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Saturday, January 24, 2004 

PSG beat Marseille in the french cup

PSG are through to the next round of Coupe de France courtesy of a 2-1 victory over hosts Marseille in extra-time.

The match was lively from the beginning, and Pauleta opened the scoring after only 9 minutes for PSG. The Portuguese striker capitalised on poor defending from l'OM and won his one-on-one with Barthez.

Yet, Didier Drogba pulled Marseille level on 34 minutes. A mistake by the highly-rated Heinze enabled the Ivory Coast hit-man to break through and his effort deceived a wrong-footed Jérôme Alonzo.

The second half of the game was entertaining as well, but no further goal was scored before extra-time. The match was very even, and both sides could have taken the lead.

Finally, Juan Pablo Sorin netted a crucial second goal for the visitors on 102 minutes. Sorin headed in a Reinaldo cross to put PSG ahead. Despite several attempts, Marseille couldn't come back and this is one more home defeat for l'OM against Paris.

Marseille : Barthez - Ecker (Mido, 106e), Meïte, Van Buyten, Christanval - Skacel, Celestini, Johansen (Flamini, 46e), Meriem - Drogba, Sychev (Barry, 86e). Entr. : Perrin.

PSG : Letizi - Mendy, Pierre-Fanfan, Sorin, Heinze - Cana, Déhu, Rocchi - Fiorèse (Hugo Leal, 46e), Ljuboja (Cubilier, 115e), Pauleta (Reinaldo, 55e). Entr. : Halilhodzic

Goals: Pauleta 9´(0-1); Drogba 34´(1-1); Sorin 102´(1-2)

Source: Soccerage


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