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Ten-man Zestafoni progress despite defeat

Published: Wednesday 20 July 2011, 21.25CET
FC Dacia Chisinau 2-0 FC Zestafoni (agg: 2-3)
Zestafoni held on for a place in the third qualifying round after Teimuraz Gongadze was sent off in Moldova.
by Victor Daghi
from Zimbru Stadium
Ten-man Zestafoni progress despite defeat
Ghenadie Orbu scores Dacia's second from the penalty spot ©Boris Kharchenko

Match statistics

DaciaZestafoni

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
3
Attempts off target8
 
5
Corners5
 
5
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
19
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
1
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 20 July 2011, 21.25CET

Ten-man Zestafoni progress despite defeat

FC Dacia Chisinau 2-0 FC Zestafoni (agg: 2-3)
Zestafoni held on for a place in the third qualifying round after Teimuraz Gongadze was sent off in Moldova.

UEFA Champions League debutants FC Zestafoni reached the third qualifying round despite being reduced to ten men in losing to fellow newcomers FC Dacia Chisinau.

With a mountain to climb after their 3-0 reverse in Georgia last week, Dacia were seemingly on the comeback trail following Dumitru Popovici's 20th-minute opener. The momentum was firmly with the hosts after Teimuraz Gongadze was booked twice in five second-half minutes, but Ghenadie Orbu's added-time penalty proved too little too late.

The Moldovan champions started in positive fashion, with Janko Tumbašević testing the reflexes of Roin Kvaskhvadze inside five minutes. The visitors soon found their feet, though, Shota Grigalashvili and captain Tornike Aptsiauri forcing Artiom Gaiduchevici into two fine saves.

The breakthrough for Dacia came when Maxim Mihaliov's free-kick was met by Popovici, who powered a header past Kvaskhvadze. Igor Dobrovolski's side struggled to build on their lead in the first half but were given a helping hand in the 64th-minute when Gongadze received his marching orders for a challenge on Abdoul-Gafar Mamah, moments after being booked for a foul on Alexandru Dedov.

Despite their numerical advantage, the hosts struggled to break down a resilient Zestafoni defence which stood firm until Giorgi Oniani handled inside the penalty area. Orbu converted the 90th-minute spot kick but Dacia had no time to find the elusive goal which would have forced extra time. Zestafoni face SK Sturm Graz in the third qualifying round, the first leg of which takes place on 26/27 July.

Last updated: 20/07/11 22.59CET

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Lineups

dacia

Dacia

zestafoni

Zestafoni

30
GaiducheviciArtiom Gaiduchevici (GK)
89
KvaskhvadzeRoin Kvaskhvadze (GK)
4
IlescuDenis Ilescu (C)
Yellow Card50
2
GongadzeTeimuraz Gongadze
Yellow Card59
Red Card64
5
PopoviciDumitru Popovici
Goal20
Substitution84
4
OnianiGiorgi Oniani
Yellow Card90+2
9
OrbuGhenadie Orbu
Goal90+2
8
DaushviliMurtaz Daushvili
11
MihaliovMaxim Mihaliov
9
GelashviliNikoloz Gelashvili
21
StjepanovićSlaven Stjepanović
10
DzariaIrakli Dzaria
22
DedovAlexandru Dedov
Substitution71
11
DvaliJaba Dvali
Substitution69
23
TumbaševićJanko Tumbašević
Substitution77
13
GrigalashviliShota Grigalashvili
24
MamahAbdoul-Gafar Mamah
16
KhidesheliGiorgi Khidesheli
Substitution86
27
DimovskiGorance Dimovski
20
EliavaZaal Eliava
47
CojocariAndrei Cojocari
55
AptsiauriTornike Aptsiauri (C)
Substitution82

Substitutes

1
MoşneagaGhenadie Moşneaga (GK)
12
MamaladzeZurab Mamaladze (GK)
7
OnicaAlexandru Onica
5
KobakhidzeMamuka Kobakhidze
Substitution86
15
AlomerovićKemal Alomerović
6
AladashviliKakhaber Aladashvili
Substitution69
17
NechaevAleksandr Nechaev
Substitution77
17
GorgiashviliTornike Gorgiashvili
Substitution82
20
BursucIulian Bursuc
22
ChankotadzeGiorgi Chankotadze
61
KrkotićMiloš Krkotić
Substitution71
37
TsinamdzgvrishviliRati Tsinamdzgvrishvili
65
PavlovVasili Pavlov
Substitution84
99
LomiaSaba Lomia

Coach

Igor Dobrovolski (RUS) Gia Geguchadze (GEO)

Referee

Matej Jug (SVN)

Assistant referees

Matej Žunič (SVN), Milan Kogej (SVN)

Fourth official

Vojko Goričan (SVN)

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