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
10 °C (50 °F)[1]

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 tenth 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.



19 May 2004
20:45 CEST
Valencia Spain 2–0 France Marseille
Vicente  45+3' (pen.)
Mista  58'

Report (archive) Overview

Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 39,000
Referee: Pierluigi Collina (Italy)
GK 1 Spain Santiago Cañizares
RB 23Spain Curro Torres
CB 4 Argentina Roberto Ayala
CB 5 Spain Carlos Marchena  86'
LB 15Italy Amedeo Carboni  34'
RM 19Spain Francisco Rufete  64'
CM 6 Spain David Albelda (c)
CM 8 Spain Rubén Baraja
LM 14Spain Vicente  27'
CF 20Spain Mista
CF 10Spain Miguel Ángel Angulo  82'
GK 35Spain David Rangel
DF 2 Argentina Mauricio Pellegrino  86'
DF 12Spain Javier Garrido Ramírez
MF 21Argentina Pablo Aimar  64'
MF 25Mali Mohamed Sissoko  82'
FW 11Spain Juan Sánchez
FW 24Spain Xisco
Spain Rafael Benítez
GK 28France Fabien Barthez Red card 45'
RB 23Senegal Habib Beye
CB 12Ivory Coast Abdoulaye Méïté
CB 2 Brazil Demetrius Ferreira
LB 3 France Manuel dos Santos
DM 32France Mathieu Flamini  71'
RM 6 Algeria Brahim Hemdani
LM 7 Senegal Sylvain N'Diaye  84'
AM 18France Camel Meriem  45'
CF 11Ivory Coast Didier Drogba  60'
CF 20France Steve Marlet  10'
GK 30France Jérémy Gavanon  45'
DF 5 France Philippe Christanval
DF 21France Johnny Ecker
MF 26France Laurent Batlles  71'
MF 29Switzerland Fabio Celestini  84'
MF 33France Nicolas Cicut
FW 14Czech Republic Štěpán Vachoušek
France José Anigo

Man of the Match:
Argentina Roberto Ayala (Valencia)

Assistant referees:
Italy Marco Ivaldi (Italy)
Italy Narciso Pisacreta (Italy)
Fourth official:
Italy 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.


First half[2]
Statistic Valencia Marseille
Goals scored 1 0
Total shots 8 4
Shots on target 3 0
Ball possession 50% 50%
Corner kicks 3 1
Fouls committed 16 11
Offsides 0 1
Yellow cards 2 1
Red cards 0 1

Second half[3]
Statistic Valencia Marseille
Goals scored 1 0
Total shots 15 14
Shots on target 5 3
Ball possession 54% 46%
Corner kicks 3 4
Fouls committed 26 24
Offsides 2 1
Yellow cards 0 1
Red cards 0 0

Statistic Valencia Marseille
Goals scored 2 0
Total shots 23 18
Shots on target 8 3
Ball possession
Corner kicks 6 5
Fouls committed 42 35
Offsides 2 2
Yellow cards 2 2
Red cards 0 1

See also


  1. http://www.wunderground.com/history/airport/ESMS/2004/5/19/DailyHistory.html?req_city=NA&req_state=NA&req_statename=NA
  2. "Half Time Report" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 19 May 2004. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  3. "Full Time Report" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 19 May 2004. Retrieved 28 July 2014.

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