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Levski pegged back in frantic finale

Published: Thursday 6 November 2003, 23.30CET
SK Slavia Praha 2-2 PFC Levski Sofia The Bulgarian side saw their added-time goal cancelled out.

Match statistics

Slavia PrahaLevski

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 6 November 2003, 23.30CET

Levski pegged back in frantic finale

SK Slavia Praha 2-2 PFC Levski Sofia The Bulgarian side saw their added-time goal cancelled out.

A frantic finale at the Evzena Rosického stadium in Prague saw the UEFA Cup second round first-leg match between SK Slavia Praha and PFC Levski Sofia end 2-2 after both sides scored in added time.

Dramatic finish
Having largely been in control, Slavia founded themselves down to ten men five minutes from time when Karel Pitak was dismissed having collected two yellow cards in quick succession, and it seemed the visitors had made their numerical advantage count two minutes into added time when Telkiyski's cross was diverted beyond his own goalkeeper by Martin Müller. But with Levski still celebrating, the home side equalised immediately as the ball broke for substitute Pavel Fort to shoot beyond Radek Cerny.

Attacking start
The match began in open fashion, with both sides coming close to taking an early lead. First, Adauto Da Silva's low right-wing cross took a huge deflection off Levski defender Elin Topuzakov and rebounded off the crossbar with goalkeeper Dimitar Ivankov stranded. Just a minute later, the visitors might have had a crucial away goal, but Georgi Ivanov shot straight at Cerny when clean through.

Slavia success
The home side looked the more likely scorers, however, with Radek Bejbl heading straight at Ivankov and Pitak shooting over. The opening goal duly arrived in the 22nd minute, as a good passing move freed Lukás Dosek down the right. The defender's cross was flicked on by Da Silva, and Pavel Kuka had time and space to calmly sidefoot past Ivankov.

Ivanov in action
Levski responded well to falling behind and were nearly level within a minute as Omomigho Temile's low cross caused confusion in the goalmouth and Ivanov nearly took advantage, only to prod wide. The striker then headed just over four minutes later.

Kuka chance
The rest of the half belonged to the home side, who came close to doubling their advantage on a number of occasions. Pitak saw his shot gathered at the second attempt by Ivankov, before Kuka came close to scoring his and Slavia's second two minutes before half-time only to send his diving header wide with the goal at his mercy.

Disallowed goal
Slavia's Adam Petrous saw a second-half strike ruled out for offside, before Karel Kratochvil's volley was beaten away by Ivankov. The visitors made the home side pay for their earlier profligacy 13 minutes from time as Temile's shot was parried by Cerny, but fell kindly for Ivanov, who scored from close range at the second attempt. Despite the dramatic climax, both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils.

Coaches frustrated
"We were punished for our silly mistakes," said Slavia coach Miroslav Beránek. "We had couple of chances after our first goal, but we did not convert any of them." He added that the absence of Pitak for the return on 27 November would be a problem. Levski coach Georgi Vasilev was also left frustrated. "Nothing is clear now and the great battle will continue in Sofia," he said.

Last updated: 07/11/03 10.16CET

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Lineups

slavia praha

Slavia Praha

levski

Levski

1
ČernýRadek Černý (GK)
27
IvankovDimitar Ivankov (GK)
Yellow Card80
2
KratochvílKarel Kratochvíl
10
KolevTodor Kolev
Substitution66
4
DošekLukáš Došek
11
TopuzakovElin Topuzakov
9
KukaPavel Kuka
Goal22
13
BukarevAsen Bukarev
10
DostálekRichard Dostálek
Substitution66
17
GolovskoyKonstantin Golovskoy
14
GedeonPatrik Gedeon
Yellow Card63
Substitution80
20
AngelovStanislav Angelov
17
PetroušAdam Petrouš
22
I. StoyanovIlian Stoyanov
Substitution75
23
PitákKarel Piták
23
StankovMartin Stankov
24
BejblRadek Bejbl
25
Lucio WagnerLucio Wagner
Substitution52
26
MüllerMartin Müller
Goal90+1
26
TemileOmomigho Temile
28
AdautoDa Silva Adauto
Substitution85
90
G. IvanovGeorgi Ivanov
Goal78

Substitutes

29
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
1
G. PetkovGeorgi Petkov (GK)
6
LatkaMartin Latka
Substitution85
6
EromoigbeRichard Eromoigbe
7
LukešMartin Lukeš
14
GerasimovVladimir Gerasimov
Substitution75
16
FořtPavel Fořt
Substitution80
Goal90+2
19
ChilikovGeorgi Chilikov
Substitution66
18
OtockaMichal Otocka
21
TelkiyskiDimitar Telkiyski
Substitution52
25
KalivodaDavid Kalivoda
Substitution66
29
BabaEmmanuel Baba
27
ZachariášMilan Zachariáš
99
Demba-NyrénNjogu Demba-Nyrén

Coach

Miroslav Beranek (CZE) Emil Velev (BUL)

Referee

Thomas Michael Mccurry (SCO)

Assistant referees

Jim Charles Lyon (SCO), James Bee (SCO)

Fourth official

Alan Freeland (SCO)

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