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Bazina double inspires Grazer

Published: Wednesday 31 July 2002, 23.42CET
FC Sheriff Tiraspol 1-4 Grazer AK Mario Bazina was the hero for Grazer in Moldova.

Match statistics

SheriffGAK

Goals scored1
 
4
Attempts on target1
 
4
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 31 July 2002, 23.42CET

Bazina double inspires Grazer

FC Sheriff Tiraspol 1-4 Grazer AK Mario Bazina was the hero for Grazer in Moldova.

FC Sheriff Tiraspol 1-4 Grazer AK
Mario Bazina was the hero for Grazer AK, as the Austrian side all but booked their berth in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round with a comprehensive home victory over FC Sheriff Tiraspol.

Lokomotiv next
With a tie against Russian club FC Lokomotiv Moscow in the next round the prize for the winners of this two-legged encounter, Graz have now put themselves firmly in the driving seat.

New stadium
Bazina scored twice to pour cold water on Sheriff's celebrations as they opened their new stadium with a disappointing performance. Sheriff lost two key players ahead of the game, with goalkeeper Sebastian Hutan and playmaker Vadim Boret sidelined through injury, and were a goal down inside the first three minutes.

Bazina on target
Bazina, impressive throughout, silenced the crowd inside the Sheriff stadium when he stooped to head in Roland Brunmayr's cross. In a match when defensive mistakes proved crucial, Sheriff were made to pay the price again on the stroke of half-time when Alexandru Chirilov should have done much better to stop René Aufhauser's shot.

Three-goal lead
Grazer scored another goal five minutes after the interval as Bazina and Boban Dmitrovic combined to send Jones Kusi-Asare through on goal. Chirilov managed to deflect the Swedish forward's shot, but Brunmayer picked up the rebound to make it 3-0 to the visitors.

Hastings makes amends
Sheriff struck back just seconds later, when Grazer's English defender Richard Hastings brought down Andriy Nesteruk in the penalty area and Vazha Tarkhnivshvili confidently converted the penalty. However, the goal did little to inspire Sheriff, and Hastings made amends with a fourth goal after Chirilov failed to hold his 25-metre effort.

'Not easy'
Grazer coach Thijs Libregts acknowledged that the scoreline did not reflect the game, saying: "Looking at the score you would think it was easy to play Sheriff, but it wasn't easy at all. We were lucky to score an early goal and it gave us the confidence we needed."

'Early goal'
His opposite number, Gabi Balint, agreed that Sheriff had paid the price for their defensive mistakes. "We knew that our opponents were strong, and we felt it right from the start," he said. "Two of our key players were injured and the early goal did the damage as well. However, we will go to Graz and hope to show we are not a weak team."

Last updated: 01/08/02 16.26CET

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Lineups

sheriff

Sheriff

gak

GAK

1
ChirilovAlexandru Chirilov
1
AlmerFranz Almer
5
TarkhnishviliVazha Tarkhnishvili
Goal51
2
PötscherGregor Pötscher
15
OdiahChidi Odiah
4
TokićMario Tokić
4
PriganiucIurie Priganiuc
Yellow Card24
Substitution46
6
RamuschDieter Ramusch
16
CiubancanMarius Ciubancan
7
ČehAleš Čeh
Substitution90
23
TestemitanuIon Testemitanu
9
DmitrovićBoban Dmitrović
7
IvanovStanislav Ivanov
13
Kusi-AsareJones Kusi-Asare
Substitution62
3
BotisSorin Botis
19
BrunmayrRonald Brunmayr
18
ComleonocVictor Comleonoc
20
AufhauserRené Aufhauser
Goal45
11
PatulaEvghenii Patula
22
BazinaMario Bazina
Goal3
Goal50
Substitution86
6
NesterukAndriy Nesteruk
Substitution81
24
HastingsRichard Hastings
Goal71

Substitutes

25
PaşcencoSerghei Paşcenco
31
SchranzAndreas Schranz
2
ParkhomenkoDmytro Parkhomenko
10
MilinkovicNikola Milinkovic
14
BlancoLuis Alberto Blanco
15
HalmosiPéter Halmosi
Substitution90
10
BoreţVadim Boreţ
18
HartmannJürgen Hartmann
8
TudorCristian Tudor
Substitution46
23
SickGernot Sick
Substitution86
9
BrownRoberto Brown
Substitution81
25
StandfestJoachim Standfest
22
GumenyukOleg Gumenyuk
28
KollmannRoland Kollmann
Substitution62

Coach

Pele Balint (ROU) Thijs Libregts (NED)

Referee

Nicolai Vollquartz (DEN)

Assistant referees

Joergen Jepsen (DEN), Bo Blankholm Pedersen (DEN)

Fourth official

Emil Laursen (DEN)

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