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Zaporizhya reign supreme

Published: Thursday 15 August 2002, 20.05CET
FC Metalurh Zaporizhya 3-0 Birkirkara FC
Ukrainians have one foot in the first round.

Match statistics

ZaporizhyaBirkirkara

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 15 August 2002, 20.05CET

Zaporizhya reign supreme

FC Metalurh Zaporizhya 3-0 Birkirkara FC
Ukrainians have one foot in the first round.

FC Metalurh Zaporizhya 3-0 Birkirkara FC
Ukrainians FC Metalurh Zaporizhya celebrated a triumphant UEFA Cup debut, sweeping aside Maltese outfit Birkirkara FC 3-0 in a fine display in Dnipropetrovsk.

Heavy rain
Goals from Armen Akopyan, Valentin Ivanov and Aleksander Brdanin decided this UEFA Cup qualifying round, first-leg tie, which was postponed for nearly an hour because of heavy rain.

Forging ahead
The home side forged ahead after 18 minutes. Brdanin's run past several defenders on the left wing resulted in a cross which was skilfully turned in by Akopyan. Brdanin could have doubled the Ukrainians' lead late in the half, but his five-metre shot was kept out by Birkirkara keeper Ruben Debono.

Total domination
Metalurh enjoyed total domination after the interval. Valentin Ivanov latched onto a corner by Akopyan to increase their lead, and substitute Toledo then beat two defenders just outside the area before rolling the ball to Brdanin, who made it 3-0.

Quality of the game
"I am quite happy about the quality of the game in such heavy rain," said Metalurh coach Oleh Taran. "It was hard to defend in such conditions, and I don't really believe that we will be able to cut this deficit in the return leg," added Birkirkara coach Stephan Azzopardi. "But we will be hoping to win anyway."

Last updated: 16/08/02 0.53CET

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Lineups

metalurh zaporizhya

Metalurh Zaporizhya

birkirkara

Birkirkara

1
GlushchenkoAndriy Glushchenko (GK) (C)
1
DebonoRuben Debono (GK)
2
MelnykViktor Melnyk
2
MicallefClint Micallef
4
RatyOleg Raty
3
Angelo GaleaAngelo Galea
5
VisevicTomislav Visevic
4
SpiteriMichael Spiteri
6
AkopyanArmen Akopyan
Goal17
6
CamenzuliWilliam Camenzuli
9
BrdaninAleksandar Brdanin
Goal68
Substitution74
7
CalascioneMatthew Calascione
Substitution82
11
SmirnovDenys Smirnov
8
MarxJaroslav Marx
Substitution62
12
IlievValentin Iliev
Yellow Card43
Goal58
9
M. GaleaMichael Galea
13
BastonEugen Baston
Substitution56
10
NwokoChucks Nwoko (C)
Yellow Card11
14
MilosavljevicUros Milosavljevic
15
DroncaLucian Dronca
Yellow Card90+4
21
FabioFabio
Substitution46
20
EbohSunday Eboh
Yellow Card2
Substitution72

Substitutes

16
ZolnaJan Zolna (GK)
16
HaberJustin Haber (GK)
7
ZayatsVadym Zayats
Substitution46
14
MalliaGeorge Mallia
Substitution62
10
AparecidoAparecido
Substitution56
17
SciclunaKenneth Scicluna
Substitution72
24
IvashchenkoValeriy Ivashchenko
Substitution74
18
TaboneAlan Tabone
Substitution82
3
MatheusMatheus
5
SammutRoderick Sammut
19
VăluţăEduard Văluţă
19
BriffaRoderick Briffa
23
KlyuchykSergiy Klyuchyk

Coach

Oleg Taran (UKR) Stephen Azzopardi (MLT)

Referee

Merab Malaguradze (GEO)

Assistant referees

Lasha Silagava (GEO), Ioseb Shalamberidze (GEO)

Fourth official

Aleksandr Shilakadze (GEO)

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