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Brincat seals Maltese triumph

Published: Wednesday 23 July 2003, 21.20CET
Skonto 3-1 Sliema
(Agg: 3-3, Sliema win on away goals)
An added-time free-kick decides the tie.

Match statistics

SkontoSliema

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target3
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 23 July 2003, 21.20CET

Brincat seals Maltese triumph

Skonto 3-1 Sliema
(Agg: 3-3, Sliema win on away goals)
An added-time free-kick decides the tie.

Joe Brincat's added-time free-kick took Maltese title-holders Sliema Wanderers FC through to the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round on away goals after a dramatic away leg against Skonto FC of Latvia.

Comeback thwarted
Skonto lost the first leg 2-0, but seemed set to complete a fine comeback when they moved into a 3-0 lead tonight with just 20 minutes to go. However, Brincat then stepped up to earn his side a meeting with Danish champions FC København in the next round.

Early lead
The home side began in determined mood and hit the crossbar through Igors Semjonov's deflected shot on five minutes. It took only ten more minutes for them to score as Lithuanian international Orestas Buitkus met Maris Verpakovskis's cross from the right and beat Murphy Akanji from point-blank range.

Akanji forced off
Verpakovskis himself then headed narrowly wide, and Akanji saved from Semjonovs soon after, but the Nigerian was forced off injured, 18-year-old Matthew Farrugia coming on in his place.

Tie levelled
There was no let up for Sliema in the second half as Skonto again pressed forward. And on 64 minutes Farrugia was only able to parry an Audrius Ksanacivius shot, allowing Verpakovskis to tap in the rebound.

Ten men ahead
Sliema were given hope 20 minutes from time when Skonto midfield player Viktors Morozs was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Not long afterwards, though, Skonto moved ahead on aggregate as Ignas Dedura beat the offside trap to turn in a Semjonovs cross.

Dramatic end
Home goalkeeper Andrejs Piedels then did well to save a long-range Kristian Laferla effort as Sliema pushed forward. Time was running out, but then Aaron Nguimbat conceded a free-kick 22 metres from goal and Brincat kept his cool to convert.

'I believed we could score'
After the game, victorious coach Edward Aquilina said: "It is a huge success for us, which came against a very strong side. However, I believed that we could score even when we were 3-0 down."

'The result looks terrible'
His opposite number, Aleksandrs Starkovs, said: "The goal in injury time was a complete shock for us. I was happy with all we did before this strike. Now the result looks terrible and the outcome could not be worse."

Last updated: 24/07/03 12.29CET

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Lineups

skonto

Skonto

sliema

Sliema

16
PiedelsAndrejs Piedels (GK)
22
AkanjiMurphy Akanji (GK)
Substitution38
22
MorozsViktors Morozs
Red/Yellow Card67
3
MamoCarlo Mamo
Substitution74
4
ZemļinskisMihails Zemļinskis (C)
4
SaidBrian Said
21
NguimbatAaron Nguimbat
7
TurnerNoel Turner (C)
18
LobaņovsValentīns Lobaņovs
Yellow Card8
Substitution90
9
DoncicDanilo Doncic
20
DeduraIgnas Dedura
Goal70
10
BogdanovicDaniel Bogdanovic
8
BuitkusOrestas Buitkus
Goal14
13
ChetcutiJeffrey Chetcuti
9
VerpakovskisMāris Verpakovskis
Goal64
18
AnonamOrosco Anonam
13
BlanksKristaps Blanks
Substitution46
26
GiglioStefan Giglio
Yellow Card46
15
SemjonovsIgors Semjonovs
77
PaceJamie Pace
Substitution55
19
KalninšGatis Kalninš
Substitution77
1
BrincatJoe Brincat
Yellow Card14
Goal90+2

Substitutes

1
PavlovsAndrejs Pavlovs (GK)
12
FarrugiaMatthew Farrugia (GK)
Substitution38
5
ŁągiewkaKrzysztof Łągiewka
Substitution77
6
GrimaMassimo Grima
7
KorgalidzeLevan Korgalidze
Substitution90
8
SammutKevin Sammut
11
ElisejevsAleksandrs Elisejevs
11
VeseljiNenad Veselji
Substitution74
12
RyzhevskiPavel Ryzhevski
17
MangionRupert Mangion
14
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
99
LaferlaKristian Laferla
Substitution55
Yellow Card57
17
KšanavičiusAudrius Kšanavičius
Substitution46

Coach

Aleksandrs Starkovs (LVA) Edward Aquilina (MLT)

Referee

Mustafa Culcu (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bülent Gökcü (TUR), Koray Gençerler (TUR)

Fourth official

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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