FC Milsami-Ursidos Orhei secured the first major honour in their history on Sunday as they beat CSCA-Rapid Chisinau 5-3 on penalties following a goalless draw in the Moldovan Cup final.
Though the game was played in Orhei, the visitors made life hard for Milsami, creating a couple of half-chances during normal time. Rapid thought they had taken the lead in extra time when Andrei Bugneac headed Dumitru Bacal's long throw into the net, but the referee disallowed the goal after consultation with his assistant, and Bugneac was then sent off after receiving a second yellow card.
Rapid did not cave in, though, and dragged the drama into a shoot-out, where Milsami's 34-year-old captain Andrian Sosnovschi converted the winning penalty to secure his side their first piece of silverware and, with it, a second successive season of UEFA Europa League football. "I am very happy," said Milsami's coach, former Moldova striker Serghei Clescenco. "That was a very nervous battle. I have never been so nervous before, even during my playing days. I want to thank my lads for their character and this historic win."
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