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Sheriff leave it late

Published: Wednesday 16 July 2003, 21.01CET
FC Sheriff 1-0 FC Flora Moldovan champions fight hard for a narrow home win.

Match statistics

SheriffFlora

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 16 July 2003, 21.01CET

Sheriff leave it late

FC Sheriff 1-0 FC Flora Moldovan champions fight hard for a narrow home win.

Moldovan champions FC Sheriff withstood fierce resistance from their Estonian counterparts FC Flora to eke out a one-goal advantage after their UEFA Champions League first qualifying round first-leg match in Tiraspol.

Early struggles
Both sides had been very active in the transfer market during the close season. Estonian international Kristen Viikmäe, on loan from Vålerenga IF, started in attack for the visitors but both sides struggled in front of goal in the opening period.

Ivanov denied
Sheriff had marginally the better of the proceedings and came close to opening the scoring after 27 minutes when Stanislav Ivanov's long-range effort was saved by Martin Kaalma.

New signings on
Sheriff introduced Brazilian summer signing Leandro Farias at the interval, along with Victor Barîsev, back on loan from FC Tiraspol, as they sought to break the deadlock.

Tudor on target
They had to wait until two minutes from the full-time whistle to finally score when Romanian striker Cristian Tudor found the target with a well-placed shot from 20 metres out. An encounter with Ukrainian giants FC Shakhtar Donetsk awaits whichever side eventually triumphs after next week's return in Tallinn.

Last updated: 17/07/03 12.36CET

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