Thursday, July 21, 2005

[World Soccer Club] Digest Number 1553

There are 4 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Dudelange achieve national best
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
2. Shels superior in Irish duel
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
3. Re: Dudelange achieve national best
From: "Nick Morris" <n_i_c_k_17@yahoo.co.uk>
4. European U-19 Championship 2005
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>

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Message: 1
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 22:13:24 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Dudelange achieve national best

F91 Dudelange became the first team from Luxembourg to pass through a
round of the European Champion Clubs' Cup for 42 years with a
dramatic victory in Bosnia-Herzegovina against NK Zrinjski.

Gruszczynski equaliser
The Mostar team had picked up a 1-0 win last week in Luxembourg on
their UEFA Champions League debut. And it seemed that goal would take
them through until the second minute of added time when Polish
striker Thomas Gruszczynski scored to force extra time.

Extra-time goals
In the sixth minute of the additional half-hour Joris Di Gregorio
gave Dudelange the lead in the tie for the first time and just before
the turnaround Gruszczynski found the target again. Zrinjski now
needed four goals, and any hope disappeared when Di Gregorio's French
compatriot Gaël Hug struck the visitors' fourth five minutes from the
end.

Rapid await
Dudelange now play Rapid Wien in the second qualifying round and will
welcome the Austrian side for the first leg next week. It was the
first time they had won a two-legged European encounter in eleven
attempts, and the last Luxembourg team to prevail in a European Cup
tie were Jeunesse Esch in 1963/64 - meaning Dudelange have achieved
their nation's best performance in the Champions League era.

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Luxemburg rules :D

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Message: 2
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 22:17:27 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: Shels superior in Irish duel

Republic of Ireland champions Shelbourne won the home and away legs
of a European tie for the first time in their history with a
comfortable victory against their Northern Irish counterparts
Glentoran.

Deadly duo
Shelbourne now play 1985/86 competition winners Steaua Bucuresti in
the second qualifying round of the Champions League, with the first
leg in Dublin next week. The Romanian club's coach Oleg Protassov,
who was in Dublin for this tie, will have come away impressed with
the home side, especially their strikeforce of Jason Byrne and Glen
Crowe who scored three goals between them.

Early lead
Before the game kicked off, Shelbourne were already in the driving
seat thanks to a 2-1 first-leg win in Belfast seven days earlier and
despite a large travelling support for Glentoran, Shelbourne showed
no signs of nerves in the first half as they took a 1-0 lead on the
night after only 14 minutes. Defender Owen Heary, playing his 22nd
European match for the club, scored his first goal in UEFA
competition with a close-range header from David Crawley's free-kick
which gave keeper Elliott Morris no chance.

McCann leveller
That goal seemed to spark Glentoran into life and they went close to
scoring on 20 minutes, when Tommy McCallion tested Dean Delaney. But
the Shelbourne keeper was beaten a minute later. The home defence had
failed to block a run by Glentoran striker Michael Halliday and after
a scramble the ball broke to winger Peter McCann, who finished past
Delaney and gave the Belfast club a glimmer of hope.

Double blow
That was shattered as the visitors suffered a double blow after 31
minutes, when captain Paul Leeman blocked a shot by Shelbourne
midfielder Stuart Byrne with his hand. That earned the Glentoran
player a red card for his second bookable offence and led to a
penalty for Shels, which Jason Byrne calmly converted to claim his
third goal of the tie.

Crowe milestone
A win was beyond Glentoran at that stage but instead of sitting back,
Shelbourne upped their performance after the break and scored two
more goals. Glen Crowe netted his eighth goal in UEFA competition - a
record for a player with an Irish club - with a superb volley on 57
minutes from a cross by Heary.

Byrne clincher
Captain Heary was the creator again on 71 minutes when Jason Byrne
headed past Morris to make it 4-1 on the night and 6-2 on aggregate,
a record win for an Irish club in the Champions League.

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No surprises here. I would even give them 40% of qualification
chances against Steaua.

