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banner Thursday, 21 September, 2000, 21:48 GMT 22:48 UK
Bohemians win all in vain
Igli Tare (r) of Kaiserslautern tangles with Bohemians' Robert Bowman
Tare (r) of Kaiserslautern with Bohemians' Bowman
Kaiserlautern 0-1 Bohemians
UEFA Cup first round, second leg

League of Ireland side Bohemians recorded a sensational 1-0 win away to German side Kaiserslautern in the Uefa Cup but still went out 3-2 on aggregate.

The defeat was a humiliation for Kaiserslautern who were German champions just two seasons ago.

"It's one of the worst games we have played since I have been here," Kaiserslautern coach Otto Rehhagel groaned.


It's one of the worst games we have played since I have been here
  Kaiserslautern coach Otto Rehhagel
"I warned the guys before the match it would be difficult if they scored. We just didn't get into the match. We took it too easy. No matter where I look I cannot find a single positive thing to say about tonight's game - except that we reached the next round.'

Glen Crowe scored the only goal of the evening after 36 minutes, a simple tap in after being left unmarked.

Crowe should have grabbed a second in the 77th minute after a catastrophic mistake by Kaiserslautern's Egyptian defender Hany Ramzy but Georg Koch somehow managed to block his powerful shot.

"We were missing our exceptional players Youri Djorkaeff, Mario Basler and a few others tonight and when they aren't present things don't work well in the midfield," said a frustrated Rehhagel.

No excuses

"That's not meant to be an excuse, though. The guys who played tonight are all professionals and many are internationals and they just didn't come to grips with things."

Jorgen Pettersson had a promising 53rd minute shot blocked by 'keeper Wayne Russell while Mirolsav Lokvenc scraped the crossbar with an injury-time shot.

But Bohemians battled for their victory and Kaiserslautern were jeered off the field by their fans.

"What else can I say? We played at home and lost 0-1," Swedish striker Pettersson said. "It was a catastrophic game. We played terrible football. The crowd should boo us - we deserve it."

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11 Sep 00 |  Europe
Bohemians go for broke
11 Sep 00 |  Northern Ireland
Germans tie Bohs in knots
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