After 75 minutes Ugarov scrambled the ball in despite Bradford protests that a linesman had signalled offside. There was a notable return journey after a mix-up over planes left Richmond demanding a top-of-the-range replacement. But the challenges were growing harder and Russians Zenit St Petersburg in the Intertoto’s “semi-final” stage represented a serious step up in class. “If they lose matches it might be the referee’s fault, it might be the manager’s fault, it might be the groundsman’s fault, it might be the fans’ fault for not getting behind them. The midfielder's second was hooked in while he was grounded near the line and the effort was briefly threatened when a linesman raised his flag for offside before changing his mind. These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community. HP10 9TY | 01676637 | Registered in England & Wales. Bradford entered the competition in the second round with England's other representatives, Aston Villa. Subs: Sharpe, Westwood, Rankin, Grant, Walsh (g). The teams met again eight days later at Valley Parade where a Lee Mills double put City on the way to a comfortable 4-1 success. Having survived to fight another season in the Premiership, Paul Jewell had been firmly against the idea of starting their next campaign so early. The Russians were superior throughout and Bradford were struggling to keep in touch when they collapsed alarmingly after the break. 2000 UEFA Intertoto Cup; Tournament details; Dates: 18 June 2000 – 22 August 2000: Teams: 60: Final positions; Champions: Celta Vigo Udinese Stuttgart: Tournament statistics; Matches played: 114: Goals scored: 339 (2.97 per match) ← 1999. The joke went round the squad to keep your mobiles turned off as the call went out to return for pre-season training in June. The blissful managerial baptism of Chris Hutchings continues as Bradford City's happy travellers won their fourth successive game on the journey to a possible Intertoto final with Aston Villa next month. It will be their fifth Intertoto game in less than a month. Subs: Berezoviski, Igonine. Barcelona were beaten in the semi-finals by Liverpool, with Gary McAllister's penalty in the second leg at Anfield the difference between the sides. BRADFORD'S first European adventure ended ingloriously last night when Zenit St Petersburg qualified for the Inter Toto Cup final with three second-half goals in … Bradford prevailed in this third-round return with a more pragmatic approach than England practised in the Low Countries last month, even if Dean Windass was wasteful with a 49th-minute penalty that rebounded to safety from an upright. Russian pressure finally paid off in the 68th minute, Spivak powerfully driving a shot that Clarke could only parry and Denis Ugarov following up for the header into an empty net. Bradford went out at the semi-final stage along with Aston Villa, who were knocked out by Celta Vigo. Bradford City can focus all their attention on the Premiership after their exit from the Intertoto Cup last night. The grey, rundown location was hardly the most exotic stage compared with the previous pre-season jaunt to St Kitts. Bradford City were surprise participants in the summer competition, which offered the winners the lucrative prize of a place in the upcoming season’s UEFA Cup (Europa League in new money). Bradford (4-3-3): Walsh Halle, Wetherall (Westwood, 76), Atherton, Nolan O'Brien, Whalley, Sharpe Hopkin (Lawrence, 76), Windass (Blake, 86), Mills. If you have a complaint about the editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then please contact the editor here. Instead, it would be Chris Hutchings who would lead City into unchartered territory. BRADFORD'S first European adventure ended ingloriously last night when Zenit St Petersburg qualified for the Inter Toto Cup final with three second-half goals in … Bradford were drawn against Dutch team RKC Waalwijk in the third round. It was a mix-and-match squad, missing the likes of Stuart McCall, Peter Beagrie, David Wetherall and Jamie Lawrence, that lined up for Hutchings in his first game in charge on July 1. He made up for that by supplying the through ball for Mills to convert with nine minutes left and ensure a fourth straight win. Liverpool were 4-3 up with two minutes to play when former Manchester United winger Jordi Cruyff scored an unlikely header to force the tie into extra-time. John Wardles watched the game for the Guardian: European exit points to a long, hard road for Bradford, Bradford City 0-3 Zenit St Petersburg (Ugarov 68,75, Tarasov 83)By: John Wardle at Valley Parade. Isaiah Rankin became the quiz answer by scoring City’s first European goal – with what would be his last one for the club. Get involved with the news in your community, This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation's Editors' Code of Practice.

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