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Stalemate suits no one in Zilina

Published: Thursday 27 November 2008, 23.00CET
MŠK Žilina 0-0 SK Slavia Praha
Despite home midfielder Róbert Jež's best efforts, both sides managed to get off the mark in Group F, though a goalless draw suited neither team.
Stalemate suits no one in Zilina
There was disappointment all round in Zilina, including for Erich Brabec ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ŽilinaSlavia Praha

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners8
 
2
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed15
 
21
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Thursday 27 November 2008, 23.00CET

Stalemate suits no one in Zilina

MŠK Žilina 0-0 SK Slavia Praha
Despite home midfielder Róbert Jež's best efforts, both sides managed to get off the mark in Group F, though a goalless draw suited neither team.

MŠK Žilina and SK Slavia Praha both got off the mark in UEFA Cup Group F yet a goalless draw was not really enough for either side.

Jež threat
With three former European champions – Aston Villa FC, Hamburger SV and AFC Ajax – completing a difficult section, the onus was on Žilina and Slavia to take all they could from the Pod Dubnon Stadium. The hosts had the edge throughout, with Slovakian international Róbert Jež a constant threat, but they found Slavia goalkeeper Martin Vaniak in fine form.

Rare threat
Jež shone brightest right from the start, his willingness to push forward proving a thorn in the visiting defence. The 27-year-old had already tried his luck from distance when his free-kick midway through the first half was met by Mário Pečalka. Marek Suchý was well-placed to block, however, and Czech titleholders Slavia gradually came into the game, Žilina goalkeeper Dušan Perniš being tested by a tame Matej Krajčík effort.

Adauto misses
That was only temporary respite, though, as Jež was soon back on the prowl, his corner supplying an opening for Emil Rilke, but the forward's finish did not match the quality of the delivery. Adauto Da Silva was also guilty of wastefulness and, after half-time, Jež almost did the job himself, forcing a good save from Vaniak. Slavia had offered little in return save for half-chances for Erich Brabec, Marek Jarolím and Tomáš Necid, so coach Karel Jarolím rang the changes as time ebbed away. It was Žilina who came closest to turning one point into three, however, Adauto blazing over late on.

Last updated: 27/11/08 23.42CET

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