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Gorica find form against Flora

Published: Thursday 15 July 2004, 0.08CET
FC Flora 2-4 NK Gorica An excellent first-leg win puts the Slovenian champions in pole position.

Match statistics

FloraGorica

Goals scored2
 
4
Attempts on target2
 
4
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 15 July 2004, 0.08CET

Gorica find form against Flora

FC Flora 2-4 NK Gorica An excellent first-leg win puts the Slovenian champions in pole position.

By Margus Luik

NK Gorica are close to a second qualifying round tie against Danish champions FC København after an excellent away victory at FC Flora in Tallinn.

Missed penalty
Estonian title-holders Flora dominated the early stages of this first leg but crucially allowed their Slovenian visitors to take the upper hand through Miran Srebrnic. The rest of the scoring came in a dramatic last quarter of an hour, which also featured a missed penalty from the luckless Vjatšeslav Zahovaiko, although he did manage to get on the scoresheet eventually.

Positive opening
Flora started brightly, with several chances falling Zahovaiko's way but each one was spurned. It was to prove costly as Gorica defender Srebrnic opened the scoring from his side's first attack in the 30th minute. It was a rare highlight in a tense first half with neither side seemingly willing to take the initiative.

Lead extended
The home team started the second half in determined fashion but Zahovaiko was again unable to score when presented with chances to equalise. Again, Flora were made to pay with Admir Kršic extending Gorica's lead in the 73rd minute after a mistake by Flora goalkeeper Martin Kaalma. This signalled the start of an action-packed period that was unlike anything seen earlier in the contest.

Pirih foul
First, Flora had the chance to pull one back when Joel Lindpere put Zahovaiko through on goal, only for Gorica goalkeeper Mitja Pirih to bring him down. Zahovaiko stepped up to take the spot-kick himself only to see Pirih deny him with a fine save. To make things worse for Zahovaiko, Pirih set his side on a quick counterattack, which finished with a goal for Bosnia-Herzegovnian striker Aleksandar Rodic.

Goal at last
Zahovaiko finally made amends by pulling one back for his team from a goalmouth scramble nine minutes from time. However, Gorica went up the other end and scored again inn the 90th minute through Saša Panic, following Kaalma's poor mis-kick. There was still time, however, for Flora to score again when substitute Sander Post scored in added time with a powerful low shot from 18 metres two minutes into added time.

Most likely
Flora have it all to do if they are to progress from the first qualifying round. The Estonian champions have failed to win in eleven consecutive European games and their first task in Slovenia next Wednesday will be to see if they can end that run. With a two-goal advantage, Gorica look the most likely to be meeting FCK in the next round.

Last updated: 01/02/12 3.53CET

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Lineups

flora

Flora

gorica

Gorica

1
KaalmaMartin Kaalma (GK)
22
PirihMitja Pirih (GK)
2
AllasTeet Allas
24
M. MavričMatej Mavrič
3
JäägerEnar Jääger
19
KokotAleš Kokot
4
PiirojaRaio Piiroja
6
SrebrničMiran Srebrnič (C)
Goal30
5
KlavanRagnar Klavan
11
ŠabecJaka Šabec
6
ReimMartin Reim
3
PušAleš Puš
7
K. HaavistuKert Haavistu
14
PaničSaša Panič
Yellow Card60
Goal90
8
LindpereJoel Lindpere
27
RodičAleksandar Rodič
Yellow Card35
Goal75
Substitution89
9
ViikmäeKristen Viikmäe
10
KršićAdmir Kršić
Goal73
10
ZahovaikoVjatšeslav Zahovaiko
Goal81
23
ŽivecSimon Živec
Substitution82
11
SaharovAleksander Saharov
Substitution83
20
ŠturmJani Šturm
Substitution10

Substitutes

12
KaasRene Kaas (GK)
12
ŠimčičVasja Šimčič (GK)
13
PostSander Post
Substitution83
Goal90+2
25
ŠulerMarko Šuler
Substitution82
14
KristalMarko Kristal
17
BurgičMiran Burgič
Substitution89
15
LemberMati Lember
9
UršicMiha Uršic
16
ReinumäeOtt Reinumäe
26
KomacAndrej Komac
Substitution10
17
JäägerEnver Jääger
15
BlaškoDanijel Blaško
18
SaviaukErko Saviauk
2
NikolićDragoljub Nikolić

Coach

Arno Pijpers (NED) Pavel Pinni (SVN)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Richard Stewart Shearer (SCO), Ricky Mooney (SCO)

Fourth official

Steve Conroy (SCO)

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