The official website for European football

Late relief for Leeds

Published: Friday 4 October 2002
FC Metalurh Zaporizhya 1-1 Leeds United AFC (Agg: 1-2) Nick Barmby's goal saves Leeds.
Published: Friday 4 October 2002

Late relief for Leeds

FC Metalurh Zaporizhya 1-1 Leeds United AFC (Agg: 1-2) Nick Barmby's goal saves Leeds.

Leeds United AFC won through to the UEFA Cup second round, but were make to work hard by Ukrainian hosts FC Metalurh Zaporizhya as their first European campaign ended in a 2-1 aggregate defeat. The English visitors needed a late Nick Barmby strike to go through, having trailed for most of the game.

Modebadze heads goal
After a first 24 minutes in which home goalkeeper Andriy Glushchenko had been the only shot-stopper called into action, Zaporizhya went ahead. Fabio's lob hit the crossbar, and Irakli Modebadze was on hand to head in.

Glushchenko bravely saves
This clearly surprised Leeds, who were unlucky not to level soon after when Dominic Matteo's shot was bravely stopped by Glushchenko. But Zaporizhya proved well capable of containing Leeds until late in the second half.

Close to second
Zaporizhya even went close on 73 minutes when Armen Akopyan's curling free-kick from 20 metres hit the post with Robinson beaten.

Vital away goal
But Leeds kept pressing, and four minutes later secured the vital away goal when Harry Kewell beat Eduard Valuta on the left and his cross was deflected by Glushchenko to Alan Smith. His header fell into the path of Barmby, who shot into an unguarded net.

Visitors' relief
Uros Milosavljevic's subsequent sending-off for a second bookable offence sealed the hosts' fate, but manager Terry Venables admitted: "It was a dramatic game. The goal was against the run of play, but it made us seriously worry. I am happy we could equalise in normal time. I think the class of my players told in the end."

'Mixed feelings'
Zaporizhya's caretaker coach, Oleg Lutkov, said: "I have very mixed feelings at the moment. I have to praise my team, who caused serious problems for one of Europe's top clubs. On the other hand, we lost late goals in both matches."


 

Last updated: 04/10/02 11.17CET

Related information

Team profiles
Related match
  • SSI Err

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=0/matches/round=1626/match=70210/postmatch/report/index.html#late+relief+leeds

UEFA.com features

What teams need to get through
  • What teams need to get through
  • Watch the five best acrobatic Champions League goals
  • Ones to watch in the group stage
  • Masterclass: Xavi on passing and control
  • Newcomers ready for Champions League debuts
  • Pick of the Week of Football
  • Berezovski and Frick join Europe's 40-somethings
  • Europe's all-time top international goalscorers
  • Introducing football in Gibraltar ...
  • Given has 'unfinished business' with Ireland
1 of 10
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.