Lillestrøm SK 0-1 NK Zeljeznicar
NK Zeljeznicar produced the shock of the night and moved a step closer to a dream tie against Newcastle United FC as they secured a deserved UEFA Champions League second qualifying round first-leg victory against hosts Lillestrøm SK in Norway.
With the home side unable to hold on to the ball and put pressure on the Bosnia-Herzegovnian side's goal, the visitors took charge in the second half and wrested the initiative. With 49 minutes played, Almir Gredic scored the only goal of the match when he met a left-wing cross with a neat close-range finish.
Having taken the lead, Zeljeznicar then showed their defensive qualities in the second period as they denied Lillestrøm an equaliser. Despite wave after wave of pressure, the Bosnian side stood firm to emerge from their Scandinavian adventure with a famous victory.
'Lillestrøm were lucky'
Zeljeznicar coach Amar Osim was delighted with the result but still saw plenty of room for improvement. "We usually play better than we did today," he said. "Lillestrøm were lucky. The second match will be tough, but I hope we can play better at home."
His opposite number, Arne Erlandsen, was upbeat about Lillestrøm's chances of erasing the deficit in next week's second leg. "I am not too disappointed," he said. "I am still quite optimistic based on what I saw in the second half. That was some of the best football we have played for a long time. The rematch will be a difficult one."
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