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Epureanu returns to haunt Sheriff as Anji advance

Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 19.56CET
FC Anji Makhachkala 1-1 FC Sheriff
Alexandru Epureanu struck against his former club to cancel out Ismail Isa's opener and ensure Anji will finish second in Group K.
Epureanu returns to haunt Sheriff as Anji advance
Sheriff's Fernando (left) in action against Odil Ahmedov of Anji ©Sergey Sokolov
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Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 19.56CET

Epureanu returns to haunt Sheriff as Anji advance

FC Anji Makhachkala 1-1 FC Sheriff
Alexandru Epureanu struck against his former club to cancel out Ismail Isa's opener and ensure Anji will finish second in Group K.

FC Anji Makhachkala made sure of second place in UEFA Europa League Group K, Alexandru Epureanu scoring against former club FC Sheriff to end the Moldovan side's challenge.

Sheriff kicked off five points behind their Russian hosts but took a step towards the win that would have kept alive their hopes when Ismail Isa volleyed in early in the second period. Epureanu, who won three league titles with Sheriff between 2004 and 2007, soon equalised, however, and that proved enough for Anji to finish runners-up to Tottenham Hotspur FC in the section.

The visitors had started positively and might have broken through within two minutes as Cadu found space on the edge of the penalty area, Mikhail Kerzhakov turning the shot over. The best early chance came at the other end, Vladimir Sobolev racing clear before prodding wide, though the half ended as it had begun, with Sheriff denied by Kerzhakov, who charged off his line to block Kobi Moyal's effort.

The goalkeeper was helpless seven minutes after half-time, though, Benjamin Balima's searching right-wing cross finding Isa ahead of his marker to volley in. The lead lasted just six minutes; Nikita Burmistrov delivered a corner from the right and Epureanu peeled away at the far post to beat Vjekoslav Tomić with a looping header.

Sheriff refused to buckle, Kerzhakov again coming to Anji's rescue after Balima had met Cadu's free-kick. Anji nearly caught their guests on the break as substitute Pavel Solomatin sprinted through only to finish wildly. There was still one last scare when Sheriff's Ricardinho – dismissed for a second booking in the final seconds – sent in a dangerous centre, but Jhulliam passed up the opportunity and Anji were through.

Last updated: 30/11/13 0.02CET

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Lineups

anji

Anji

sheriff

Sheriff

22
KerzhakovMikhail Kerzhakov (GK)
77
TomićVjekoslav Tomić (GK)
5
GrigalavaGia Grigalava
11
RicardinhoRicardinho
Yellow Card89
Red Card90+3
6
EpureanuAlexandru Epureanu
Goal58
Substitution58
14
BalimaBenjamin Balima
7
AgalarovKamil Agalarov
Yellow Card69
15
MetouaMarcel Metoua
20
SobolevVladimir Sobolev
Substitution84
20
CaduCadu
24
AdeleyeAyodele Adeleye
Yellow Card85
21
MoyalKobi Moyal
25
Ahmedov                       Odil Ahmedov (C)
Yellow Card66
22
PayeDjibril Paye
28
SerderovSerder Serderov
Substitution57
26
SamardžićMiral Samardžić (C)
37
EwertonEwerton
29
IsaIsmail Isa
Goal53
Yellow Card53
81
BurmistrovNikita Burmistrov
88
StanojevićMarko Stanojević
Substitution76
87
MaximovIlya Maksimov
90
LuvannorLuvannor Henrique
Yellow Card46

Substitutes

1
PomazanEvgeni Pomazan (GK)
12
StajilaDmitri Stajila (GK)
2
EschenkoAndrei Eschenko
Substitution84
7
FurduiValentin Furdui
10
GatagovAlan Gatagov
16
PaireliVadim Paireli
13
TagirbekovRasim Tagirbekov
33
William CelestinoWilliam Celestino
14
SolomatinPavel Solomatin
Substitution57
89
A. PaşcencoAlexandru Paşcenco
16
MkrtchyanKarlen Mkrtchyan
Substitution58
99
JhulliamJhulliam
Substitution76
99
AbdulavovIslamnur Abdulavov

Coach

Gadzhi Gadzhiev (RUS) Veaceslav Rusnac (MDA)

Referee

Libor Kovařik (CZE)

Assistant referees

Krystof Mencl (CZE), Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)

Fourth official

Patrik Filipek (CZE)

Additional assistant referees

Miroslav Zelinka (CZE), Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)

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