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Joãozinho restores Litex pride

Published: Thursday 30 September 2004, 21.00CET
PFC Litex Lovech 1-0 Grazer AK (agg: 1-5) The visitors advance safely despite losing in Bulgaria.

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Published: Thursday 30 September 2004, 21.00CET

Joãozinho restores Litex pride

PFC Litex Lovech 1-0 Grazer AK (agg: 1-5) The visitors advance safely despite losing in Bulgaria.

By Georgi Dragoev at Gradski stadium

Grazer AK advanced to the group stage of the UEFA Cup, despite a 1-0 first round second-leg defeat at PFC Litex Lovech on Thursday night.

Playing for pride
The Austrian side led 5-0 from the first leg and were never in serious danger of relinquishing that healthy advantage. However, their Bulgarian opponents restored pride with a committed display that deserved more than just the one goal.

Joãozinho threatens
Litex were on the offensive right from the start, and came close to taking the lead after just five minutes when Eugen Trica and Joãozinho combined well, but the Brazilian striker put his shot wide of goal.

Header missed
The home side proceeded to dominate the opening period, with the crossing ability of Kiril Nikolov a feature of the half. One such cross from the left picked out Dimtcho Belyakov after 41 minutes, but he was unable to direct his header on target.

Woodwork hit
An even better chance went begging after 59 minutes, when Joãozinho brilliantly chested the ball down in the penalty area only to see his subsequent shot rattle off the crossbar. He came close again four minutes later after good work from Mourad Hidiouad, but he was denied by a superb save from Andreas Schranz.

Consolation strike
The game's only goal finally came after 67 minutes when Joãozinho met Trica's cross with a powerful header from close range. However, Litex were unable to build on that breakthrough, with Grazer raising their game in the final 20 minutes as they ultimately cruised through to the group stage.

Last updated: 01/10/04 14.00CET

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Lineups

litex

Litex

gak

GAK

1
VutovVitomir Vutov (GK)
1
SchranzAndreas Schranz (GK)
3
ZhelevZhivko Zhelev
7
StandfestJoachim Standfest
Substitution57
5
JambazovKostadin Jambazov
Substitution90+1
8
MuratovićSamir Muratović
6
KirilovRosen Kirilov (C)
18
PogatetzEmanuel Pogatetz
9
JoãozinhoJoãozinho
Goal67
Substitution86
19
DollingerMatthias Dollinger
11
BelyakovDimtcho Belyakov
22
BazinaMario Bazina
Substitution84
14
NikolovKiril Nikolov
4
TokićMario Tokić
18
HdiouadMourad Hdiouad
23
SickGernot Sick
21
TricăEugen Trică
26
PlassneggerGernot Plassnegger
23
JelenkovićNebojša Jelenković
5
EhmannAnton Ehmann (C)
25
VenkovMihail Venkov
28
KollmannRoland Kollmann
Substitution65

Substitutes

13
DimitrovNikolai Dimitrov
13
AlmerFranz Almer (GK)
15
RusevAngel Rusev
10
ŠkoroAlen Škoro
Substitution65
20
BandalovskiIvan Bandalovski
Substitution90+1
17
PirkerDaniel Pirker
Substitution57
19
B.HazurovBorislav Hazurov
Substitution86
21
HasslerDominic Hassler
Substitution84
28
PalankovTodor Palankov
12
SixPhilipp Six
32
AdadoPaul Adado
20
AufhauserRené Aufhauser
33
GospodinovYordan Gospodinov (GK)
24
ErkingerStefan Erkinger

Coach

Stoitcho Mladenov (BUL) Walter Schachner (AUT)

Referee

Romans Lajuks (LVA)

Assistant referees

Adolfs Supe (LVA), Janis Pukijans (LVA)

Fourth official

Sergejs Braga (LVA)

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