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Penalty agony for Ipswich

Published: Thursday 14 November 2002, 21.50CET
FC Slovan Liberec 1-0 Ipswich Town FC (Agg: 1-1; Liberec win 4-2 on pens) Czech champions win shoot-out.

Match statistics

LiberecIpswich

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 14 November 2002, 21.50CET

Penalty agony for Ipswich

FC Slovan Liberec 1-0 Ipswich Town FC (Agg: 1-1; Liberec win 4-2 on pens) Czech champions win shoot-out.

Jermaine Wright and Finidi George both missed penalties as English first division side Ipswich Town FC slipped out of the UEFA Cup 4-2 in a shoot-out against FC Slovan Liberec.

Gyan joy
The Czech champions rarely threatened a determined Ipswich, who qualified for the competition via the Fair Play draw, but Baffour Gyan struck with three minutes remaining to win them this second-leg match 1-0, and level the aggregate score at 1-1.

Squirmed in
Petr Lukas got on the end of a left-wing corner to send a looping header back across goal. Gyan rose at the back post, and his nod-down squirmed between Matt Holland and Andy Marshall and over the line.

Second-half storm
Liberec, strengthened by sweeper Petr Johana's return after six weeks out with a hip injury, looked short of ideas in attack and barely tested Ipswich in a quiet first half, but they came out with more positive intentions after the break. Martin Zboncak had already fired a ferocious effort just wide when Petr Janú drew a fine save from Marshall after 47 minutes.

Papousek miss
Still, though, Ipswich must have been confident of holding on, especially after Petr Papousek had crashed an effort over from 16 metres after a clever back-heeled lay-off from Tomás Janú.

Chances galore
But, having had the rub of the green at Portman Road two weeks ago, Ipswich were undone by Gyan's late strike. Neither side seemed to fancy the idea of penalties, and with both teams showing an attacking mindset, extra time was littered with chances.

Bent denied
Perhaps the best fell to Darren Bent, Ipswich's scorer in the first leg, just a minute in. He surged into the inside-right channel but goalkeeper Antonín Kinský got a hand to his venomous drive, and then reacted quickly to hold the ball as it threatened to spin back over the line.

Papousek again
Papousek twice went close to settling the game, driving the ball across the face of goal and narrowly wide, and then seeing a firm shot from the edge of the box scrape by the outside of the post.

Kinsky the hero
But in the end it was down to penalties. Kinsky was again the hero, saving from Wright and Finidi, before Papousek despatched the decisive kick.

Skorpil relief
Slovan coach Ladislav Skorpil showed his relief at the late equaliser, saying after the game: "I was afraid that we would be punished for missed chances in the first leg, but the substitutes revived our play and the goal came at last."

'I am proud of my players'
His counterpart Joe Royle had nothing but praise for his team despite their European exit. "I am proud of my players despite our elimination," he said. "The whole team fought together, but we were unable to score a goal. It seems finding the net is still our main problem."

Last updated: 15/11/02 0.06CET

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Lineups

liberec

Liberec

ipswich

Ipswich

1
KinskýAntonín Kinský
1
MarshallAndy Marshall
Yellow Card53
3
GyanBaffour Gyan
Goal88
2
WilnisFabian Wilnis
6
ZbončákMartin Zbončák
Substitution62
3
ClaphamJamie Clapham
7
NezmarJan Nezmar
Substitution55
4
McGrealJohn McGreal
Yellow Card44
10
HodúrIvan Hodúr
5
HreidarssonHermann Hreidarsson
11
HoleňákMiroslav Holeňák
9
CouñagoPablo Couñago
Substitution50
12
PolákJan Polák
Yellow Card71
Substitution80
10
ArmstrongAlun Armstrong
Substitution80
14
JohanaPetr Johana
14
WrightJermaine Wright
16
LukášPetr Lukáš
15
MakinChris Makin
17
JanůTomáš Janů
22
AmbroseDarren Ambrose
Substitution60
23
PapoušekPetr Papoušek
23
GaardsøeThomas Gaardsøe
Yellow Card38

Substitutes

30
HauzrZbyněk Hauzr
26
PullenJames Pullen
2
CapekPavel Capek
8
HollandMatt Holland
Substitution60
4
AnčicJuraj Ančic
Substitution62
17
BrownWayne Brown
5
ZápotočnýTomáš Zápotočný
18
BentDarren Bent
Substitution50
20
BlahaL'ubomír Blaha
Substitution80
19
GeorgeFinidi George
Substitution80
22
PilnyBohuslav Pilny
32
RichardsMatthew Richards
24
SlovákSamuel Slovák
Substitution55
Yellow Card90+2
33
WestlakeIan Westlake

Coach

Ladislav Škorpil (CZE) Joseph Royle (ENG)

Referee

Edo Trivkovic (CRO)

Assistant referees

Miroslav Jedvaj (CRO), Josip Novko (CRO)

Fourth official

Goran Maric (CRO)

Legend:

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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