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Shoot-out shatters Levski

Published: Thursday 14 November 2002, 21.34CET
PFC Levski Sofia 1-0 SK Sturm Graz (Agg: 1-1; Sturm win 8-7 on pens) Charles Amoah keeps his nerve.

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Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 14 November 2002, 21.34CET

Shoot-out shatters Levski

PFC Levski Sofia 1-0 SK Sturm Graz (Agg: 1-1; Sturm win 8-7 on pens) Charles Amoah keeps his nerve.

There was heartbreak for PFC Levski Sofia at the Vassil Levski as they bowed out of the UEFA Cup after a 8-7 penalty shoot-out defeat against SK Sturm Graz following a 1-1 aggregate draw.

Amoah strikes
Sturm substitute Charles Amoah was the hero of the night, beating Georgi Petkov in the Levski goal with the 18th and final penalty kick of the evening to take his side into the third round. It followed a miss by Levski substitute Danail Bachkov as the shoot-out went into sudden death.

Tough luck
It was hard on Levski who, after restricting Sturm to a 1-0 win at the Arnold Schwarzenegger stadium in the first leg of the tie, quickly levelled the scoring on home territory and should have gone on to win the game.

Low drive
Sasa Simonovic opened the scoring after just six minutes, latching on to Miodrag Pantelic's fine ball from the right to beat Sturm goalkeeper Heinz Weber with a terrific low drive from the edge of the penalty area.

Petkov save
Sturm should have taken an overall lead in the tie four minutes later but Levski goalkeeper Petkov pulled off a terrific diving save to deny Alain Masudi's close-range volley, and they should have been made to rue that miss as the all-action Bulgarian side dominated the first half.

Chilikov misses
But for the profligacy of young striker Gueorgui Chilikov, Levski would have had the game sewn up long before half-time. He missed the target from a Pantelic cross from the right after 22 minutes, and repeated the feat with his feet from a Dimitar Telkiyski cross three minutes later.

Terrific shot
The same player was off target with a fine shot on the turn after 33 minutes, but his team-mates may feel less inclined to be generous about his miss after 68 minutes from an Ilian Stoianov left-wing cross. He outpaced his marker only to head wide from just six metres.

Pantelic close
While Sturm improved vastly in the second half, they showed little in terms of attacking until extra time, and they were almost made to pay for their lack of bite when Pantelic stormed through in the final minute of normal time and beat a defender only to drive his shot straight at Weber.

Off the crossbar
Weber was the hero in the third minute of added time as he turned a terrific Stoianov drive from 25 metres on to the crossbar, although in the 14th extra minute, Günther Neukirchner almost won the game for Sturm as he flashed a similar long-range effort just wide of Petkov's right-hand post.

Last updated: 15/11/02 0.20CET

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Lineups

levski

Levski

sturm

Sturm

1
G. PetkovGeorgi Petkov
1
WeberHeinz Weber
3
StoilovStanimir Stoilov (C)
3
NeukirchnerGünther Neukirchner (C)
Yellow Card55
5
G. MarkovGeorgi Markov
4
RojasFrancisco Rojas
8
GenchevStanislav Genchev
Substitution82
6
MählichRoman Mählich
Yellow Card70
Substitution120 ET
11
TopuzakovElin Topuzakov
7
StrafnerGerald Strafner
15
SimonovićSaša Simonović
Goal6
Yellow Card83
Substitution107 ET
10
BrzeczekJerzy Brzeczek
19
ChilikovGeorgi Chilikov
14
GolemacRobert Golemac
20
AngelovStanislav Angelov
15
WetlArnold Wetl
21
TelkiyskiDimitar Telkiyski
18
MasudiAlain Masudi
Substitution93 ET
22
I. StoyanovIlian Stoyanov
Substitution116 ET
19
SzabicsImre Szabics
24
PantelicMiodrag Pantelic
30
Ekrem DağEkrem Dağ
Substitution70

Substitutes

12
UzunovVihren Uzunov
22
HoffmannDaniel Hoffmann
2
BachkovDanail Bachkov
Substitution116 ET
8
HeldtHorst Heldt
6
BashovKostadin Bashov
11
KorsósGyörgy Korsós
Substitution70
9
KolevTodor Kolev
Substitution107 ET
13
AnganDidier Angan
Substitution120 ET
10
LawalGarba Lawal
Substitution82
12
KienzlMario Kienzl
21
BosnarEddy Bosnar
33
AmoahCharles Amoah
Substitution93 ET

Coach

Slavoljub Muslin (SRB) Franco Foda (GER)

Referee

Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Assistant referees

Stevo Govedarevic (SVN), Andrej Kokolj (SVN)

Fourth official

Srecko Kandare (SVN)

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