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França lifts Leverkusen

Published: Wednesday 11 August 2004, 22.45CET
Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 Baník Ostrava França hat-trick helps Leverkusen to emphatic win.

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Published: Wednesday 11 August 2004, 22.45CET

França lifts Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 Baník Ostrava França hat-trick helps Leverkusen to emphatic win.

By Mark Bennett

Bayer 04 Leverkusen celebrated their return to the UEFA Champions League with a França hat-trick helping them to an emphatic win against Czech title-holders FC Baník Ostrava.

França hat-trick
França gave Leverkusen the lead on eleven minutes, but the Bundesliga side had to wait until the final quarter of the match to extend their lead. They did so emphatically, scoring four goals in 21 minutes as Juan and Dimitar Berbatov both found the net, while França added two to complete his hat-trick.

Early pressure
After missing out on the competition last season, having reached the final in 2001/02, Leverkusen started the game looking to make up for lost time. With less than a minute on the clock, França had the first chance of the game after a good interchange between Berbatov and Bernd Schneider, but the Brazilian could not find the target.

First goal
Leverkusen looked especially dangerous when they kept the ball to feet and maintained rapid bursts of passing, and after eleven minutes their positive approach paid dividends. Robson Ponte released a shot from the edge of the area that Miroslav König could not hang on to leaving França with an easy finish.

Game slows
After a frenetic start the game slowed as both sides struggled to create openings until the game reignited on the hour. First Zdenek Pospech put a decent headed chance wide before, three minutes later, team-mate Miroslav Matušovic's shot also missed the target.

Lead doubled
Leverkusen finally snapped into life when França doubled their lead on 67 minutes. The striker collected the ball on the edge of the area after compatriot Ponte's through ball and he slotted his second of the game.

Heinz unlucky
Baník refused to lie down though and could have equalised five minutes later but Czech international Marek Heinz was twice denied. First he saw his header cleared off the line by Jacek Krzynówek before a second header moments later came back off the bar.

Leverkusen stretch lead
Within two minutes Juan headed Leverkusen's third, and after that Leverkusen entertained the BayArena crowd with some slick football. Berbatov made it 4-0 with eight minutes remaining, before França capped a lively display with his third goal of the night on 88 minutes. Bar a sensational turnaround in Ostrava in a fortnight, Leverkusen are heading for the group stage.

Last updated: 12/08/04 12.17CET

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Lineups

leverkusen

Leverkusen

baník

Baník

1
ButtJörg Butt (GK)
1
KönigMiroslav König (GK)
3
Roque JuniorRoque Junior
2
LátalRadoslav Látal (C)
4
JuanJuan
Goal74
Substitution86
4
KotrysDavid Kotrys
5
NowotnyJens Nowotny (C)
6
BystroňDavid Bystroň
Substitution83
7
PontéRobson Ponté
Substitution82
7
ČížekMartin Čížek
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
Goal82
8
BestaPavel Besta
10
FreierPaul Freier
Substitution64
17
PospěchZdeněk Pospěch
11
FrançaFrança
Goal11
Goal67
Goal88
18
DvorníkJosef Dvorník
Substitution71
19
BabićMarko Babić
19
ZúbekMarek Zúbek
25
SchneiderBernd Schneider
21
MatušovičMiroslav Matušovič
Substitution76
28
RamelowCarsten Ramelow
28
HeinzMarek Heinz

Substitutes

20
StarkeTom Starke (GK)
22
RaškaMartin Raška (GK)
8
JonesJermaine Jones
11
ZavadilPavel Zavadil
12
VoroninAndriy Voronin
14
PapadopulosMichal Papadopulos
Substitution76
14
BalitschHanno Balitsch
Substitution82
15
HoffmannJosef Hoffmann
16
KrzynówekJacek Krzynówek
Substitution64
23
LickaMario Licka
Substitution83
29
Callsen-BrackerJan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker
Substitution86
25
VelkoborskýJan Velkoborský
Substitution71
35
PlacenteDiego Placente
26
ŽůrekLibor Žůrek

Coach

Klaus Augenthaler (GER) František Komňacký (CZE)

Referee

Stuart Dougal (SCO)

Assistant referees

Jim Charles Lyon (SCO), Tom Murphy (SCO)

Fourth official

Eddie Smith (SCO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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