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Pujol puts Santa Coloma in command

FC Santa Coloma 1-0 FC Banants
Marc Pujol's fifth-minute strike proved sufficient for the Andorran title holders to win their first UEFA Champions League qualifying match.

Santa Coloma celebrate scoring the only goal
Santa Coloma celebrate scoring the only goal ©Silvia Casals

FC Santa Coloma prised open the door to the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round after a 1-0 first-leg defeat of debutants FC Banants.

The Andorran title holders had failed to win a game in any of their three previous first qualifying round ties, but overcame the weight of history courtesy of Marc Pujol's precise fifth-minute clincher. The goal arrived when a long ball from Santa Coloma keeper Eloy Casals was headed on by Iban Parra into the path of Pujol at the front post.

The home team were rarely troubled thereafter, comfortably holding onto their advantage ahead of the return leg in Yerevan on 8 July. The remaining first qualifying round opener between Lincoln FC and HB Tórshavn takes place on Wednesday evening.