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Dudelange pay the penalty

Published: Thursday 29 July 2004, 22.24CET
F91 Dudelange 1-2 FK Ekranas (agg: 1-3) Arvydas Skrupskis saves two penalties for the Lithuanian visitors.

Match statistics

DudelangeEkranas

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target1
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
1

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Published: Thursday 29 July 2004, 22.24CET

Dudelange pay the penalty

F91 Dudelange 1-2 FK Ekranas (agg: 1-3) Arvydas Skrupskis saves two penalties for the Lithuanian visitors.

By Manfred Christoph at the Stade Jos Nosbaum

FK Ekranas had goalkeeper Arvydas Skrupskis to thank after he saved two penalties as the Lithuanian side beat F91 Dudelange in Luxembourg to book a place in the UEFA Cup second qualifying round.

Bright start
The visitors started brightly, clearly not content to sit back on their 1-0 first-leg lead. Dudelange goalkeeper Jonathan Joubert was called into action as early as the fifth minute after Virginius Liubšys' men had won a corner. By contrast, Skrupskis had little to worry about apart from a speculative effort from Evariste Kabongo.

Savenas score
It therefore came as little surprise when the visitors took the lead through Mantas Savenas after just seven minutes after confusion following Vitalijus Kavaliauskas' right-wing cross. Povilas Lukšys could have doubled the lead ten minutes later but was foiled by Joubert before the Luxembourg outfit were awarded a penalty against the run of play.

Penalty save
After Stéphane Martine was fouled by Alfredas Skroblas, Sébastian Remy stepped up to take the penalty, but Skrupskis saved well. A minute later, the striker was given another chance but failed to control a Thomas Gruszcyznski cross.

Comeback momentum
By now Michel Le Flochmoan's side had taken the initiative and again came close with a long range shot from David Cangini midway through the first half. Ten minutes later Gruszcyznski was denied by a last ditch tackle as he prepared to shoot, before Roland Saboga saw his effort sail over the crossbar when well placed.

Gardzijauskas goal
Gruszcynski and Saboga also missed chances as the game moved into the second half. That proved costly and on 50 minutes Ekranas stretched their aggregate lead to 3-0 with a Egidijus Majus header from a Mindaugas Gardzijauskas free-kick on the right wing.

Spirit rewarded
But the Luxembourg part-timers continued to press and after Cangini had seen an effort rebound off the post, Loïc Mouny finally scored the goal his side's performance so richly deserved. Ekranas were reduced to ten men in added time after Majus fouled in the penalty box. Skrupskis again saved the resulting spot-kick.

Last updated: 30/07/04 1.28CET

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