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Dogged Dnipro undo Utrecht

Published: Thursday 4 November 2004, 21.51CET
FC Utrecht 1-2 FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Hard-working Dnipro move three points clear in Group C.

Match statistics

UtrechtDnipro

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 4 November 2004, 21.51CET

Dogged Dnipro undo Utrecht

FC Utrecht 1-2 FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Hard-working Dnipro move three points clear in Group C.

By Jan Kerkhof at Nieuw Galgenwaard stadium

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk kept up their impressive start to UEFA Cup Group C with victory in the Netherlands against FC Utrecht.

Craft and graft
The Ukrainian side had come from behind to edge past Belgian side Club Brugge KV 3-2 on Matchday 1 and showed the same blend of craft and graft on their way to collecting another precious three points here.

Rotan opener
Utrecht, clearly wary of Dnipro's reputation as a fine counterattacking side, began cautiously, but were soon behind. Ruslan Rotan breached the Dutch side's defence in the eleventh minute, expertly placing the ball past goalkeeper René Ponk.

Missed opportunity
That strike encouraged the home team to be more positive and Utrecht circulated the ball well in midfield, probing for chances. The tactics gradually paid dividends and led to the home team's best opportunity of the first half with a free-kick right outside the box, defender Edson Braafheid missing the target late in the period.

Semochko decider
Utrecht continued to press at the outset of the second half. They dominated for long spells - but their efforts were to go unrewarded and Dnipro conformed to type by striking on the counter - the source of Dmytro Semochko's well-taken 83rd-minute goal.

Douglas consolation
Midfield player Darl Douglas managed to pull a goal back for Utrecht in the final stages with a powerfully-struck effort from distance and the home team thrusted forward in search of an equaliser.

Victory secure
But Dnipro held out and are now three points clear of second-placed FK Austria Wien, who they play next, while Utrecht are bottom after defeats in their opening two games and now need a result against Brugge on 25 November.

Last updated: 05/11/04 10.02CET

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Lineups

utrecht

Utrecht

dnipro

Dnipro

12
PonkRené Ponk (GK)
22
KernozenkoVyacheslav Kernozenko (GK)
Yellow Card75
2
CornelisseTim Cornelisse
Yellow Card24
3
GrytsayOlexandr Grytsay
4
Di TommasoDavid Di Tommaso
5
YezerskiyVolodymyr Yezerskiy
6
De JongJean-Paul de Jong (C)
10
KostyshynRuslan Kostyshyn
Yellow Card45
7
DouglasDarl Douglas
Goal88
11
VenhlinskiyOleh Venhlinskiy
9
Van de HaarHans van de Haar
15
MatiukhinSerhiy Matiukhin
Substitution60
10
TangheStéphane Tanghe
16
RusolAndriy Rusol
15
BraafheidEdson Braafheid
Substitution66
19
MykhaylenkoDmytro Mykhaylenko (C)
16
El GaaouriSamir El Gaaouri
Yellow Card36
Substitution46
20
RykunOlexandr Rykun
17
SchutAlje Schut
Substitution46
28
NazarenkoSerhiy Nazarenko
Substitution86
23
SomersHans Somers
Yellow Card90+2
29
RotanRuslan Rotan
Goal11
Substitution30

Substitutes

40
HuiskampDaan Huiskamp (GK)
1
MedinMykola Medin (GK)
3
ZuidamJordy Zuidam
2
PoklonskyyOlexandr Poklonskyy
5
Shew-AtjonÉtienne Shew-Atjon
Substitution46
4
LysytskiyVitaliy Lysytskiy
Substitution86
8
BroerseJoost Broerse
6
ShelayevOleh Shelayev
Substitution60
14
LeitoeRichal Leitoe
7
MelashchenkoOlexandr Melashchenko
18
RajcomarPrince Rajcomar
Substitution66
18
AndriyenkoDenys Andriyenko
22
KellerSander Keller
Substitution46
21
SemochkoDmytro Semochko
Substitution30
Goal83

Coach

Foeke Booy (NED) Yevgen Kucherevskyy (UKR)

Referee

Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

Assistant referees

Andreas Christodoulou (CYP), Andreas Xanthou (CYP)

Fourth official

Loizos Loizou (CYP)

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