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CSKA in line for Liverpool

Published: Wednesday 3 August 2005, 23.26CET
PFC CSKA Sofia 2-0 KF Tirana (agg: 4-0) CSKA ease past Tirana to book a tie against holders Liverpool FC.

Match statistics

CSKA SofiaTirana

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 3 August 2005, 23.26CET

CSKA in line for Liverpool

PFC CSKA Sofia 2-0 KF Tirana (agg: 4-0) CSKA ease past Tirana to book a tie against holders Liverpool FC.

By Stoyan Georgiev at Balgarska Armia stadium

PFC CSKA Sofia scored goals at the start and end of the game to seal a comfortable aggregate win against KF Tirana and book a UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie with holders Liverpool FC.

Zadi goals
After CSKA scored two goals in the last two minutes to break the deadlock in in Albania last week, Guillaume Zadi effectively made it three in four minutes at the start of tonight's game. It was a sign of things to come as the home side dominated proceedings, although it was not until the end that they added to their lead.

Missed opportunities
The Bulgarian title-holders were grateful for late goals from Zadi and Emil Gargorov in the first leg and it was the Ivorian striker that again broke the deadlock in Sofia, heading in Hristo Yanev's right-wing cross. Zadi, Yanev and Gargorov all had chances to extend the lead but could not take advantage.

Iliev loss
The first half nevertheless ended in disappointment for the home side as defender Valentin Iliev was booked for a challenge on Altin Rakkli, meaning he will be suspended for next week's first leg. The second half was tepid by comparison but one moment of individual brilliance woke everybody up.

Hidiouad shot
With 20 minutes remaining, Moroccan midfield player Mourad Hidiouad tried his luck from a position close to the halfway line, unleashing a thumping drive that beat the goalkeeper, but could not evade the post. Todorov eventually doubled the lead from considerably closer in in added time, tapping in after good work from Petar Dimitrov.

Reserved celebrations
"We finished the job," said CSKA coach Miodrag Jesic. "Now we will think about our league game against [PFC] Botev Plovdiv on Saturday and then we will prepare for Liverpool. It is a real blow for us that Valentin Iliev will miss the first leg."

Last updated: 04/08/05 10.16CET

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Lineups

cska sofia

CSKA Sofia

tirana

Tirana

31
HmarucEvgeni Hmaruc (GK)
12
HidiIsli Hidi (GK)
2
ZabavníkRadoslav Zabavník
3
DabullaRezart Dabulla
14
IlievValentin Iliev
Yellow Card46
Substitution57
5
PishaArian Pisha
29
GueyeIbrahima Gueye
6
BehariArdian Behari
27
Tiago SilvaTiago Silva
8
BulkuErvin Bulku
Yellow Card27
30
Y. TodorovYordan Todorov
Yellow Card44
Goal90
9
RraklliAltin Rraklli (C)
Yellow Card69
7
YanevHristo Yanev
14
SalihiHamdi Salihi
Yellow Card20
Substitution82
18
HdiouadMourad Hdiouad
2
SinaElvis Sina
Yellow Card41
23
GargorovEmil Gargorov (C)
Substitution77
17
AhmatajJulian Ahmataj
Substitution63
21
SakalievStoyko Sakaliev
Substitution57
21
PatushiSaimir Patushi
11
Dah ZadiGuillaume Dah Zadi
Goal2
23
MerkociEldorado Merkoci
Substitution58

Substitutes

12
KyuchukovTodor Kyuchukov (GK)
22
G. TafajGlend Tafaj (GK)
4
Adrian IvanovAdrian Ivanov
7
Alban TafajAlban Tafaj
Substitution63
16
BranekovAleksandar Branekov
15
MucaAlban Muca
17
MatkoMatija Matko
18
MuhametiFatjon Muhameti
15
Petar DimitrovPetar Dimitrov
Substitution57
19
BakalliErgert Bakalli
Substitution58
Yellow Card89
20
YurukovYordan Yurukov
Substitution77
16
HajdariGentian Hajdari
33
MatićSlavko Matić
Substitution57
24
FaguErbim Fagu
Substitution82

Coach

Miodrag Jesic (SRB) Sulejman Starova (ALB)

Referee

Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Ingemar Larsson (SWE)

Fourth official

Daniel Stålhammar (SWE)

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