Italian club Piemonte Valle d'Aosta Amateur moved a step closer to the finals after topping qualifying Group 8.
Italian club Piemonte Valle d'Aosta Amateur moved a step closer to reaching the finals of the 2002/03 UEFA Regions' Cup after comfortably topping qualifying Group 8.
Piemonte, unbeaten in their three qualifying matches, must now take on the eventual winners of Group 10 for a place in the finals in June 2003. The Group 8 mini-tournament was staged between 23 and 27 September in Slovakia, with matches played in Dubnica Nad Vahom, Nemšová, Lednické Rovné, Povazská Bystrica and Trencin.
Having opened their account with a 1-1 away draw against Slovakian side West Amateur in Lednické Rovné, Piemonte then took charge of their section as a goal in each half from Bergantin and D'errico secured a convincing 2-0 victory over Romania's Dacia Amateur.
The result came as something of a surprise following Dacia's 2-0 opening-day win against Ural Amateur of Russia - inspired by a double strike from Teican - and the Italian side maintained their advantage with a 3-0 victory over Ural in Dubnica Nad Vahom. Bergantin was again on the scoresheet, with Montalto adding two further goals to earn the three points.
West finished the tournament as runners-up after coming from 1-0 and 2-1 down to secure a point against Ural in Nemšová. An emphatic 3-0 win in their final match against Dacia, with strikes from Cserge and Dekany and an own goal by Tataru doing the damage, confirmed West's second-place finish and relegated their beaten opponents into third spot.
Ural propped up the group table with a single point, from the 2-2 draw with West, and conceded seven goals in three matches.