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Play-offs, First leg

Udinese - Liberec
1-3

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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
 

Match statistics

Udinese
Liberec

1

Goals scored

3

0

Possession (%)

0

28

Total attempts

7

9

on target

4

11

off target

2

8

blocked

1

3

against woodwork

0

14

Corners

0

3

Offsides

2

1

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

8

Fouls committed

18

17

Fouls suffered

8

0

Passes

0

0

completed

0

Lineups

udinese

Udinese

liberec

Liberec

30Kelava (GK)16Kovář (GK)
3Allan2Kelić
5Danilo8Pavelka
8Basta10Rybalka
Goal16
9Muriel11Frýdek
Substitution65
10Di Natale (C)12Sackey
Substitution84
11Domizzi
Yellow Card56
13Kušnír
Yellow Card64
Goal83
21Lazzari
Substitution63
15Kováč (C)
34Gabriel Silva
Goal35
19Rabušic
66Pinzi
Substitution63
25Fleišman
75Heurtaux28Delarge
Yellow Card38
Goal49
Substitution90+3

Substitutes

99Benussi (GK)1Hauzr (GK)
4Naldo3Karišik
7Badu5Coufal
26Pasquale7Hušek
Substitution84
37Pereyra14Hadaščok
Substitution90+3
70Maicosuel
Substitution63
23Šural
Substitution65
94Zieliński
Substitution63
27Kolár

Coaches

Francesco Guidolin (ITA) Jaroslav Šilhavý (CZE)

Referee

Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

Press kits

Standings

 
  
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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