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Sheriff keep their spurs

Published: Wednesday 21 July 2004, 23.33CET
AS Jeunesse Esch 1-0 FC Sheriff (Agg: 1-2) Home win not enough for Luxembourg side.

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Published: Wednesday 21 July 2004, 23.33CET

Sheriff keep their spurs

AS Jeunesse Esch 1-0 FC Sheriff (Agg: 1-2) Home win not enough for Luxembourg side.

By Manfred Christoph in the Stade de la Frontière

Luxembourg's AS Jeunesse Esch threatened to make "the impossible possible" in the words of their German coach Roger Lutz, before being forced to settle for a 1-0 win that saw them eliminated from the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round by Moldovan side FC Sheriff.

Wagner calls tune
The match started at a frenetic pace. Jeunesse Esch's Jean Wagner had the game's first chance after just three minutes when the defender headed skipper Manuel Cardoni's corner past the far post. A minute later the visitors, who won the first leg 2-0, retaliated when Sergiy Kuznetsov failed to hit the target after a fine cross from right-winger Victor Barisev.

Close shave
The home side continued to pile on the pressure, but were constantly thwarted by Sheriff goalkeeper Sebastian Hutan. Gordon Braun had a gilt-edged opportunity after controlling a long pass from Sacha Schneider but as he prepared to shoot Hutan took the ball off the striker's toes.

Midfield brawn
The Sheriff team looked more technically gifted, but it was Roger Lutz's battling midfield that was dictating play and on 28 minutes Schneider hit the crossbar with a powerful long-range shot after Bernhard Heinz's centre.

Goalless Half
Kuznetsov had another good chance but again missed from close range after latching on to a long throw-in. On the stroke of half-time, Jeunesse Esch were awarded some respite and a free-kick just outside the Sheriff box, but Cardoni was again denied by the excellent Hutan.

Impervious Hutan
The game continued to ebb and flow at the start of the second half. Joe Flick was called into action at one end while his Moldovan counterpart Hutan continued to deny the desperate Jeunesse Esch attack. Two minutes after Hutan saved Heinz's close-range effort on 54 minutes he also repelled a Schneider penalty after Braun had been fouled by Iurie Priganuc.

Cardoni goal
Just as Jeunesse Esch heads were beginning to drop, Cardoni had another free-kick chance which bounced over the despairing Hutan and into the net after appearing to bobble. However, before the hosts could begin to dream of another goal to take the tie into extra time, Leonid Kouchouk's side bombarded them with scoring opportunities, but they were unable to capitalise.

Frantic finish
Flick's excellent reflexes prevented Sheriff from salvaging a draw after a determined shot by Teimuraz Burnadze. Jeunesse Esch immediately launched a counterattack but Paolo Amodio's header went narrowly wide and Sheriff held on to secure a second qualifying round tie against Norwegian side Rosenborg BK.

Last updated: 28/07/04 12.17CET

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Lineups

jeunesse esch

Jeunesse Esch

sheriff

Sheriff

1
FlickJoé Flick (GK)
25
HutanSebastian Hutan (GK)
6
SaboticErnad Sabotic
Substitution81
3
GumenyukOleg Gumenyuk
7
WagnerKlaus Wagner
Yellow Card43
4
PriganiucIurie Priganiuc
9
SchneiderSacha Schneider
5
TarkhnishviliVazha Tarkhnishvili (C)
10
CardoniManuel Cardoni (C)
Goal61
6
FlorescuGeorge Florescu
13
SchaulsManou Schauls
Substitution77
7
BurnadzeTeimuraz Burnadze
14
BraunGordon Braun
Yellow Card35
8
BlancoLuis Alberto Blanco
Substitution59
17
PellegrinoLaurent Pellegrino
9
KuznetsovSergiy Kuznetsov
21
HeinzBernhard Heinz
Substitution86
19
BarîsevVictor Barîsev
22
AmodioPaolo Amodio
20
CocişRăzvan Cociş
33
WagnerJean Wagner
22
LacustaFlorin Lacusta

Substitutes

23
TomassiniFabio Tomassini (GK)
1
PaşcencoSerghei Paşcenco (GK)
4
CodelloSteve Codello
Substitution86
10
ShimanEvgen Shiman
Substitution59
8
WagnerStefan Wagner
Substitution81
Yellow Card82
2
Dos SantosJoari Dos Santos
19
SchaafJesse Schaaf
Substitution77
11
BichkovOlexandr Bichkov
2
MarianiLaurent Mariani
14
YaroslavskiVyacheslav Yaroslavski
16
LombardelliClaudio Lombardelli
17
SecrieruAndrei Secrieru
20
LassinePatrick Lassine
18
AlexeevSerghei Alexeev

Coach

Roger Lutz (LUX) Leonid Kuchuk (BLR)

Legend:

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