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Kewell finishing boosts Leeds

Published: Thursday 31 October 2002, 22.31CET
Leeds United AFC 1-0 Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC Harry Kewell's late strike gives Leeds first-leg win.

Match statistics

LeedsH. Tel-Aviv

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 31 October 2002, 22.31CET

Kewell finishing boosts Leeds

Leeds United AFC 1-0 Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC Harry Kewell's late strike gives Leeds first-leg win.

Leeds United AFC recorded a narrow 1-0 victory over Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC in their UEFA Cup second first-leg tie at Elland Road thanks to a late goal from striker Harry Kewell.

Kewell volley
An even encounter was decided in the 81st minute when Australian Kewell broke the deadlock with a deflected volley from ten metres after neat approach work from Mark Viduka and Alan Smith.

Edgy start
Leeds made an edgy start and the fact that they were outnumbered in midfield did little to quell early defensive nerves. Hapoel, looking neat and tidy on the ball, created the first chance of the game on six minutes when the lively Pini Balili got behind the home defence, but the little striker failed to hoist his chip over the advancing Paul Robinson.

Barmby comes close
Hapoel continued to employ a swift counterattacking approach, leaving Leeds wary of pushing men forward from midfield. However, once Harry Kewell was given the freedom to roam across the frontline, space started to appear in the visitors' defence. Leeds almost took the lead in the 19th minute when Viduka's cross found Nick Barmby at the back post and the midfield player's acrobatic overhead kick hit the inside of the post.

Viduka influence
Viduka's influence over proceedings continued to grow and the Australian international almost broke the deadlock in the 38th minute when his curling free-kick clipped the top of the crossbar, with Shavit Elimelech in the Hapoel goal stranded. Hapoel rallied in the closing stages of the first half and Toema should have made more of a volley from ten metres.

Tactical change
After the break Leeds manager Terry Venables moved Kewell out to his more familiar position on the left flank and the tactical change almost paid instant dividends as he sent a header straight at Elimelech. On 57 minutes, Harte saw his swerving free-kick hit the angle of the crossbar and post and it seemed it would not be the Yorkshire side's night until Kewell's late strike.

Kashtan confident
Hapoel coach Dror Kashtan paid tribut to Leeds's goalkeeper who put in a fine performance at Elland Road. "Paul Robinson deserves lot of credit as he pulled off some amazing saves," he said. "I'm still confident we can get a good result in Florence."

'In the balance'
Venables, meanwhile, was cautious about his side's prospects in the second leg, saying: "It is still in the balance but it is nice to get ahead and go there with a goal."

Last updated: 14/11/02 19.57CET

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Lineups

leeds

Leeds

h. tel-aviv

H. Tel-Aviv

13
RobinsonPaul Robinson
1
ElimelechShavit Elimelech
2
KellyGary Kelly
5
GershonShimon Gershon
3
HarteIan Harte
6
HalmaiGábor Halmai
Substitution65
4
DacourtOlivier Dacourt
Substitution65
7
BaliliPini Balili
Substitution83
5
RadebeLucas Radebe
Yellow Card60
8
AbukasisJosef Abukasis
6
WoodgateJonathan Woodgate
10
ToamaSalim Toama
Yellow Card6
9
VidukaMark Viduka
Substitution90+2
18
AfekOmri Afek
10
KewellHarry Kewell
Goal81
20
AntebiYgal Antebi
12
BarmbyNick Barmby
Substitution70
21
HalisRahamim Halis
17
SmithAlan Smith
Yellow Card89
30
WeltonWelton
Substitution59
19
BakkeEirik Bakke
Yellow Card48
32
DombAsaf Domb
Yellow Card52

Substitutes

1
MartynNigel Martyn
33
SalemGay Salem
8
BridgesMichael Bridges
Substitution70
4
HalfonAlon Halfon
14
McPhailStephen McPhail
Substitution65
9
LuzBenzion Luz
18
MillsDanny Mills
Substitution90+2
15
CleşcencoSerghei Cleşcenco
Substitution59
22
DuberryMichael Duberry
19
SabanKlemi Saban
28
McMasterJamie McMaster
24
AbutbulShay Abutbul
Substitution65
32
SinghHarpal Singh
28
UdiKfir Udi
Substitution83

Coach

Terry Venables (ENG) Dror Kashtan (ISR)

Referee

Jack C. D. van Hulten (NED)

Assistant referees

Jan Willem van Veluwen (NED), Arend Brink (NED)

Fourth official

Pieter Vink (NED)

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