FC WIT Georgia were the big winners on Wednesday night in the UEFA Champions League.
WIT, in particular, made an excellent start to their first Champions League campaign with a 5-0 victory against HB Tórshavn of the Faroe Islands. Provided there is not a shock turnaround in next Wednesday's return match, WIT will progress to play Wisla Kraków of Poland in the next stage.
The Georgian champions had tonight's game at the Boris Paichadze stadium in Tbilisi wrapped up by half-time with Vladimer Gochashvili starting things off with a 20th-minute goal. Otar Martsvaladze and Davit Dighmelashvili made their mark before the interval and it was a similar story after the break. Alexander Intskirveli struck in the 47th minute before Irakli Ebanoidze wrapped things up ten minutes later to send the 5,000-strong crowd home happy.
Meanwhile, late goals from Devis Mukaj and Indrit Fortuzi have left Belarussian champions FC Gomel with a mountain to climb in Albania a week today. Tirana's deserved 2-0 away victory in front of 10,500 fans means they are in the driving seat to face Ferencvárosi TC of Hungary in the second qualifying round. The visitors had to wait to break the deadlock with Mukaj scoring in the 75th minute before striker Fortuzi found the net in the 89th minute.
Sheriff of Moldova look to be in firm control of their tie against Luxembourg champions AS Jeunesse Esch with another 2-0 success. A goal in each half from Iurie Priganuc (32) and Sergiy Kuznetsov (67) did the damage in Tiraspol and should mean that Sheriff have no problems when they travel to De la Frontière stadium in seven days. The winners of this tie will face perennial Champions League qualifiers Rosenborg BK of Norway.
Finally, KR threw away a two-goal lead in the last six minutes at home against Shelbourne. The visiting Republic of Ireland side had kept KR at bay for the first half but conceded two goals soon after the interval. Arnar Jon Sigurgeirsson scored in the 47th minute before Sigurvin Olafsson doubled KR's advantage seven minutes later.
However, Alan Moore gave Shelbourne a lifeline in the 84th minute and Kristjan Orn Sigurdsson's own goal in the 87th minute left the tie finely balanced at 2-2 with the return to come in Dublin next Wednesday. The winners will face Croatian champions HNK Hajduk Split in the next round.