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Udinese give Levski initiative

Published: Thursday 9 March 2006, 20.51CET
Udinese Calcio 0-0 PFC Levski Sofia The Italian hopefuls failed to sparkle on a night of precious few chances at the Friuli stadium.

Match statistics

UdineseLevski

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target7
 
4
Corners4
 
2
Offsides5
 
2
Fouls committed18
 
16
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 9 March 2006, 20.51CET

Udinese give Levski initiative

Udinese Calcio 0-0 PFC Levski Sofia The Italian hopefuls failed to sparkle on a night of precious few chances at the Friuli stadium.

Udinese Calcio's lacklustre run of form continued as they could only earn a goalless draw against PFC Levski Sofia in the first leg of their UEFA Cup last 16 tie.

Long-range shots
After both sides were largely restricted to long-range shots during a disappointing night of football in Italy, Levski will feel that they have gained the upper hand as they prepare to welcome their opponents back to the Bulgarian capital for the second leg next week.

Cautious start
Eleven games without a win in Serie A, the home side got off to an understandably cautious start with Levski content to sit back and allow their hosts to come at them. However, it was Levski who had the first chance of the night with Cédric Bardon testing Udinese goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis's nerves with a drive that flashed just wide.

Optimistic effort
A minute later, Damiano Zenoni tried his luck at the other end with a strike from a similar range, but also saw his effort fly wide. Chances were few and far between for the remainder of the half with an optimistic 30-metre effort from Udinese's Fernando Tissone after 35 minutes briefly raising the temperature at the Friuli stadium.

Increased pressure
Udinese upped the ante in the second period, putting their guests under more concerted pressure as they looked to grab an advantage in the tie. Five minutes after the restart, Roberto Baronio drew a decent save from Levski goalkeeper Georgi Petkov, while Christian Obodo tried his luck from range and only just missed seven minutes later.

Levski calm
Antonio Di Natale was next to chance his arm for the Italian side, blazing over the bar from just outside the penalty area. Levski, meanwhile, were happy to sit back in the second period, and may well feel optimistic about their chances of clinching victory on home soil in the second leg.

Last updated: 09/03/06 23.04CET

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Lineups

udinese

Udinese

levski

Levski

1
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
1
G. PetkovGeorgi Petkov (GK)
4
BertottoValerio Bertotto
3
MilanovZhivko Milanov
19
FelipeFelipe
Substitution52
11
TopuzakovElin Topuzakov
2
ZapataCristián Zapata
20
AngelovStanislav Angelov
7
ZenoniDamiano Zenoni
25
Lucio WagnerLucio Wagner
5
ObodoChristian Obodo
6
EromoigbeRichard Eromoigbe
Yellow Card42
88
BaronioRoberto Baronio
7
BorimirovDaniel Borimirov
16
TissoneFernando Tissone
21
TelkiyskiDimitar Telkiyski
32
CandelaVincent Candela
Substitution60
27
BardonCédric Bardon
Substitution90+4
20
RossiniFausto Rossini
10
YovovHristo Yovov
Substitution82
10
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale
Substitution67
28
E. AngelovEmil Angelov
Substitution64

Substitutes

12
PaolettiGabriele Paoletti (GK)
88
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
35
DefendiRodrigo Defendi
Substitution52
30
BaltanovLachezar Baltanov
26
PieriMirko Pieri
15
HristovBorislav Hristov
Substitution90+4
8
VidigalVidigal
13
BukarevAsen Bukarev
Substitution82
18
MuntariSulley Muntari
Substitution60
Yellow Card86
17
DomovchiyskiValeri Domovchiyski
Substitution64
31
BarretoPaulo Barreto
Substitution67
8
DyakovBogomil Dyakov
33
LazzariFlavio Lazzari
18
IvanovMiroslav Ivanov

Coach

Loris Dominissini (ITA) Stanimir Stoilov (BUL)

Referee

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Mark Simons (BEL), Peter Hermans (BEL)

Fourth official

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

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