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Wisla pay the penalty

Published: Thursday 25 September 2003, 22.55CET
Wisla Kraków 2-1 NEC Nijmegen Rob Wielaert's spot-kick is a crucial away goal for NEC.

Match statistics

Wisła KrakówNEC

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 25 September 2003, 22.55CET

Wisla pay the penalty

Wisla Kraków 2-1 NEC Nijmegen Rob Wielaert's spot-kick is a crucial away goal for NEC.

A penalty from Rob Wielaert gave NEC Nijmegen a potentially crucial away goal as the Dutch side suffered a 2-1 first-leg defeat by Wisla Kraków in the UEFA Cup first round in Poland.

Perfectly balanced
The goal four minutes past the hour brought the away side right back into the match and meant that the tie is finely poised ahead of the return at the Goffert stadium on 15 October.

Early pressure
The home side were quickly into their stride at the Wisla Kraków SSA stadium and pressed their opponents back from the first whistle, but struggled to find a way past a stubborn NEC rearguard. The first chance arrived five minutes into the match, as Wisla's Brazilian midfield player Cristino Pereira De Souza was fouled just outside the penalty area, but Miroslaw Szymkowiak's free-kick was just too high.

Zurawski involved
Wisla continued to press forward, with Maciej Zurawski, Tomasz Frankowski and Szymkowiak combining well, but the visitors held firm in the early exchanges, although Zurawski went close on a number of occasions with shots from distance.

Swift counterattack
However, two minutes before the half-hour, the Polish side were in front. NEC threw men forward in a rare attacking foray, but when the move broke down they were left exposed to Wisla's swift counterattack. Zurawski's pass put Frankowski in on goal and the striker carried the ball forward before scoring with a well-placed shot.

Further chances
The goal seemed to lift the home players, and they might have doubled their lead three minutes before half-time, but again a free-kick, this time from De Souza, was just too high.

Second for Frankowski
The opening minutes of the second half followed a similar pattern, with Wisla committing men forward in search of a second goal. It duly arrived ten minutes after the restart, Frankowski scoring his second of the match from close range after a goalmouth scramble.

Penalty setback
However, the visitors halved the deficit in the 64th minutes, as Maciej Stolarczyk fouled Dennis de Nooijer inside the penalty area and NEC captain Wielaert stepped up to score from the spot.

Determined defending
Wisla were quickly back on to the attack seeking to restore their two-goal advantage, with Zurawski and Szymkowiak again linking up, while Damjan Gorawski's dribbling proved a constant menace. Nevertheless, NEC held firm to set up an intriguing second leg in Nijmegen.

Last updated: 26/09/03 12.00CET

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Lineups

wisła

Wisła

nec

NEC

25
PiekutowskiAdam Piekutowski (GK)
1
GentenaarDennis Gentenaar (GK)
4
BaszczyńskiMarcin Baszczyński
Yellow Card34
2
WielaertRobbie Wielaert (C)
Yellow Card29
Goal65
17
PaszulewiczJacek Paszulewicz
3
WisgerhofPeter Wisgerhof
18
JopMariusz Jop
4
LeiwakabessyJeffrey Leiwakabessy
Substitution88
3
StolarczykMaciej Stolarczyk
5
EbbingeArjan Ebbinge
16
StrakPawel Strak
Substitution73
6
SchuurmanResit Schuurman
2
SzymkowiakMirosław Szymkowiak
Yellow Card67
7
HersiYoussouf Hersi
11
BrasiliaBrasilia
Substitution46
8
ZonneveldMike Zonneveld
31
GorawskiDamian Gorawski
9
De FreitasFabian De Freitas
Yellow Card31
Substitution58
21
FrankowskiTomasz Frankowski (C)
Goal29
Goal56
Substitution73
16
GovedaricaDejan Govedarica
9
ŻurawskiMaciej Żurawski
23
De NooijerDennis De Nooijer
Substitution78

Substitutes

1
SarnatArtur Sarnat (GK)
25
Van Der SteenAlbert van der Steen (GK)
19
NawotczynskiLukasz Nawotczynski
10
AxPatrick Ax
Substitution58
29
DubickiDaniel Dubicki
11
Van RyswykRené van Ryswyk
Substitution78
7
OuadjaLantame Ouadja
Substitution73
20
TumbaZico Tumba
Substitution88
8
PaterGrzegorz Pater
21
OttenMark Otten
22
Piotr BrożekPiotr Brożek
Substitution46
Yellow Card58
22
De HaanRalf De Haan
23
Pawel BrożekPaweł Brożek
Substitution73
Yellow Card85

Coach

Johan Neeskens (NED)

Referee

Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

Assistant referees

Levan Mikeladze (GEO), Koba Gabriadze (GEO)

Fourth official

Malkhaz Maisuradze (GEO)

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