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Thursday, November 4, 1999 Published at 21:12 GMT

Sport: Football

Leeds are masters of Moscow

Leeds star Harry Kewell is denied by a desperate sliding tackle

Lokomotiv Moscow 0-3 Leeds
Aggregate: 1-7

Leeds coasted into the third round of the Uefa Cup with a masterly display in Moscow.

The Leeds manager David O'Leary: "In the end Leeds ran out miles in front"
David O'Leary's team, with a 4-1 lead from the first leg, were virtually assured of progress before the return in Russia.

And any lingering fears that Lokomotiv might be about to pull off an astonishing comeback were snuffed out by a superb United effort in the first half.

[ image: Bridges: First European goals but up to 11 for season]
Bridges: First European goals but up to 11 for season
Three first half goals, a penalty from Ian Harte and two from Michael Bridges, turned the match into a non-event - to the delight of O'Leary.

The one sour note on a hugely impressive night was the yellow card awarded to skipper Lucas Radebe, who now misses the first leg of the next tie after picking up a third booking.

Lokomotiv started brightly and initially threatened to dent the English club's lead.

But Leeds silenced the 18,000 home crowd with the opening goal after 15 minutes.

Harte breaks home resistance

Australian international Harry Kewell, the subject this week of a tug of war between club and country, was shoved in the back in the Lokomotiv area by Igor Chugainov.

French referee Alain Sars blew for a penalty and Harte sent goalkeeper Rusian Nigmatullin the wrong way from the spot for his fourth of the season.

The home side had a chance to level when Dmitri Bulykin's powerful drive was kept out by Nigel Martyn- but it proved virtually the last act of resistance from Lokomotiv.

[ image: Lee Bowyer rides a Russian tackle]
Lee Bowyer rides a Russian tackle
Leeds doubled the lead in the 28th minute when a flowing move saw Harte pick out Lee Bowyer, who headed back into the six-yard box.

Without a red shirt in sight, Bridges joyfully slammed his 10th goal of the season into the roof of the net.

Bridges then wrapped up a stunning first-half display in injury time.

Eirik Bakke played in the free-scoring forward to plant a simple shot past Nigmatullin after he had initially beat Oleg Pashinin for pace.

Over and out

The second half turned into something of a procession.

With the match over as a contest, United unsurprisingly took their foot off the pedal, but even then Moscow were unable to take advantage by reducing the defecit to a less embarrassing margin.

Bridges was denied a hat-trick when he directed a volley straight at Migmatullin from point blank range.

A scramble in the area soon after almost saw Jonathon Woodgate on the scoresheet, but he mis-kicked his shot with the ball flying across the six-yard box.


Lokomotiv Moscow: Nigamtoulline, Arifoullin, Lavrik, Pashinin, Ovannesyan, Tchougainov, Smertin, Boulykin, Loskov, Sarkisian, Solomatin. Subs: Poliakov, Kharlachev, Maminov, Semenenko, Piminov, Neretine.

Leeds: Martyn, Kelly, Radebe, Woodgate, Harte, Bowyer, Batty, McPhail, Kewell, Bridges, Bakke. Subs: Robinson, Mills, Duberry, Haaland, Hopkin, Huckerby, Smith.

Referee: Alain Sars (France)

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