L'OM shocked as Zenit advance
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Draws were not enough for either Marseille or Strasbourg who bowed out of the Uefa Cup.
Marseille are out of the Uefa Cup after only managing a 1-1 draw at Zenit St Petersburg.
The Ligue 1 side were unable to turn around a 1-0 home defeat in the first leg and the Russians now advance to the quarter finals courtesy of a 2-1 aggregate success.
After a goalless first half an error from Marseille goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso left his side with a mountain to climb.
Alexander Kerzhakov cut in from the right in the 69th minute and hit a left-footed shot at goal.
The shot should have been food and drink for Carrasso but the stand-in for Fabien Barthez instead let the shot slip by him and into the back of the net.
To their credit L'OM immediately rallied and were level within five minutes through Frederic Dehu.
Dehu's right foot finish set up a grandstand finish in St Petersburg, however, the French visitors could not find a second goal which would have ensured their progression on the away goals rule.
To compound a disappointing evening for Marseille, the hapless Carrasso was given his marching orders in the 90th minute for bringing down Kerzhakov when the striker was through on goal.
A bad night for Ligue 1 was made worse when Basel drew 2-2 in Strasbourg to advance 4-2 on aggregate.
The Swiss were quick to press home the advantage they had gained in the first leg when Eduardo da Silva tapped home into an empty net after just three minutes.
A high ball into the box caught the home side's defence square and Mladen Petric found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Nicolas Puydebois. Rather than shoot, however, Petric laid the ball across goal for Eduardo and the Brazilian did the rest.
After a one-sided start Strasbourg regrouped and made some headway in the tie when Rudy Carlier's composed finish from just inside the penalty area in the 11th minute levelled the score on the night.
Arthur Boka and Alexander Farnerud both missed as Racing sought to grasp the initiative but the hosts were caught out again in the 26th minute when Eduardo volleyed home his second goal of the game following another assist from Petric.
A 78th minute goal from Cedric Kante brought parity at 2-2 but it is Basel who progress to the quarter finals while France will now have no representatives in the competition's later stages.