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Goalless draw helps AEL progress past Linfield

Published: Wednesday 25 July 2012, 23.15CET
Linfield FC 0-0 AEL Limassol FC (agg 0-3)
A comfortable victory in last week's first leg proved to be the difference as both sides drew a blank in Belfast.
by Darren Fullerton
from Windsor Park
Goalless draw helps AEL progress past Linfield
A goalless draw at Windsor Park was enough to send AEL through ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 25 July 2012, 23.15CET

Goalless draw helps AEL progress past Linfield

Linfield FC 0-0 AEL Limassol FC (agg 0-3)
A comfortable victory in last week's first leg proved to be the difference as both sides drew a blank in Belfast.

AEL Limassol FC's three-goal triumph in last week's UEFA Champions League second qualifying round first leg against Linfield FC proved to be the difference between the sides after a goalless draw in Belfast.

Trailing 3-0, Linfield needed to make a fast start, yet they were unable to do so. Rui Miguel could have extended the visitors' aggregate lead on 14 minutes but he fired wide with only goalkeeper Alan Blayney to beat.

Ryan Henderson came close to giving Linfield some hope but his 21st-minute header was well saved by Matias Degra. In fact, it was the Cypriot champions who pushed forward at the end of the first half, Edmar threatening two minutes before the break.

Attempting to emulate APOEL FC's run to the quarter-finals last season, AEL continued to dominate in the second half but could not find a way past Blayney. Substitute Daryl Fordyce was denied a consolation for Linfield late on and although AEL failed to clinch their first victory on the road in UEFA competition, they progress to the next round and a tie against FK Partizan.

"Linfield had nothing to lose, so we knew it would be a difficult game," said AEL coach Charalampos Christodoulou. "We created chances and we did what we came here to do. Our aim was to progress to the next round and now we can look forward to two games against Partizan. We don't have a lot of experience in Europe, but we want to go as far as we can in this competition."

Last updated: 26/07/12 0.36CET

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