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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
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
1

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

Substitutes

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

Coach

Edward Aquilina (MLT) Aleksandrs Starkovs (LVA)

Referee

Dejan Stanisic (SRB)

Assistant referees

Stevan Cetnik (SRB), Vukasin Milutinovic (SRB)

Fourth official

Bozidar Corsovic (SRB)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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