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Kiesenebner to the rescue

Thursday, 16 September 2004

[1] A solitary Markus Kiesenebner goal seven minutes from time proved enough to give FK Austria Wien a first-leg lead in their UEFA Cup first round first-leg fixture with Legia Warsawa.

Didulica stretched

[2] After a quiet opening, it was the visitors who settled first. On eight minutes Austria goalkeeper Joseph Didulica was forced to pull off a fingertip save, as he stretched to keep out a volley from Marek Saganowski. Then, from the resulting corner, Legia again went close when Tomasz Sokolowski headed wide from an unmarked position.

Legia luckless

[3] Legias confidence was visibly growing and on eleven minutes they were again denied by Didulica from a spectacular volley on the edge of the box by Tomasz Kielbowicz. Four minutes after that Legia must have thought their luck was out when they struck the post not once but twice in the same attack. After turning Lukasz Surmas shot on to the frame of the goal, Didulica could do nothing but watch as the ball fell to Piotr Wlodarczyk. But the man who scored a hat-trick in the second qualifying round win against FC Tbilisi could only turn the ball on to the other post.

Limited chances

[4] For the most part, Austria were limited to long-range efforts in the first half, although they missed a golden opportunity on 27 minutes when Ivica Vastic found himself through on goal with only Artur Boruc to beat. The Legia goalkeeper came out on top, producing a smart reaction save.

Austria settle

[5] Austria began the second half far more brightly and eleven minutes in, Sigurd Rushfeldt made his first impression. The Norwegian, who has scored nine times already this season, saw his volley easily saved. But it was the first of a string of chances for Austria, with Libor Sionko and Rushfeldt both finding the side-netting with later efforts.

Late breakthrough

[6] On 64 minutes a free-kick swung in from the right caused havoc in the Legia defence, coming off a head and on to the crossbar. But the breakthrough finally arrived with just seven minutes remaining. A Didier Dheedene long throw fell to Kiesenebner on the edge of the box and he finished emphatically, volleying beyond the flailing Boruc.

Missed chance

[7] Austria could easily have doubled their advantage in stoppage time. However, Nigerian striker Tosin Dosunmu, on as a substitute, fired wide after finding himself in a one-on-one situation having outpaced the Legia defence.

Markus Kiesenebner scored Austria's late winner