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Ten-man PSG prosper in Bucharest

Published: Thursday 31 October 2002, 23.18CET
FC National Bucuresti 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain FC The French visitors cruise to victory.

Match statistics

FC National 2000 BucurestiPSG

Goals scored0
2
Attempts on target0
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
1

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Published: Thursday 31 October 2002, 23.18CET

Ten-man PSG prosper in Bucharest

FC National Bucuresti 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain FC The French visitors cruise to victory.

A goal in each half gave ten-man Paris Saint-Germain FC a healthy 2-0 first-leg lead in their UEFA Cup second-round meeting with FC National Bucuresti at the Cotroceni stadium.

Red card
After Laurent Leroy had given PSG a sixth-minute lead, the red card shown to Jérôme Leroy midway through the second half seemed to have given the Romanian side hope. But five minutes later, André Luiz doubled the visitors' lead to give his side a comfortable cushion ahead of the second leg in Paris in a fortnight.

Perfect start
PSG opened the scoring with practically their first attack of the game. A swift move involving Lionel Potillion was finished off with a neat header by Laurent Leroy. It was the perfect start for the French visitors who were without some key men including Argentina defender Mauricio Pochettino and Brazilian FIFA World Cup winner Ronaldinho, although the latter was on the bench.

Defence on top
After the early disappointment, National found it very difficult to work their way back into the game despite pressing forward with some attractive passing. Their stylish opponents were always on top and had a defence that was fully committed to the cause.

Penalty appeals
The home crowd were able to get off their feet for two penalty appeals in the tenth and 22nd minutes but neither was given. Despite those scares, PSG were not distracted from their composed play and were content to launch sporadic attacks.

Near misses
That tactic nearly paid dividends in the 38th minute as José Aloisio went past two defenders before shooting narrowly wide. Four minutes later National conjured up their best chance with Gigel Coman's shot but Lionel Leitizi was equal to it.

Fine stop
Striker Sabin Ilie also produced a great save from Leitizi just after the interval but that was about as good it was going to get for National even though PSG played the last 26 minutes with ten men. Jérôme Leroy was shown a straight red card after he retaliated to a foul by Coman by kicking out.

Advantage increased
Despite that setback, PSG extended their advantage when André Luiz sent in a fierce free-kick from 22 metres which National goalkeeper Bogdan Vintila could not stop. It ensured a deserved victory, although the two-goal margin does slightly flatter tonight's visitors in Bucharest.

Last updated: 01/11/02 0.23CET

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Lineups

fc naţional bucureşti

FC Naţional Bucureşti

paris

Paris

99
VintilaBogdan Vintila (GK)
1
LetiziLionel Letizi (C)
4
CurtTiberiu Curt
2
HeinzeGabriel Heinze
7
PetrescuDan Petrescu (C)
Yellow Card28
3
PotillonLionel Potillon
8
CaramarinGheorghe-Gabrie Caramarin
Substitution81
4
LeroyJérôme Leroy
Yellow Card32
Red Card64
10
Sabin IlieSabin Ilie
6
DéhuFrédéric Déhu
Substitution60
15
NemtanuIoan Nemtanu
Substitution74
7
André LuizAndré Luiz
Goal69
18
O.PetreOvidiu Petre
Yellow Card47
11
AloisioJosé Aloisio
Substitution68
20
MarinPetre Marin
17
LlacerFrancis Llacer
Yellow Card45+1
23
KecaBoris Keca
19
Laurent LeroyLaurent Leroy
Goal5
28
ComanGigel Coman
Yellow Card64
26
OgbecheBartholomew Ogbeche
Substitution60
29
Se.RaduSergiu Radu
Substitution82
28
Filipe TeixeiraFilipe Teixeira
Yellow Card22

Substitutes

12
PopaMarius Popa (GK)
16
AlonzoJérôme Alonzo (GK)
3
A DuroAlbert Duro
Substitution81
12
El KarkouriTalal El Karkouri
Substitution60
9
IacobVictoraş Iacob
Substitution74
29
BenachourSelim Benachour
Substitution60
14
MaeMarius Mae
Substitution82
33
NyarkoAlex Nyarko
Substitution68
5
CânuGabriel Cânu
10
RonaldinhoRonaldinho
6
IodiSorin Iodi
21
TouréAlioune Touré
11
MicicDejan Micic
22
CristobalCristobal

Coach

Walter Zenga (ITA) Luis Fernandez (FRA)

Referee

Stephen Graham Bennett (ENG)

Assistant referees

David Bryan (ENG), Guy Beale (ENG)

Fourth official

Alan Wiley (ENG)

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