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Žigic shines in Zvezda stroll

Published: Thursday 14 August 2003, 23.05CET
FK Crvena Zvezda 5-0 FC Nistru Otaci Nikola Žigic hits hat-trick as Zvezda crush Moldovan visitors.

Match statistics

Crvena zvezdaNistru

Goals scored5
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 14 August 2003, 23.05CET

Žigic shines in Zvezda stroll

FK Crvena Zvezda 5-0 FC Nistru Otaci Nikola Žigic hits hat-trick as Zvezda crush Moldovan visitors.

FK Crvena Zvezda effectively booked their place in the first round of the UEFA Cup with an impressive 5-0 victory over Moldovan side FC Nistru Otaci in Belgrade.

Žigic stars
Star of the show for the home side was giant striker Nikola Žigic, who scored a hat-trick. Žigic was set up by Branko Boskovic for each of his goals before the Serbo-Montenegrin international helped himself to a goal of his own in the second half.

Early goal
Zvezda opened the scoring after just eight minutes through Žigic, who only arrived at the club earlier this summer after plying his trade in the third division. Defender Marjan Markovic and Boskovic combined before feeding Žigic and he made no mistake from close range.

On the spot
Zvezda's second arrived minutes later when Boskovic sent over a dangerous corner which the towering Žigic steered home. The hosts extended their lead on the stroke of half-time when Nemanja Vidic coolly slotted home a penalty.

Boskovic weighs in
Within a minute of the restart it was 4-0 with Boskovic again displaying his set-piece skills, sending a rasping drive into the top corner from the edge of the box. The rout was completed five minutes later with Boskovic providing the cross for Žigic's headed finish. The home side were subsequently content to play out time safe in the knowledge that their passage to the first round is all but assured.

Muslin joy
Coach Slavoljub Muslin was delighted with his side's display. He said: "It was a great match for us. I am very satisfied that we played at this level and impressed in our first home game, especially after our defeat at the weekend. The win is good for morale but we must play better and better in the future."

Generous Gii
His opposite number, Yuri Gii, was magnanimous in defeat. He said: "What can you say after a 5-0 defeat. Congratulations to Crvena Zvezda and I hope when we face them next that we will play better than today."

Last updated: 15/08/03 1.06CET

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Lineups

crvena zvezda

Crvena zvezda

nistru

Nistru

22
DišljenkovićVladimir Dišljenković (GK)
1
DinovSerghei Dinov (GK)
Yellow Card45
20
MarkovićMarjan Marković
Yellow Card10
2
LupascoValentin Lupasco
26
VidićNemanja Vidić (C)
Goal45
Substitution70
3
LaşcencovSerghei Laşcencov
23
VitakićMilivoje Vitakić
4
KovalkovLeonid Kovalkov
2
ŠaracDragan Šarac
7
PogrebanSerghei Pogreban
Substitution58
16
KovačevićNenad Kovačević
11
LichioiuCatalin Lichioiu
4
MladenovićDragan Mladenović
14
BursucIulian Bursuc (C)
11
BoškovićBranko Bošković
Goal46
18
GroshevYuriy Groshev
7
BogavacDragan Bogavac
19
DoroşAnatolie Doroş
Substitution70
25
ŽigićNikola Žigić
Goal8
Goal20
Goal49
Substitution56
21
MincevNicolai Mincev
Substitution49
8
S. OrahovacSanibal Orahovac
Substitution46
23
GheorgheIon Gheorghe

Substitutes

1
RandjelovićIvan Randjelović (GK)
22
NegaiAndrian Negai (GK)
5
DudićMilan Dudić
6
FisticanOleg Fistican
15
BogičevićJadranko Bogičević
Substitution46
9
TcaciucAndrei Tcaciuc
21
PerovićMarko Perović
10
YanchukSerhiy Yanchuk
Substitution58
14
DjordjićBojan Djordjić
Substitution70
13
KalfaLeonid Kalfa
10
KrivokapićRadovan Krivokapić
16
PopescuLilian Popescu
Substitution49
19
StojanovićNenad Stojanović
Substitution56
17
LealAlexandre Leal
Substitution70

Coach

Slavoljub Muslin (SRB)

Referee

Peter Sippel (GER)

Assistant referees

Sönke Glindemann (GER), Georg Greipl (GER)

Fourth official

Lutz Wagner (GER)

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