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'Lucky' Liberec's Šilhavý not writing off Udinese

Published: Friday 23 August 2013, 9.45CET
"I am not a naive man who thinks everything is decided," said FC Slovan Liberec coach Jaroslav Šilhavý after the 3-1 win at Udinese Calcio. "We know we were extremely lucky."
by Ondřej Zlámal
'Lucky' Liberec's Šilhavý not writing off Udinese
Jaroslav Šilhavý is a cautious man ©Jaroslav Appeltauer
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Published: Friday 23 August 2013, 9.45CET

'Lucky' Liberec's Šilhavý not writing off Udinese

"I am not a naive man who thinks everything is decided," said FC Slovan Liberec coach Jaroslav Šilhavý after the 3-1 win at Udinese Calcio. "We know we were extremely lucky."

FC Slovan Liberec coach Jaroslav Šilhavý is not letting euphoria overcome him despite a surprise 3-1 victory at Udinese Calcio in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League play-off tie.

Three spectacular away goals scored by Ukrainian midfielder Serhiy Rybalka, Congolese forward Dzon Delarge and defender Ondřej Kušnír came from just four Liberec attempts on target. Udinese, meanwhile, hit the woodwork three times and earned 14 corners and at least four clear chances. Slovan now stand on the brink of a first group stage campaign since the 2006/07 UEFA Cup. However, having led FC Dinamo Bucureşti 3-0 after the opening leg of a 2009/10 play-off, only to end up losing on penalties, Šilhavý is right to be cautious ahead of next Thursday's return.

"It is a great result especially as we were away," Šilhavý said. "But I am not a naive man who thinks everything is decided. I do not remember a game in my career in which our opponents had so many chances with a great deal of ball possession and we were so effective at finishing. But football is like that sometimes, we know we were extremely lucky.

"Before the game I was talking about a result that would keep alive our chances of qualification for the home game. Now our hope is alive, but still our opponents showed tremendous quality mainly in the first half. It is just half-time in the tie and it will be very tough. I have to thank my players for their brave performance. We appreciate such a win a lot."

Šilhavý certainly has respect for the Serie A club and their strike partnership Antonio Di Natale and Luis Muriel. "We fought in the space that was allowed by Udinese," the 52-year-old coach said. "Forwards Muriel and Di Natale confirmed how dangerous they are, but our defence and goalkeeper worked very well."

However, Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin knows there will be a lot of hard work to do in Liberec next Thursday if they are to earn a place in the group stage for a third consecutive year. "We will have to produce an excellent performance to be able to think of qualification," he said. "We were very unlucky though. Liberec played an outstanding game and showed their strength and commitment."

Last updated: 05/09/13 17.51CET

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Lineups

udinese

Udinese

liberec

Liberec

30
KelavaIvan Kelava (GK)
16
KovářPřemysl Kovář (GK)
3
AllanAllan
2
KelićRenáto Kelić
5
DaniloDanilo
8
PavelkaDavid Pavelka
8
BastaDušan Basta
10
RybalkaSerhiy Rybalka
Goal16
9
MurielLuis Muriel
11
FrýdekMartin Frýdek
Substitution65
10
Di NataleAntonio Di Natale (C)
12
SackeyIsaac Sackey
Substitution84
11
DomizziMaurizio Domizzi
Yellow Card56
13
KušnírOndřej Kušnír
Yellow Card64
Goal83
21
LazzariAndrea Lazzari
Substitution63
15
KováčRadoslav Kováč (C)
34
Gabriel SilvaGabriel Silva
Goal35
19
RabušicMichael Rabušic
66
PinziGiampiero Pinzi
Substitution63
25
FleišmanJiří Fleišman
75
HeurtauxThomas Heurtaux
28
DelargeDzon Delarge
Yellow Card38
Goal49
Substitution90+3

Substitutes

99
BenussiFrancesco Benussi (GK)
1
HauzrZbyněk Hauzr (GK)
4
NaldoNaldo
3
KarišikMiloš Karišik
7
BaduEmmanuel Badu
5
CoufalVladimír Coufal
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
7
HušekLuboš Hušek
Substitution84
37
PereyraRoberto Pereyra
14
HadaščokVojtěch Hadaščok
Substitution90+3
70
MaicosuelMaicosuel
Substitution63
23
ŠuralJosef Šural
Substitution65
94
ZielińskiPiotr Zieliński
Substitution63
27
KolárĽuboš Kolár

Coach

Francesco Guidolin (ITA) Jaroslav Šilhavý (CZE)

Referee

Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR), Magnus Lundberg (NOR)

Fourth official

Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)

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