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Čikoš edges Slovan Bratislava past TNS

Published: Tuesday 15 July 2014, 21.56CET
ŠK Slovan Bratislava 1-0 The New Saints FC
Erik Čikoš's 52nd-minute strike was sufficient for the Slovakian side to secure a first-leg victory against their Welsh visitors.
Čikoš edges Slovan Bratislava past TNS
Slovan will take a one-goal advantage to Wales next week ©SITA

Match statistics

Slovan BratislavaTNS

Goals scored1
 
0
Total attempts23
 
2
on target11
 
0
off target7
 
2
blocked5
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners11
 
2
Offsides3
 
4
Yellow cards0
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
14
Fouls suffered14
 
14

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 15 July 2014, 21.56CET

Čikoš edges Slovan Bratislava past TNS

ŠK Slovan Bratislava 1-0 The New Saints FC
Erik Čikoš's 52nd-minute strike was sufficient for the Slovakian side to secure a first-leg victory against their Welsh visitors.

ŠK Slovan Bratislava moved closer to the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round after a 1-0 victory against The New Saints FC in their first leg at Štadión Pasienky.

Right-back Erik Čikoš scored the only goal with a low strike from the edge of the penalty box seven minutes after the restart, putting the hosts in the driving seat at the tie's halfway stage. The teams meet again next Tuesday in Rhyl, where the Welsh outfit will hope to overturn their deficit and get past the second qualifying round for the first time since 2010/11.

Although a well-organised TNS frustrated Slovan, it proved a busy night for goalkeeper Paul Harrison, who was on form throughout. Marko Milinković and Juraj Halenár, both dangerous from the off, tested the 29-year-old before the break but could not make the breakthrough. It fell to Čikoš to provide the finishing touch after the restart, the defender drilling in a shot that Harrison had no answer to.

Despite the visitors enjoying bright spells of possession, TNS struggled to create any clear-cut chances in the second half. Their best effort fell to Mike Wilde following a flick on from substitute Alex Darlington, but the forward's shot whistled past the upright.

Last updated: 31/05/15 3.30CET

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Lineups

slovan bratislava

Slovan Bratislava

tns

TNS

1
PernišDušan Perniš (GK)
1
HarrisonPaul Harrison (GK) (C)
3
NiňajBranislav Niňaj
2
SpenderSimon Spender
4
ČikošErik Čikoš
Goal52
3
MarriottChris Marriott
6
FořtPavel Fořt
6
K. EdwardsKai Edwards
9
HalenárJuraj Halenár
Substitution89
8
FinleySam Finley
Substitution89
10
ŽofčákIgor Žofčák (C)
Substitution70
10
WilliamsMatty Williams
11
MilinkovićMarko Milinković
11
FraughanRyan Fraughan
Substitution46
14
JablonskýTomáš Jablonský
12
SeargeantChristian Seargeant
Yellow Card71
20
SoumahSeydouba Soumah
16
RawlinsonConnell Rawlinson
26
HudákDávid Hudák
18
WildeMichael Wilde
81
LásikRichard Lásik
23
A. EdwardsAeron Edwards
Substitution84

Substitutes

22
PoláčekMartin Poláček (GK)
25
MullockChris Mullock (GK)
8
GrendelErik Grendel
Substitution89
5
EvansSteve Evans
12
MészárosKarol Mészáros
7
RuscoeScott Ruscoe
Substitution89
13
MatejkaRóbert Matejka
9
DraperGreg Draper
Substitution84
25
SipľakMichal Sipľak
17
EdwardsRyan Edwards
29
JakúbekMatej Jakúbek
20
DarlingtonAlex Darlington
Substitution46
Yellow Card81
77
PeltierLester Peltier
Substitution70
22
QuigleyScott Quigley

Coach

František Straka (CZE) Craig Harrison (ENG)

Referee

Pavle Radovanović (MNE)

Assistant referees

Veselin Radunović (MNE), Djordjije Ražnatović (MNE)

Fourth official

Aleksandar Marković (MNE)

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