Questionable on Marseille’s goal, when he seemed to commit himself too early, and seemed to lack communication with his defenders all evening. Saved well from a Diarra header in the second half.
Not the force from right-back that he was when Inter won the Champions League a couple of years ago. He continues to show a terrific appetite to get forward, but his quality is not what it once was.
A physical performance from the Brazilian defender, who never looked totally comfortable with the threat of Remy. Badly culpable as Marseille scored the winning goal from a hopeful long ball forward after enjoying an improved second half.
Produced a thumping challenge early in the game to set the tone for his evening. Made several key clearances in the box, but when it really mattered in stoppage time, he and Lucio made a meal of a routine situation.
The ageless Argentine played in the tie back in 2004 when these sides last met, and he has not lost any of his appetite or energy. Booked for a foul on Ayew midway through the first half and his influence on proceedings waned as the match wore on.
Easily had the beating of Amalfitano for pace, but his decision making was poor as he gave away a series of needless fouls. Didn’t offer a great threat going forward, summing up a difficult evening for the Japanese, who looked overawed by the occasion.
Acted as a settling force in the Inter side in the early stages of the game, winning a couple of monumental headers in front of his own goal. Distributed the ball well and was one of the few sources of urgency in the Inter side.
A combative presence in the heart of Inter’s midfield, he was of greater use to Claudio Ranieri’s side as a defensive figure as opposed to being an attacking threat. Cracked a chance over in the second half before being replaced by Cambiasso.
Under pressure to perform after recent poor form, the Dutchman made the worst possible start to the game as he missed a simple chance. It didn’t get any better for him, as he struggled to become involved, and when he was, he sorely lacked in quality. Replaced before an hour was played.
Wasted a fine early chance when he elected to chest the ball goalwards from close range when a header might have been a better option. Linked the play better than Forlan, and recovered from his early miss by prodding home to give Inter a second-half lifeline.
At times his touch was rather lacking and some of his choices in possession were also questionable. On the whole, it was another highly-disappointing night for the Uruguayan, who was again too quiet a force for the Nerazzurri. Marched straight down the tunnel after being taken off.
Made two crucial early blocks, shutting out Sneijder and Milito in rather miraculous circumstances early in the game. Stood little chance with the goal he conceded, but the red card he received late on will be a big blow to OM’s quarter-final hopes.
Some excellent last-ditch defending, blocking a great chance for Sneijder early in the match, though that owed a little to fortune. Looked largely comfortable for the first hour, but started to panic with the introduction of Pazzini. Booked and will now have a suspension to serve.
Pushed forward sensibly down his left channel, even firing a dangerous shot wide 10 minutes before the half-time interval. Caught two-on-one down his flank when he was defending at times and Marseille would have been more comfortable if the former Lorient man was able to cut out a few more centres.
Pushed forward excellently in support of Amalfitano down Marseille’s right and showed a willingness to deliver crosses into the box, which were often of a good quality. Was rarely beaten down his flank all evening and is looking a player back to his best.
Perhaps the one surprise choice in Didier Deschamps’ starting XI, in hindsight, it was a wise decision for the Cameroon player to be deployed as he shielded the rearguard impressively, doing well to curb the influence of Sneijder.
Capped for the first by France last month, the former Lorient man was again stationed out on the right, where he gave Nagatomo a difficult evening. Not the quickest of players, but he used the ball effectively, although he could perhaps have sent in more crosses to test the home defence.
Marseille’s offensive hub, he was ever-present to receive a pass in the offensive end of the park before darting into space to receive a return. Used possession intelligently. The France international showed his intent to make his mark on this match with a shot as early as the first minute. His lack of match fitness told in Deschamps’ decision to replace him.
A physically robust performance from the experienced holding midfielder, who offered strong protection to his defensive unit. Was also a threat from set pieces, with a good downward header in the second half drawing a good save.
Making his first start in a month, opportunities in front of goal were limited for the front man, who nevertheless gave the Inter back four a difficult evening. His best effort was a header that flew just past in the first half, though Julio Cesar probably had it covered. Tired towards the end and was replaced by Brandao.
Showed some naivety in the early stages by giving the ball away cheaply and letting Inter launch dangerous attacks. Pretty ineffectual going forward, with Marseille’s best moves coming down the opposite flank.
- 12 L. Castellazzi
- 23 A. Ranocchia
Replaced Sneijder relatively early in the second half, and brought enthusiasm to the Inter performance, even if there was little end product.
- 37 D. Faraoni
Given the last 15 minutes in place of Poli.
Came on for Forlan with more than 30 minutes to play. Offered more in his first couple of minutes on the field than the Uruguayan managed in the first hour. Scored a late penalty that he will probably remember as the most joyless goal of his career.
- 28 M. Zárate
Made his Champions League debut right at the death. Only had to pick a penalty from his net.
- 24 R. Fanni
- 13 D. Traoré
Brought on after 75 minutes to replace Valbuena.
- 12 C. Kaboré
- 23 J. Ayew
Again the unlikely hero for Marseille, having replaced Remy for the closing stages, and found the net to send his side through to the last eight amidst chaotic scenes of joy.