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Hampden joy for Livingston

Published: Monday 15 March 2004, 11.27CET
Round-up: Livingston FC won the Scottish League Cup while Esbjerg fB beat Brøndby IF 6-1.

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Published: Monday 15 March 2004, 11.27CET

Hampden joy for Livingston

Round-up: Livingston FC won the Scottish League Cup while Esbjerg fB beat Brøndby IF 6-1.

Livingston FC overcame favourites Hibernian FC 2-0 to lift the Scottish League Cup at Hampden Park on Sunday.

Memorable triumph
The Scottish Premier League side were placed in administration last month, but second-half goals from Derek Lilley and Jamie McAllister made sure that Davie Hay's team secured a memorable triumph.

Lilley opener
Lilley opened the scoring in the 49th minute with a well-struck left foot shot and then full-back McAllister beat the offside trap to run 30 metres before slotting in the second in the 52nd minute to double the lead.

Top-flight survival
Hibernian had been tipped to win after disposing of both Celtic FC and Rangers FC in previous rounds. However, it was Livingston who succeeded in becoming the first team from outside Glasgow's 'Old Firm' to lift a major Scottish trophy since 1998.

Danish sensation
In Denmark, the Superliga season restarted with a top-of-the-table clash between Brøndby IF and Esbjerg fB, with the visitors running out sensational 6-1 winners. The inspiration for Esbjerg was new signing Fredrik Berglund, who joined from Dutch club Roda JC during the winter break.

Astonishing debut
In an astonishing debut, the 24-year-old scored two goals and set up another three as the West Jutland side humiliated the league leaders in front of more than 28,000 spectators. Esbjerg are now top on goal difference from Michael Laudrup's team. Reigning champions FC København are a further four points adrift despite a hard-fought 2-1 away win against BK Frem.

Estonian shock
In Estonia, champions FC Flora suffered their first home league defeat since May 2002, losing 2-0 to FC Levadia Tallinn. The loss also ended Flora's unbeaten run of 37 league games. The surprise leaders of the division are now JK Tulevik Viljandi, who beat FC Valga 2-0 on Saturday thanks to goals from Enver Jääger and Aivar Anniste.

Dinamo win
The Romanian season resumed on Saturday with leaders FC Dinamo Bucuresti securing a convincing 3-0 win against FC Arges-Dacia Pitesti. They remain three points clear of champions AFC Rapid Bucuresti, whose new coach Dan Petrescu oversaw a fortunate 2-1 win against FC Oradea.

Postponed match
The FC Brasov versus FC Steaua Bucuresti match was held over from Sunday until today due to a national day of mourning in memory of the eight Romanians killed in the Madrid bombings last week. If they win, Steaua will go level with Dinamo on 35 points.

Zurawski rescue
In Poland, two Maciej Zurawski goals rescued a 2-1 win for leaders Wisla Kraków against KS Górnik Polkowice. The weekend's big winners though were Groclin Grodzisk Wielkopolski, who demolished GKS Katowice 6-0, with Grzegorz Rasiak scoring twice.

Levski blow
Finally, in Bulgaria PFC Levski Sofia's title ambitions suffered a severe blow as they lost 2-1 at PFC Rodopa Smolian. Ivan Stoychev and Milan Koprivarov struck within the first 16 minutes and despite a Lyubomir Lyubenov goal just before the break, Levski could not find an equaliser.

Impressive wins
Meanwhile, other title hopefuls PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv, PFC CSKA Sofia and PFC Slavia Sofia all recorded impressive wins. Plovdiv's lead at the top is now five points.

Last updated: 15/03/04 15.33CET

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