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Levski seal third-round place

Published: Thursday 27 November 2003, 19.05CET
PFC Levski Sofia 0-0 SK Slavia Praha (agg: 2-2, Levski win on away goals) A goalless draw suits stubborn Levski.

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 cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 27 November 2003, 19.05CET

Levski seal third-round place

PFC Levski Sofia 0-0 SK Slavia Praha (agg: 2-2, Levski win on away goals) A goalless draw suits stubborn Levski.

PFC Levski Sofia booked their place in the third round of the UEFA Cup after a 0-0 draw at home to SK Slavia Praha sent the Bulgarian side through on away goals after the tie had finished 2-2 aggregate.

Missed chances
The home side had enough opportunities at the Georgi Asparuhov stadium to seal their progress in more comfortable style, but striker Georgi Ivanov was unable to convert a number of chances that came his way, forcing Levski to hang on nervously at the end.

Positive start
Levski began the match in positive fashion, and pressed forward from the outset. From the first whistle they were on the offensive, and they had a succession of chances to seal their place in the next round of the tournament.

Nervy moments
They began by trying to exploit the pace of Freitas de Souza Lucio Wagner down the right, and twice he produced nervy moments for the visitors. But the first real chance fell to midfield player Asen Bukarev after 13 minutes, only for him to slice a shot wide of Radek Cerny's goal.

Clear-cut opening
Two minutes later Levski had another clear-cut opening as Georgi Ivanov raced through but, having got himself in a shooting position he fired wide of Cerny's left-hand post, much to the dismay of the home crowd.

Dangerous on the break
It was not all one-way traffic, however, and the visitors looked dangerous on the break with the speed of Uruguayan striker Adauto Da Silva and the guile of veteran Czech Republic forward Pavel Kuka.

Stunning stop
But Levski continued to plough forward and Georgi Chilikov sent a dipping shot over the bar, before David Kalivoda threatened for the visitors, only for goalkeeper Dimitar Ivankov to produce a stunning save from point-blank range.

Key interventions
Slavia came out after the break a revitalised side, and Da Silva threatened twice with his pace, with only perfectly-timed interventions from Biser Ivanov keeping the visitors at bay on each occasion.

Half-chances
Levski slowly hauled themselves back into the game and Georgi Ivanov had three more half-chances that he could not convert as the match remained goalless.

Fizzed over the bar
With 21 minutes left the Bulgarian striker went agonisingly close again to getting his name on the scoresheet. Picking the ball up on the edge of the box after a mistake from Radek Bejbl, Ivanov turned and shot all in one motion, only to see his strike fizz over the crossbar with Cerny beaten.

Settled for the draw
As Slavia tired, Levski surged forward in the hope of finding the goal that would confirm their place in the next round. Wagner fired a free-kick straight at Cerny and then Ivanov once again headed over the bar, but it mattered little in the end as Levski settled for the draw that confirmed their third-round place.

Vassilev delight
Levski coach Georgi Vassilev was delighted to see his team progress. "I am proud of our display," he said. "We worked very hard and after everything we have got the right result. The fans were also fantastic and they helped us a lot in the final nervous moments."

'Could not score'
Vassilev's opposite number, Slavia coach Miroslav Beranek, admitted his side were simply not good enough to progress. "We tried everything to win the game, but Levski were very solid at the back," he said. "We came here to win and played well, but we just could not score a goal."

Last updated: 28/11/03 0.32CET

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Lineups

levski

Levski

slavia praha

Slavia Praha

27
IvankovDimitar Ivankov (GK)
1
ČernýRadek Černý (GK)
4
Biser IvanovBiser Ivanov
Substitution86
2
KratochvílKarel Kratochvíl
Yellow Card60
22
I. StoyanovIlian Stoyanov
Substitution46
4
DošekLukáš Došek
11
TopuzakovElin Topuzakov
5
Tomáš DošekTomáš Došek
Substitution75
23
StankovMartin Stankov
24
BejblRadek Bejbl
25
Lucio WagnerLucio Wagner
9
KukaPavel Kuka
Substitution59
13
BukarevAsen Bukarev
Yellow Card58
21
ŠvecMichal Švec
Substitution78
21
TelkiyskiDimitar Telkiyski
6
LatkaMartin Latka
26
TemileOmomigho Temile
Substitution90+1
25
KalivodaDavid Kalivoda
19
ChilikovGeorgi Chilikov
26
MüllerMartin Müller
90
G. IvanovGeorgi Ivanov
28
AdautoDa Silva Adauto

Substitutes

1
G. PetkovGeorgi Petkov (GK)
29
KozáčikMatúš Kozáčik (GK)
24
VatchevVesselin Vatchev
Substitution86
7
LukešMartin Lukeš
Substitution75
29
BabaEmmanuel Baba
15
ZachariášMartin Zachariáš
Substitution78
14
GerasimovVladimir Gerasimov
Substitution46
18
OtockaMichal Otocka
15
SimonovićSaša Simonović
19
KrajčíkMatěj Krajčík
10
KolevTodor Kolev
Substitution90+1
Yellow Card90+3
16
FořtPavel Fořt
Substitution59
99
Demba-NyrénNjogu Demba-Nyrén

Coach

Georgi Ivanov (BUL) Miroslav Beranek (CZE)

Referee

Nicolai Vollquartz (DEN)

Assistant referees

Bo Blankholm Pedersen (DEN), Ole V. Hansen (DEN)

Fourth official

Michael Svendsen (DEN)

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