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New boys show their strength

Published: Wednesday 16 July 2003, 21.23CET
Omonia AC 0-0 FC Irtysh Pavlodar Kazakhstani champions impress on tournament debut in Cyprus.

Match statistics

OmoniaIrtysh

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target0
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 16 July 2003, 21.23CET

New boys show their strength

Omonia AC 0-0 FC Irtysh Pavlodar Kazakhstani champions impress on tournament debut in Cyprus.

Kazakhstan's FC Irtysh Pavlodar made an impressive UEFA Champions League debut as they drew 0-0 at Cypriot title-holders Omonia AC, veterans of nearly 30 European campaigns.

Novikov on song
Omonia were on top throughout a warm evening in Nicosia, but a tidy-looking Irtysh side were good value for their clean sheet, helped by an impressive performance from goalkeeper Yuriy Novikov, who ensured his side still have every chance of progressing to a second qualifying round tie against Wisla Kraków of Poland.

First chance
Irtysh even created the first chance of the evening when Murat Tleshev forced Omonia's new Greek goalkeeper Nikolaos Michopoulos to make a save after eight minutes. Rainer Rauffmann, so often Omonia's danger man, then sent a long-range free-kick on goal in the 20th minute only for Novikov to block.

Defences hold firm
The home side continued to attack with Rauffmann, Jozef Kozlej and Georgos Theodotou all enjoying chances, but none of the trio could break the deadlock. Meanwhile, at the other end, Tleshev and his Russian strike partner Muslim Agayev both troubled the Cypriot defence. Nevertheless, the game reached half-time goalless.

Kozlej denied
That pattern continued after the break as Omonia picked up the pace, notably in the final 20 minutes, only to be frustrated by Novikov and his back-line. The Irtysh custodian denied Kozlej from close range while Rauffmann was also unable to make his mark. The home side's disappointment was compounded four minutes from time when Marco Haber was sent off.

Coach pleased
After the final whistle, Omonia coach Toni Sayeyski said he still felt his side could go through despite not scoring at home. "I was pleased by the fact we did not concede a goal and that the side created chances, but we found we could not convert them into goals." he said. "I am confident of getting a result in Kazakhstan."

Even odds
His opposite number, Dmitry Ogay, said: "Omonia proved a very hard side and forced us to defend deep. The odds for the return game are 50-50."

Last updated: 17/07/03 12.34CET

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Lineups

omonia

Omonia

irtysh

Irtysh

1
MichopoulosNikolaos Michopoulos (GK)
Yellow Card43
1
NovikovYuriy Novikov (GK)
2
TheodotouGeorgois Theodotou
Substitution84
2
TimofeevSerguei Timofeev (C)
3
IoakimAkis Ioakim
23
SchastkaTomaš Schastka
24
Marios NicolaouMarios Nicolaou
Substitution78
20
DavletovFevzi Davletov
5
KorolovszkyGábor Korolovszky
Yellow Card32
3
KumysbekovAidar Kumysbekov
6
HaberMarco Haber
Red Card90+2
12
ZakharovAlexei Zakharov
Yellow Card18
21
Nicolaos GeorgiouNicolaos Georgiou
Substitution76
4
NurdauletovKairat Nurdauletov
8
C. NicolaouCharis Nicolaou
Yellow Card12
14
IrismetovFarkhadbek Irismetov
9
RauffmannRainer Rauffmann
9
KucheryavykhAndrey Kucheryavykh
Yellow Card44
20
KaiafasKostas Kaiafas (C)
24
AgayevMuslim Agayev
Substitution85
18
KozlejJozef Kozlej
18
TleshevMurat Tleshev
Substitution46

Substitutes

23
YiallourisAnastasios Yiallouris (GK)
16
PrydkinKirill Prydkin (GK)
4
PanayiotouPanayiotis Panayiotou
5
DostayevBagdad Dostayev
Substitution85
7
StjepanovićZoran Stjepanović
Substitution84
6
GuzenkoAndriy Guzenko
10
MichailovicVesko Michailovic
Substitution78
13
ChernyshovVladislav Chernyshov
11
KontolefterosLefteris Kontolefteros
15
JuskaEgidijus Juska
Substitution80
Yellow Card90+2
33
E. CharalambousElias Charalambous
21
UsmanovRustam Usmanov
30
AloneftisStathis Aloneftis
Substitution76
22
IvanovSergei Ivanov
Substitution46
Substitution80

Coach

Toni Savevski (MKD) Dmitriy Ogai (KAZ)

Referee

Sinisa Zrnic (BIH)

Assistant referees

Mujo Tutun (BIH), Gojko Bandic (BIH)

Fourth official

Sead Kulovic (BIH)

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