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Steed steers Fulham to success

Published: Thursday 19 September 2002, 22.00CET
HNK Hajduk Split 0-1 Fulham FC Steed Malbranque strike earns Fulham victory in Split.

Match statistics

Hajduk SplitFulham

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

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Published: Thursday 19 September 2002, 22.00CET

Steed steers Fulham to success

HNK Hajduk Split 0-1 Fulham FC Steed Malbranque strike earns Fulham victory in Split.

HNK Hajduk Split 0-1 Fulham FC
Fulham FC's debut in a senior European competition proved very much to their liking as a smart finish from Steed Malbranque early in the second half of their UEFA Cup first round first-leg tie away to HNK Hajduk Split earned them a precious win.

Ultra professional
It was a performance that will have delighted the English Premiership side. Disciplined and ultra professional in their defensive work in the Poljud stadium, they struck out to record a fine victory, secured in the 51st-minute move that saw Steve Marlet feed Malbranque. The French Under-21 international steered his shot cleverly away from Stipe Pletikosa and the small gathering of travelling fans in the stadium began to celebrate.

Legwinski misses
Four minutes later the issue should have been put beyond doubt when Sylvain Legwinski drifted into an unopposed position just a few metres from goal. However, he allowed the ball to strike his thigh and flip over the top.

Deranja's disappointment
In their qualifying tie with GÍ Gøtu of the Faroe Islands, Hajduk had helped themselves to eleven goals in two games, tonight though they were unable even to register one and striker Zvonimir Deranja will shoulder much of the blame after he missed the best chance of the night. Vlatko Dolonga's cross left him with only Edwin Van Der Sar to beat, but he failed to get his shot on target.

Near miss
The Croatian side came even closer in the 29th minute when Darijo Srna, their most lively forward, saw a header saved by Van Der Sar. The ball came back to him and this time he was denied by the post.

Strong defence
In between those efforts Fulham, taking the step up from the UEFA Intertoto Cup in their stride, erected a formidable barrier and offered theur hosts no encouragement. Alain Goma and Andrew Melville were solid and uncompromising all night long, timing their tackles to perfection even in the hazardous environment of the penalty area.

Good start
Hajduk's best period came early on as they threatened to catch Fulham cold. In the eleventh minute Dolonga was not too far wide with a cross-shot while in another worrying moment for Fulham, Mario Carevic almost found a way through, but was then booked for simulation.
  

Last updated: 20/09/02 12.40CET

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Lineups

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Hajduk Split

fulham

Fulham

1
PletikosaStipe Pletikosa (C)
1
Van der SarEdwin van der Sar
6
DolongaVlatko Dolonga
3
BrevettRufus Brevett
Substitution63
7
VejićHrvoje Vejić
4
MelvilleAndy Melville (C)
10
CarevićMario Carević
Yellow Card23
6
InamotoJunichi Inamoto
Substitution78
11
DeranjaZvonimir Deranja
7
MarletSteve Marlet
Substitution82
14
AndrićSrdjan Andrić
14
MalbranqueSteed Malbranque
Goal50
17
VukovicHrvoje Vukovic
Substitution84
15
HaylesBarry Hayles
18
SrnaDarijo Srna
Substitution83
18
LegwinskiSylvain Legwinski
20
RacunicaDejan Racunica
Substitution69
23
DavisSean Davis
21
MiladinDarko Miladin
Yellow Card73
24
GomaAlain Goma
23
NeretljakMato Neretljak
25
OuaddouAbdeslam Ouaddou

Substitutes

25
RunjeZlatko Runje
12
TaylorMaik Taylor
8
BuleNino Bule
Substitution69
8
ClarkLee Clark
Substitution78
4
RadeljicIvan Radeljic
9
SavaFacundo Sava
Substitution82
16
BrglesDario Brgles
Substitution83
10
CollinsJohn Collins
2
ButorovicDarko Butorovic
16
KnightZat Knight
3
PiricIvica Piric
Substitution84
27
WomePierre Wome
Substitution63
24
GudeljHrvatin Gudelj
40
ŠtolcersAndrejs Štolcers

Coach

Zoran Vulic (CRO)

Referee

Fernando Carmona Mendez (ESP)

Assistant referees

Rafael Guerrero Alonso (ESP), Julian Gonzalez Rayo (ESP)

Fourth official

Alfonso Pino Zamorano (ESP)

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