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Smith sends Leeds through

Published: Friday 15 November 2002, 0.13CET
Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC 1-4 Leeds United AFC (Agg: 1-5) Alan Smith hit four goals in Florence.

Match statistics

H. Tel-AvivLeeds

Goals scored1
 
4
Attempts on target1
 
4
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 15 November 2002, 0.13CET

Smith sends Leeds through

Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC 1-4 Leeds United AFC (Agg: 1-5) Alan Smith hit four goals in Florence.

A four-goal salvo from Alan Smith carried Leeds United AFC past Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC in their UEFA Cup second-round second leg tie at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence. Leading 1-0 from the first leg, this 4-1 win ensured a handsome aggregate success for Terry Venables' side.

Field day for Smith
Despite falling behind within 70 seconds of the kick-off, Leeds were never under any real pressure for the remainder of the game and England striker Smith had a field day in front of goal, scoring in the 30th, 53rd and 61st minutes, before rounding off a magnificent performance with his fourth in the 82nd minute.

Caught cold
Leeds were caught cold just after the kick-off when Hapoel took the lead through a curling free-kick from Josef Abukasis. Eirik Bakke was penalised for a foul on Salim Toama and Abukasis's delightful 22-metre shot eluded goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

Regained composure
Leeds, however, managed to regain their composure and enjoyed long periods of possession, with Smith and Harry Kewell causing the Hapoel defence constant problems. Kewell escaped his marker on eleven minutes but the Australian international's shot lack power.

Smith equalises
The equaliser came on the half-hour mark when Norwegian midfielder Bakke played a neat ball into Smith whose left-footed drive from a tight angle nestled in the corner of the goal beyond goalkeeper Shavit Elimelech.

Afek hits crossbar
Almost immediately, a lack of concentration from Ian Harte allowed Omri Afek to collect the ball on the edge of the area and his stunning shot clipped the crossbar. The Republic of Ireland full-back, however, made amends soon after at the other end, with a fierce free-kick which clattered against the crossbar.

Smith tenacity
Hapoel came out strongly in the second half but were rattled on 53 minutes when Smith showed his tenacity as he managed to get between defender Asaf Domb and the advancing Elimelech to slip the ball into the goal from a tight angle.

Hat-trick time
Thereafter, the English Premiership side were coasting to victory and in the 61st minute Smith completed his well-deserved hat-trick, following up his own blocked header to drive a shot into the goal from close range.

Memorable evening
Hapoel were reduced to ten men on 78 minutes when goalscorer Abukasis received his second yellow card of the game. Smith then wrapped up a memorable evening with his and Leeds's fourth goal four minutes later, heading past the stranded Elimelech from three metres.

Great reaction
Leeds manager Terry Venables was delighted especially after the shock of conceding an early goal. He said: "We reacted very well. After scoring the second goal, the match was almost finished and we found much room for our counterattacks."

Last updated: 14/11/02 23.44CET

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Lineups

h. tel-aviv

H. Tel-Aviv

leeds

Leeds

1
ElimelechShavit Elimelech
13
RobinsonPaul Robinson
21
HalisRahamim Halis
2
KellyGary Kelly
Substitution66
5
GershonShimon Gershon (C)
3
HarteIan Harte
32
DombAsaf Domb
5
RadebeLucas Radebe
Substitution62
3
HillelYakov Hillel
10
KewellHarry Kewell
8
AbukasisJosef Abukasis
Goal2
Red Card78
12
BarmbyNick Barmby
6
HalmaiGábor Halmai
11
BowyerLee Bowyer
10
ToamaSalim Toama
16
WilcoxJason Wilcox
Yellow Card66
18
AfekOmri Afek
Substitution46
17
SmithAlan Smith
Goal30
Goal54
Goal63
Goal83
11
KnafoAlbert Knafo
Substitution62
19
BakkeEirik Bakke
Substitution55
15
CleşcencoSerghei Cleşcenco
Substitution46
22
DuberryMichael Duberry

Substitutes

33
SalemGay Salem
1
MartynNigel Martyn
9
LuzBenzion Luz
Substitution46
8
BridgesMichael Bridges
7
BaliliPini Balili
Substitution62
14
McPhailStephen McPhail
Substitution55
28
UdiKfir Udi
Substitution46
25
BurnsJacob Burns
19
SabanKlemi Saban
28
McMasterJamie McMaster
4
HalfonAlon Halfon
34
RichardsonFrazer Richardson
Substitution66
24
AbutbulShay Abutbul
36
KilgallonMatthew Kilgallon
Substitution62

Coach

Dror Kashtan (ISR) Terry Venables (ENG)

Referee

Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Assistant referees

Wojciech Gorgon (AUT), Andreas Fellinger (AUT)

Fourth official

Thomas Steiner (AUT)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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