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Miholaps sparks Skonto success

Published: Thursday 15 July 2004, 0.53CET
Skonto FC 4-0 Rhyl FC Mihails Miholaps' two goals give Latvian champions a commanding lead.

Match statistics

SkontoRhyl

Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 15 July 2004, 0.53CET

Miholaps sparks Skonto success

Skonto FC 4-0 Rhyl FC Mihails Miholaps' two goals give Latvian champions a commanding lead.

By Pavle Gognidze

Skonto FC are all but assured of a place in the second qualifying round and a tie against Trabzonspor after recording a resounding win against Rhyl FC of Wales in Riga.

Starkovs happy
Latvia striker Mihails Miholaps was the hero, scoring his side's opening two goals in the tenth and 56th minutes. Ignas Dedura and Aleksejs Višnakovs wrapped up the victory and left coach Aleksandrs Starkovs, fresh from his exploits with the national team in Portugal, in upbeat mood. "Of course I am happy with the result, although I can't say the task of qualifying is solved," said Starkovs. "I am sure it will be much tougher in the second leg. I am happy with the quality of our game, and it's not likely that the starting lineup will change for the away game."

Precise shot
The difference in class was evident from the outset, and the first goal came quickly, Miholaps latching on to a pass from Gatis Kalninš before scoring with a precise shot from 13 metres. However, the hosts became unsettled after taking the lead and were lucky not to concede as Gary Powell missed from eight metres on 14 minutes before Marc Limbert went close with a thundering drive six minutes later.

Blanks change
Skonto slowly reasserted themselves, however, and created several chances although Igors Semjonovs, Dedura and Kalninš all lacked composure at the key moment. Starkovs had to be content with a 1-0 lead at half-time and made an attacking change by bringing on young midfielder Kristaps Blanks to replace defender Olegs Blagonadezdins. The decision paid off as Skonto started the second half in aggressive fashion. Blanks hit the woodwork in the 50th minute before Miholaps scored his second six minutes later with a clever finish from close range, despite having his back to goal.

Strong finish
Rhyl realised the size of the task facing them at this point and, on 65 minutes, another goal arrived as Dedura rose to head in a corner by Zurab Menteshashvili. Then, 13 minutes later, Aleksejs Višnakovs completed the scoring with a fine run down the flank and solid finish. The lively Blanks could have increased the margin of victory but hit the crossbar in the dying minutes.

Last updated: 28/07/04 12.17CET

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Lineups

skonto

Skonto

rhyl

Rhyl

16
PiedelsAndrejs Piedels (GK)
1
SmithPaul Smith (GK)
2
ZakreševskisArtūrs Zakreševskis
2
M. PowellMark Powell
3
IsakovsAleksandrs Isakovs
Substitution81
3
BrewertonJames Brewerton
Substitution79
4
ZemļinskisMihails Zemļinskis (C)
4
JacksonMichael Jackson
Substitution82
6
BlagonadeždinsOļegs Blagonadeždins
Substitution46
5
EdwardsTimothy Edwards (C)
8
BuitkusOrestas Buitkus
Substitution67
6
WoodRobert Wood
Substitution69
10
MenteshashviliZurab Menteshashvili
7
WilsonGareth Wilson
11
MiholapsMihails Miholaps
Goal10
Goal56
8
LimbertMarc Limbert
Yellow Card3
15
SemjonovsIgors Semjonovs
9
G. PowellGary Powell
19
KalninšGatis Kalninš
10
AthertonLee Francis Atherton
20
DeduraIgnas Dedura
Goal65
11
AdamsonChristopher Adamson

Substitutes

1
PavlovsAndrejs Pavlovs (GK)
19
BillingsleyMark Billingsley (GK)
21
KipianiGeorge Kipiani
12
McqinnChristopher Mcqinn
9
BlanksKristaps Blanks
Substitution46
14
StonesGregory Stones
Substitution79
12
GolubevsSergejs Golubevs
15
GravesStuart Graves
Substitution69
14
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
Substitution67
Goal78
16
KeeganMichael Keegan
Substitution82
18
StarkovsSerggis Starkovs
17
HoggGraig Hogg
5
NguimbatAaron Nguimbat
Substitution81

Coach

Aleksandrs Starkovs (LVA) John Hulse (WAL)

Referee

Ben H. Haverkort (NED)

Assistant referees

Arend Brink (NED), Roger Geutjes (NED)

Fourth official

Kevin Blom (NED)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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