Central-East round-up: It took penalty shoot-out successes for Budapest Honvéd FC and GKS Bełchatów to progress while away goals settled two other ties.
It took penalty shoot-out successes for Budapest Honvéd FC and GKS Bełchatów to progress while away goals settled two other ties as uefa.com rounds up the action from the Central-Eastern section.
Budapest Honvéd FC 1-1 FC Nistru Otaci (agg: 2-2 aet, Honvéd win 5-4 on penalties)
Goalkeeper Iván Tóth was the hero of the night in Budapest, saving three penalties as Honvéd finally progressed after a nervous shoot-out. Senegalese striker Abraham Guie-Guie Gneki had converted neatly after 14 minutes to put the home side ahead, only for Cameroonian Habib Mekang to equalise on a rare attack for Nistru early in the second half. In added time, Gellért Ivancsics hit the post for Honvéd following a free-kick while Gábor Koós headed wide in the closing seconds from barely five metres. It took nine rounds of penalties to finally kill off the Moldovan side's European dream with Tóth's reflexes proving crucial.
FC Ameri Tbilisi 2-0 GKS Bełchatów (agg: 2-2 aet, Bełchatów win 4-2 on penalties)
Ameri came close to an impressive comeback only to see their Polish guests prevail on penalties in Tbilisi. Trailing 2-0 from the first leg, the Georgian side put the pressure on Bełchatów from the start and saw a number of chances go begging before Suliko Davitashvili teed up Dmitri Tatanashvili to head their opener late in the first half. Just after the interval, Davitashvili pounced to convert after Georgi Dekanosidze's effort had hit the crossbar and the scores were all square. However, Ameri failed to make further opportunities count and Bełchatów held their nerve in the shoot-out.
PFC Neftchi 2-1 SV Ried (agg: 3-4)
A late goal from Hamdi Salihi snuffed out Neftchi's chances of progress as Ried avoided disaster in Baku. The Austrian side held a 3-1 lead from the first leg, but came unstuck in the first half in Azerbaijan. A low cross from Zaur Tagizade allowed Branimir Subašić to open the scoring for Neftchi after 14 minutes before a Rashad F Sadygov strike following a corner ten minutes later put the home side ahead in the tie on away goals. Neftchi coach Gurban Gurbanov took off Subašic and fellow striker Samir Aliyev in a bid to defend the lead, but Salihi hit a superb strike five minutes from time, just after Tagizade's dismissal, to snatch victory.
FC MIKA 1-0 MTK Budapest (agg: 2-2, MIKA win on away goals)
The Armenian side reached the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup for the first time as Artyom Adamyan scored the only goal of the second leg after 25 minutes, taking advantage of a defensive lapse after a cross by Kléber Silva. István Ladóczki passed up a decent chance for MTK and József Kanta was denied by MIKA goalkeeper goalkeeper Feliks Hakobyan before the break. Hakobyan's heroics continued in the second half as he denied Gábor Urbán in the 54th and 83rd minutes.
FC Zimbru Chisinau 2-2 FC Artmedia Petržalka (agg: 3-3, Artmedia win on away goals)
Balázs Borbély struck in the dying seconds to send Artmedia through to the next round on away goals after they looked to be dead and buried in Moldova. The home side had taken the lead through a sweetly struck Kyrylo Kovalchuk effort before Russian striker Alexey Zhdanov doubled their advantage from the penalty spot after being fouled in the penalty area. However, a rare Artmedia attack brought a goal after 73 minutes as Karim Guédé exploited a defensive lapse to allow Borbély to snatch victory with almost the last kick of the game.
SV Mattersburg 4-2 FK Aktobe (agg: 4-3)
A free-kick in added time from Ákos Kovrig saved the day for Mattersburg as the late goal earned them a narrow victory against the side from Kazakhstan. Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, goals from Carsten Jancker, Thomas Wagner and Csaba Csizmadia had left the Austrian side with a comfortable lead midway through the second half. However, Andrei Bogomolov's goal for Aktobe in the 72nd minute was soon followed by the dismissal of Mattersburg's Adnan Mravac, and when Aleksei Kosolapov scored the visitors' second of the night, Aktobe were on target for an unlikely victory. However, Kovrig's fierce drive from 25 metres was to settle the tie in dramatic style.
BSC Young Boys 4-0 FC Banants (agg: 5-1)
Two goals from João Paulo helped the Berne side cruise into Friday's draw after a confident performance. The Brazilian opened his account after eleven minutes and the match was all over for Young Boys' Armenian guests by half-time, as Tiago Calvano coverted from a corner kick before João Paulo added his second of the night. Martin Andermatt's men did not sit back and added a fourth through Marco Schneuwly after 58 minutes.
Groclin Grodzisk Wielkopolski 1-0 MKT Araz (agg: 1-0)
Jarosław Lato struck two minutes from time as the Polish side finally subdued their Azeri opponents on home soil. Following a goalless draw in the first leg, Groclin looked like favourites to progress but were not to find the going easy against Araz. The dismissal of Moldovan striker Anatolie Doros after 81 minutes saw the advantage turn decisively in the home side's favour with Lato's effort sparing them the drama of extra time.
FC Vaduz 0-0 FC Dinamo Tbilisi (agg: 0-2)
Czech coach Dušan Uhrin will be watching Friday's UEFA Cup second qualifying round draw with interest after his side earned a 2-0 aggregate win after keeping Vaduz at bay in Liechtenstein. Although Liechtenstein Cup winners Vaduz battled gamely, the Georgian league runners-up rarely looked troubled. Vaduz's best effort of the match came seven minutes from half-time as Brazilian striker Gaspar shot wide from distance.
FC Alma-Ata 1-1 FC ViOn Zlaté Moravce (agg: 2-4)
A crowd of 17,000 in Kazakhstan saw Daniyar Kenzhekhanov's early chance for the home side blocked by Zlaté Moravce goalkeeper Michal Peškovic before the same player missed a 19th-minute penalty. Substitute Jafar Irismetov put Alma-Ata ahead with a sweet curling shot after 57 minutes but was denied a second minutes later as Peškovic produced a fine diving save. Going all out for goals, Alma-Ata were hit with a sucker punch as Peter Farkaš's speculative long-range effort levelled the scores before Viktor Kovalev's 81st-minute dismissal effectively ended their hopes.