Hearts Make Progress

By Meganjack
Last updated : 16 October 2003
Hearts booked their place in the second round of the UEFA Cup with a disciplined performance in the Olympic Stadium in Sarajevo.
Their two goal advantage secured in first leg at Tynecastle proved sufficient as Zeljeznicar threatened on occasion but lacked the belief that they could overturn the deficit. Jean-Louis Valois started for Hearts after joining up with the team just hours before kick-off due to a family bereavement in his native France. The Edinburgh side almost snatched the lead inside the first 30 seconds when a misplaced header from Bulend Biscevic gave Mark de Vries a chance but Kenan Hasagic made a fine save.

Zeljeznicar hit back immediately and it took a timely tackle from Patrick Kisnorbo to prevent Almir Gredic from opening the scoring. Hearts looked uncertain at the back and a mistake from Kisnorbo gave Biscevic a chance but Neil MacFarlane this time scampered back to block the shot. Zeljeznicar enjoyed a dominant spell and Sretko Vuksanovic was just inches wide of Tepi Moilanen's right-hand post with a 20-yard shot in the 19th minute. Adis Obad came just as close after 31 minutes after more hesitancy in the Hearts' defence. There was a let-off for Hearts a minute later when Vuksanovic set up an opportunity for Deelaludin Muharemovic but he rushed his shot and sliced his effort wide of target with only Moilanen to beat. But Hearts improved towards half-time as they tightened up and kept possession for long periods.

Sanel Jahic came within inches of giving the home side the lead six minutes into the second half with a fiercely-struck volley from a tight angle which flashed narrowly over the top. A poor clearance from Hasagic gave Valois a chance at the other end but the goalkeeper made amends for his mistake and managed to divert the French midfielder player's shot for a corner. Substitute Edin Dzeko was not too far away with a header for the Bosnians but Hearts coped comfortably with everything that Zeljeznicar could muster and held on for the draw.

Zeljeznicar Sarajevo: Hasagic, Biscevic, Kajtaz, Mulalic, Alihodzic, Karic, Gredic, Muharemovic, Jahic, Vuksanovic, Obad
Subs: Adilovic, Joldic, Spahic, Rascic, Avdija, Hadzic, Dzeko

Hearts: Moilanen, Maybury, Pressley, Webster, Kisnorbo, Stamp, MacFarlane, Severin, Valois, de Vries, Weir
Subs: Gordon, McKenna, McCann, Kirk, Wyness, Hartley, Simmons

Referee: Anton Stredak (Slovakia)

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