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Svitlica double inspires Legia

Published: Thursday 19 September 2002, 21.20CET
Legia Warszawa 4-1 FC Utrecht Two Stanko Svitlica goals see Legia take command.

Match statistics

LegiaUtrecht

Goals scored4
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 19 September 2002, 21.20CET

Svitlica double inspires Legia

Legia Warszawa 4-1 FC Utrecht Two Stanko Svitlica goals see Legia take command.

Legia Warszawa 4-1 FC Utrecht
Legia Warszawa plundered two first-half goals, which ultimately provided the basis for an impressive victory against Dutch side FC Utrecht in the UEFA Cup first round first-leg tie in the Polish capital.

Two chances - two goals
The first half was evenly contested, but Legia managed to profit from both their clearcut scoring opportunities, as first Jacek Zielinski and then Aleksandr Vukovic scored. Zielinski headed Legia into the lead in the 19th minute when he met Tomasz Kielbowicz's cross, and then Vukotic combined with Yugoslav compatriot Stanko Svitlica to fire the ball into the Utrecht net off the underside of the crossbar eight minutes later.

Near miss
Two goals in arrears, Utrecht were forced to attack, they got back into the game in the 47th minute when Dirk Kuijt slid to knock the ball into the net past a motionless Radostin Stanev. The momentum now looked to have turned in the favour of the visitors, but Legia managed to withstand several minutes of consistent pressure before breaking away to restore their two-goal lead.

Svitlica on target
Svitlica scored on the hour, having first been denied by Harald Wapenaar in the Utrecht goal. However, the Dutch goalkeeper and his retreating defenders were powerless to stop the Yugoslavian striker's second attempt. Legia continued to create scoring chances and Kielbowicz floated an inswinging free-kick into the area for the diving Svitlica to head home at the far post.

Vreven dismissed
The evening worsened yet further for the Dutch side 13 minutes from time, as defender Stijn Vreven collected a second yellow card for a needless tussle with Sergei Omelyanchuk. "Everything can happen in football, but with ten men you cannot expect to get back into the match," said Utrecht coach Foeke Booy. "We didn't expect this result to be honest, and this is bad, but this is now what faces us."

'We deserved the win'
"We deserved the win - this was our best match in recent weeks," said Dragomir Okuka, Booy's opposite number at Legia. "The first half made it for us as we scored two goals, but this tie is not over yet. We must be careful in the return match because Utrecht are good at home."

Last updated: 20/09/02 13.06CET

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Lineups

legia

Legia

utrecht

Utrecht

12
StanevRadostin Stanev
1
WapenaarHarald Wapenaar (C)
2
OmelyanchukSergei Omelyanchuk
2
VrevenStijn Vreven
Yellow Card77
3
SzalaWojciech Szala
Substitution90
4
ZwaanswijkPatrick Zwaanswijk
4
JozwiakMarek Jozwiak
5
BosschaartPascal Bosschaart
5
ZielinskiJacek Zielinski
Goal19
6
De JongJean-Paul de Jong
Substitution87
7
MajewskiAdam Majewski
8
van MolTom van Mol
Goal47
8
KucharskiCezary Kucharski (C)
Yellow Card45
Substitution76
9
Igor GlušcevicIgor Glušcevic
Substitution78
9
SvitlicaStanko Svitlica
Goal58
Goal70
10
TangheStéphane Tanghe
11
KiełbowiczTomasz Kiełbowicz
14
KuytDirk Kuyt
14
VukovićAleksandar Vuković
Goal27
17
SchutAlje Schut
29
SurmaŁukasz Surma
24
TouzaniKarim Touzani
Yellow Card40

Substitutes

1
BorucArtur Boruc
12
PonkRené Ponk
13
ZganiaczMariusz Zganiacz
3
ZuidamJordy Zuidam
Substitution87
19
SiadaczkaRafal Siadaczka
11
Van den BerghDave van den Bergh
Substitution78
20
DudekDariusz Dudek
Substitution90
15
Shew-AtjonÉtienne Shew-Atjon
27
GusnicRudi Gusnic
16
RoestRobert Roest
28
SaganowskiMarek Saganowski
Substitution76
19
JochemsenArco Jochemsen
20
ArtsArno Arts

Coach

Dragomir Okuka (SRB) Foeke Booy (NED)

Referee

John Underhill (SCO)

Assistant referees

James (Jim) Mcbride (SCO), Tom Murphy (SCO)

Fourth official

Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

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