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Defenders rule at Renato Curi

Published: Thursday 26 February 2004, 23.08CET
AC Perugia 0-0 PSV Eindhoven Solid defending from both sides keeps the scoresheet blank.

Match statistics

PerugiaPSV

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

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Published: Thursday 26 February 2004, 23.08CET

Defenders rule at Renato Curi

AC Perugia 0-0 PSV Eindhoven Solid defending from both sides keeps the scoresheet blank.

Superb defending from both sides ensured the first leg of the UEFA Cup third-round meeting between AC Perugia and PSV Eindhoven finished goalless, leaving the tie intriguingly poised ahead of the next Wednesday's return in the Philips stadium.

Poor form
Perugia are struggling in Serie A and won their first league game only last Sunday, but success in Europe has not been a problem for Serse Cosmi's team. UEFA Intertoto Cup winners last summer, the Italian side defeated Dundee FC and FC Aris Thessaloniki in previous rounds.

Robben out
The visitors, without the injured Arjen Robben, started with an attacking lineup, with wingers Ji-Sung Park and Theo Lucius supporting strikers Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Mateja Kezman. In contrast, Perugia opted for a safety-first approach, deploying defensive midfield players Christian Obodo and Fabio Gatti in front of the back four with strikers Fabrizio Ravanelli and Jay Bothroyd relying on long balls.

Smart stop
PSV had more possession in the first half but failed to create clear goalscoring opportunities. Zeljko Kalac was not called into action until eight minutes before half-time, when the Perugia goalkeeper pulled off a smart save to deny Kezman. Park was the first to the rebound and crossed accurately to the far post for Vennegoor of Hesselink, but the striker's diving header flashed just wide of the gaping goal.

PSV pressure
A minute later, Kalac turned aside a powerful strike by PSV captain Mark van Bommel from just outside the penalty area, with Kezman also missing the target two minutes later.

Attacking change
Cosmi introduced Brazilian winger Raymundo Do Prado at half-time, and Perugia started the second half at a much higher tempo, pressing back PSV inside their own half. The substitute began to link well with Ravanelli and the former's cross led to an error from PSV defender Kasper Bøgelund, forcing goalkeeper Ronald Wattereus to save at Obodo's feet.

Bouma off target
A minute later, Do Prado sent a shot just wide after another one-two with Ravanelli, and the Italian side looked to be getting on top. However, Wilfred Bouma might have snatched victory for the Dutch visitors late on with a 25-metre free-kick that went just wide, but both sides ultimately seemed content to settle for a draw.

Cosmi content
"We knew that PSV were a really strong side and they confirmed it tonight," said Cosmi. "But I'm proud of my team, because we matched them throughout. This is not a negative result because we are still confident we can qualify."

Counterattacking threat
His opposite number also declared himself pleased. "I'm satisified with the result," said Guus Hiddink. "We knew that Perugia could play good football. We can win the return leg but they will be dangerous on the counterattack."

Last updated: 27/02/04 10.46CET

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Lineups

perugia

Perugia

psv

PSV

1
KalacZeljko Kalac (GK)
23
WaterreusRonald Waterreus (GK)
2
Zé MariaZé Maria
3
Lee Young-PyoLee Young-Pyo
5
Di FrancescoEusebio Di Francesco
Substitution46
4
FaberErnest Faber
6
IgnoffoGiovanni Ignoffo
5
BoumaWilfred Bouma
9
BothroydJay Bothroyd
Substitution68
6
Van BommelMark van Bommel (C)
14
DiamouteneSouleymane Diamoutene
7
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
18
FresiSalvatore Fresi
8
Vennegoor of HesselinkJan Vennegoor of Hesselink
22
Di LoretoMarco Di Loreto
9
KežmanMateja Kežman
Yellow Card29
27
ObodoChristian Obodo
13
Van der SchaafRemco van der Schaaf
Substitution75
31
RavanelliFabrizio Ravanelli (C)
Substitution74
16
LuciusTheo Lucius
44
GattiFabio Gatti
Yellow Card34
30
BøgelundKasper Bøgelund

Substitutes

8
TardioliMichele Tardioli (GK)
1
Van DijkRob van Dijk (GK)
7
Guilherme do PradoGuilherme do Prado
Substitution46
25
De JongJohn de Jong
Substitution75
20
FusaniMassimiliano Fusani
Substitution68
15
VonlanthenJohan Vonlanthen
21
TurchiJuan Martin Turchi
Substitution74
18
Eric AddoEric Addo
34
Pero NulloMatteo Pero Nullo
20
ColinJürgen Colin
35
PencelliGiacomo Pencelli
31
BakkalOtman Bakkal
36
GorettiGabriele Goretti
48
AfellayIbrahim Afellay

Coach

Serse Cosmi (ITA) Guus Hiddink (NED)

Referee

Michal Benes (CZE)

Assistant referees

Jiri Vodicka (CZE), Patrik Filipek (CZE)

Fourth official

Jaroslav Jara (CZE)

Legend:

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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