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Skoko shoots down Parma

Published: Friday 27 February 2004, 0.04CET
Parma AC 0-1 Gençlerbirligi SK Josip Skoko scores on 60 minutes to seal win for Turkish visitors.

Match statistics

ParmaGençlerbirliği

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 27 February 2004, 0.04CET

Skoko shoots down Parma

Parma AC 0-1 Gençlerbirligi SK Josip Skoko scores on 60 minutes to seal win for Turkish visitors.

Gençlerbirligi have every chance of adding injury-hit Parma AC to their list of scalps in only their second UEFA Cup campaign after a third round first-leg victory in Italy.

Heavy snow
Referee Wolfgang Stark allowed the game to go ahead in spite of the heavy snow that fell all afternoon, and the start was delayed for 15 minutes to allow ploughs to clear the pitch. Only three minutes into the game the home fans almost felt a further chill as Serkan Balci had an effort from long range that fell only just wide.

Visitors hit post
The visitors, who have already eliminated Blackburn Rovers FC and Sporting Clube de Portugal, went close again eleven minutes later when Ali Tandogan's shot hit Serkan and was deflected off the post with the surprised Sébastien Frey beaten. Indeed, Parma were clearly finding the conditions difficult while the Turkish side were dominating on the flanks.

Botonjic block
Parma finally forced a chance on 26 minutes but Matteo Ferrari headed Mark Bresciano's cross just past the post. On the half-hour Fabrizio Cammarata was denied his first goal in European competition by goalkeeper Damir Botonjic, who blocked his shot.

Gençlerbirligi chances
Frey then pulled off a save of his own to somehow claw out Souleymane Youla's point-blank header. Ali Tandogan also had a chance to put the away side ahead before the break but shot over after Josip Skoko's lobbed pass.

Skoko goal
Home coach Cesare Prandelli brought on Marco Marchionni and Alessandro Rosina to try and add spark to Parma's midfield, but on the hour Gençlerbirligi were in front. Skoko's shot from 22 metres out gave Frey no chance.

Victory secure
Having taken the lead, the away team were then happy to soak up any Parma pressure, and saw out the last half-hour without Botonjic being troubled. Visiting coach Kazim Ersun Yanal declared: "I am satisfied with the result and we could have won by a larger margin because we were clearly the better side."

'We did our best'
Parma now have a tough task when they travel to Turkey on Wednesday, but Prandelli insisted: "We did our best. We were forced to play without important players and the snowy pitch did not help us. I am confident that we can win after the second leg and hope to play in better conditions."

Last updated: 27/02/04 13.59CET

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Lineups

parma

Parma

gençlerbirliği

Gençlerbirliği

1
FreySébastien Frey (GK)
16
BotonjičDamir Botonjič (GK)
8
BaroneSimone Barone
Yellow Card90+2
25
Deniz BarışDeniz Barış
21
FerrariMatteo Ferrari (C)
14
Ümit BozkurtÜmit Bozkurt
Yellow Card26
14
CastelliniMarcello Castellini
Substitution70
5
El SakaAbdel El Saka
3
BenarrivoAntonio Benarrivo
6
Erkan ÖzbeyErkan Özbey
20
RosinaAlessandro Rosina
Substitution55
3
DaemsFilip Daems
15
DonadelMarco Donadel
30
Serkan BalcıSerkan Balcı
Substitution90+3
23
BrescianoMark Bresciano
Substitution46
15
SkokoJosip Skoko
Goal60
28
CannavaroPaolo Cannavaro
22
Ali TandoğanAli Tandoğan
Substitution86
37
DeganoDaniele Degano
8
Mustafa ÖzkanMustafa Özkan
38
CammarataFabrizio Cammarata
11
YoulaSouleymane Youla
Yellow Card73

Substitutes

34
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
99
GökhanTokgöz Gökhan (GK)
5
BoneraDaniele Bonera
Substitution70
23
Baki MercimekBaki Mercimek
26
CamaraIbrahima Camara
Substitution55
19
KeremSeras Kerem
13
OyolaGabriel Oyola
7
Bülent AkinBülent Akin
32
MarchionniMarco Marchionni
Substitution46
50
VeyselCihan Veysel
Substitution90+3
36
SortiManuele Sorti
12
MbayoMarcel Mbayo
Substitution86
25
GibbsAlex Gibbs
33
Senol ErolSenol Erol

Coach

Cesare Prandelli (ITA) Ersun Yanal (TUR)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Heiner Müller (GER), Volker Wezel (GER)

Fourth official

Jürgen Jansen (GER)

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