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Goalless draw helps AEL progress past Linfield

Published: Wednesday 25 July 2012, 23.15CET
Linfield FC 0-0 AEL Limassol FC (agg 0-3)
A comfortable victory in last week's first leg proved to be the difference as both sides drew a blank in Belfast.
by Darren Fullerton
from Windsor Park
Goalless draw helps AEL progress past Linfield
A goalless draw at Windsor Park was enough to send AEL through ©Getty Images

Match statistics

LinfieldAEL

Goals scored0
 
0
on target3
 
5
off target2
 
10
Corners5
 
7
Offsides0
1
Fouls committed7
 
13
Yellow cards0
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 25 July 2012, 23.15CET

Goalless draw helps AEL progress past Linfield

Linfield FC 0-0 AEL Limassol FC (agg 0-3)
A comfortable victory in last week's first leg proved to be the difference as both sides drew a blank in Belfast.

AEL Limassol FC's three-goal triumph in last week's UEFA Champions League second qualifying round first leg against Linfield FC proved to be the difference between the sides after a goalless draw in Belfast.

Trailing 3-0, Linfield needed to make a fast start, yet they were unable to do so. Rui Miguel could have extended the visitors' aggregate lead on 14 minutes but he fired wide with only goalkeeper Alan Blayney to beat.

Ryan Henderson came close to giving Linfield some hope but his 21st-minute header was well saved by Matias Degra. In fact, it was the Cypriot champions who pushed forward at the end of the first half, Edmar threatening two minutes before the break.

Attempting to emulate APOEL FC's run to the quarter-finals last season, AEL continued to dominate in the second half but could not find a way past Blayney. Substitute Daryl Fordyce was denied a consolation for Linfield late on and although AEL failed to clinch their first victory on the road in UEFA competition, they progress to the next round and a tie against FK Partizan.

"Linfield had nothing to lose, so we knew it would be a difficult game," said AEL coach Charalampos Christodoulou. "We created chances and we did what we came here to do. Our aim was to progress to the next round and now we can look forward to two games against Partizan. We don't have a lot of experience in Europe, but we want to go as far as we can in this competition."

Last updated: 26/07/12 0.36CET

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Lineups

linfield

Linfield

ael

AEL

1
BlayneyAlan Blayney (GK) (C)
32
DegraMatias Degra (GK)
2
DouglasSteven Douglas
2
Dossa JúniorDossa Júnior
Yellow Card37
3
ArmstrongDavid Armstrong
3
MaykonMaykon
5
MurphyWilliam Murphy
10
Rui MiguelRui Miguel
Substitution70
6
HendersonRyan Henderson
Substitution78
11
EdmarEdmar
Substitution60
9
ThompsonPeter Thompson
12
NikolaouMarios Nikolaou (C)
Substitution77
12
B. BurnsBilly Burns
17
Paulo SérgioPaulo Sérgio
Yellow Card81
20
GarrettRobert Garrett
Substitution83
20
Luciano BebêLuciano Bebê
Yellow Card66
21
ErvinJim Ervin
23
CarlitosCarlitos
22
MulgrewJamie Mulgrew
29
OuonEdwin Ouon
25
McAllisterMark McAllister
Substitution84
99
VouhoVouho

Substitutes

19
Ross GlendinningRoss Glendinning (GK)
22
HidiIsli Hidi (GK)
7
CurranDamien Curran
5
ParpasStelios Parpas
10
CarvillMichael Carvill
Substitution78
7
MonteiroMonteiro
15
HanleyNathan Hanley
19
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
Substitution77
16
FordyceDaryl Fordyce
Substitution83
70
GilbertoGilberto
17
BrowneGary Browne
Substitution84
77
DédéDédé
Substitution70
18
TiptonMatthew Tipton
84
DicksonChris Dickson
Substitution60

Coach

David Jeffrey (NIR) Pambos Christodoulou (CYP)

Referee

Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Henrik Andren (SWE), Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)

Fourth official

Johan Hamlin (SWE)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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