarked as Batlles sent over a free-kick and he sidefooted in his 32nd goal of the season.

He went close to a hat-trick in the closing stages but his effort was saved by Given.


Marseille: Barthez, Beye, Hemdani, Meite, Ferreira, Dos Santos, Flamini, N'Diaye, Meriem, Marlet (Batlles 81), Drogba (Vachousek 90).
Subs not used: Gavanon, Christanval, Ecker, Celestini, Merlin.

Booked: Beye, Flamini.

Newcastle: Given, Hughes, O'Brien, Bramble, Bernard, Ambrose, Viana (Bowyer 65), Speed, Robert, Shearer, Ameobi.
Subs not used: Harper, Elliott, Bridges, Chopra, Brittain, Caldwell.

Booked: O'Brien, Viana, Bowyer.

Attendance: 57,500.

Referee: M Lubos (Slovakia).




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