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Mpenza goal puts Schalke in control

Published: Thursday 28 November 2002, 19.28CET
Wisla Kraków 1-1 FC Schalke 04 Schalke in pole position after draw in Poland.

Match statistics

Wisła KrakówSchalke

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 28 November 2002, 19.28CET

Mpenza goal puts Schalke in control

Wisla Kraków 1-1 FC Schalke 04 Schalke in pole position after draw in Poland.

Wisla Kraków and FC Schalke 04 played out a 1-1 draw in their UEFA Cup third round first-leg match tonight in Poland tonight.

Positive start
The German visitors started the game well with Jörg Böhme shooting just wide from long range in the very first minute. When Ebbe Sand also shot wide a few minutes later, it looked as though Schalke were in firm control.

Enterprising play
However, the hosts responded and nearly took the lead in the 19th minute when Kamil Kosowski's cross found Marcin Kuzba in front of goal, only for his diving header to flash over the crossbar. Another piece of enterprise down the left from Kuzba soon created another chance, but Kalu Uche struck his shot wide from three metres out.

Poulsen misery
Wisla went ahead on 38 minutes when Miroslaw Szymkowiak curled a free-kick into the Schalke penalty area and Christian Poulsen's header flew into his own net past a shocked Frank Rost. Wisla continued to push forward and could have gone further ahead before the break but Maciej Zurawski and Kosowski both wasted good chances.

Asamoah efforts
Schalke nearly found an equaliser early in the second half, but efforts from Gerald Asamoah hit the post and then flew wide. Dario Rodríguez and Sand also failed to find the target. However, it seemed only a matter of time before Schalke equalised and sure enough in the 81st minute they finally did. Wisla goalkeeper Angelo Hugues ran out of his goal to try and intercept Poulsen's long pass but he missed the ball leaving Mpenza through on an empty goal - a gift he did not spurn to leave Schalke favourites ahead of the return.

Neubarth satisfied
Schalke coach Frank Neubarth coach was satisfied with the way his team had performed, especially in the second half. "Before the match I'd have been glad with a 1-1 draw," he said. "Now I know we could have done better. We had a great opportunity with Böhme in the first minute and we conceded an unlucky own goal. But in the second half we played much better and controlled the midfield and Wisla forwards."

Kasperczak unhappy
Meanwhile, Wisla coach Henryk Kasperczak was left to rue his side's second-half performance. "It was a match of two halves," he said. "All we could do we did in the first period and we had many chances to score. In the second half we had a much weaker midfield than in the first, so we failed to create opportunities. I'm unhappy with the result, but we still have a chance of going through."

Last updated: 28/11/02 21.58CET

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Lineups

wisła

Wisła

schalke

Schalke

30
HuguesAngelo Hugues (GK)
1
RostFrank Rost (GK)
2
SzymkowiakMirosław Szymkowiak
Substitution70
4
RodríguezDarío Rodríguez
3
StolarczykMaciej Stolarczyk
5
KmetschSven Kmetsch
4
BaszczyńskiMarcin Baszczyński
6
HajtoTomasz Hajto
Yellow Card43
5
KosowskiKamil Kosowski (C)
Yellow Card86
8
BöhmeJörg Böhme
6
GłowackiArkadiusz Głowacki
11
SandEbbe Sand (C)
9
ŻurawskiMaciej Żurawski
12
van HoogdalemNico van Hoogdalem
10
UcheKalu Uche
14
AsamoahGerald Asamoah
Yellow Card78
16
StrakPawel Strak
18
Oude-KamphuisNiels Oude-Kamphuis
18
JopMariusz Jop
20
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Goal38
31
KuźbaMarcin Kuźba
Yellow Card30
21
Emile MpenzaEmile Mpenza
Goal81
Substitution86

Substitutes

25
PiekutowskiAdam Piekutowski (GK)
27
ReckOliver Reck (GK)
8
PaterGrzegorz Pater
Substitution70
26
HankeMike Hanke
Substitution86
17
PaszulewiczJacek Paszulewicz
3
MatellanAnibal Matellan
20
CantoroMauro Cantoro
16
DjordjevicKristijan Djordjevic
22
Piotr BrożekPiotr Brożek
17
VermantSven Vermant
26
KaliciakGrzegorz Kaliciak
24
WilmotsMarc Wilmots
29
DubickiDaniel Dubicki
35
TrojanFilip Trojan

Coach

Henryk Kasperczak (POL) Frank Neubarth (GER)

Referee

Georgios Kasnaferis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Andreas Giakoumis (GRE), Nikolaos Chronopoulos (GRE)

Fourth official

Takidis Dimitrios (GRE)

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