Round-up of action from Eastern Europe

December 12, 2005
By Zoran Milosavljevic

BELGRADE, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Red Star Belgrade continued their impressive run in Serbia & Montenegro, Ujpest stayed top in Hungary and Wisla Krakow leapfrogged Legia Warsaw in Poland.

SERBIA & MONTENEGRO - Leaders Red Star Belgrade beat Hajduk Kula 4-1 to stay three points clear of champions and city rivals Partizan with one game to go before the winter break.

Nikola Trajkovic gave Red Star a first-minute lead while Milan Purovic, Milanko Raskovic and Bosko Jankovic also scored to cancel out Ilija Mandic's fifth-minute equaliser.

Partizan snatched a 3-2 win at struggling newcomers Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje, while Vozdovac Belgrade, who played amateur football three years ago, stayed third with a 1-0 home win against fourth-placed Zeta Golubovci.

HUNGARY - Leaders Ujpest drew 1-1 at Videoton, while champions Debrecen, level with Videoton a point behind, missed their chance to go top after a 3-3 draw at bottom team Papa Lombard.

Robert Feczesin fired Ujpest ahead midway through the first half with Peter Simek firing a superb equaliser shortly after the break. Former champions Ferencvaros continued their recovery to move into mid-table with a 1-0 win at home to Sopron.

UKRAINE - Leaders Dynamo Kiev strolled to a 4-1 win over Zakarpattia to stay three points clear of Shakhtar Donetsk, who kept alive hopes of retaining the title with a 2-0 win at Kryvbas Kryvyi Rig.

Maris Verpakovskis and Nigerian striker Aila Youssuf gave Dynamo a 2-0 lead inside the first four minutes. Georgi Peev and Maksim Shatskykh doubled the advantage before the visitors netted a late consolation.

Oleksiy Byelik and Mathuzalem scored for Shakhtar.

POLAND - Champions Wisla Krakow went top with a 0-0 draw at Belchatow after bitter rivals Legia Warsaw slipped into second following a shock 2-0 home defeat by lowly Gornik Leczna, whose goals came from Kamil Oziemczuk and Jaroslaw Popiela.

CZECH REPUBLIC - League leaders Liberec drew 0-0 at Brno to stay five points clear of Teplice, who battled to a 1-1 draw at third-placed Slavia Prague.

Karel Pitak gave Slavia a sixth-minute lead after a great solo run from Dusan Svento before Tomas Jirsak equalised with a spectacular volley midway through the first half.