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Hertha cruise past APOEL

Published: Friday 8 November 2002, 0.59CET
Hertha BSC Berlin 4-0 APOEL Nicosia FC (Agg: 5-0) A comfortable win takes Hertha through.

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Published: Friday 8 November 2002, 0.59CET

Hertha cruise past APOEL

Hertha BSC Berlin 4-0 APOEL Nicosia FC (Agg: 5-0) A comfortable win takes Hertha through.

A terrific display from Marcelinho helped Hertha BSC Berlin secure a 4-0 win against APOEL Nicosia FC at the Olympiastadion tonight, and earn a place in the third round of the UEFA Cup with a 5-0 aggregate success.

Preetz goal
The Brazilian midfield player scored one goal and set up the other three as Huub Stevens's side made light work of their Cypriot opponents. After just eight minutes, Marcelinho's corner picked out team captain Michael Preetz who scored from close range with a powerful header past Michael Morphis.

Fine volley
Within five minutes they were two ahead. Alex Alves crossed for Preetz, but although the first goalscorer missed the ball, Marcelinho had plenty of time to compose himself before volleying the ball from the corner of the penalty area past Morphis.

Off the bar
It was nearly 3-0 as Arne Friedrich headed a Marcelinho centre against the crossbar after 17 minutes, and the young German international was cursing his luck again four minutes later as he hit the bar again from a corner.

Experimental lineup
The second half saw the home side take on a more experimental lineup when Luizão came on for Preetz. It almost paid dividends after ten minutes as Stefan Beinlich drew an excellent save from Morphis, and the goalkeeper was in equally sparkling form as he denied a close-range header from Fábio Brito just a few minutes later.

Beinlich rewarded
Eventually, Beinlich was rewarded for his efforts as he extended Hertha's lead after 61 minutes. A corner was pulled back to the edge of the area by Marcelinho for Beinlich to drive the ball past Morphis on the half-volley.

Maiden strike
Luizão then scored his first ever goal for Hertha after 67 minutes, after Marcelinho broke down the left and cut the ball back to his countryman to score from 13 metres. His joy was not to last long as he received a nasty gash on his calf and Hertha were forced to play the last 15 minutes with ten men.

'A very important victory'
"It was a very important victory and it happened in the way I hoped it would happen," said Hertha coach Stevens. "We scored early and started much better than in the first leg. We have proved tonight that we have the ability to score goals."

'A different world'
"We had three beautiful days in Berlin and there were lots of journalists wanting to know about us," added APOEL coach Eugen Gerards. "It was a different world from what we are used to. Hertha were the better team tonight and we wish them well. Our team is very young and have a lot to learn but we have plenty of time."

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Lineups

hertha

Hertha

apoel

APOEL

1
KirályGábor Király
1
MorfisMichalis Morfis
3
FriedrichArne Friedrich
Yellow Card31
3
CharalambousZacharias Charalambous
7
Alex AlvesAlex Alves
Substitution19
6
OkkaridesStelios Okkarides
10
MarcelinhoMarcelinho
Goal13
7
OuzounidisMarinos Ouzounidis (C)
11
PreetzMichael Preetz (C)
Goal8
Substitution46
8
R. KhachatryanRomik Khachatryan
15
BritoFábio Brito
11
AgathocleousMarios Agathocleous
Substitution84
21
HartmannMichael Hartmann
Substitution65
14
GeorgiouStavros Georgiou
Substitution72
22
BeinlichStefan Beinlich
Goal61
18
DaskalakisDemetris Daskalakis
32
MarxThorben Marx
19
IliaMarios Ilia
33
RehmerMarko Rehmer
21
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
19
SchmidtAndreas Schmidt
25
PetrouPetros Petrou
Substitution46

Substitutes

13
KarwanBartosz Karwan
4
SirakovZahari Sirakov
Substitution72
9
LuizãoLuizão
Substitution46
Goal66
12
AristodimouAristodimos Aristodimou
16
Roberto PintoRoberto Pinto
Substitution19
15
PetrouPetros Petrou
Substitution84
18
DárdaiPál Dárdai
28
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Substitution46
23
TretschokRené Tretschok
30
ChristinakisEpaminondas Christinakis
24
RafaelNando Rafael
Substitution65
12
FiedlerChristian Fiedler

Coach

Euge Gerards (NED)

Referee

Nicolai Vollquartz (DEN)

Assistant referees

Bill René Hansen (DEN), Bo Abildgaard (DEN)

Fourth official

Michael Svendsen (DEN)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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