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WIT nullify Maribor threat

Published: Wednesday 15 July 2009, 19.56CET
FC WIT Georgia 0-0 NK Maribor
The home side held on to a goalless draw against the Slovenian champions despite being reduced to ten men with seven minutes to go.
by Vakhtang Bzikadze
from Tbilisi
WIT nullify Maribor threat
Jaba Lipartia (right) could not prise a goal for WIT

Match statistics

WIT GeorgiaMaribor

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners6
 
4
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed20
 
9
Yellow cards5
 
2
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 15 July 2009, 19.56CET

WIT nullify Maribor threat

FC WIT Georgia 0-0 NK Maribor
The home side held on to a goalless draw against the Slovenian champions despite being reduced to ten men with seven minutes to go.

FC WIT Georgia held on to a 0-0 draw against Slovenian champions NK Maribor in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League second qualifying round tie despite being reduced to ten men with seven minutes to go.

Open spectacle
The game opened up as both teams tried their best to score but neither could make a breakthrough. Following some half-chances for both sides in the first period, Maribor carved out a great scoring opportunity ten minutes after the restart when Dragan Jelič raced clear only for Grigol Bediashvili to save bravely at his feet. A swift counterattack followed and visiting goalkeeper Marko Ranilovič had to parry a vicious shot from Irakli Klimiashvili. The WIT striker was then dismissed for a second booking, however, and Maribor almost snatched victory when Zoran Pavlovic hit the post.

Maribor confident
"WIT played with great motivation, but we looked very able at the back so the score is logical," said Maribor coach Darko Milanič. "We could have won but did not take our chances in the first half. It will not be easy for us in the return match, but I consider our chances a bit higher than theirs." His opposite number, Nestor Mumladze, said: "It was a very tough game for us. We had some chances to open the scoring before the break but did not convert them. We will fight until the very end in the second leg and I hope it will be enough for us to qualify."

Last updated: 16/07/09 1.09CET

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Lineups

wit georgia

WIT Georgia

maribor

Maribor

1
BediashviliGrigol Bediashvili (GK)
1
RanilovičMarko Ranilovič (GK)
3
LomaiaDavid Lomaia
3
DžinićElvedin Džinić
5
LipartiaJaba Lipartia
Substitution63
6
JurkičDejan Jurkič
7
RazmadzeLuka Razmadze
Yellow Card37
9
TavaresTavares
11
KakhelishviliGiorgi Kakhelishvili
Substitution90+2
10
MiheličRene Mihelič
14
JaparidzeLasha Japaridze
11
JeličDragan Jelič
Substitution70
18
KvaratskheliaVakhtang Kvaratskhelia
Yellow Card60
Substitution68
18
LunderMatjaz Lunder
Yellow Card54
24
KlimiashviliIrakli Klimiashvili
Yellow Card64
Red Card83
21
BačinovićArmin Bačinović
26
G. DatunaishviliGiorgi Datunaishvili
27
PopovičMarko Popovič
27
BechvaiaGiga Bechvaia
33
PavlovičZoran Pavlovič (C)
28
KvakhadzeAlexandre Kvakhadze (C)
70
MerteljAleš Mertelj
Substitution69

Substitutes

25
MikaberidzeArdalion Mikaberidze (GK)
12
PridigarMarko Pridigar (GK)
6
VasadzeGiorgi Vasadze
5
KljajevićŽeljko Kljajević
10
BeriashviliGeorgi Beriashvili
Substitution68
7
MejačAleš Mejač
15
KvelashviliAmiran Kvelashvili
Substitution90+2
20
SamardžićMiral Samardžić
20
KhurtsilavaDavid Khurtsilava
30
VolašDalibor Volaš
23
ZakradzeBeka Zakradze
Substitution63
Yellow Card75
39
BunderlaDavid Bunderla
Substitution70
30
JanelidzeGiorgi Janelidze
40
ŠkolnikDejan Školnik
Substitution69
Yellow Card83

Coach

Nestor Mumladze (GEO) Darko Milanič (SVN)

Referee

Hannes Kaasik (EST)

Assistant referees

Marko Leevand (EST), Hannes Reinvald (EST)

Fourth official

Ain Karutoom (EST)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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