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Zenga celebrates National success

Published: Friday 16 August 2002, 0.34CET
SK Tirana 0-1 FC National Bucuresti Walter Zenga is off to a winning start in the UEFA Cup.

Match statistics

TiranaFC National 2000 Bucuresti

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 16 August 2002, 0.34CET

Zenga celebrates National success

SK Tirana 0-1 FC National Bucuresti Walter Zenga is off to a winning start in the UEFA Cup.

SK Tirana 0-1 FC National Bucuresti
National take the slenderest of leads into the second leg of their UEFA Cup qualifying-round tie after their away win at Tirana tonight.

Defensive display
In a match in which two former international goalkeepers made their UEFA competition debuts as the coaches of Tirana and National, it was not altogether surprising that while the attacks misfired the defences were rock solid. Sergiu Marian Radu scored the only goal of the match from the spot to ensure it was a winning start for Walter Zenga, the former Internazionale FC and Italy goalkeeper, as his National side overcame former Yugoslavian international Enver Hadziabdic's Tirana.

Technically superior
The Romanian side's greater technical ability proved the difference between the sides, although they had to wait for Radu’s 33rd-minute spot-kick to make their superiority count. Tirana raised their game appreciably after the interval, but the best of the chances fell to National when Marius Iordache hit the post after 69 minutes.

Zenga cautious
While Zenga was pleased with the away goal, he was also adamant there is still plenty to play for in the return leg in Romania in two weeks' time. "I am very happy with the result, but the last word in this tie has not been said yet, as I learned from the many European matches I played in during my career," Zenga said.

'High price'
Tirana coach Hadziabdic was desperately disappointed at conceding the penalty. He said: "We made only one mistake in the match and have had to pay a high price for that."

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Lineups

tirana

Tirana

fc naţional bucureşti

FC Naţional Bucureşti

1
EgboNdubuisi Egbo (GK)
99
VintilaBogdan Vintila (GK)
2
SinaElvis Sina
2
IordacheMarius Iordache
Substitution75
3
DabullaRezart Dabulla
4
CurtTiberiu Curt
5
VeenhofJan Hendrik Veenhof
7
PetrescuDan Petrescu
Yellow Card50
6
MemaArdian Mema (C)
8
CaramarinGheorghe-Gabrie Caramarin
8
BulkuErvin Bulku
Substitution21
10
Sabin IlieSabin Ilie (C)
10
MerkociEldorado Merkoci
Yellow Card23
16
ProdanDaniel Prodan
11
FortuziIndrit Fortuzi
18
O.PetreOvidiu Petre
19
LiciSuad Lici
20
MarinPetre Marin
21
PatushiSaimir Patushi
Yellow Card28
Substitution84
28
ComanGigel Coman
Substitution83
24
ZaccantiDaniele Zaccanti
Substitution73
29
Se.RaduSergiu Radu
Yellow Card29
Goal33
Substitution66

Substitutes

12
HidiIsli Hidi (GK)
12
PopaMarius Popa (GK)
14
HaliliMahir Halili
Substitution21
9
IacobVictoraş Iacob
Substitution66
15
AgolliAnsi Agolli
Substitution84
21
OlahAdrian Olah
Substitution83
20
Fjodor XhafaFjodor Xhafa
Substitution73
23
KecaBoris Keca
Substitution75
16
HajdariGentian Hajdari
11
MicicDejan Micic
23
VerajArjan Veraj
14
MaeMarius Mae

Coach

Enver Hadziabdic (BIH) Walter Zenga (ITA)

Referee

Joseph Attard (MLT)

Assistant referees

Philip Agius (MLT), Charles Micallef (MLT)

Fourth official

Mark Spiteri (MLT)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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