The Racecourse Ground - Wrexham 17/07/2013 - 20:15CET (19:15 local time)

Second qualifying round, First leg

TNS - Legia
1-3

TNS - Legia 1-3 - 17/07/2013 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2014

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Legia come from behind to burst TNS bubble

Published: Wednesday 17 July 2013, 23.45CET
The New Saints FC 1-3 Legia Warszawa
The Polish champions shrugged off an early setback to take a grip on the tie with three second-half goals.
by Claire Gray
from The Racecourse Ground
Legia come from behind to burst TNS bubble
Legia celebrate a UEFA Champions League goal against The New Saints ©Phil Blagg
 

Match statistics

TNS
Legia

1

Goals scored

3

0

Possession (%)

0

7

Total attempts

19

3

on target

5

4

off target

11

0

blocked

0

1

against woodwork

1

2

Corners

11

1

Offsides

3

2

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

15

Fouls committed

10

7

Fouls suffered

14

Lineups

tns

TNS

legia

Legia

1Harrison (GK) (C)12Kuciak (GK)
2Spender2Dosa Júnior
3Marriott9Saganowski
Goal57
4Baker
Yellow Card54
13Dvalishvili
Yellow Card71
6K. Edwards14Wawrzyniak
11Fraughan
Goal11
Substitution64
19Bereszyński
12Seargeant20Kosecki
Goal74
Substitution80
14Mullan21Vrdoljak (C)
18Wilde
Yellow Card17
23Hélio Pinto
Substitution46
20Darlington
Substitution80
25Rzeźniczak
23A. Edwards32Radović
Substitution46

Substitutes

25Mullock (GK)84Skaba (GK)
7Ruscoe5Gol
8Finley
Substitution64
17Brzyski
9Draper18Kucharczyk
Substitution46
Goal47
10M. Williams
Substitution80
33Żyro
Substitution80
Yellow Card90+3
16Rawlinson37Furman
Substitution46
22Quigley39Cichocki

Coaches

Carl Darlington (WAL) Jan Urban (POL)

Referee

Thorvaldur Árnason (ISL)

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Standings

 
 
  
Published: Wednesday 17 July 2013, 23.45CET

Legia come from behind to burst TNS bubble

The New Saints FC 1-3 Legia Warszawa
The Polish champions shrugged off an early setback to take a grip on the tie with three second-half goals.

The New Saints FC must climb a mountain to reach the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round after succumbing 3-1 at home against Legia Warszawa.

The home side led at half-time through a Ryan Fraughan goal, but the Polish champions proved too strong and hit back three times after the break to take command of the tie.

Midfielder Fraughan gave Carl Darlington's side the dream start when he struck in unusual fashion after 11 minutes. Getting the ball back from his own short corner, Fraughan whipped in a dangerous ball that deceived Legia keeper Dušan Kuciak to find the back of the net. Buoyed, TNS continued to press and could have had two more goals before the break. Michael Wilde forced Kuciack into a smart low save, and Alex Darlington's angled shot rattled the far post.

It did not take long for the Welsh bubble to burst after the break, though. Two minutes, in fact, was all that Michał Kucharczyk needed to make his mark, the half-time substitute showing great composure to stroke in the equaliser from close range. Ten minutes later, Marek Saganowski's glancing header beat Paul Harrison directly from a thrown-in, and suddenly the hosts were hanging on.

Wilde flashed a smart effort wide in a rare TNS foray forward, but Jakub Kosecki then tightened Legia's grip on the tie. The midfielder twisted and turned before unleashing an unstoppable curling shot past the helpless Harrison to complete a satisfactory evening for Jan Urban's men and leave the Welsh champions with an uphill battle in the return leg.

Last updated: 24/07/13 23.45CET

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