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Skënderbeu strike late to end Neftçi resistance

Published: Wednesday 24 July 2013, 0.45CET
KS Skënderbeu 1-0 Neftçi PFK (agg: 1 -0)
Nurudeen Orelesi's goal four minutes from the end of extra time finally broke the deadlock and ended the hopes of ten-man Neftçi.
by Lysien Nurishmi
from Skënderbeu Stadium
Skënderbeu strike late to end Neftçi resistance
Skënderbeu's Gilman Lika breaks through the Neftçi lines on Tuesday ©Lysien Nurishmi

Match statistics

SkënderbeuNeftçi

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)0
100
Total attempts12
 
5
on target6
 
1
off target5
 
4
blocked0
 
0
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners10
 
4
Offsides4
 
2
Yellow cards3
 
5
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed7
 
9
Fouls suffered9
 
7
Passes0
 
0
completed0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 24 July 2013, 0.45CET

Skënderbeu strike late to end Neftçi resistance

KS Skënderbeu 1-0 Neftçi PFK (agg: 1 -0)
Nurudeen Orelesi's goal four minutes from the end of extra time finally broke the deadlock and ended the hopes of ten-man Neftçi.

Persistence paid off for Albanian title holders KS Skënderbeu as they overcame the resistance of Neftçi PFK with a goal deep into extra time by Nigerian midfielder Nurudeen Orelesi.

Including the first-leg stalemate in Baku, the two teams had played 205 goalless minutes until Orelesi met substitute Mario Morina's left-wing delivery with a superb shot that beat goalkeeper Saša Stamenković with 116 minutes on the clock. The strike put Skënderbeu into the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round for the first time, where their opponents will be Kazakhstan's FC Shakhter Karagandy.

It was a deserved win for Mirel Joca's side given their overall superiority against opponents reduced to ten men by Igor Mitreski's dismissal two minutes into stoppage time at the end of normal time.

Azerbaijani champions Neftçi had enjoyed the better of the first half and threatened a goal when Julius Wobay broke into the home penalty box and shot wide moments before the interval. Thereafter Skënderbeu gained the upper hand. Chances were scarce – striker Pero Pejić went close with a couple – but that changed as the end of normal time approached. Blendi Shkembi had a 20-metre effort repelled by Stamenković in the 88th minute and when the goalkeeper kept out the same player's free-kick, Leonit Abazi headed the rebound wide.

That came just after the 92nd-minute sending-off of Mitrevski after he brought down Shkembi as the home striker bore down on goal. Skënderbeu dominated extra time yet despite the best efforts of Stamenković, who saved superbly from Pejić's 94th-minute header, the hosts eventually got their reward.

Last updated: 24/07/13 12.38CET

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Lineups

skënderbeu

Skënderbeu

neftçi

Neftçi

1
ShehiOrges Shehi (GK)
30
StamenkovićSaša Stamenković (GK)
3
ArapiRenato Arapi
Yellow Card33
2
CardosoCarlos Cardoso
Substitution36
8
OrelesiNurudeen Orelesi
Goal116 ET
3
Denis SilvaDenis Silva
10
ShkembiBlendi Shkembi (C)
5
MitreskiIgor Mitreski
Yellow Card52
Red Card90+2
17
G. LikaGilman Lika
Substitution77
9
FlavinhoFlavinho
20
AdemirAdemir
10
WobayJulius Wobay
22
PejićPero Pejić
Yellow Card117 ET
11
PlatjeMelvin Platje
Substitution91 ET
31
SefaJetmir Sefa
Substitution57
15
RamosEric Ramos
Yellow Card107 ET
33
RadašMarko Radaš
16
Bruno BertucciBruno Bertucci
78
GvozdenovićIvan Gvozdenović
22
ShukurovMahir Shukurov (C)
88
LilajSabien Lilaj
Substitution82
25
ImamverdiyevCavid Imamverdiyev
Yellow Card7
Substitution72

Substitutes

12
LapanjiErjon Lapanji (GK)
1
DoroševsPāvels Doroševs (GK)
4
VrapiEndrit Vrapi
4
GuliyevTarlan Guliyev
7
FaguErbim Fagu
6
SadygovRashad A. Sadygov
Substitution36
9
MorinaMario Morina
Substitution77
7
AbdullayevAraz Abdullayev
Substitution72
Yellow Card119 ET
14
AbaziLeonit Abazi
Substitution57
Yellow Card61
14
NasimovBakhodir Nasimov
19
NimagaBakary Nimaga
19
SeyidovMirhüseyin Seyidov
23
TomićŽeljko Tomić
Substitution82
32
YunuszadeElvin Yunuszade
Substitution91 ET
Yellow Card95 ET

Coach

Mirel Joca (ALB) Boyukagha Hajiyev (AZE)

Referee

Pawel Gil (POL)

Assistant referees

Piotr Sadczuk (POL), Marcin Borkowski (POL)

Fourth official

Paweł Raczkowski (POL)

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