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Vaduz break European duck

Published: Friday 16 July 2004, 0.38CET
FC Vaduz 1-0 Longford Town FC Late goal gives Vaduz their first victory in European competition.

Match statistics

VaduzLongford

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 16 July 2004, 0.38CET

Vaduz break European duck

FC Vaduz 1-0 Longford Town FC Late goal gives Vaduz their first victory in European competition.

By David Farrelly at the Rheinpark stadium

A 77th-minute goal from substitute Michele Polverino provided FC Vaduz with their first-ever victory in Europe in 21 attempts, and an opening-leg lead to take to the Republic of Ireland as they defeated Longford Town FC in their UEFA Cup first qualifying round engagement.

Late winner
The match seemed destined to end scoreless as both sides lacked the requisite vision and creativity in the final third before Polverino gained possession midway inside the Longford half and picked his spot from 12 metres with a low shot that eluded the diving Stephen O'Brien inside his right-hand post.

Early exchanges
Longford, despite their poor recent form domestically, started brightest but Sean Prunty spurned a promising opportunity when firing the ball across the face of goal after a combination of Eric Lavine and Vinny Perth had robbed Vaduz captain Martin Stocklasa in midfield. But, despite dominating possession, Longford failed to muster any consistent threat in front of goal and Phillip Keogh's long-range effort which whistled narrowly wide of Carlos Silva's right-hand post was the only other chance they created during a positive opening spell.

Stocklasa chance
Vaduz, who entered the competition as Liechtenstein Cup winners although they also compete in the Swiss domestic league, soaked up what their Irish opponents had to offer and created a succession of scoring chances around the half-hour, the pick of which came from Stocklasa, who rose highest at the far post to meet Marius Zarn's cross only to fail to find the target.

Prunty close
The visitors responded before the break, but Prunty again wasted a good opportunity when lobbing wide of the target from inside the penalty area and then substitute Dean Fitzgerald, introduced for the injured Keogh, volleyed over when Prunty's corner was only half-cleared. But Longford remained unsure defensively and O'Brien was required to deny Marco Pérez's low long-range effort before saving with his feet from Eduardo Dos Santos, who was quick to exploit Barry Ferguson's under-hit backpass.

Game opens up
Tonight's game opened up as a contest after the interval and Stocklasa should have profited from some poor Longford defending after 54 minutes only to mis-hit his shot from ten metres. Dos Santos then shot over from eight metres moments later after being played in by Pulverino before Thomas Weller hit the side-netting as O'Brien scrambled desperately to clear the ball following another defensive slip.

Decisive goal
But Prunty displayed that the visitors still posed a scoring threat when volleying narrowly over from the edge of the penalty area on the hour before Fitzgerald headed Sean Dillon's cross wide and Shane Barrett fired narrowly over. That was until Pulverino had the final say, and with only eleven goals in 21 games this season, Longford will need to find their scoring form on 29 July.

Last updated: 28/07/04 12.19CET

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Lineups

vaduz

Vaduz

longford

Longford

18
SilvaCarlos Silva (GK)
1
O'BrienStephen O'Brien (GK)
Yellow Card62
4
HaslerDaniel Hasler
2
Alan MurphyAlan Murphy
Yellow Card6
5
StocklasaMartin Stocklasa (C)
Yellow Card20
3
DillonSean Dillon
7
WellerThomas Weller
Substitution64
5
FergusonBarry Ferguson (C)
9
Dos SantosEduardo Dos Santos
6
KeoghPhillip Keogh
Substitution28
13
PérezMarco Pérez
Substitution46
7
KirbyAlan Kirby
14
F. BurgmeierFranz Burgmeier
Yellow Card50
9
LavineEric Lavine
Yellow Card11
15
ZarnMarius Zarn
10
BarrettShane Barrett
Substitution85
17
M. TelserMartin Telser
11
PruntySean Prunty
19
FischerBenjamin Fischer
Substitution82
13
PerthVincent Perth
Yellow Card42
Substitution79
21
GohouriSteve Gohouri
12
PaisleyStephen Paisley

Substitutes

1
MeierFlorian Meier (GK)
20
DempseyMichael Dempsey (GK)
8
EkyeBismark Ekye
Substitution64
19
GartlandGraham Gartland
11
ObhafuosoPhilip Obhafuoso
14
SheridanDarragh Sheridan
12
NaterStéphane Nater
8
FitzgeraldDean Fitzgerald
Substitution28
16
D'EliaFabio D'Elia
17
MartinJohn Martin
Substitution79
20
GersterAndreas Gerster
Substitution82
16
FrancisSeán Francis
Substitution85
22
PolverinoMichele Polverino
Substitution46
Goal73
15
BakerDesmond Baker

Coach

Martin Andermatt (SUI) Alan Mathews (IRL)

Referee

Merab Malaguradze (GEO)

Assistant referees

Levan Mikeladze (GEO), Guram Chigogidze (GEO)

Fourth official

Aleksandr Shilakadze (GEO)

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