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Levski quick to take command

Published: Thursday 14 August 2003, 23.00CET
FK Atyrau 1-4 PFC Levski Sofia Four first-half goals leave Levski all but certain of a progressing.

Match statistics

AtyrauLevski

Goals scored1
 
4
Attempts on target1
 
4
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 14 August 2003, 23.00CET

Levski quick to take command

FK Atyrau 1-4 PFC Levski Sofia Four first-half goals leave Levski all but certain of a progressing.

Bulgarian side PFC Levski Sofia virtually guaranteed safe passage to the first round of the UEFA Cup on Thursday evening thanks to a comprehensive 4-1 qualifying defeat of FK Atyrau in Kazakhstan.

Early lead
Levski took the lead in the ninth minute when Gueorgui Chilikov found himself unmarked after a cross from Lucio Wagner and easily steered his header past goalkeeper Vadim Deonas.

More disappointment
The home fans suffered further disappointment four minutes later after another cross from Wagner made its way into the box. This time it was gratefully received by Gueorgui Ivanov, who doubled the lead with another firm header.

Chilikov on target
There was no way back for the home side when Chilikov made it 3-0, collecting his second by slotting past Deonas after he was neatly assisted by Omomigho Temile.

Ivanov second
Ivanov was not long behind with his second, tucking in after Wagner's lofted ball into the area caused a goalmouth scramble in the 33rd minute. Atyrau, though, created chances and could have reduced the deficit just before the break when Turkmenistan's Redjempurad Agabaev put a cross centimetres wide.

Scant consolation
Levski relaxed the pace after the break, but Atyrau had to wait until the 90th minute to get on the scoresheet, Agabaev curling in a shot from just inside the area.

'Very nervous'
"We lacked some European experience," said Atyrau coach Aleksandr Golokolosov. "We were very nervous in the first half and that was the reason for conceding four goals. Levski won't have it so easy in Sofia in a fortnight's time."

Last updated: 01/02/12 8.47CET

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Lineups

atyrau

Atyrau

levski

Levski

1
DeonasVadim Deonas (GK)
27
IvankovDimitar Ivankov (GK) (C)
24
YeremeevViacheslav Yeremeev
23
StankovMartin Stankov
13
GoryachevIgor Goryachev
Yellow Card61
Substitution73
11
TopuzakovElin Topuzakov
2
KostyukSergey Kostyuk
22
I. StoyanovIlian Stoyanov
6
SobolevVyacheslav Sobolev
20
AngelovStanislav Angelov
3
UshakovVitaliy Ushakov (C)
26
TemileOmomigho Temile
Goal20
Yellow Card60
8
KukeevZhiger Kukeev
Substitution74
14
GerasimovVladimir Gerasimov
17
KarakulovKuanysh Karakulov
15
SimonovićSaša Simonović
15
BazhelidzeLevan Bazhelidze
Substitution84
25
Lucio WagnerLucio Wagner
Substitution72
11
AgabayevRedjemurad Agabayev
Goal88
19
ChilikovGeorgi Chilikov
Goal9
Substitution59
20
DzhanashiyaDavid Dzhanashiya
Yellow Card38
90
G. IvanovGeorgi Ivanov
Goal13
Yellow Card27
Goal33
Substitution46

Substitutes

16
AubekerovNurlan Aubekerov (GK)
1
G. PetkovGeorgi Petkov (GK)
10
RadionovDenis Radionov
Substitution84
30
BabaEmmanuel Baba
5
FochshiyAndrey Fochshiy
Substitution73
4
Biser IvanovBiser Ivanov
7
GurtuyevVladimir Gurtuyev
Substitution74
21
TelkiyskiDimitar Telkiyski
Substitution59
14
KoshkarovSerik Koshkarov
13
BukarevAsen Bukarev
12
SeytalievBekbolat Seytaliev
16
AndonovVladimir Andonov
Substitution72
21
DosymovLesbek Dosymov
99
Demba-NyrénNjogu Demba-Nyrén
Substitution46

Coach

Valeriy Sitalo (UKR) Georgi Todorov (BUL)

Referee

Ali Aydin (TUR)

Assistant referees

Adil Sinem (TUR), Erhan Sonmez (TUR)

Fourth official

Cem Papila (TUR)

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