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Message: 3
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 22:25:25 -0000
From: "Nick Morris" <n_i_c_k_17@yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Re: Dudelange achieve national best

haha!

nick

--- In worldsoccerclub2@yahoogroups.com, "jer_vanlint"
<jer_vanlint@y...> wrote:
> F91 Dudelange became the first team from Luxembourg to pass through a
> round of the European Champion Clubs' Cup for 42 years with a
> dramatic victory in Bosnia-Herzegovina against NK Zrinjski.
>
> Gruszczynski equaliser
> The Mostar team had picked up a 1-0 win last week in Luxembourg on
> their UEFA Champions League debut. And it seemed that goal would take
> them through until the second minute of added time when Polish
> striker Thomas Gruszczynski scored to force extra time.
>
> Extra-time goals
> In the sixth minute of the additional half-hour Joris Di Gregorio
> gave Dudelange the lead in the tie for the first time and just before
> the turnaround Gruszczynski found the target again. Zrinjski now
> needed four goals, and any hope disappeared when Di Gregorio's French
> compatriot Gaël Hug struck the visitors' fourth five minutes from the
> end.
>
> Rapid await
> Dudelange now play Rapid Wien in the second qualifying round and will
> welcome the Austrian side for the first leg next week. It was the
> first time they had won a two-legged European encounter in eleven
> attempts, and the last Luxembourg team to prevail in a European Cup
> tie were Jeunesse Esch in 1963/64 - meaning Dudelange have achieved
> their nation's best performance in the Champions League era.
>
> ***************************
>
> Luxemburg rules :D

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Message: 4
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 22:36:49 -0000
From: "jer_vanlint" <jer_vanlint@yahoo.com>
Subject: European U-19 Championship 2005

Samvel Petrosyan's Armenia have their first ever point in a major
finals tournament after a late equaliser ensured they held England in
European Under-19 Championship Group B.

Goals disallowed
Having lost their debut two days ago against Norway, Armenia faced an
England team pegged back for a 1-1 draw by France. England had the
better of the first half and Dexter Blackstock and Mark Noble had
goals disallowed for a foul and offside respectively.

Petrosyan heroics
After Grant Leadbitter missed a penalty, Matthew Mills put England in
front early in the second period, but Armenia struck back at the
death through Aleksandr Petrosyan to keep their hopes of reaching the
semi-finals alive as France defeated Norway 3-1 elsewhere. Both these
teams must now win on Saturday to have any chance of progress, third-
placed England meeting Norway while Armenia play leaders France.

Qualified for final tournament:
England, Germany, France, Armenia, Greece, Norway, Serbia-Montenegro
and Northern Ireland (hosts)

Final Tournament (in Northern Ireland)

Group 1
18-07-05 Serbia-Montenegro 4-2 Germany [in Lurgan]
18-07-05 Northern Ireland 0-1 Greece [in Belfast]
20-07-05 Greece 0-3 Germany [in Lurgan]
20-07-05 Northern Ireland 0-1 Serbia-Montenegro [in Newry]
23-07-05 Northern Ireland - Germany [in Ballymena]
23-07-05 Greece - Serbia-Montenegro [in Belfast]

1.Serbia-Montenegro 2 2 0 0 5-2 6
2.Germany.......... 2 1 0 1 5-4 3
3.Greece........... 2 1 0 1 1-3 3
4.Northern Ireland. 2 0 0 2 0-2 0

Group 2
18-07-05 France 1-1 England [in Belfast]
18-07-05 Norway 2-0 Armenia [in Lurgan]
20-07-05 Armenia 1-1 England [in Ballymena]
20-07-05 Norway 1-3 France [in Belfast]
23-07-05 Armenia - France [in Lurgan]
23-07-05 Norway - England [in Newry]

1.France. 2 1 1 0 4-2 4
2.Norway. 2 1 0 1 3-3 3
3.England 2 0 2 0 2-2 2
4.Armenia 2 0 1 1 1-3 1

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Damn, a missed penalty and 2 goals disallowed. England has to beat
Norway now!

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