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2014/15 UEFA Europa League, 2014 First Round
  • Miroslav Radovic (58')

Legia Warsaw 1-0 KSC Lokeren

Miroslav Radovic ensured Legia Warsaw got their Europa League campaign off to a winning start.
The Serbian winger scored the only goal in a 1-0 Group L victory at home to Lokeren.
It was the least Henning Berg's side deserved for a dominant performance that should really have resulted in a bigger winning margin.
That was surprising given Lokeren qualified for the group stages after a fine performance away to Hull, in which they got the away goal they needed to make it through.
Perhaps armed with that knowledge, Legia started out as if to not let their opponents get a look in - a tactic that worked for the majority of the first half.
Michal Zyro got them on the front foot with a left-footed shot that went just wide of the area, with the same man then having a volley well closed down by Alexander Scholz.
Lokeren flickered briefly as Hans Vanaken got free in the area and eeked out an effort that Dusan Kuciak held on to.
Zyro - looking to kick on this season after his international career with Poland stalled at Under-19 level - returned to the action again with another low drive that Dennis Odoi blocked.
It was fast becoming a one-man show and Zyro's 30-yarder was brilliantly stopped by Boubacar Barry, with Tomasz Bryzski hitting wide from the subsequent corner.
Radovic was the next man to take aim to no success, before Zyro ended the half with another shot that was mopped up by Barry.
Legia's pressure pretty much demanded a goal and 58 minutes in it came. Michal Kucharczyk broke clear down the left, slipped a low pass in and Radovic was on the spot to put it in with Barry nowhere.
Lokeren came back with an attempt of their own, Vanaken slotting wide when the ball landed with him just inside the area.
Ivica Vrdoljak looked to make the game safe for Legia and fizzed in a strike from 25 yards that was well blocked, while Ayanda Patosi had a shot charged down for the visitors.
There would be no more scoring, though, and Legia got what they deserved.
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