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Rasiak's late strike sinks Hertha

Published: Wednesday 15 October 2003, 21.50CET
Groclin 1-0 Hertha (agg: 1-0) Grzegorz Rasiak's late goal knocks out the German visitors.

Match statistics

Groclin Grodzisk WielkopolskiHertha

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 15 October 2003, 21.50CET

Rasiak's late strike sinks Hertha

Groclin 1-0 Hertha (agg: 1-0) Grzegorz Rasiak's late goal knocks out the German visitors.

Groclin Grodzisk Wielkopolski secured a dramatic 1-0 second-leg victory against Hertha BSC Berlin thanks to a late goal from Grzegorz Rasiak to advance to the second round of the UEFA Cup. After holding Hertha to a 0-0 draw in the first leg, the tie seemed to be drifting towards extra-time before the striker's late intervention.

Groclin dominate
The Polish side dominated the first-half. Despite the early loss of Mariusz Pawlak through injury, Groclin soon found their rhythm and did an excellent job of stifling Hertha when they lost the ball.

Friedrich impresses
Hertha's German international defender Arne Friedrich was twice called into action in the opening minutes to deny the lively Andrzej Niedzielan, before Groclin swept forward in the move of the game.

Sweeping move
Initiated by playmaker Radoslaw Sobolewski, the ball was flicked out to Marcin Zajac in space on the right. He sprinted forward and delivered a cross to the near post. Hertha's goalkeeper Gábor Kiraly spilled the ball under pressure from Rasiak and Niedzielan, but scrambled to claim at the second attempt.

Hartmann drive
Both Sebastian Mila and Rasiak had sight of goal, but the former could not stretch to make contact and the latter slipped when about to strike. Hertha were restricted to a Michael Hartmann drive that went well over as half-time approached.

Hertha improve
After the break, Hertha improved and, on 69 minutes, came close to breaking the deadlock. Marko Rehmer whipped in a great cross from the right that Artur Wichniarek met with a diving header. The ball thumped against the near post before falling straight to the prone Mariusz Libarda.

Kiraly saves
Six minutes later, it was Hertha who were indebted to their goalkeeper. Substitute Piotr Piechniak cut inside then released a venomous right-footed shot that was only kept out by a magnificent full-stretch save from Kiraly.

Groclin strike
With six minutes to go, Groclin finally went ahead. Piechniak was again involved, cutting in and shooting low at the near post. Kiraly parried, but the ball fell to Niedzielan who drove it across the face of goal where Rasiak was on hand to bundle it in.

Late chance
Neuendorf then had a glorious late chance to equalise, after being set up by a clever Wichniarek header, but Libarda was swiftly off his line to make a great block. Hertha continued to apply pressure into stoppage time, but Groclin held firm.

Last updated: 16/10/03 11.00CET

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Lineups

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Groclin Grodzisk Wielkopolski

hertha

Hertha

1
LiberdaMariusz Liberda (GK)
1
KirályGábor Király (GK)
2
MynářRadek Mynář
3
FriedrichArne Friedrich
4
KrižanacIvica Križanac
4
Van BurikDick van Burik (C)
Yellow Card21
5
ZającMarcin Zając
Yellow Card50
11
WichniarekArtur Wichniarek
Yellow Card18
6
SobolewskiRadosław Sobolewski
13
BobicFredi Bobic
9
RasiakGrzegorz Rasiak
Goal85
14
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
11
WieszczyckiTomasz Wieszczycki (C)
16
Roberto PintoRoberto Pinto
Substitution71
18
PawlakMariusz Pawlak
Substitution72
19
SchmidtAndreas Schmidt
Substitution73
19
SedláčekLumír Sedláček
Substitution18
20
NeuendorfAndreas Neuendorf
22
MilaSebastian Mila
Substitution60
21
HartmannMichael Hartmann
Yellow Card32
Substitution86
23
NiedzielanAndrzej Niedzielan
33
RehmerMarko Rehmer

Substitutes

12
PrzyrowskiSebastian Przyrowski (GK)
12
FiedlerChristian Fiedler (GK)
7
PiechniakPiotr Piechniak
Substitution18
5
N.KovačNiko Kovač
8
PrusekBogdan Prusek
7
KarwanBartosz Karwan
10
RockiPiotr Rocki
8
GoorBart Goor
Substitution71
14
GorszkowLukasz Gorszkow
Substitution72
9
LuizãoLuizão
16
KaczmarczykRafal Kaczmarczyk
Substitution60
17
MadlungAlexander Madlung
Substitution86
20
MoskałaTomasz Moskała
18
DárdaiPál Dárdai
Substitution73

Coach

Dušan Radolský (SVK) Huub Stevens (NED)

Referee

J Paulo Paraty Silva (POR)

Assistant referees

Jose Maria Pinheiro Devesa Neto (POR), José Ramalho (POR)

Fourth official

Paulo Cesario Barbosa Pereira (POR)

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