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Sheriff make first-leg count

Published: Wednesday 23 July 2003, 20.57CET
FC Flora 1-1 FC Sheriff (Agg: 1-2) Moldovans hang on against determined Estonians and secure progress.

Match statistics

FloraSheriff

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 23 July 2003, 20.57CET

Sheriff make first-leg count

FC Flora 1-1 FC Sheriff (Agg: 1-2) Moldovans hang on against determined Estonians and secure progress.

Moldovan title-holders FC Sheriff survived a late surge from FC Flora to reach the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round.

Warning shot
The Estonian champions trailed 1-0 from the first leg, but on home soil they were determined to reverse that result and Vjatseslav Zahovaiko fired in an early warning shot on eight minutes which went narrowly wide of the target.

Goalline clearance
Sheriff signalled their own intent in the 22nd minute when Cristian Tudor forced a fine save from Martin Kaalma. Soon afterwards Tor Hamre shot on target from close range for Flora only for Chidi Odiah to clear off the line.

Close calls
Zahovaiko then broke through again only to be denied by the impressive Sebastian Hutan's one-handed save. Just before half-time, Sheriff gave a sign of things to come when Ion Testemitanu's deflected shot hit the post.

Flora press forward
Sheriff then began the second half strongly, dominating possession. Only in the last quarter-hour did Flora start to press forward again, with Ragnar Klavan missing an empty goal and Zahovaiko shooting wide seconds later.

Sheriff score
With nine minutes to go Sheriff made Flora pay for their misses as Andriy Nesteruk won the ball on the edge of the area and sent a strong shot under the crossbar into the net.

Flora denied
Kristen Viikmäe gave Flora a lifeline by scoring their first goal of the tie, but there was no time for the two further strikes his side needed so it will be the visitors who meet Ukraine's FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the next round with the first leg in Tiraspol next Wednesday.

'Second half was better'
Following the triumph, Sheriff head coach Igor Nakonechnyi said: "We had serious difficulties in the first half, the second half was better and we were able to achieve the result we needed."

'We deserved to win'
Flora coach Arno Pijpers admitted: "We deserved to win this game, we managed to create good chances but the finishing was far from good. Our strikers do not have enough international experience to finish at such a level."

Last updated: 24/07/03 9.07CET

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Lineups

flora

Flora

sheriff

Sheriff

1
KaalmaMartin Kaalma (GK)
25
HutanSebastian Hutan (GK)
2
AllasTeet Allas
Yellow Card44
Substitution80
3
TestemitanuIon Testemitanu
3
StepanovAndrei Stepanov
4
PriganiucIurie Priganiuc
4
JäägerEnar Jääger
5
TarkhnishviliVazha Tarkhnishvili (C)
5
SaviaukErko Saviauk (C)
Substitution66
7
IvanovStanislav Ivanov
Substitution85
6
ReinumäeOtt Reinumäe
8
TudorCristian Tudor
Yellow Card58
Substitution84
7
ViikmäeKristen Viikmäe
Goal88
10
BoreţVadim Boreţ
8
KristalMarko Kristal
Yellow Card66
13
DaduSerghei Dadu
Substitution72
9
HamreTor Hamre
Substitution74
15
OdiahChidi Odiah
10
LindpereJoel Lindpere
19
BarîsevVictor Barîsev
Yellow Card7
11
ZahovaikoVjatšeslav Zahovaiko
Yellow Card35
21
LacustaFlorin Lacusta

Substitutes

12
KaasRene Kaas (GK)
1
ChirilovAlexandru Chirilov (GK)
13
AhjuperaJarmo Ahjupera
6
NecsulescuValentin Necsulescu
Substitution85
14
SaharovAleksander Saharov
Substitution74
Yellow Card90+3
9
NesterukAndriy Nesteruk
Substitution72
Goal80
15
Meelis RoobaMeelis Rooba
11
FariasLeandro Farias
Substitution84
16
KlavanRagnar Klavan
Substitution66
14
BlancoLuis Alberto Blanco
17
SirevičiusTomas Sirevičius
18
ComleonocVictor Comleonoc
18
RähnTaavi Rähn
Substitution80
20
GumenyukOleg Gumenyuk

Coach

Arno Pijpers (NED) Igor Nakonechnyy (UKR)

Referee

Mike Dean (ENG)

Assistant referees

Philip Sharp (ENG), Paul Canadine (ENG)

Fourth official

Peter Walton (ENG)

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