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Plucky APOEL defy GAK

Published: Thursday 3 October 2002, 21.04CET
Grazer AK 1-1 APOEL Nicosia FC (Agg: 1-3) A draw takes brings glory for the Cypriot side.

Match statistics

GAKAPOEL

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 3 October 2002, 21.04CET

Plucky APOEL defy GAK

Grazer AK 1-1 APOEL Nicosia FC (Agg: 1-3) A draw takes brings glory for the Cypriot side.

A superb late goal from Demetrios Daskalakis took APOEL Nicosia FC into the second round of the UEFA Cup tonight after an impressive defensive display earned them a 1-1 draw and left hosts Grazer AK unable to overturn the 2-0 deficit from the first leg.

Decisive header
With five minutes to go, Daskalakis charged through the wrong-footed Grazer defence to power a header past goalkeeper Andreas Schanz from five metres. It was no less than the Cypriot side deserved for a spirited performance in Graz.

Firm line
Grazer had taken the game to APOEL throughout, but lacked the finish to worry their opponents as the Cypriot side held a firm line on the edge of their penalty area. The Austrian side dominated possession but, all too often, the final ball was lacking.

Off the post
On a rare break forward, APOEL almost stole the lead in the 27th minute when Marios Agathocleous headed against the post with Schanz beaten.

Hope for Grazer
The visitors' only real lapse of the evening came a minute before half-time as Anton Dmitrovic's high ball into the centre of the APOEL penalty area found Anton Ehmann for once completely unmarked to head his side into the lead on the night.

Brunmayer hits the bar
The goal clearly filled the Austrian side with confidence and they began the second half at a canter but Dmitrovic, Gernot Sick and Mario Tokic were all guilty of missing good opportunities. Ronald Brunmayr thundered a 25-metre free-kick against the APOEL crossbar 19 minutes into the second period, but it was to be the nearest they got to an equaliser in the tie.

APOEL celebrate
As the clock ticked down, Grazer increasingly resorted to pumping long balls towards strikers Brunmayr and Mario Bazina but to no avail, and at the final whistle, APOEL celebrated a famous victory and a well-deserved place in the second round.

Last updated: 03/10/02 23.20CET

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Lineups

gak

GAK

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APOEL

31
SchranzAndreas Schranz (GK)
1
MorfisMichalis Morfis (GK)
Yellow Card60
4
TokićMario Tokić (C)
3
CharalambousZacharias Charalambous
5
EhmannAnton Ehmann
6
OkkaridesStelios Okkarides
6
RamuschDieter Ramusch
7
OuzounidisMarinos Ouzounidis (C)
9
DmitrovićBoban Dmitrović
8
R. KhachatryanRomik Khachatryan
Yellow Card88
13
Kusi-AsareJones Kusi-Asare
Substitution74
9
SztipanovicsBarnabas Sztipanovics
Substitution57
15
HalmosiPéter Halmosi
11
AgathocleousMarios Agathocleous
Substitution79
19
BrunmayrRonald Brunmayr
14
GeorgiouStavros Georgiou
Yellow Card54
20
AufhauserRené Aufhauser
Substitution36
17
SatsiasMarinos Satsias
22
BazinaMario Bazina
18
DaskalakisDemetris Daskalakis
Yellow Card69
Goal84
23
SickGernot Sick
Substitution55
21
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
Substitution68

Substitutes

33
SchwarzlStefan Schwarzl (GK)
30
ChristinakisEpaminondas Christinakis (GK)
10
MilinkovicNikola Milinkovic
Substitution55
19
IliaMarios Ilia
Substitution68
16
TutuAdu Tutu
Substitution74
28
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Substitution57
25
StandfestJoachim Standfest
Substitution36
Yellow Card83
31
PapavasiliouNikodemos Papavasiliou
Substitution79
2
PötscherGregor Pötscher
4
SirakovZahari Sirakov
7
ČehAleš Čeh
5
SoteriouPetros Soteriou
18
HartmannJürgen Hartmann
25
PetrouPetros Petrou

Coach

Christian Keglevits (AUT) Euge Gerards (NED)

Assistant referees

Iordan Gulev (BUL), Nedeltcho Chakarov (BUL)

Fourth official

Kamen Alexiev (BUL)

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