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2004 UEFA Cup Final

2004 UEFA Cup Final
Match programme cover
Event 2003–04 UEFA Cup
Date 19 May 2004
Venue Ullevi, Gothenburg
Man of the Match Roberto Ayala (Valencia)
Referee Pierluigi Collina (Italy)
Attendance 39,000
Weather Partly cloudy
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The 2004 UEFA Cup Final was a football match that took place on 19 May 2004 at Ullevi in Gothenburg, Sweden between Valencia of Spain and Marseille of France. Valencia won the match 2–0 with goals from Vicente and Mista. The game was to be the last in which Rafael Benítez was in charge of Valencia before he took over at Liverpool in England.

Match summary

Valencia had been on a 14-match unbeaten run previous to this match, which had only ended the previous week to Villarreal, the side they beat in the semi-final to reach the final, due to a weakened lineup after securing the La Liga title. Marseille had lost four of their last five matches in Ligue 1.

The start of the match was conservative due to the wind. Didier Drogba threatened early on, and was sent tumbling by a robust challenge from Roberto Ayala, which led to a free kick, in which the resulting shot was cleared off the line by Carlos Marchena. This sparked Valencia into life and David Albelda produced a save from Fabien Barthez after pouncing on Mista's rebounded shot.

Valencia dominated possession, which led to frustration, and Steve Marlet getting booked in the 10th minute. Marseille's first meaningful attempt at goal came in the 16th minute when Steve Marlet headed over from Camel Meriem's cross. Minutes later, Meriem himself had a chance to give Marseille the lead, but he shot wide from the edge of the area. Marseille had another chance when Habib Beye got on the end of Drogba's free kick, but he headed wide. The definitive moment in the match came on the stroke of half time, when Barthez brought down Mista in the area after a cross by Curro Torres. Barthez was sent off and Valencia were awarded a penalty. Jérémy Gavanon replaced Barthez with Camel Meriem making way for him. Vicente dispatched the penalty to give Valencia a 1–0 lead going into half time.

The second half started off with Valencia in total ascendancy, and after 13 minutes of near-total possession, Valencia doubled their lead. Vicente had cut the ball in from the left for Mista, who finished the chance with ease to record his fifth goal of the competition. Marseille's heads inevitably dropped. They came forward in flourishes in the last remnants of the game, however, when Drogba's free kick was stopped by Santiago Cañizares. Drogba also nearly played in Steve Marlet with a through-ball, but it was intercepted at the last second. Marseille almost found a way back into the Valencia goal area in the 80th minute, but Sylvain N'Diaye's shot was saved by Cañizares.

After this, the match descended into a stoic affair and Valencia ran out winners to win their first major European trophy in 24 years, and victory after two successive UEFA Champions League final defeats, in 2000 and 2001. The victory also meant that Amedeo Carboni became the oldest player to win a European final at 39 years and 43 days old.



GK 1 23x15px Santiago Cañizares
RB 23 23x15px Curro Torres
CB 4 23x15px Roberto Ayala
CB 5 23x15px Carlos Marchena Substituted off 86'
LB 15 23x15px Amedeo Carboni Booked 34'
RM 19 23x15px Francisco Rufete Substituted off 64'
CM 6 23x15px David Albelda (c)
CM 8 23x15px Rubén Baraja
LM 14 23x15px Vicente Booked 27'
CF 20 23x15px Mista
CF 10 23x15px Miguel Ángel Angulo Substituted off 82'
GK 35 23x15px David Rangel
DF 2 23x15px Mauricio Pellegrino Substituted in 86'
DF 12 23x15px Javier Garrido Ramírez
MF 21 23x15px Pablo Aimar Substituted in 64'
MF 25 23x15px Mohamed Sissoko Substituted in 82'
FW 11 23x15px Juan Sánchez
FW 24 23x15px Xisco
23x15px Rafael Benítez
GK 28 23x15px Fabien Barthez Sent off 45'
RB 23 23x15px Habib Beye
CB 12 23x15px Abdoulaye Méïté
CB 2 23x15px Demetrius Ferreira
LB 3 23x15px Manuel dos Santos
DM 32 23x15px Mathieu Flamini Substituted off 71'
RM 6 23x15px Brahim Hemdani
LM 7 23x15px Sylvain N'Diaye Substituted off 84'
AM 18 23x15px Camel Meriem Substituted off 45'
CF 11 23x15px Didier Drogba Booked 60'
CF 20 23x15px Steve Marlet Booked 10'
GK 30 23x15px Jérémy Gavanon Substituted in 45'
DF 5 23x15px Philippe Christanval
DF 21 23x15px Johnny Ecker
MF 26 23x15px Laurent Batlles Substituted in 71'
MF 29 23x16px Fabio Celestini Substituted in 84'
MF 33 23x15px Nicolas Cicut
FW 14 23x15px Štěpán Vachoušek
23x15px José Anigo

Man of the Match:
23x15px Roberto Ayala (Valencia)

Assistant referees:
23x15px Marco Ivaldi (Italy)
23x15px Narciso Pisacreta (Italy)
Fourth official:
23x15px Roberto Rosetti (Italy)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • 30 minutes of silver goal extra time if necessary.
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


See also


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  2. ^ "Half Time Report" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 19 May 2004. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Full Time Report" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 19 May 2004. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 

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