The New Saints match Pyunik to earn first-leg lead

The New Saints FC emulated Tuesday winners FC Pyunik by defeating B36 Tórshavn 2-1 away from home as the first qualifying round first legs concluded.

Pyunik striker César Romero
Pyunik striker César Romero ©Hakber

Wednesday
B36 Tórshavn (FAR) 1-2 The New Saints FC (WAL)
• Michael Wilde scored a 90th-minute winner as the Welsh champions came from behind to establish a first-leg lead.
• Hans Pauli Samuelsen had put the hosts ahead in the seventh minute, but hopes of a first success in the competition since 2006 took a hit when Scott Quigley swiftly equalised.

Tuesday
FC Pyunik (ARM) 2-1 SS Folgore (SMR)
• Pyunik recorded their first UEFA Champions League victory since July 2007, although their place in the second qualifying round is far from secure after José Hirsch's 71st-minute reply for ten-man Folgore.
• The Armenian side led through Vardges Satumyan and substitute Cesar Romero, but Hirsch's header, seconds after team-mate Fabio Ceschi had been dismissed, has given the Sammarinese outfit hope of winning a UEFA tie for the first time. 

Lincoln FC (GIB) 0-0 FC Santa Coloma (AND)
• Santa Coloma's Ibán Parra came closest to breaking the deadlock in a tight contest when he directed a header against the crossbar late on. Earlier, Lincoln and Gibraltar midfielder Liam Walker tested visiting keeper Eloy Casals with a free-kick.

Crusaders FC (NIR) 0-0 FC Levadia Tallinn (EST)
• Billy Joe Burns and Andrew Mitchell forced Levadia goalkeeper Priit Pikker into action as Crusaders made a bright start. Omar Elhussieny replied for the away side before the half-hour mark, testing Sean O'Neill, and with 20 minutes remaining Paul Heatley's well-taken effort flew narrowly wide of the Levadia goal.
• "I am pleased with the result, we've kept ourselves in it," said Crusaders manager Jeff Spiers. "We have definitely given ourselves a chance, I don't think anyone can deny that. We created opportunities and we'll create them out there. Nil-nil is a dangerous scoreline for them – we rattled them."

 

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