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Lens break Georgian resistance

Published: Thursday 14 August 2003, 23.00CET
RC Lens 3-0 FC Torpedo Kutaisi Lens have to wait before making their dominance tell.

Match statistics

LensTorpedo Kutaisi

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 14 August 2003, 23.00CET

Lens break Georgian resistance

RC Lens 3-0 FC Torpedo Kutaisi Lens have to wait before making their dominance tell.

A second-half improvement put French outfit RC Lens in pole position for a UEFA Cup first-round place thanks to a 3-0 qualifying round first-leg success over Georgia's FC Torpedo Kutaisi.

Clear favourites
During the opening period, Lens, clear favourites before the match, struggled to find a gap in the resolute visitors' defence, with half-chances for John Utaka and Daniel Moreira the only moments of note in a tight first half-hour.

Keita hits the woodwork
The hosts finally created a scoring opportunity after 32 minutes, when midfield player Seydou Keita headed a centre from Daouda Jabi against the intersection of post and crossbar. However, Lens would have been disappointed not to make their territorial domination count before the break.

Deadlock broken
It was a similar story for a spell after the interval, with Kutaisi's packed rearguard thwarting Lens's efforts to build up any momentum. But the deadlock was broken at last after 69 minutes, when Moreira converted a perfect cross from the dangerous Utaka.

Closing effort
The visitors crumbled in the closing stages. Utaka made it 2-0 with an impressive individual effort, and Pape Bouba Diop made it three with the final whistle beckoning. Even if Lens did not show their best form, they were well on top, with home goalkeeper Charles Itandje a spectator for long periods.

Last updated: 15/08/03 12.34CET

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Lineups

lens

Lens

torpedo kutaisi

Torpedo Kutaisi

30
ItandjeCharles Itandje (GK)
1
SturuaZviad Sturua (GK)
27
JabiDaouda Jabi
Substitution46
3
MakhviladzeMikhail Makhviladze
26
RoolCyril Rool
4
L. TchelidzeLasha Tchelidze
24
FanniRod Fanni
5
ToduaSevast Todua
6
BąkJacek Bąk
8
BabunashviliShota Babunashvili
3
SongRigobert Song (C)
11
KipianiGeorge Kipiani
19
DiopPapa Bouba Diop
Yellow Card72
Goal85
13
MushkudianiZurab Mushkudiani
Substitution60
13
DianeMounir Diane
Substitution66
14
AkhalkatsiRoman Akhalkatsi
8
KeitaSeydou Keita
15
PoroshynAndriy Poroshyn
Substitution40
10
MoreiraDaniel Moreira
Goal69
24
KhvadagianiVakhtang Khvadagiani (C)
21
UtakaJohn Utaka
Goal82
25
GamezardashviliDavid Gamezardashvili
Yellow Card13

Substitutes

28
ChabbertSébastien Chabbert (GK)
12
SomkhishviliGeorge Somkhishvili (GK)
15
LachorYoann Lachor
7
KvetenadzeKakha Kvetenadze
25
FayeAbdoulaye Faye
10
KutateladzeZviad Kutateladze
11
SarrPape Sarr
17
NergadzeGiorgi Nergadze
Substitution40
18
ThomertOlivier Thomert
Substitution46
20
LagadzeAlexander Lagadze
20
BakariDagui Bakari
Substitution66
22
KvernadzeRevazi Kvernadze
Substitution60
14
RodriguezBruno Rodriguez

Coach

Joël Muller (FRA) Samson Fruidze (GEO)

Referee

Dietmar Drabek (AUT)

Assistant referees

Markus Mayr (AUT), Bernhard Zauner (AUT)

Fourth official

Franz Mostböck (AUT)

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