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Mujiri makes Omonia pay

Published: Tuesday 10 August 2004, 22.32CET
AC Omonia 1-1 PFC CSKA Sofia Amiran Mujiri's late equaliser gives the Bulgarian side the edge.

Match statistics

OmoniaCSKA Sofia

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Tuesday 10 August 2004, 22.32CET

Mujiri makes Omonia pay

AC Omonia 1-1 PFC CSKA Sofia Amiran Mujiri's late equaliser gives the Bulgarian side the edge.

By John Leonidou

An equaliser from substitute Amiran Mujiri 13 minutes from time gave PFC CSKA Sofia the edge in their UEFA Cup second qualifying round first-leg visit to Cypriot team AC Omonia.

Mujiri's moment
The home side were largely on top in front of 13,000 spectators in Nicosia, but had only Jozef Kozlej's 57th-minute goal to show for their pressure, and Mujiri capitalised on uncertainty in the home defence to rescue a draw which leaves the Bulgarian side well-placed to progress when the second leg takes place on 26 August.

Omonia on top
On a hot and humid evening, CSKA were made to work hard as they resisted a series of Omonia attacks early in the game that might have seen the home team go in front. Kozlej headed a Lubija Kekic cross centimetres wide inside the very first minute and the hosts maintained the pressure on the CSKA defence, Efstathios Aloneftis and Antonis Makris both looking particularly dangerous.

CSKA counters
It was not all one-way traffic, however, with El Hadji Manou Ayanda and Stoyko Sakaliev both going close on the counterattack. Goalless at half-time, the second period began at a frantic pace as three chances went begging in the space of a minute. First Omonia's Kekic saw his effort cleared off the line by Evgeni Iordanov, then Mujiri broke the offside trap only to shoot wide for CSKA before Kekic volleyed wide at the other end, all in the 52nd minute.

Kozlej converts
Five minutes later Omonia did eventually break the deadlock as a fine shot from Makris was blocked by CSKA goalkeeper Ivailo Ivanov and the rebound fell perfectly at the feet of Slovakian striker Kozlej, who prodded the ball into an empty net.

Late leveller
CSKA responded well, upping the pressure and might have equalised on 75 minutes but substitute Hristo Yanev fired wide with the goal gaping. It was 1-1 minutes later, however, as a great run by Kostadin Hazurov was only partially cleared by Omonia defender Petros Konnafis and Mujiri picked up the ball and slammed the equaliser beyond Omonia goalkeeper Adam Vezer.

Nicolaov miss
Another substitute, Omonia's Georgios Nicolaov, might have restored the home side's advantage in the closing minutes, but he missed the chance and the Bulgarian side held on.

Last updated: 11/08/04 0.32CET

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Lineups

omonia

Omonia

cska sofia

CSKA Sofia

14
VezerAdam Vezer (GK)
12
Ivailo IvanovIvailo Ivanov (GK)
99
KonnafisPetros Konnafis
2
ZabavníkRadoslav Zabavník
Yellow Card42
3
IoakimAkis Ioakim
3
VarbanovYordan Varbanov
5
KorolovszkyGábor Korolovszky
5
YanchevTodor Yanchev (C)
33
E. CharalambousElias Charalambous
Yellow Card85
6
ZafirovAdalbert Zafirov
23
KekicLubija Kekic
Substitution55
8
DimitrovVelizar Dimitrov
15
MakrisAntonis Makris
Substitution79
11
CahaRobert Caha
Yellow Card32
11
ThemistocleousMarios Themistocleous
19
YordanovEvgeni Yordanov
Yellow Card58
9
KozlejJozef Kozlej
Goal57
Substitution84
20
AyandaEl Hadji Ayanda
Substitution46
20
KaiafasKostas Kaiafas (C)
21
SakalievStoyko Sakaliev
Substitution69
30
AloneftisStathis Aloneftis
23
GargorovEmil Gargorov
Substitution69

Substitutes

1
LeoniDemetris Leoni (GK)
31
HmarucEvgeni Hmaruc (GK)
8
C. NicolaouCharis Nicolaou
Substitution84
7
YanevHristo Yanev
Substitution69
10
MichailovicVesko Michailovic
Substitution79
10
MujiriAmiran Mujiri
Substitution46
Goal77
18
Antonis AntoniouAntonis Antoniou
24
K. HazurovKostadin Hazurov
Substitution69
7
StjepanovićZoran Stjepanović
26
ManolovMiroslav Manolov
44
NicolaouGeorgios Nicolaou
Substitution55
28
Adrian IvanovAdrian Ivanov
6
PapaioannouMichail Papaioannou
35
YoshevAngel Yoshev

Coach

Franciszek Smuda (POL) Ferario Spasov (BUL)

Referee

Paul Mckeon (IRL)

Assistant referees

David Wogan (IRL), Edward Foley (IRL)

Fourth official

Alan Kelly (IRL)

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