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Polonia poised to advance

Published: Thursday 15 August 2002, 20.20CET
Sliema Wanderers FC 1-3 KP Polonia Warszawa Late goal fails to take gloss off Polish win.

Match statistics

SliemaPolonia Warszawa

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target1
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Thursday 15 August 2002, 20.20CET

Polonia poised to advance

Sliema Wanderers FC 1-3 KP Polonia Warszawa Late goal fails to take gloss off Polish win.

Sliema Wanderers FC 1-3 KP Polonia Warszawa
A last-gasp goal from Sliema Wanderers FC could not take the gloss off KP Polonia Warszawa's impressive UEFA Cup qualifying round victory in Ta' Qali.

Two-goal advantage
Eduardo Do Nascimento scored in the final minute for the Maltese hosts, but Polonia look strong favourites to advance to the competition's first round, as they take a two-goal lead back to the Polish capital for the return leg on 29 August. After a rather unspectacular first half, which saw the Polonia dictating most of the midfield play with their hardworking skipper Igor Golaszewski very much in control, the Poles took command of the game in the second period.

Conceição sees red
Maltese hopes were hardly helped when new Brazilian recruit Renato Garcia Conceição was sent off after 62 minutes. By that stage the visitors had opened the scoring through Mateusz Bartczak, who slotted home after Marcin Kus's cross from the right. Buoyed by their numerical advantage, Polonia doubled their lead through Polish international midfield player Arkadiusz Bak after 71 minutes with Sebastian Keska providing the assist.

Late goals
Nigerian Stanley Udenkwor made it 3-0 four minutes from full time to seemingly put the Polish side on the verge of qualification. However, the Brazilian international Eduardo, a second-half substitute, restored some hope for the home side with a fine strike from outside of the box at the death.

Sliema reaction
Sliema coach Edward Aquilina was philosophical after the defeat, saying: “I think we had a very good first half; all we needed was just the goal we were looking for, but after Conceição’s second-half sending off, the team did not perform up to standards, and the Poles clearly took control of the situation."

Last updated: 15/08/02 22.17CET

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Lineups

sliema

Sliema

polonia warszawa

Polonia Warszawa

22
AkanjiMurphy Akanji (GK)
1
KrzysztalowiczAndrzej Krzysztalowicz (GK)
3
MamoCarlo Mamo
Substitution79
4
MalinowskiMariusz Malinowski
4
SaidBrian Said
6
BykowskiMaciej Bykowski
6
GrimaMassimo Grima
10
GolaszewskiIgor Golaszewski (C)
7
TurnerNoel Turner (C)
13
EkwuemeEmmanuel Ekwueme
Substitution89
9
DoncicDanilo Doncic
16
KeskaSebastian Keska
Yellow Card66
Substitution73
10
D. CamilleriDavid Camilleri
18
BartczakMateusz Bartczak
Goal53
11
VeseljiNenad Veselji
Substitution58
19
ScherfchenMaciej Scherfchen
13
ChetcutiJeffrey Chetcuti
20
BąkArkadiusz Bąk
Goal71
Yellow Card80
Substitution89
14
Garcia ConceiçãoRenato Garcia Conceição
Red Card62
21
DziewickiPiotr Dziewicki
20
OkohChristopher Okoh
22
KusMarcin Kus

Substitutes

1
AquilinaMark Aquilina (GK)
12
GubiecRobert Gubiec (GK)
8
SammutKevin Sammut
Substitution79
2
SzymanekWojciech Szymanek
Substitution89
18
Do NascimentoEduardo Do Nascimento
Substitution58
Goal90
3
LukasiewiczAntoni Lukasiewicz
Substitution89
15
TellusShaun Tellus
17
UdenkworStanley Udenkwor
Substitution73
Goal86
16
J. MifsudJosef Mifsud
24
KaczorowskiPaweł Kaczorowski
17
MangionRupert Mangion
19
ValenziaMichael Valenzia

Coach

Edward Aquilina (MLT) Janusz Bialek (POL)

Referee

Meir Levi (ISR)

Assistant referees

Shlomo Benita (ISR), Nimer Abu Ziad (ISR)

Fourth official

Eran Frost (ISR)

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