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Danish delight for Levski

Published: Thursday 3 October 2002, 21.00CET
PFC Levski Sofia 1-1 Brøndby IF (Agg: 2-5) A deserved away draw takes Levski through.

Match statistics

BrøndbyLevski

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 3 October 2002, 21.00CET

Danish delight for Levski

PFC Levski Sofia 1-1 Brøndby IF (Agg: 2-5) A deserved away draw takes Levski through.

PFC Levski Sofia made comfortable progress to the second round of the UEFA Cup as a 1-1 draw at Brøndby IF completed a 5-2 aggregate win.

Disastrous start
With a 4-1 deficit from the first match in Sofia, the Danish side took the game to Levski straight from kick-off, but the hosts had hardly managed to create any clear-cut chances before they were a goal behind.

Goalscoring goalkeeper
With only nine minutes on the clock, Allan Olsen brought Levski's Sasa Simonovic down inside the home side's penalty area, and goalkeeper Dimitar Ivankov stepped up to put the ball past his opposite number Mogens Krogh and put the Bulgarian side a step closer to the next round.

Well-marshalled defence
Michael Laudrup’s side never quite regained their composure after that early blow, and were mostly reduced to long-range efforts as the well marshalled Levski rearguard prevented Brøndby from getting close to Ivankov's goal.

Counterattacking threat
Indeed, the visitors looked much more lively on their few counterattacks and could even have doubled their lead when Georgi Chillikov and Stanislav Angelov combined brilliantly to set up the on-rushing Garba Lawal who missed the target from close range.

Danish passion
Brøndby certainly could not be blamed for their lack of determination as they came out for the second half desperate to fight, but a lack of cohesion in midfield stopped them from posing the Levski defence to many problems.

Jonson on target
Levski seemed content to sit back and defend deep against the increasingly frustrated Danish side who had a brief moment of joy when Matias Jonson dived well to head a Mads Jørgensen cross past Ivankov with twenty minutes left to play.

Second round ticket
Shortly after Mads Junker had the chance to throw the Danish hosts into the lead on the night but his close-range header went wide off the target to give Levski a ticket for the next round.

Last updated: 06/10/02 19.58CET

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Lineups

brøndby

Brøndby

levski

Levski

1
KroghMogens Krogh (C)
27
IvankovDimitar Ivankov
Goal9
Yellow Card10
2
OlesenAllan Olesen
Yellow Card18
Substitution77
3
StoilovStanimir Stoilov (C)
3
WeighorstMorten Weighorst
10
LawalGarba Lawal
4
NielsenPer Nielsen
Substitution46
15
SimonovićSaša Simonović
8
DaugaardKim Daugaard
Substitution61
17
GolovskoyKonstantin Golovskoy
Substitution90+1
12
JonsonMattias Jonson
Goal73
19
ChilikovGeorgi Chilikov
13
JunkerMads Junker
20
AngelovStanislav Angelov
Yellow Card72
14
JørgensenMads Jørgensen
Yellow Card62
21
TelkiyskiDimitar Telkiyski
Substitution81
18
SkarbaliusAurelius Skarbalius
22
I. StoyanovIlian Stoyanov
Yellow Card34
19
DalgasKaspar Dalgas
Yellow Card42
24
PantelicMiodrag Pantelic
Substitution88
20
KahlenbergThomas Kahlenberg
11
TopuzakovElin Topuzakov

Substitutes

23
DrejsKim Drejs
1
G. PetkovGeorgi Petkov
5
JohansenDan Anton Johansen
Substitution77
4
Biser IvanovBiser Ivanov
Substitution81
6
RavnAllan Ravn
Substitution46
6
BashovKostadin Bashov
11
NiznikRafal Niznik
7
VieiraMarcelo Vieira
Substitution88
21
KamperJonas Kamper
8
GenchevStanislav Genchev
22
BendtsenRonnie Bendtsen
9
KolevTodor Kolev
24
RetovMartin Retov
Substitution61
14
ChristopherJustice Christopher
Substitution90+1

Coach

Michael Laudrup (DEN) Slavoljub Muslin (SRB)

Referee

Aleh Chykun (BLR)

Assistant referees

Vasik Kalinouski (BLR), Siarhei Zhuk (BLR)

Fourth official

Siarhei Shmolik (BLR)

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