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Groclin extend dream debut

Published: Thursday 27 November 2003, 19.34CET
Groclin Grodzisk Wielkopolski 0-0 Manchester City FC (agg: 1-1, Groclin win on away goals) Polish side advance.

Match statistics

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Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target0
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 27 November 2003, 19.34CET

Groclin extend dream debut

Groclin Grodzisk Wielkopolski 0-0 Manchester City FC (agg: 1-1, Groclin win on away goals) Polish side advance.

The dream European debut of Groclin Grodzisk Wielkopolski continued as they held Manchester City FC to a 0-0 draw in Poland to progress on away goals.

New scalp
Groclin were hoping to add City to their list of scalps on their UEFA Cup bow that that already included FK Atlantas and Hertha BSC Berlin, and did just that as they denied their visitors sight of goal - and even went close several times themselves.

Unchanged Groclin
The home side played the same starting lineup that began the 1-1 draw in Manchester three weeks ago, while City made two changes. Claudio Reyna has been ill, so dropped to the bench and Robbie Fowler partnered Nicolas Anelka up front, while Michael Tarnat's hamstring strain meant Sylvain Distin moved to left-back, David Sommeil played in the centre of defence and Trevor Sinclair came into midfield.

Mila effort
Both sides were looking most creative on the wings, Sebastian Mila for Groclin and City's Shaun Wright-Phillips the key men. On three minutes an angled Mila effort forced David Seaman, who had passed a late fitness test, to save, while moments later Wright-Phillips crossed for Steve McManaman to shoot over.

Goalline clearances
Just before the half-hour, Grzegorz Rasiak set Andzej Niedzielan away inside the City half, but he could not shake off Jihai Sun, who blocked his shot. Mila's resultant corner was then headed on goal by Tomasz Wieszczycki, but cleared off the line by the defending Fowler. Within two minutes, Niedzielan broke through again and rounded Seaman, but his angled shot was stopped at a stretch by Richard Dunne.

City frustrated
Marcin Zajac's half-volley was then deflected wide, but gradually City relieved the pressure and saw out the half comfortably. However, they knew they had to score after the break to stay in the competition, but early in the second period found themselves frustrated by Groclin's strong midfield. Indeed, the chances were at the other end as Rasiak and Mila shot over.

Home delight
On 68 minutes City did have a chance but Wright-Phillips' cross was headed wide by Fowler, and soon after Anelka was denied by towering goalkeeper Mariusz Liberda. Anelka and Fowler then gave way to Jon Macken and Paulo Wanchope as City revamped their attack, but time started to tick away and although they forced some late chances, Groclin held on to the delight of their fans as fireworks were set off over the Groclin Dyskobolia stadium.

Coach 'so happy'
As the Groclin fans partied, coach Dusan Radolský said: I am so happy I do not know what to say at the moment. It was the deserved result after a tough battle, a great result."

Keegan disappointed
City manager Kevin Keegan said: "Obviously I am very disappointed. But we lost the tie in the first 20 minutes at home when we could not take advantage of our chances. I would like to congratulate Groclin for the spirit they have shown and I will watch their progress with interest."

Last updated: 28/11/03 9.47CET

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Lineups

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1
LiberdaMariusz Liberda (GK)
1
SeamanDavid Seaman (GK)
2
MynářRadek Mynář
17
SunJihai Sun
4
KrižanacIvica Križanac
22
DunneRichard Dunne
Yellow Card63
18
PawlakMariusz Pawlak
Yellow Card77
2
SommeilDavid Sommeil (C)
19
SedláčekLumír Sedláček
5
DistinSylvain Distin
9
RasiakGrzegorz Rasiak
Yellow Card64
29
Wright-PhillipsShaun Wright-Phillips
Substitution77
5
ZającMarcin Zając
Substitution88
28
SinclairTrevor Sinclair
11
WieszczyckiTomasz Wieszczycki (C)
24
BartonJoey Barton
15
KoziołIgor Kozioł
Yellow Card55
20
McManamanSteve McManaman
22
MilaSebastian Mila
8
FowlerRobbie Fowler
Yellow Card32
Substitution74
23
NiedzielanAndrzej Niedzielan
Substitution81
39
AnelkaNicolas Anelka
Substitution74

Substitutes

30
BrzostowskiDariusz Brzostowski (GK)
32
EllegaardKevin Stuhr Ellegaard (GK)
7
PiechniakPiotr Piechniak
Substitution81
4
WiekensGerrit Wiekens
8
PrusekBogdan Prusek
6
ReynaClaudio Reyna
Substitution77
10
RockiPiotr Rocki
9
WanchopePaulo Wanchope
Substitution74
16
KaczmarczykRafal Kaczmarczyk
10
SibierskiAntoine Sibierski
14
GorszkowLukasz Gorszkow
Substitution88
11
MackenJohn Macken
Substitution74
20
MoskałaTomasz Moskała
26
BosveltPaul Bosvelt

Coach

Dušan Radolský (SVK)

Referee

Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Assistant referees

Ingemar Larsson (SWE), Erik Bergsten (SWE)

Fourth official

Daniel Stålhammar (SWE)

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