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AEL leave Linfield with mountain to climb

Published: Wednesday 18 July 2012, 21.45CET
AEL Limassol 3-0 Linfield FC
The Northern Irish champions now have a mountain to climb to reach the third qualifying round after falling to defeat in Cyprus.
by John Leonidou
from Tsirion Stadium
AEL leave Linfield with mountain to climb
AEL are hoping to be the latest Cypriot side into the group stage ©Sportsfile

Match statistics

AELLinfield

Goals scored3
 
0
on target8
 
0
off target10
 
2
Corners11
 
1
Offsides5
 
2
Fouls committed13
 
6
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 18 July 2012, 21.45CET

AEL leave Linfield with mountain to climb

AEL Limassol 3-0 Linfield FC
The Northern Irish champions now have a mountain to climb to reach the third qualifying round after falling to defeat in Cyprus.

AEL Limassol's bid to be the latest Cypriot side to make the UEFA Champions League group stage is off to a good start after a comfortable second qualifying round first-leg defeat of Linfield FC.

The home team dominated from start to finish on a hot and humid night in Limassol, and scored three goals without reply through Vouho, Edwin Ouon and Chris Dickson. Linfield have a lot of work to do to turn the tie in Belfast next Wednesday.

It took 16 minutes for AEL to take the lead. Dickson released his strike partner Vouho and the Guinean coolly rounded onrushing keeper Alan Blayney and slotted into an empty net. Dickson then passed up a golden chance of his own before AEL doubled their advantage on the half-hour mark, Ouon rising above the Linfield defence to head in a Gilberto corner.

Any hopes Linfield harboured of repairing the situation were dealt a blow nine minutes after the restart, when Gilberto found the head of Dickson with another excellent delivery. Two minutes later Robert Garrett sent a shot narrowly past a post in Linfield's first and only real chance.

AEL coasted for the remainder, although Marcos Airosa missed a fine chance to rub salt into the Linfield wound four minutes from the end, shooting over from a promising position.

Last updated: 18/07/12 23.41CET

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Lineups

ael

AEL

linfield

Linfield

32
DegraMatias Degra (GK)
1
BlayneyAlan Blayney (GK) (C)
2
Dossa JúniorDossa Júnior
2
DouglasSteven Douglas
7
MonteiroMonteiro
Substitution54
3
ArmstrongDavid Armstrong
20
Luciano BebêLuciano Bebê
Substitution59
7
CurranDamien Curran
21
Marcos AirosaMarcos Airosa
9
ThompsonPeter Thompson
Substitution73
23
CarlitosCarlitos
10
CarvillMichael Carville
29
OuonEdwin Ouon (C)
Goal29
12
B. BurnsBilly Burns
70
GilbertoGilberto
20
GarrettRobert Garrett
77
DédéDédé
Substitution75
21
ErvinJim Ervin
84
DicksonChris Dickson
Goal54
22
MulgrewJamie Mulgrew
Substitution77
99
VouhoVouho
Goal16
25
McAllisterMark McAllister
Substitution78

Substitutes

22
HidiIsli Hidi (GK)
19
GlendinningRoss Glendinning (GK)
3
MaykonMaykon
6
HendersonRyan Henderson
Substitution77
5
ParpasStelios Parpas
15
HanleyNathan Hanley
10
Rui MiguelRui Miguel
Substitution59
16
FordyceDaryl Fordyce
11
EdmarEdmar
17
BrowneGary Browne
Substitution78
12
NikolaouMarios Nikolaou
Substitution75
24
McCaulBrian McCaul
Substitution73
17
Paulo SérgioPaulo Sérgio
Substitution54
31
QuinnNiall Quinn

Coach

Pambos Christodoulou (CYP) David Jeffrey (NIR)

Referee

Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Geir Åge Holen (NOR), Magnus Lundberg (NOR)

Fourth official

Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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