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FC WIT Georgia Tbilisi (H) 1 - 1 (A) Troyes Aube Champagne FC
Second round
8 July 2001 20:00
Boris Paichadze - Tbilisi
Attendance - 1500
Troyes march on despite draw in Georgia

Troyes Aube Champagne FC marched into the third round of the UEFA Intertoto Cup on Sunday by holding FC WIT Georgia Tbilisi to a 1-1 draw at the Boris Paichadze stadium, Tbilisi. The French side held a six-goal advantage from the first leg and now face Swedish club AIK Solna in the next round.

FC WIT Georgia Tbilisi's Georgy Areshidze wins his mid-air duel with Troyes Aube Champagne FC's Mensil Meniri (©EPA)
Early chance

Alexandr Gogoberishvili, who missed the opening game in France, was back for the return match and proved a constant threat to the visitors' defence. He came close to scoring after just two minutes but drove narrowly wide of the post.

Clean through
Troyes enjoyed plenty of possession early on, but FC WIT had most of the chances, Giorgi Adamia and Levan Melkadze both going close. The French side's best chance of the first period came on 35 minutes when Algerian forward Farid Ghazi was put clean through, but he failed to beat goalkeeper Mirza Merlani.

Goussé on target
WIT substitute Zurab Metreveli looked lively in the second half and, just past the hour, set up Gogoberishvili, whose shot hit the post. The Georgians were punished for their wayward finishing nine minutes from time when, against the run of play, Nicolas Goussé kept his cool to score from close range.

Salvaged pride
WIT were not to be denied, though, and salvaged pride when captain George Tchankotadze dribbled past three players before teeing-up Melkadze who made it 1-1.

 Match Report  Half Time 0 - 0
46' (A) 1 HEURTEBIS Tony (out)
16 SEKLI Hervé (in)
59' (H) 22 ADAMIA Giorgi (out)
17 METREVELI Zurab (in)
64' (A) 11 DJUKIC Sladjan (out)
7 THOMAS Olivier (in)
67' (H) 18 DIGMELASHVILI David (out)
6 PEIKRISHVILI George (in)
71' (H) 20 KIPIANI George
71' (A) 4 MENIRI Medhi
74' (A) 25 ROTHEN Jerome (out)
13 GOUSSE Nicolas (in)
81' (A) 13 GOUSSE Nicolas
89' (H) 11 MELKADZE Levan
90' (H) 14 DOLIDZE David (out)
2 SAJAIA Edik (in)

Line-up
FC WIT Georgia Tbilisi Troyes Aube Champagne FC
1 MERLANI (G) (G) HEURTEBIS 1
3 ARESHIDZE MENIRI 4
7 GOGOBERISHVILI BOUTAL 8
9 NOZADZE GHAZI 9
11 MELKADZE DJUKIC 11
14 DOLIDZE SAIFI 18
18 DIGMELASHVILI BRADJA 21
20 KIPIANI ZAMBERNARDI 22
21 TCHANKOTADZE (C) HAMED 23
22 ADAMIA ROTHEN 25
24 INTSKIRVELI (C) CELESTINI 29
Substitutes
12 CHURADZE (G) (G) SEKLI 16
2 SAJAIA THOMAS 7
6 PEIKRISHVILI NIANG 12
10 GOCHASHVILI GOUSSE 13
13 KVARATSKHELIA THOMAS 20
17 METREVELI
19 SULTANISHVILI
Coaches
CARNEVALE Giovanni  
Referee
DIMITROV Dimitar (BUL)
Assistant Referees
LOZEV Itchko (BUL)
VALTCHEV Ivan (BUL)
Fourth Referee
PANIASHVILI Levan (GEO)
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