Venue: Stadio Evzen Rosicky,
Competition: UEFA Cup, Quarter-Final, Second Leg.
Score: Slavia Prague 2
Scorers: Slavia Prague: Ulich (2, 1 pen).
Slavia Prague: Cerny; L. Dosek, Koller, Hysky, Kozel; Ulich, T. Dosek (Wagner), Dostalek (Lerch), Skala; Kucher (Vozabal), Zelenka.Unused Subs: Christofik, Vadavik.
Referee: Oguz Sarvan (
Prague switched the UEFA Cup quarter-final clash from their Eden Stadium to the
Stadio Evzen Rosicky. The Strahov, as it is
known, is traditionally the venue for big European ties and both Slavia and
Even in the
face of an unlikely defeat United completed their task in the
Ivo Ulich won a right-wing corner in the second minute but Alf-Inge Haaland headed clear the
resulting corner from Tomas Kuchar, and Matthew Jones
made a telling tackle on Ludek Zelenka
on the edge of the box. Eirik Bakke
was felled when going forward but progress from the resulting Ian Harte free-kick was halted by the linesman’s flag. Michael
Bridges wriggled his way through to set up a chance for Stephen McPhail but Radek Cerny was quickly off his line to smother the shot. United
had weathered the opening fifteen minute storm and should have gone ahead two
minutes later when Harry Kewell teed up Gary Kelly,
but his strong shot was just wide. After thirty-two minutes Martin Hysky was booked for holding back Harry Kewell
and Jonathan Woodgate headed just over from the
resulting Ian Harte free-kick. Then Harry Kewell should have scored but shot over from four yards
after being set up by Michael Bridges. There were chances for Stephen McPhail and Michael Bridges for
United then put the tie well beyond Slavia’s reach with a goal from Harry Kewell only two minutes into the second half. Stephen McPhail found Kewell with a pin-point pass and he scored decisively with a crisp drive from twelve yards. It was Kewell’s fifteenth goal of the season, his fifth in consecutive matches and it was the signal for Alan Smith to come on to replace Michael Bridges, but Slavia were level on the night within five minutes when the unmarked Ivo Ulich coolly beat Nigel Martyn from the left of the area. It left United with forty minutes to negotiate but they had no intentions of passing that time by soaking up pressure and a run by Gary Kelly almost finished with a shot on goal. However in the seventy-ninth minute Ian Harte scythed down Ludek Zelenka in the area and Ivo Ulrich scored from the spot despite Nigel Martyn getting a hand to it. Moments later Martyn was forced into an acrobatic save to keep out a drive from Martin Hysky and Gary Kelly, who was enjoying his attacking runs, fired wide of the far post. That, however, was the last meaningful action of a defeat that was always going to be a famous victory as United eased through 4-2 on aggregate.
Matthew Jones and Ian Harte mob Harry Kewell
Harry Kewell beats the grasping hand of Robert Vagner
Matthew Jones is challenged by Ludek Zelenka Lucas Radebe powers in to dispossess Robert Vagner
Michael Bridges beats Martin Hysky
Back Row: Alf-Inge Haaland, Nigel Martyn, Ian Harte, Michael Bridges, Eirik Bakke.
Front Row: Harry Kewell, Lucas Radebe, Gary Kelly, Stephen McPhail, Matthew Jones, Jonathan Woodgate.
Ivo Ulich scored both of the Slavia goals but Harry Kewell got Matthew Jones came into a five-man midfield for the suspended
the killer away goal. Lee Bowyer
Jonathan Woodgate returned from injury to partner Alf-Inge Haaland and Lucas Radebe in a back-three
Jason Wilcox made way for Ian Harte conceded the penalty Eirik Bakke was felled going forward Nigel Martyn saved
Jonathan Woodgate acrobatically
Alan Smith came on for Michael Bridges Stephen McPhail’s pinpoint pass Gary Kelly had good runs
made the goal and shots
Lubos Kozel, Jiri Skala and Ludek Zelenka were fresh faces for the second leg
While Jiri Lerch and Martin Vozabal came on as substitutes