Marseille bow out of Europe

Two goals from Zenit St Petersburg's Pavel Pogrebnyak earned the Russian side a 2-0 victory over Marseille to book a quarter-final berth in the UEFA Cup on Wednesday.

Marseille's conceded away goal in the 3-1 first leg victory in France proved the deciding factor as they went out of Europe's second-tier club competition on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate scoreline. The defeat ended France's participation in this season's club competitions.

Marseille's Mathieu Valbuena, Djibril Cisse and Mamadou Niang all had chances to earn a goal for Eric Gerets' men but it was Pogrebnyak who imposed himself in the scoring stakes.

Andrei Arshavin started the move for the first goal in the 38th minute. He laid the ball off to Konstantin Zyrianov who set up Pogrebnyak to beat the offside trap and the striker shot past Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda.

Cisse could have got an equaliser four minutes later but the former top scorer in the French league, set on his way by Valbuena, fired straight at keeper Viacheslav Malafeev.

Zenit, who had the better of Marseille in the ball-winning stakes, could have made the most of a poor spell by Gerets' side just after the break but later in the half Marseille lifted themselves and Niang had a shot which just missed the Russians' goal.

The second and decisive goal came in the 77th minute when Fatih Tekke got a touch to feed Pogrebnyak for his second strike, and, despite a late flurry from Niang and Cisse, it was the home crowd which celebrated victory.