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Betis ease past Czechs

Published: Thursday 14 November 2002, 23.52CET
Real Betis Balompié 3-0 FK Viktoria Zizkov (Agg: 4-0) Seville side march on in Europe.

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Published: Thursday 14 November 2002, 23.52CET

Betis ease past Czechs

Real Betis Balompié 3-0 FK Viktoria Zizkov (Agg: 4-0) Seville side march on in Europe.

Real Betis Balompié were comfortable 3-0 home winners against FK Viktoria Zizkov tonight to seal a 4-0 aggregate victory and a place in the third round of the UEFA Cup.

No Denilson
Fresh from a 1-1 draw with Spanish champions Valencia CF last Saturday, Betis were always in control against their Czech visitors. Their confidence also stemmed from an away goal a fortnight ago scored by Brazilian forward Denilson, who was kept on the bench this time around.

Chances missed
The first half was an untidy affair, with both teams misplacing passes and struggling whenever they crossed halfway. Zizkov had a couple of chances but striker Ludek Stracený and then midfield player Michal Smarda failed to make the most of their openings.

Firm shot
Fernando Varela had looked the likeliest for the hosts but could not find a way through and it was left to Gastón Casas to break the deadlock just before the interval. The ball fell to him in the penalty area and he placed a firm left-foot shot beyond goalkeeper Petr Pizanowski.

Difficult to break down
Betis coach Victor Fernández said: "It may look like an easy win but it wasn't like that. We had to fight hard and even tonight for most of the first half we could not break them down. After the first goal, they had to come out and this gave us more space to play in."

Surged forward
Buoyed by the goal, Betis surged forward looking for more after the restart. They were rewarded when Pizanowski brought down Fernando in the area to give the home side a penalty. Spanish international Joaquín Sánchez stepped up and blasted the ball into the top right-hand corner in the 57th minute before being substituted by Fernández to rest him ahead of Sunday's Primera División game against RC Celta de Vigo.

Headed third
An excellent night’s work was completed three minutes from time when João Tomas rose highest to head in from a corner. Betis go into the hat and will be a team to be avoided for those hoping to go beyond the third round.

First leg decisive
As for Viktoria, it is back to domestic business. Coach Vitezslav Lavicka reflected: "We lost the tie in the home tie when we had chances but missed them."

Last updated: 15/11/02 1.13CET

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Lineups

betis

Betis

žižkov

Žižkov

1
PratsPrats (C)
1
PižanowskiPetr Pižanowski
2
Luis FernándezLuis Fernández
2
BuryánJan Buryán
Substitution56
5
RivasDavid Rivas
Substitution65
5
MlejnskyAntonín Mlejnsky
7
VarelaFernando Varela
6
KlimplMaroš Klimpl
9
FernandoFernando
8
ŠmardaMichal Šmarda
17
JoaquínJoaquín
Goal56
Substitution58
11
SabouJiří Sabou
18
TaisWashington Tais
12
ŠčasnýMichal Ščasný
19
AssunçãoMarcos Assunção
15
MikulíkMiroslav Mikulík
20
CasasGastón Casas
Goal45+1
Substitution76
24
StracenyLudek Straceny (C)
21
FilipescuIulian Filipescu
26
ChihuriKennedy Chihuri
Substitution75
25
ArzuArzu
27
LickaMarcel Licka
Substitution89

Substitutes

13
GaspercicRonny Gaspercic
25
KučeraPavel Kučera
4
JuanitoJuanito
4
NovotnyJan Novotny
Substitution89
14
CapiCapi
Substitution58
7
JanoušekRoman Janoušek
15
ItoIto
13
ŠebestaMiroslav Šebesta
Substitution56
16
DenílsonDenílson
19
KrutýPeter Krutý
24
João TomásJoão Tomás
Substitution76
Goal86
20
SionkoRadek Sionko
27
MelliMelli
Substitution65
21
DirnbachMarian Dirnbach
Substitution75

Coach

Víctor Fernández Braulio (ESP) Vítězslav Lavička (CZE)

Referee

Emil Bozinovski (MKD)

Assistant referees

Bekim Bauta (MKD), Mijalce Mihajlov (MKD)

Fourth official

Delce Jakimovski (MKD)

Legend:

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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