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Zürich fightback flattens Maribor

Published: Wednesday 5 August 2009, 23.00CET
NK Maribor 0-3 FC Zürich (agg: 3-5)
The Swiss titleholders overturned their first-leg home defeat through goals from Dušan Djurić, Xavier Margairaz and Adrian Nikci.
by Martin Pavčnik
from Maribor
Zürich fightback flattens Maribor
Dušan Djurić started the ball rolling for Zürich in Maribor ©AFP

Match statistics

MariborZürich

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target8
 
11
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners9
 
3
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed16
 
21
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 5 August 2009, 23.00CET

Zürich fightback flattens Maribor

NK Maribor 0-3 FC Zürich (agg: 3-5)
The Swiss titleholders overturned their first-leg home defeat through goals from Dušan Djurić, Xavier Margairaz and Adrian Nikci.

FC Zürich undid the damage of a 3-2 first-leg home defeat by crushing NK Maribor 3-0 at a sold-out Ljudski vrt Stadium. Dušan Djurić, Xavier Margairaz and Adrian Nikci got the goals for the Swiss titleholders who moved within one step of a first appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Marked improvement
Maribor's success in Zurich a week earlier had raised hopes of the club returning to the group stage a decade after their one previous participation and they took the field to a terrific atmosphere. However, Bernard Challandes' visitors had learned their lesson from the first leg and produced a markedly improved performance. Needing to win by at least two clear goals to progress, they got their first after 21 minutes when Milan Gajić's pass left Djurić with just home goalkeeper Marko Ranilovič to beat and he finished confidently.

Leoni barrier
That goal sparked Maribor into life but their forwards could not find a way past Zürich's impressive goalkeeper, Johnny Leoni. Instead, shortly after Leoni had denied Maribor striker Marcos, the visitors got their second goal in the 44th minute, Johan Vonlanthen, a first-leg scorer, turned provider as he fed Margairaz who fired in from inside the box.

Vonlanthen assists
Maribor now needed a goal to stay in the competition and Darko Milanic's side pushed forward in the second period but the visitors' defence stood firm – no one more so than goalkeeper Leoni, who had been absent from the first leg. Zürich then made certain of their place in the play-off round with 14 minutes remaining as Vonlanthen set up substitute Adrian Nikci to make it 3-0.

Last updated: 06/08/09 13.19CET

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Lineups

maribor

Maribor

zürich

Zürich

1
RanilovičMarko Ranilovič (GK)
1
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK)
3
DžinićElvedin Džinić
2
LampiVeli Lampi
6
JurkičDejan Jurkič
5
MargairazXavier Margairaz
Goal45
9
TavaresTavares
7
AegerterSilvan Aegerter
10
MiheličRene Mihelič
8
VonlanthenJohan Vonlanthen
20
SamardžićMiral Samardžić
13
StahelFlorian Stahel
Substitution75
21
BačinovićArmin Bačinović
Yellow Card67
Substitution78
14
DjurićDušan Djurić
Goal21
Substitution65
27
PopovičMarko Popovič
19
RochatAlain Rochat
30
VolašDalibor Volaš
Substitution46
20
GajićMilan Gajić
Yellow Card86
33
PavlovičZoran Pavlovič (C)
29
HassliEric Hassli
Substitution82
70
MerteljAleš Mertelj
Substitution65
30
TihinenHannu Tihinen (C)

Substitutes

13
RadanMatej Radan (GK)
32
GuatelliAndrea Guatelli (GK)
5
KljajevićŽeljko Kljajević
9
VasquezAndrés Vasquez
8
MezgaDejan Mezga
Substitution65
10
OkonkwoOnyekachi Okonkwo
Substitution82
11
JeličDragan Jelič
Substitution46
11
NikciAdrian Nikci
Substitution65
Goal76
18
LunderMatjaz Lunder
16
P. KochPhilippe Koch
Substitution75
39
BunderlaDavid Bunderla
Substitution78
25
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
40
ŠkolnikDejan Školnik
27
SchönbächlerMarco Schönbächler

Coach

Darko Milanič (SVN) Bernard Challandes (ARM)

Referee

Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Stéphane Duhamel (FRA), David Benech (FRA)

Fourth official

Lionel Jaffredo (FRA)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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