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Olimp confident after booking finals place

Published: Thursday 18 October 2012, 16.55CET
Olimp striker Sergei Orlov told UEFA.com he expects the Russian side "to triumph in the finals" after winning the Group 5 mini-tournament in Gozo without conceding a goal.
by Domenic Aquilina
from Gozo
Olimp confident after booking finals place
Olimp celebrate a goal against Gozo ©Domenic Aquilina
Published: Thursday 18 October 2012, 16.55CET

Olimp confident after booking finals place

Olimp striker Sergei Orlov told UEFA.com he expects the Russian side "to triumph in the finals" after winning the Group 5 mini-tournament in Gozo without conceding a goal.

Moscow side Olimp have booked their place in the 2012/13 UEFA Regions' Cup final tournament, with three wins and no goals conceded in the Group 5 mini-tournament in Gozo, Malta.

The Russian outfit were already assured of their place in the eight-team final tournament, to be hosted by one of the finalists next June, before they kicked off their concluding 4-0 win against Latvian team Rinuzi / Strong. They had begun with a 4-0 defeat of Moldova's Ialoveni and then beat the host region, Gozo, 6-0 in their second game.

Olimp striker Sergei Orlov, who scored five goals during the tournament, told UEFA.com: "I am very pleased with my performances and with qualification for my side as well. I am confident and expect us to triumph in the finals phase of this UEFA Regions' Cup. We have a very strong side and it showed."

Eddie Vella's Gozo had overcome Rinuzi / Strong in their opening fixture, and while their loss to Olimp ended their hopes of winning the section, a 2-2 draw with Ialoveni on the final day meant they finished as runners-up – to the delight of captain Aleksandar Simoncic: "I am very happy with our results. We worked really hard for this. To be honest I did not expect second place but we did it." Ialoveni also held Rinuzi / Strong 2-2 on the second matchday.

Last updated: 18/10/12 20.25CET

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