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Mumlek puts Varteks on brink

Published: Thursday 14 August 2003, 23.00CET
FC Levadia Maardu 1-3 NK Varteks Miljenko Mumlek scores twice as Varteks win comfortably.

Match statistics

Lev. MaarduVaraždin

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target1
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 14 August 2003, 23.00CET

Mumlek puts Varteks on brink

FC Levadia Maardu 1-3 NK Varteks Miljenko Mumlek scores twice as Varteks win comfortably.

NK Varteks took a huge step towards the UEFA Cup first round after a convincing 3-1 victory over FC Levadia Maardu in Tallinn's Kadriorg stadium in the first leg of their qualifying round tie.

Mumlek on the mark
Former Croatian international Miljenko Mumlek was the star for the visitors, scoring either side of half-time as Levadia extended Estonian clubs' dismal record against teams from the former Yugoslavia in UEFA competition.

Mumlek opens scoring
Varteks dominated the opening 20 minutes and, after weathering a brief spell of counter-attacking from the home side, they seized the initiative in the 33rd minute when team captain Mumlek chested down a long pass in the penalty area and fired past Artur Kotenko in the Levadia goal.

Rõtškov riposte
The more technical Croatian side continued to dominate in the second half and came close again in the 53rd minute, when defender Mladen Jurcevic broke forward but he struck his powerful long-range shot straight at Kotenko. Just two minutes later, Levadia pulled level through Maxsim Rõtškov. The midfield player was the first to a rebound 18 metres out, with his left-foot effort catching Vladimir Vasilj by surprise in Varteks' goal.

Mumlek restores lead
However, parity was short-lived with Varteks restoring their lead after 66 minutes. Mumlek again illustrated his class as he fired in a superb volley from inside the penalty area after Nikola Melnjak's good run and cross from the left.

Rezic clincher
Six minutes later, Varteks extended their lead, as substitute Ivan Jolic set up Ivan Rezic to place a well-struck shot past Kotenko. Creditably, Levadia did not give up, with Dmitri Kruglov and Eduard Ratnikov both threatening from long range. Then three minutes from time, Jolic struck the post for Varteks, but the two-goal lead was sufficient to leave the Estonians facing mission improbable in the return leg in Croatia in two weeks.

Last updated: 15/08/03 1.53CET

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Lineups

maardu

Maardu

varaždin

Varaždin

1
KotenkoArtur Kotenko (GK)
1
VasiljVladimir Vasilj (GK)
16
KruglovDmitri Kruglov
2
JurčevićMladen Jurčević
2
KalimullinAndrei Kalimullin
5
KristićMatija Kristić
Yellow Card67
6
Hohlov-SimsonSergei Hohlov-Simson (C)
6
MelnjakNikola Melnjak
4
LaskoAleksandrs Lasko
7
Ivan RezićIvan Rezić
Goal71
10
RotskovMaksim Rotskov
Goal55
10
MumlekMiljenko Mumlek (C)
Goal33
Goal65
9
DmitrijevAleksandr Dmitrijev
Substitution46
11
HuljevIvica Huljev
Substitution60
15
RatnikovEduard Ratnikov
14
GranićGoran Granić
14
LeitanVitali Leitan
Substitution75
20
ŠafarićNikola Šafarić
Substitution74
22
ArbeiterArjo Arbeiter
25
KastelZoran Kastel
20
TselnokovVladimir Tselnokov
Substitution46
29
HalilovićNedim Halilović
Substitution60

Substitutes

12
HermansonJanno Hermanson (GK)
12
RumbakŽeljko Rumbak (GK)
36
PrinsIgor Prins
4
KresingerDino Kresinger
13
PariMati Pari
Substitution46
8
MujanovićGoran Mujanović
Substitution74
5
KulikovDmitri Kulikov
15
JancevskiIgor Jancevski
Substitution60
18
BarnwellRichard Barnwell
Substitution46
19
SklepicHrvoje Sklepic
21
ChopikSerhiy Chopik
27
JolićIvan Jolić
Substitution60
Yellow Card75
19
PurjeAts Purje
Substitution75
28
JedinakMile Jedinak

Coach

Tarmo Rüütli (EST) Dražen Besek (CRO)

Referee

Marian Mircea Salomir (ROU)

Assistant referees

Tudor Constantinescu (ROU), Dan Robert Lazarescu (ROU)

Fourth official

Viorel Anghelinei (ROU)

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