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Sliema turn up the heat

Published: Wednesday 16 July 2003, 23.31CET
Sliema Wanderers FC 2-0 Skonto FC Daniel Bogdanovic and Danilo Doncic on target for Maltese.

Match statistics

SliemaSkonto

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts2
 
0
on target2
 
0
off target0
 
0
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed0
 
0
Fouls suffered0
 
0
Passes0
 
0
completed0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 16 July 2003, 23.31CET

Sliema turn up the heat

Sliema Wanderers FC 2-0 Skonto FC Daniel Bogdanovic and Danilo Doncic on target for Maltese.

Sliema Wanderers FC produced one of their finest European performances of recent years as goals from Daniel Bogdanovic and Danilo Doncic helped the Maltese title-holders gain a two-goal cushion from their UEFA Champions League first qualifying round first-leg tie against Latvia's Skonto FC.

Early chances
Not wilting, despite temperatures reaching 37C at the Hibernians Football Ground in Corradino, Sliema took control from the start, inspired by new attacking signings Stefan Giglio and Bogdanovic. The latter went close in the second minute, hitting the outside of the post. Doncic and Drosco Andnam all then had further first-half chances which went begging.

Skonto effort
At the other end, Maris Verpakovskis was proving Skonto's main threat and, just before the half-hour mark, he dribbled through the Maltese defence, only to be denied in a one-on-one by Sliema's Nigerian goalkeeper Murphy Akanji.

Crucial goals
However, the second half saw Sliema press home their advantage, and Bogdanovic scored his first goal for his new club on 62 minutes with a well-taken finish. Three minutes later the same player was fouled in the Skonto box by Aleksandrs Isakovs, who earned a red card for his second bookable offence, and Doncic stepped up to double the lead. Sliema held on to defend their lead for Wednesday's return leg in Riga.

'I am pleased'
After the game, Sliema coach Edward Aquilina said: "I am pleased with the result. Tactically my team was well on top during the whole course of the match. We will go into the second leg knowing that despite the 2-0 first-leg win, we still need to be totally focused in Riga." The eventual winners of the tie will face FC København of Denmark in the next round.

Last updated: 17/07/03 13.31CET

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Lineups

sliema

Sliema

skonto

Skonto

22
AkanjiMurphy Akanji (GK)
16
PiedelsAndrejs Piedels (GK)
1
BrincatJoe Brincat
3
IsakovsAleksandrs Isakovs
Red/Yellow Card68
3
MamoCarlo Mamo
4
ZemļinskisMihails Zemļinskis (C)
4
SaidBrian Said
8
BuitkusOrestas Buitkus
7
TurnerNoel Turner (C)
9
VerpakovskisMāris Verpakovskis
Substitution87
9
DoncicDanilo Doncic
Goal68
13
BlanksKristaps Blanks
Yellow Card60
Substitution70
10
BogdanovicDaniel Bogdanovic
Yellow Card56
Goal62
Substitution90+3
15
SemjonovsIgors Semjonovs
13
ChetcutiJeffrey Chetcuti
18
LobaņovsValentīns Lobaņovs
18
AnonamOrosco Anonam
20
DeduraIgnas Dedura
26
GiglioStefan Giglio
Yellow Card60
21
NguimbatAaron Nguimbat
99
LaferlaKristian Laferla
Yellow Card55
22
MorozsViktors Morozs
Yellow Card65

Substitutes

12
FarrugiaMatthew Farrugia (GK)
1
PavlovsAndrejs Pavlovs (GK)
11
VeseljiNenad Veselji
Substitution90+3
7
KorgalidzeLevan Korgalidze
Substitution70
5
S. GrimaStefano Grima
19
KalninšGatis Kalninš
Substitution87
6
GrimaMassimo Grima
5
ŁągiewkaKrzysztof Łągiewka
8
SammutKevin Sammut
11
ElisejevsAleksandrs Elisejevs
17
MangionRupert Mangion
14
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
77
PaceJamie Pace
17
KšanavičiusAudrius Kšanavičius

Coach

Edward Aquilina (MLT) Aleksandrs Starkovs (LVA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution