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Dnipro stage heroic comeback

Published: Thursday 16 October 2003, 0.39CET
Dnipro 3-0 Hamburg (agg: 4-2) FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk emphatically overturn a first-leg deficit.

Match statistics

DniproHamburg

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 16 October 2003, 0.39CET

Dnipro stage heroic comeback

Dnipro 3-0 Hamburg (agg: 4-2) FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk emphatically overturn a first-leg deficit.

Goals from Dmytro Mykhailenko, Olexandr Rykunon and Oleg Venhlinskyy ensured FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk defeated Hamburger SV 3-0 at the Meteor stadium on Wednesday, reaching the UEFA Cup second-round courtesy of a 4-2 aggregate win.

Injury problems
Dnipro had lost the first-leg match 2-1 but their vital away goal - a header by Venhlinskyy - had given them plenty of encouragement, despite the fact Ukraine goalkeeper Mykola Medin was injured and needed to be replaced by second choice custodian Artem Kusliy. An ankle blow ruled out Hamburg midfield player Alex Meier while a knee problem sidelined Czech defender Milan Fukal.

Calm shattered
Kurt Jara's side went into the game on the back of a 2-1 win against VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach and began the match confidently enough, retaining possession effectively. The early calm, however, was shattered when Mykhailenko gave his side the lead in the seventh minute against the run of play. Situated behind a clutch of Hamburg defenders, he latched on to a nod-down from Ruslan Rotan's left-wing corner with his back to goal and hooked in his shot.

Desperately close
The same player went desperately close to doubling the advantage in the 25th minute, his powerful downward header forcing a brilliant save from goalkeeper Martin Pieckenhagen. The visitors, however, were far from overawed by the early setback, opening channels through the midfield and using the flanks purposefully.

Hamburg struggle
Nevertheless, for all their domination, Hamburg struggled to create clear opportunities and the Dnipro shot-stopper was a virtual bystander until he was forced to charge off his line to gather a whipped-in ball in the 42nd minute. A strike from distance from Marcel Maltritz crept past the edge of the far post soon after – but it was one of few noteworthy efforts.

Formidable task
The match took on a different complexion after the break as Hamburg were increasingly stretched by their marauding hosts. Iranian midfield player Mehdi Mahdavikia's flicked-on header represented their best chance in the 61st minute. Their task became even more formidable when Olexandr Rykunon increased the advantage eight minutes later, guiding the ball into the top corner after he was picked out with a cultured pass from the impressive Rotan.

Doubts dismissed
If that did not leave the German team thoroughly dejected, then Venhlinskyy's second goal of the tie certainly did. He dismissed any lingering doubt about the result, trapping a long ball over the top with his left foot and slamming it into the roof of the net with his right.

Last updated: 16/10/03 11.37CET

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Lineups

dnipro

Dnipro

hamburg

Hamburg

12
KusliyArtem Kusliy (GK)
Yellow Card70
1
PieckenhagenMartin Pieckenhagen (GK)
Yellow Card26
5
YezerskiyVolodymyr Yezerskiy
2
MaltritzMarcel Maltritz
Yellow Card78
6
ShelayevOleh Shelayev
5
HoogmaNico Jan Hoogma (C)
11
VenhlinskiyOleh Venhlinskiy
Goal79
6
WickyRaphael Wicky
Substitution82
14
RadchenkoOlexandr Radchenko
7
MahdavikiaMehdi Mahdavikia
15
MatiukhinSerhiy Matiukhin
Yellow Card26
10
BarbarezSergej Barbarez
16
RusolAndriy Rusol
14
JarolímDavid Jarolím
19
MykhaylenkoDmytro Mykhaylenko (C)
Goal5
20
HollerbachBernd Hollerbach
Substitution75
20
RykunOlexandr Rykun
Yellow Card60
Goal68
21
UjfalušiTomáš Ujfaluši
28
NazarenkoSerhiy Nazarenko
Substitution57
27
CardosoRodolfo Esteban Cardoso
Substitution68
29
RotanRuslan Rotan
Substitution85
32
TakaharaNaohiro Takahara

Substitutes

22
StartsevMaksym Startsev (GK)
29
WächterStefan Wächter (GK)
8
MaksymyukRoman Maksymyuk
Substitution85
3
RahnChristian Rahn
Substitution82
Yellow Card86
10
KostyshynRuslan Kostyshyn
Substitution57
4
ReinhardtBastian Reinhardt
Substitution75
2
PoklonskyyOlexandr Poklonskyy
8
BenjaminCollin Benjamin
Substitution68
3
MorozGennadiy Moroz
9
RomeoBernardo Romeo
18
SpevakAndriy Spevak
15
SchlickeBjörn Schlicke
25
GrytsayOlexandr Grytsay
22
BeinlichStefan Beinlich

Coach

Yevgen Kucherevskyy (UKR) Kurt Jara (AUT)

Referee

Douglas McDonald (SCO)

Assistant referees

Richard Stewart Shearer (SCO), Jim Charles Lyon (SCO)

Fourth official

Tom Brown (SCO)

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