UPL European Round Up 01/08/13

Metalist celebrated their first ever UEFA Champions League match with a 2:0 victory at The Toumba Stadium, the home of Greek side PAOK.  Marko Devic continued his fine start to the season with a brace of goals to help the Kharkiv side to victory.  Devic opened the scoring in the first half with a goal from the penalty spot after Miguel Vitor handled in the box.  Devics’ second goal came in more spectacular circumstances as he rounded the keeper, only to end up out on the wing from where he produced a clever finish to lob a defender and find the back of the net.  The game was played in front of a near empty stadium as PAOK serve a ban.  Metalist will be considerable favourites to finish the job next week and enter the play-off round, just two games away from the lucrative group stages.

In the Europa League, Chornomorets defeated Crvena Zvezda in front of 29,000 of their own fans.  An impressive performance from ‘The Sailors’ earned them a 3:1 victory.  Sito Riera put Chornomorets ahead before Dja Djedje swiftly made it two.  Red Star pulled a goal back but Olexiy Antonov restored Chornomorets’ two goal advantage to give them a commanding lead before they head to Belgrade.  They will have to be wary of the away goal however as this tie is far from over.  The match was overshadowed however by crowd trouble in the away end.

Metalurg Donetsk were also in Europa League action however they suffered a defeat against Albanian side Kukesi.  Kukesi took a quick lead and their advantage was doubled late on as Metalurg disappointed.  Mykola Morozuik was dismissed in the second half and Metalurg will have to do without him in the return leg.

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