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Grasshoppers grounded by Litex

Published: Thursday 3 November 2005, 23.45CET
PFC Litex Lovech 2-1 Grasshopper-Club The Bulgarian side withstood a late fightback to start their Group D campaign with a win.

Match statistics

LitexGC

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
5
Attempts off target1
 
4
Corners4
 
10
Offsides4
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
8
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 3 November 2005, 23.45CET

Grasshoppers grounded by Litex

PFC Litex Lovech 2-1 Grasshopper-Club The Bulgarian side withstood a late fightback to start their Group D campaign with a win.

PFC Litex Lovech withstood a late fightback by Grasshopper-Club to start their UEFA Cup Group D campaign with a victory.

Early opener
Milivoje Novakovič set the home side on course for victory with a goal inside 14 minutes at the Gradski stadium, and when Brazilian striker Sandrinho doubled the advantage with nine minutes remaining, the Bulgarian team looked on course for a comfortable win. Another Brazilian, Antonio, reduced the deficit in added time but it proved too little, too late, as Litex hung on for victory.

Rogerio strike
The result leaves Grasshoppers rooted to the foot of the section, adding to their 1-0 defeat against Middlesbrough FC on Matchday 1, but they will count themselves unlucky not to get something out of today's game. Indeed, they dominated the opening spell, with Rogerio thrashing a shot just past the upright on three minutes. But the home side withstood the early pressure, and were soon in front when Novakovič thumped in Stanislav Genchev's right-wing cross.

Grasshoppers dominant
The visitors had to contend with a host of injuries going into the game, but made light of these as they soon regained the initiative, the lively Eduardo twice coming close midway through the half. Litex goalkeeper Vitomir Vutov nonetheless had little to do before Antonio forced him into a full-length save after unleashing a searing 20-metre effort ten minutes before the interval.

Novakovič denied
The Brazilian forced Vutov into another save soon after the restart but Litex slowly began to impose themselves, and Novakovič thought he had handed them a two-goal lead on 70 minutes. His celebrations were cut short by the assistant referee's flag, however, with Sandrinho adjudged to be in an offside position. The former EV Juventude midfielder soon made amends, firing in a low shot with less than ten minutes to go.

Late consolation
Antonio gave the visitors late hope, but Litex hung on to record a win in their first outing in the pool. Grasshoppers sit out Matchday 3, and their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages could look slim by the time they face FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on 30 November.

Last updated: 04/11/05 0.03CET

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Lineups

litex

Litex

grasshoppers

Grasshoppers

1
VutovVitomir Vutov (GK)
1
ColtortiFabio Coltorti (GK)
2
R. PopovRobert Popov
Yellow Card10
2
StepanovsIgors Stepanovs
4
CicheroAlejandro Cichero
5
ChihabTariq Chihab
Substitution9
5
VenkovMihail Venkov
8
RenggliMichel Renggli
6
KirilovRosen Kirilov
10
EduardoEduardo
Yellow Card90
7
GenchevStanislav Genchev
11
RogerioRogerio
10
SandrinhoSandrinho
Goal81
Substitution85
15
CabanasRicardo Cabanas (C)
11
NovakovičMilivoje Novakovič
Goal13
Substitution89
24
JaggyKim Jaggy
18
CailletJean-Philippe Caillet
Yellow Card72
26
A. MitreskiAleksandar Mitreski
Yellow Card81
23
JelenkovićNebojša Jelenković (C)
Yellow Card75
30
AntónioAntónio
Goal90
24
ZlatinovPetar Zlatinov
Substitution80
32
SutterScott Sutter

Substitutes

12
T. TodorovTodor Todorov (GK)
18
JehlePeter Jehle (GK)
8
LyubenovLyubomir Lyubenov
Substitution89
3
HürlimannIgor Hürlimann
Substitution9
Substitution76
28
PalankovTodor Palankov
Substitution85
35
SalaticVeroljub Salatic
Substitution76
33
BerberovićDžamal Berberović
Substitution80
4
SchweglerRoland Schwegler
16
ManolevStanislav Manolev
7
TouréDemba Touré
19
B.HazurovBorislav Hazurov
13
DenicolàLuca Denicolà
29
ZanevPetar Zanev

Coach

Mihail Madanski (BUL) Hanspeter Latour (SUI)

Referee

Georgios Kasnaferis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Konstantinos Dalas (GRE), Dimitrios Papadopoulos (GRE)

Fourth official

Charalambos Karatzas (GRE)

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