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Wisła within sight after ousting Litex

Published: Wednesday 3 August 2011, 23.15CET
Wisła Kraków 3-1 PFC Litex Lovech (agg: 5-2)
Maor Melikson took his tally to three goals in the tie as the Polish champions moved to within two games of a maiden group stage appearance.
by Piotr Kozminski
Wisła within sight after ousting Litex
Michael Lamey (left) thwarts Litex's advances ©Cyfrasport

Match statistics

WisłaLitex

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
1
Attempts off target4
 
2
Corners8
 
6
Offsides4
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
11
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
1
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 3 August 2011, 23.15CET

Wisła within sight after ousting Litex

Wisła Kraków 3-1 PFC Litex Lovech (agg: 5-2)
Maor Melikson took his tally to three goals in the tie as the Polish champions moved to within two games of a maiden group stage appearance.

Maor Melikson was the scourge of PFC Litex Lovech for a second time as Wisła Kraków moved a step closer to a first appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Melikson scored the winner in the first leg of this third qualifying round tie last week and followed it up with a goal in each half in Poland, his second coming from the penalty spot 11 minutes after the break. Nikolay Bodurov replied for Litex but any hope of qualification was extinguished when Neboysha Yelenkovich was shown a straight red card 14 minutes from time. Substitute Cezary Wilk applied the coup de grace late on.

Defending a 2-1 lead, the Polish champions opted for a risk-free approach in the early stage, their only moment of concern coming when Plamen Nikolov's speculative effort narrowly cleared Sergei Pareiko's crossbar with the aid of a deflection.

Wisła's Tsvetan Genkov then passed up two chances in quick succession to score against his countrymen but the breakthrough was made four minutes before the break, Melikson exchanging passes with Patryk Małecki and firing past Vinícius.

The Litex goalkeeper then denied the same players after they had combined in reverse order, with Melikson in particular proving difficult to suppress. The Israeli international converted the spot kick which doubled Wisła's lead on the night after his 50-metre run had been halted by Vinícius.

Though Litex reduced their arrears through Bodurov, who pounced when Nikolov's free-kick struck Osman Chávez and fell kindly at his feet, the hosts added a third six minutes from time following the Litex captain's dismissal. Wilk was in the right place to turn in the loose ball after Vinícius had kept out Genkov's shot. Wisła's focus now turns to Friday's play-off draw, when they will discover who stands between them and a debut among Europe's elite.

Last updated: 04/08/11 0.56CET

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Lineups

wisła

Wisła

litex

Litex

25
PareikoSergei Pareiko (GK)
31
ViníciusVinícius (GK)
2
JaliensKew Jaliens
3
ZanevPetar Zanev
4
O. ChávezOsman Chávez
7
YanevHristo Yanev
Substitution62
5
MeliksonMaor Melikson
Goal42
Goal56
Yellow Card67
Substitution84
8
WellingtonWellington
7
SobolewskiRadosław Sobolewski (C)
11
Thiago MiracemaThiago Miracema
11
NúñezGervasio Núñez
17
G. MilanovGeorgi Milanov
Substitution72
15
Júnior DíazJúnior Díaz
18
I. MilanovIlia Milanov
17
KirmAndraž Kirm
22
NikolovPlamen Nikolov
18
GenkovTsvetan Genkov
23
YelenkovichNeboysha Yelenkovich (C)
Red Card76
19
MałeckiPatryk Małecki
Substitution75
27
TsvetanovMomchil Tsvetanov
Substitution52
31
LameyMichael Lamey
Substitution86
33
BodurovNikolay Bodurov
Goal68

Substitutes

1
JovanićMilan Jovanić (GK)
30
AlexandrovEvgeni Alexandrov (GK)
10
GargułaŁukasz Garguła
6
JosseMaxime Josse
13
PaljićDragan Paljić
Substitution84
9
S. TodorovSvetoslav Todorov
Substitution52
16
JirsákTomáš Jirsák
12
Célio CodóCélio Codó
Substitution72
20
BitonDavid Biton
15
FloresRobert Flores
22
JovanovićMarko Jovanović
Substitution86
16
S. PopovStrahil Popov
28
WilkCezary Wilk
Substitution75
Goal84
21
TsvetkovAleksandar Tsvetkov
Substitution62

Coach

Robert Maaskant (NED) Luboslav Penev (BUL)

Referee

Fırat Aydınus (TUR)

Assistant referees

Serkan Ok (TUR), Alek Tascioglu (TUR)

Fourth official

Barış Şimşek (TUR)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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