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Samaras strike sinks Dinamo

Published: Thursday 21 July 2005, 0.21CET
Anorthosis Famagusta FC 1-0 FC Dinamo Minsk (agg: 2-1) Constandinos Samaras gives Cypriot champions victory.

Match statistics

AnorthosisDinamo Minsk

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 21 July 2005, 0.21CET

Samaras strike sinks Dinamo

Anorthosis Famagusta FC 1-0 FC Dinamo Minsk (agg: 2-1) Constandinos Samaras gives Cypriot champions victory.

By John Leonidou at GSP stadium

Cypriot champions Anorthosis Famagusta FC scraped into the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round with a 70th-minute goal by Constandinos Samaras to finally see off Belarussian title-holders FC Dinamo Minsk.

Trabzonspor await
After both sides had missed a host of opportunities, the 21-year-old scrambled the ball home with the game nearing its conclusion. Dinamo had their chances to take the tie into extra-time but failed to do so as Temur Ketsbaia's side set up a meeting with Turkish outfit Trabzonspor next week.

Georgallides saves
While Samaras will take the plaudits, Anorthosis were equally indebted to goalkeeper Antonis Georgallides who was at his best to deny Dinamo, and in particular, the impressive Leonid Kovel. The 18-year-old striker was twice denied by superb first-half saves as the visitors attempted to wrest the initiative from home side.

Haber shot
The Nicosia outfit earned a 1-1 draw in Minsk last week, Nikos Frousos's away goal earning them a slight advantage. German midfield player Marko Haber almost strengthened that midway through the opening period but his shot flashed over the crossbar.

Kovel chances
But it was the fitter Dinamo that were edging proceedings, with two more chances falling to Kovel after the restart, but both whistled past the post. And the visitors were made to pay for their profligacy with 20 minutes remaining when Nikos Nikolaou's free-kick was headed across goal by Klimenti Tsitaishvili where Samaras tapped home.

Late drama
Tsitaishvili almost doubled the lead minutes after but saw his over-head kick punched clear by goalkeeper Artur Lesko. Player-coach Ketsbaia spurned another opportunity shortly afterwards in a frantic spell before Dinamo fought back in search of the goal which would take the tie to extra time.

'Pleased to qualify'
It was not forthcoming though as Anorthosis held on to the obvious delight - and relief - of Ketsbaia. "I'm delighted," the former Newcastle United FC and AEK Athens FC winger said. "Dinamo were more match fit and although I'm a little disappointed we missed some chances, overall I'm just pleased to qualify." His team are home again next week.

Last updated: 20/07/05 22.57CET

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Lineups

anorthosis

Anorthosis

dinamo minsk

Dinamo Minsk

1
GiorgallidesAntonis Giorgallides (GK)
1
LeskoArtur Lesko (GK)
4
KatsavakisNicos Katsavakis
2
TigorevYan Tigorev
5
NikolaouNikos Nikolaou (C)
Substitution88
3
LentsevichDmitri Lentsevich
6
HaberMarco Haber
6
ChaleiDmitri Chalei
7
PoursaitidesSavvas Poursaitides
Substitution64
8
VolodenkovVitali Volodenkov
9
TsitaishviliKlimenti Tsitaishvili
9
KovelLeonid Kovel
10
KinkladzeGiorgi Kinkladze
Substitution46
14
PavlyukovichSergei Pavlyukovich (C)
14
KetsbaiaTemur Ketsbaia
15
ZoubekDavid Zoubek
Substitution64
16
MaragkosChristakis Maragkos
17
EduEdu
Yellow Card63
Substitution77
23
SamarasConstandinos Samaras
Goal71
20
KislyakSergei Kislyak
Yellow Card42
78
LoukaLoukas Louka
Yellow Card88
25
KozyrSergei Kozyr

Substitutes

32
KokkinosMichalis Kokkinos (GK)
12
TsygalkoYuri Tsygalko (GK)
12
KonstantinouKostas Konstantinou
Substitution88
5
RozhkovIgor Rozhkov
Substitution77
18
TsolakidesIakovos Tsolakides
Substitution64
21
KachuroPetr Kachuro
Substitution64
21
KampantaisLeonidas Kampantais
Substitution46
4
LukhvichAleksandr Lukhvich
19
MarkouMichalis Markou
16
PavlyuchekKiril Pavlyuchek
20
XenidisGeorgios Xenidis
18
GigevichSergei Gigevich
19
TishkevichAleksandr Tishkevich

Coach

Temuri Ketsbaia (GEO) Oleksandr Ryabokon (UKR)

Referee

Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

Assistant referees

Francis Andrews (SCO), Morag Pirie (SCO)

Fourth official

Mike Tumilty (SCO)

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