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Né secures Beveren breakthrough

Published: Thursday 30 September 2004, 21.00CET
KSK Beveren 1-0 PFC Levski Sofia (agg: 2-1) Marco Né's goal just before half-time books Beveren's passage.

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Published: Thursday 30 September 2004, 21.00CET

Né secures Beveren breakthrough

KSK Beveren 1-0 PFC Levski Sofia (agg: 2-1) Marco Né's goal just before half-time books Beveren's passage.

By Mark Vandenplas at Freethiel stadium

Marco Né's goal on the stroke of half-time secured KSK Beveren's passage to the UEFA Cup group stage with a 2-1 aggregate success against PFC Levski Sofia in Belgium.

African influence
Né was one of ten players from the Ivory Coast in the Beveren starting eleven, with goalkeeper Mark Volders the sole native player in the home side's lineup, the result of a scouting policy that led them to last season's Belgian Cup final and a place in this competition.

On the attack
Levski knew they had to score at least once to qualify after the 1-1 draw in Sofia in the first leg and they adopted an all-out attacking approach from the start, fielding three, and sometimes four, forwards as they took the game to Beveren.

Disallowed goal
They came close to scoring after 15 minutes through Emil Angelov. Three minutes later they had a goal disallowed, when Bulgarian international striker Georgi Chilikov's effort was ruled out for handball earlier in the move.

Beveren on top
Thereafter, the technically superior Beveren side took control of the match and threatened the Levskigoal three times in quick succession between the 28th and 34th minutes, through Romaric N'Dri, Mohamed Diallo and Moussa Sanogo.

Né follows up
Though Levski hit back with Chilikov forcing two saves out of Volders in the 40th and 42nd minutes, Beveren scored the all-important goal in the final minute of the first half. N'Dri's free-kick from 25 metres came back off the post and Né was following up to head the ball into the net.

Few chances
Levski pressed valiantly in the second half but chances were harder to come by than in the relatively open first period, with Daniel Borimirov seeing their only real chance of note saved by Volders.

Strike sufficient
Levski's frustration was reflected in the four yellow cards they picked up in the final 15 minutes, and it was Beveren who finished the stronger with Diallo and Alain Koudou both coming close to extending their lead. However, in the end, Né's solitary strike proved sufficient to win a place in Tuesday's draw.

Last updated: 01/10/04 11.36CET

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Lineups

beveren

Beveren

levski

Levski

12
VoldersMark Volders (GK)
27
IvankovDimitar Ivankov (GK)
2
MahanMondakan Mahan
Yellow Card64
30
MilanovZhivko Milanov
Substitution72
4
DiawaraAbdoulaye Diawara
5
G. MarkovGeorgi Markov
6
TokpaAlexandre Tokpa
Substitution69
6
EromoigbeRichard Eromoigbe
8
KantéSeydou Kanté
7
BorimirovDaniel Borimirov
10
SekaRoméo Seka
13
BukarevAsen Bukarev
Substitution40
16
NéMarko Né
Goal45
19
ChilikovGeorgi Chilikov
17
EbouéEmmanuel Eboué
Yellow Card66
21
TelkiyskiDimitar Telkiyski
19
DialloMohamed Diallo
22
I. StoyanovIlian Stoyanov
20
SanogoMoussa Sanogo
Substitution86
28
E. AngelovEmil Angelov
Substitution82
22
RomaricNdri Romaric
11
TopuzakovElin Topuzakov

Substitutes

24
VerhulstDavino Verhulst (GK)
12
UzunovVihren Uzunov (GK)
3
LardenoitKristof Lardenoit
Substitution69
2
Martin StoianovMartin Stoianov
5
TamlaMekeme Tamla
8
GenchevStanislav Genchev
14
OuattaraSekou Ouattara
10
KolevTodor Kolev
Substitution72
15
VleminckxBjörn Vleminckx
15
SimonovićSaša Simonović
Substitution40
18
KoudouAlain Koudou
Substitution86
20
AngelovStanislav Angelov
77
LyubenovLyubomir Lyubenov
Substitution82

Coach

Herman Helleputte (BEL) Stanimir Stoilov (BUL)

Referee

Sergey Shebek (UKR)

Assistant referees

Vasyl Olshanetskyy (UKR), Aleksandr Zhurba (UKR)

Fourth official

Andriy Shandor (UKR)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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