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Middlesbrough edge into last 16

Published: Thursday 24 February 2005, 22.45CET
Middlesbrough FC 2-1 Grazer AK (agg: 4-3) James Morrison and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink secure narrow win.

Match statistics

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Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 24 February 2005, 22.45CET

Middlesbrough edge into last 16

Middlesbrough FC 2-1 Grazer AK (agg: 4-3) James Morrison and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink secure narrow win.

By Andrew Haslam at Riverside stadium

Goals from James Morrison and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink helped Middlesbrough FC come from a goal down to defeat Grazer AK and earn a place in the last 16 of the UEFA Cup against Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Slender success
Having drawn 2-2 in Austria last week, the English Premiership side were favourites to progress on home soil tonight. It might have proved a very different story, however, Mario Bazina bringing GAK back into the tie with an early goal, before Morrison restored Middlesbrough's aggregate advantage midway through the first half and Hasselbaink confirmed progress on the hour.

Attacking alteration
Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren opted to introduce an extra attacker from the first leg, Joseph-Désiré Job coming into the starting lineup with midfield player Doriva making way. GAK were without Roland Kollmann, who scored their second equaliser in the first game, following his late dismissal, so Bosnia-Herzegovnian forward Alen Škoro started.

Bazina bonus
Despite the loss of their attacking inspiration from the first leg the visitors started brightly, and had already threatened twice from long free-kicks into the penalty area when they took the lead in the eighth minute as René Aufhauser's ball over the top of the Middlesbrough defence set Bazina clear. The Croatian midfield player lifted his chip over the on-rushing Mark Schwarzer and, although Gareth Southgate blocked the initial effort, the Middlesbrough captain's attempted clearance only found Bazina again and this time the finish was unerringly accurate.

Downing inspiration
The goal served to rouse the home supporters, who had seen their side hustled out of their early rhythm by the hard-working visitors. As so often this season, Stewart Downing was the catalyst for much of Middlesbrough's best work, and it was his left-wing cross that carved out a half-chance for Job before he created the equaliser in the 18th minute. Downing picked up possession in space on the corner of the penalty area and, although his powerful low shot was parried by goalkeeper Andreas Schranz, the ball fell perfectly for Morrison to rifle his third UEFA Cup goal of the season high into the net.

Zenden denied
With the visitors clearly unnerved, Middlesbrough pressed forward, although Zenden's deflected shot was the closest they came. Bursts of driving hailstones were making conditions difficult for both sides, and McClaren opted to make a double defensive substitution at half-time, withdrawing Morrison and Job in favour of Doriva and Stuart Parnaby and switching to a 3-5-2 formation.

Hasselbaink clincher
Initially it seemed that had handed the initiative to GAK, but the home side then strengthened their grip on the tie on the hour. Doriva threaded a ball through to Hasselbaink on the edge of the penalty area and the Dutch striker turned Mario Tokic before driving his shot through Schranz's legs to seal Middlesbrough's place in the Round of 16. One major concern for McClaren however, is Downing, who was carried off on a stretcher in the closing minutes.

Last updated: 25/02/05 10.49CET

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Lineups

middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

gak

GAK

1
SchwarzerMark Schwarzer (GK)
1
SchranzAndreas Schranz (GK)
2
ReizigerMichael Reiziger
4
TokićMario Tokić
5
RiggottChris Riggott
5
EhmannAnton Ehmann (C)
6
SouthgateGareth Southgate (C)
8
MuratovićSamir Muratović
3
QueudrueFranck Queudrue
9
BleidelisImants Bleidelis
Substitution63
25
MorrisonJames Morrison
Goal18
Substitution46
10
ŠkoroAlen Škoro
15
ParlourRay Parlour
18
PogatetzEmanuel Pogatetz
16
JobJoseph-Désiré Job
Substitution46
20
AufhauserRené Aufhauser
32
ZendenBoudewijn Zenden
22
BazinaMario Bazina
Goal8
19
DowningStewart Downing
Substitution85
25
MajstorovićMario Majstorović
Substitution74
18
HasselbainkJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
Goal60
26
PlassneggerGernot Plassnegger

Substitutes

12
NashCarlo Nash (GK)
13
AlmerFranz Almer (GK)
21
ParnabyStuart Parnaby
Substitution46
6
RamuschDieter Ramusch
23
CooperColin Cooper
7
StandfestJoachim Standfest
Substitution63
24
DaviesAndrew Davies
11
AmerhauserMartin Amerhauser
20
DorivaDoriva
Substitution46
Yellow Card84
12
SixPhilipp Six
8
NémethSzilárd Németh
Substitution85
19
DollingerMatthias Dollinger
Substitution74
30
GrahamDanny Graham
23
SickGernot Sick

Coach

Steve McClaren (ENG) Walter Schachner (AUT)

Referee

Eduardo Iturralde González (ESP)

Assistant referees

Rafael Guerrero Alonso (ESP), Carlos Andrés Lopez Villate (ESP)

Fourth official

Javier Turienzo Alvarez (ESP)

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