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Kienast takes Sturm a step closer

Published: Wednesday 3 August 2011, 23.15CET
SK Sturm Graz 1-0 FC Zestafoni (agg: 2-1)
Roman Kienast's strike proved the difference between the two sides as the Austrian champions moved closer to a return to the group stage.
Kienast takes Sturm a step closer
Sturm's Roman Kienast scored the decisive goal in their tie with Zestafoni ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SturmZestafoni

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
5
Attempts off target7
 
5
Corners6
 
5
Offsides2
 
3
Fouls committed19
 
12
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 3 August 2011, 23.15CET

Kienast takes Sturm a step closer

SK Sturm Graz 1-0 FC Zestafoni (agg: 2-1)
Roman Kienast's strike proved the difference between the two sides as the Austrian champions moved closer to a return to the group stage.

SK Sturm Graz edged closer to their first UEFA Champions League group stage appearance since 2000/01 thanks to a 1-0 home defeat of FC Zestafoni.

Gia Geguchadze's visitors, aiming to improve on last week's 1-1 home draw, started the better of the two sides and went close through Nikoloz Gelashvili and Jaba Dvali but were unable to make their early dominance count. Instead the Georgian champions paid the ultimate price for their careless finishing after 68 minutes when Kienast completed a delightful Sturm move with a well-measured chip to seal his side's play-off place.

Zestafoni started on the front foot and had the game's first meaningful attempt after 14 minutes. Gelashvili latched onto goalkeeper Roin Kvaskhvadze's long pass but his audacious chip drifted narrowly wide with Christian Gratzei stranded.

Dvali's long-range effort soon afterwards was a further signal of Zestafoni's intent, although the hosts grew into the match towards the end of the half and came close to taking the lead but Kvaskhvadze was wise to Kienast's back-heel. Much improved after the break, Sturm were unfortunate not to go ahead through Andreas Hölzl but the 26-year-old failed to find the target from close range.

The game settled into a regular pattern with the visitors content to play on the counterattack and Sturm struggling to break down a resilient visiting defence. This changed on 68 minutes as Franco Foda's side put together the move of the match, elegantly finished off by Kienast who lifted the ball over Kvaskhvadze to give his side a decisive lead.

Zestafoni were unable to find that elusive equaliser and it was the Austrian champions who seemed more likely to double their lead in the latter stages, with Darko Bodul and Kienast both going close. Sturm saw out the remaining minutes and will discover their play-off opponent in Friday's draw while the UEFA Europa League play-offs beckon for Zestafoni.

Last updated: 04/08/11 0.23CET

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Lineups

sturm

Sturm

zestafoni

Zestafoni

1
GratzeiChristian Gratzei (GK)
89
KvaskhvadzeRoin Kvaskhvadze (GK)
2
PopkhadzeGiorgi Popkhadze
4
OnianiGiorgi Oniani
Yellow Card66
6
WeberManuel Weber (C)
5
KobakhidzeMamuka Kobakhidze
8
HölzlAndreas Hölzl
6
AladashviliKakhaber Aladashvili
10
MuratovićSamir Muratović
8
DaushviliMurtaz Daushvili
Substitution52
11
SzabicsImre Szabics
Substitution74
9
GelashviliNikoloz Gelashvili
Yellow Card58
12
DudićMilan Dudić
10
DzariaIrakli Dzaria
Substitution80
13
BurgstallerThomas Burgstaller
11
DvaliJaba Dvali
17
EhrenreichMartin Ehrenreich
13
GrigalashviliShota Grigalashvili
Yellow Card84
24
KienastRoman Kienast
Goal68
Substitution90+2
20
EliavaZaal Eliava
33
WolfPatrick Wolf
Yellow Card51
Substitution85
55
AptsiauriTornike Aptsiauri (C)
Substitution76

Substitutes

22
ČavlinaSilvije Čavlina (GK)
12
MamaladzeZurab Mamaladze (GK)
4
PürcherDominic Pürcher
2
GongadzeTeimuraz Gongadze
7
HaasMario Haas
Substitution90+2
7
BenashviliAleks Benashvili
14
F. KainzFlorian Kainz
Substitution85
17
GorgiashviliTornike Gorgiashvili
Substitution52
16
NeuholdFlorian Neuhold
27
BabunashviliShota Babunashvili
Substitution76
19
BodulDarko Bodul
Substitution74
37
TsinamdzgvrishviliRati Tsinamdzgvrishvili
Substitution80
99
LomiaSaba Lomia

Coach

Franco Foda (GER) Gia Geguchadze (GEO)

Referee

Antony Gautier (FRA)

Assistant referees

Michael Annonier (FRA), Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Malige (FRA)

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