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Vardar hit form in Moscow

Published: Thursday 31 July 2003, 0.30CET
PFC CSKA Moskva 1-2 FK Vardar F.Y.R. Macedonia's representatives claim a famous win.

Match statistics

CSKA MoskvaVardar

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 31 July 2003, 0.30CET

Vardar hit form in Moscow

PFC CSKA Moskva 1-2 FK Vardar F.Y.R. Macedonia's representatives claim a famous win.

F.Y.R. Macedonian title-holders FK Vardar secured arguably their greatest result as they beat PFC CKSA Moskva 2-1 in Russia in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League second qualifying round tie.

Breaking away
CSKA were in control for long periods of the match, but Vardar's counterattacking proved irresistible and the visitors were on the verge of taking a two-goal lead back to Skopje until a last-minute consolation for last season's Russian runners-up and current runaway leaders.

Doubling up
The Vardar breakthrough came on 55 minutes when Vlatko Grozdanovski stole in to poke a loose ball past CSKA's 17-year-old goalkeeper Igor Akineev. Ten minutes later, the advantage was doubled as Brazilian striker Oliveira Wandeir Dos Santos outpaced his marker to produce a magnificent finish into the corner of the net.

Consolation prize
CSKA, who had hit the woodwork twice in the first half through Jirí Jarošik and Igor Yanovski, continued to press forward, and after Kiritchenko had gone close in the 75th minute, the same player grabbed a last-minute consolation after Serguei Samodine had flicked on an Alan Koussov cross. The goal offered CSKA coach Valeri Gazzaev hope for next Wednesday's return leg, when a tie against AC Sparta Praha will be up for grabs. He said: "We played poor football, but I am hoping the return leg will be better. We can still make it to third round."

Nothing is certain
Meanwhile, Vardar coach Zoran Stratev said: "We wanted to sit deep and hurt them with quick counterattacks, and we did have some luck, scoring twice from three chances. But we knew CSKA were strong and that is why we used those tactics. But this sort of game will not work twice and it is going to be an extremely difficult fixture in Skopje as tonight's result does not guarantee anything."

Last updated: 31/07/03 13.03CET

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Lineups

cska moskva

CSKA Moskva

vardar

Vardar

35
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
1
ZekirMuarem Zekir (GK)
Yellow Card90+2
2
ŠemberasDeividas Šemberas
2
VeselinovskiDragan Veselinovski (C)
7
YanovskiIgor Yanovski
3
DosevskiNikola Dosevski
8
GusevRolan Gusev (C)
5
AnyanwuBlessing Anyanwu
11
GognievSpartak Gogniev
Substitution34
7
GrozdanoskiVlatko Grozdanoski
Goal54
Substitution86
19
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
Substitution58
8
TrajcevJovica Trajcev
20
JarošíkJiří Jarošík
10
ZaharievskiSrdjan Zaharievski
Yellow Card52
21
PopovDenis Popov
Substitution77
14
RistovskiDejan Ristovski
23
EvsikovDenis Evsikov
16
GeorgievskiSlavčo Georgievski
Substitution77
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić
21
BrankovıćDejan Brankovıć
28
ShershunBohdan Shershun
24
WandeirWandeir
Goal64
Substitution79

Substitutes

1
MandrykinVeniamin Mandrykin (GK)
12
BasnarkovPetar Basnarkov (GK)
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
6
DzangarovskiBoban Dzangarovski
14
KirichenkoDmitri Kirichenko
Substitution34
9
PetkovMario Petkov
22
SamodinSergei Samodin
Substitution77
Goal89
11
NačevskiDragan Načevski
24
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
17
B. BožinovskiBobi Božinovski
Substitution77
27
KusovAlan Kusov
Substitution58
Yellow Card60
22
MilevskiIgor Milevski
Substitution86
23
Da CostaRogerio Da Costa
Substitution79

Coach

Valeri Gazzaev (RUS) Zoran Stratev (MKD)

Referee

Stefano Farina (ITA)

Assistant referees

Silvio Gemignani (ITA), Rodolfo Mirri (ITA)

Fourth official

Tiziano Pieri (ITA)

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