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Tirana turn tie in style

Published: Thursday 21 July 2005, 0.24CET
KF Tirana 3-0 NK Gorica (agg: 3-2) Three goals in eight first-half minutes transform tie in Tirana's favour.

Match statistics

TiranaGorica

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 21 July 2005, 0.24CET

Tirana turn tie in style

KF Tirana 3-0 NK Gorica (agg: 3-2) Three goals in eight first-half minutes transform tie in Tirana's favour.

By Fatjon Pandovski

KF Tirana may have been trailing 2-0 at the start of the second leg of their UEFA Champions League first qualifying round tie against NK Gorica, but by half-time they were ahead on aggregate and duly sealed their progress.

Two-goal deficit
The Albanian champions conceded two second-half goals last week against a team that were eliminated by AS Monaco FC in their maiden competition in 2003/04. And by the 37-minute mark in tonight's return they could have been further behind if it were not for the saves of in-form Tirana goalkeeper Isli Hidi.

Remarkable turnaround
Then the comeback began. Altin Rraklli, who turned 35 on Monday, pulled one back for Tirana. Three minutes later defender Rezart Dabulla levelled the tie, and recent arrival Hamdi Salihi completed a remarkable spell not long before half-time to put the home team ahead for the first time in the tie.

CSKA Sofia await
There was nothing Gorica, who reached the third qualifying round last season, could do to recover, as the crowd, which had numbered not much more than 1,000 at kick-off, swelled to around 4,500. Tirana will welcome PFC CSKA Sofia to their Qemal Stafa stadium next week before a trip to Bulgaria for the return.

Last updated: 21/07/05 17.45CET

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Lineups

tirana

Tirana

gorica

Gorica

12
HidiIsli Hidi (GK)
22
PirihMitja Pirih (GK)
2
SinaElvis Sina
25
ŠulerMarko Šuler
3
DabullaRezart Dabulla
Goal42
4
HandanagićEnes Handanagić
5
PishaArian Pisha
6
SrebrničMiran Srebrnič (C)
8
BulkuErvin Bulku
3
PušAleš Puš
Yellow Card22
9
RraklliAltin Rraklli
Goal38
Substitution78
10
KršićAdmir Kršić
Substitution77
10
MukajDevis Mukaj (C)
8
N. KovačevičNebojša Kovačevič
Yellow Card75
14
SalihiHamdi Salihi
Goal47
23
ŽivecSimon Živec
Substitution62
16
HajdariGentian Hajdari
7
RaničSaša Ranič
Yellow Card90
17
AhmatajJulian Ahmataj
Yellow Card12
Substitution85
21
Mladen KovačevičMladen Kovačevič
Yellow Card31
21
PatushiSaimir Patushi
Substitution75
33
BirsaValter Birsa
Substitution55

Substitutes

22
G. TafajGlend Tafaj (GK)
12
ŠimčičVasja Šimčič (GK)
6
BehariArdian Behari
24
DemirovićEnes Demirović
Substitution62
7
Alban TafajAlban Tafaj
Substitution85
2
NikolićDragoljub Nikolić
15
MucaAlban Muca
15
BlaškoDanijel Blaško
19
BakalliErgert Bakalli
Substitution75
11
ŠabecJaka Šabec
Substitution77
23
MerkociEldorado Merkoci
Substitution78
14
JokićBojan Jokić
24
FaguErbim Fagu
17
BurgičMiran Burgič
Substitution55

Coach

Sulejman Starova (ALB) Pavel Pinni (SVN)

Referee

Bruno Coue (FRA)

Assistant referees

Lionel Dagorne (FRA), Jacques Clavet (FRA)

Fourth official

Patrick Lhermite (FRA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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