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Friday, 10 March, 2000, 08:34 GMT
Kewell fires Leeds' Uefa dream

Roma keeper Antonioli denies Michael Bridges
Leeds 1-0 Roma (Leeds win 1-0 on agg)

Harry Kewell fired Leeds into the quarter-final of the Uefa Cup with the only goal in a bad-tempered Elland Road clash against Roma.

Match facts
67 mins: Kewell's 20-yard drive finds the net
90 mins: Zago and Smith booked for off-the-ball clash
The Italian's second booking means he must leave the pitch
91 mins: Candela is dismissed for an apparent head-butt on Darren Huckerby
The Australian star's 12th goal of the season was the only difference between the two sides over the two legs.

Leeds now face Slavia Prague in the quarter-final, the furthest they have been in Europe since 1975.

It was a highly-charged tie as both sides refused to give an inch in their chase for a place in the last eight.

Referee Garcia-Aranda Encinar issued seven yellow cards and two reds as Roma were forced to complete the last two minutes of the match with only nine men.

Totti (r) was a thorn in Leeds side all night
At times Leeds struggled to contend with the Italians' muscular challenge and the threat of skipper Francesco Totti.

His passing and movement was at the heart of all Roma's most creative moves and should have brought a goal from his team-mates more than once.

Leeds had their own moments but while David O'Leary's men failed to create more than fleeting half chances, Roma wasted several openings.

Though Nigel Martyn did not have to produce a save, Alessandro Rinaldi and Vincenzo Montella both should have hit the target after being put in the clear by Totti.

Uefa Cup draw
Arsenal v Werder Bremen
Celta Vigo v Lens
Leeds v Slavia Prague
Mallorca v Galatasaray

1st leg 16 March
2nd leg 23 March
And shortly after the interval veteran Brazilian defender Aldair should have buried his close range header from a Rinaldi cross but he miscued and it bounced high.

With Michael Bridges and Kewell at times struggling to make an impact on their own up front, Leeds needed the overlapping runs of their young defenders to really open Roma up.

Stephen McPhail and Wilcox linked up well down the left, left back Ian Harte making a great first-half burst down the flank only to be denied by a splendid Tomassi tackle.

Kewell saw a shot palmed round the corner and Eirik Bakke had a shot to the near post saved.

Kelly holds of Delvecchio
Midfielder Lee Bowyer looked tired and unlike his normal self, wasting a promising counter-attack with a lame shot that trickled wide.

Leeds would have fallen behind had it not been for the robustness of back three Lucas Radebe, Gary Kelly and Alfie Haaland, in for Jonathan Woodgate.

While the midfielders often gave the ball away, Haaland and Radebe rarely put a foot wrong.

And it was the Norwegian who helped Leeds take the lead on 66 minutes. Haaland, looking to up the tempo of the game, led a charge through the middle before sliding it to Kewell.

One touch took it onto his favoured left foot and he rifled it past the flailing hand of Francesco Antonioli.

Elland Road exploded, but so did the Italians as they chased the goal to keep their Uefa Cup hopes alive.

Tie boils over

Haaland was lucky not to concede a free-kick that would have seen him sent off for a desperate challenge on striker Marco Delvecchio.

And as the game entered stoppage time, the lid that had been simmering on top of the clash finally came flying off.

Substitute Alan Smith and Zago were both yellow-carded for an off-the-ball clash after an ugly tackle by the Italian.

It was Zago's second booking and as the Italian players protested over his eviction from the pitch, several Leeds players joined the melee around referee Encinar.

French left-back Candela then appeared to head-butt Darren Huckerby, which forced Spanish referee Jose-Maria Garcia Aranda to flourish a second yellow card for a second time, leaving Roma with just nine men to fight out the last two minutes. Teams:

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

Roma: Antonioli, Zago, Aldair, Mangone, Rinaldi, Nakata, Tommasi, Candela, Totti, Montella, Delvecchio.
Subs: Zanetti, Di Francesco, Lupatelli, Blasi, Tomic, Gourenko, Lanzaro. Referee: J M Garcia-Aranda Encinar (Spain)

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