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Levski make Bulgarian history

Published: Wednesday 23 August 2006, 23.45CET
AC Chievo Verona 2-2 PFC Levski Sofia (agg: 2-4)
Levski triumphed to become the first Bulgarian side to play in the group stage.

Match statistics

ChievoLevski

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target2
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards1
 
1

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 23 August 2006, 23.45CET

Levski make Bulgarian history

AC Chievo Verona 2-2 PFC Levski Sofia (agg: 2-4)
Levski triumphed to become the first Bulgarian side to play in the group stage.

PFC Levski Sofia became the first Bulgarian side to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage after a 2-2 draw against AC Chievo Verona at the Bentegodi stadium completed a 4-2 aggregate win.

Dispiriting blow
Chievo tried to attack from the first minute but Levski goalkeeper Georgi Petkov had little problem in blocking shots from Andrea Zanchetta and Federico Giunti. He made a more difficult save to stop Brazilian striker Amauri's close-range header after 27 minutes, and seven minutes later his side were ahead on the night as Dimitar Telkiyski controlled a ball inside Chievo's area with his right foot before angling a precise low shot past Chievo goalkeeper Vincenzo Sicignano with his left.

Bardon strike
Chievo visibly wilted and Valeri Domovchiyski might have doubled the visitors' lead, heading just over the bar after 41 minutes and forcing Sicignano into a difficult save three minutes later with a right-footed volley. Half-time proved to be little comfort as Cédric Bardon scored Levski's second straight after the interval with a low, right-footed shot from outside the penalty area.

Chievo respond
The Italian side stirred back into life and were back in the game within two minutes as Amauri scored with a header from Zanchetta's corner. Zanchetta went close to scoring again moments later but Petkov made a great diving save to fend off his shot from outside the area before Amauri subsequently volleyed in Chievo's equaliser after 84 minutes. The Italian side could not complete an unlikely comeback however as both sides ended the game with ten men after Chievo captain Salvatore Lanna and Levski's Lucio Wagner were both sent off in quick succession in the closing stages.

Last updated: 24/08/06 11.14CET

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Lineups

chievo

Chievo

levski

Levski

1
SicignanoVincenzo Sicignano (GK)
1
G. PetkovGeorgi Petkov (GK)
Yellow Card56
4
MantovaniAndrea Mantovani
3
MilanovZhivko Milanov
Yellow Card80
7
SemioliFranco Semioli
Substitution72
4
TomašićIgor Tomašić
Yellow Card45+2
8
GiuntiFederico Giunti
Substitution65
6
EromoigbeRichard Eromoigbe
10
ZanchettaAndrea Zanchetta
7
BorimirovDaniel Borimirov
11
AmauriAmauri
Goal48
Goal81
10
YovovHristo Yovov
Substitution90+1
19
MalagoMarco Malago
11
TopuzakovElin Topuzakov (C)
21
SammarcoPaolo Sammarco
Yellow Card40
17
DomovchiyskiValeri Domovchiyski
Substitution70
23
LannaSalvatore Lanna (C)
Red Card83
21
TelkiyskiDimitar Telkiyski
Goal35
Substitution77
29
MandelliDavide Mandelli
25
Lucio WagnerLucio Wagner
Red/Yellow Card90+2
31
PellissierSergio Pellissier
Substitution59
27
BardonCédric Bardon
Goal47

Substitutes

18
SquizziLorenzo Squizzi (GK)
88
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
5
LucianoLuciano
Substitution72
20
AngelovStanislav Angelov
Substitution77
20
MarcoliniMichele Marcolini
Substitution65
Yellow Card90+3
28
E. AngelovEmil Angelov
Substitution70
90
TiribocchiSimone Tiribocchi
Substitution59
77
KoprivarovMilan Koprivarov
Substitution90+1
9
BrunoSalvatore Bruno
5
HristovBorislav Hristov
27
MoroFabio Moro
9
G. IvanovGeorgi Ivanov
47
MarcheseGiovanni Marchese
18
IvanovMiroslav Ivanov

Coach

Giuseppe Pillon (ITA) Stanimir Stoilov (BUL)

Referee

Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batista (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), João Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Artur Dias (POR)

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