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Ventspils recover to draw

Published: Wednesday 13 August 2003, 20.26CET
FK Ventspils 1-1 Wisla Plock Polish visitors are denied victory by Andrejs Butriks' equaliser.

Match statistics

VentspilsWisla Plock

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

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Published: Wednesday 13 August 2003, 20.26CET

Ventspils recover to draw

FK Ventspils 1-1 Wisla Plock Polish visitors are denied victory by Andrejs Butriks' equaliser.

Polish side Wisla Plock emerged from their trip to Latvia with a 1-1 draw against FK Ventspils in their UEFA Cup first round first-leg tie - having been denied victory by Andrejs Butriks' second-half equaliser.

Good chances
Ventspils began their fourth UEFA Cup campaign strongly. Vits Rimkus volleyed wide after just four minutes and not long afterwards shot close again from the edge of the box. At the other end, Branislav Jasurek was denied by home goalkeeper Denis Romanovs.

Visitors lead
Plock's counterattacks were proving a potent threat and although Sergei Zangareev's strong shot flew just over for Ventspils on 25 minutes, Plock took the lead three minutes before half-time when Dariusz Gesior's diving header beat Romanovs.

Ventspils move forward
A minute later it was nearly 2-0 as Grazvidas Mikulenas hit the post, but after half-time it was Ventspils who had the better of the play. Rimkus hit the bar 12 minutes into the second period, and with the home fans urging their side on, an equaliser came.

Butriks equalises
Substitute forward Andrejs Butriks scored it in the 61st minute, forcing in a shot from a tight angle. The final half-hour was a tight affair, and matters remained level for the return on 28 August in Poland.

'We can still qualify'
After the game, Ventspils coach Saulius Sirmelis said his side had recovered well after falling behind. "We could not play worse than we did towards the end of the first half," he said. "However, we still can qualify for the next round, nothing is lost".

'Nothing is decided'
Plock coach Miroslav Jablonsky said: "We managed to exploit Ventspils' collapse in the first half, but could not score more than one goal. Nothing is decided yet. They are a strong team who can play on the counterattack, and that is what I fear the most for the second leg."

Last updated: 14/08/03 0.20CET

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Lineups

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Ventspils

wisla plock

Wisla Plock

1
RomanovsDeniss Romanovs (GK)
1
WierzchowskiJakub Wierzchowski (GK)
3
TroickisIgors Troickis (C)
Yellow Card48
13
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
12
SmirnovsMāris Smirnovs
6
RomuzgaDariusz Romuzga (C)
18
KorabļovsIgors Korabļovs
4
BranfilauMikalai Branfilau
4
HejdušekTomaš Hejdušek
5
JanusMarcin Janus
15
StukalinasIgors Stukalinas
17
JakubowskiAriel Jakubowski
Substitution76
19
AgafonovAndrei Agafonov
Substitution72
3
GesiorDariusz Gesior
Goal43
22
BičkaDeimantas Bička
23
PreiksaitisAidas Preiksaitis
Substitution89
7
ZangareevSergei Zangareev
Substitution46
11
KobylanskiAndrzej Kobylanski
9
RimkusVīts Rimkus
24
MatusiakRadosław Matusiak
24
JašurekBranislav Jašurek
Substitution46
20
MikulenasGrazvydas Mikulenas
Substitution69

Substitutes

26
TrifonovsAntons Trifonovs (GK)
21
KapsaPawel Kapsa (GK)
21
LukaševicsViktors Lukaševics
22
TerleckiMaciej Terlecki
Substitution89
20
SokolskisDeniss Sokolskis
2
WojneckiJerzy Wojnecki
6
ŽavoronkovsVladimirs Žavoronkovs
Substitution46
18
VileniskisRaimondas Vileniskis
8
KačanovsDeniss Kačanovs
8
GeworgyanWahan Geworgyan
Substitution76
14
AnguelGuennadi Anguel
Substitution72
9
JeleńIreneusz Jeleń
Substitution69
23
ButriksAndrejs Butriks
Substitution46
Goal61

Coach

Saulius Širmelis (LTU) Miroslaw Jablonski (POL)

Referee

Milan Sedivy (SVK)

Assistant referees

Petr Kasny (CZE), Stanislav Hruska (CZE)

Fourth official

Jaromir Hlavac (CZE)

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