WARSAW, Poland. July 24 (UEFA) – Vladimir Dvalishvili’s second-half goal completed the Polish champions’ progress to a third qualifying round tie against Molde FK.
Final Score: Legia Warsaw 1-0 The New Saints FC (agg: 4-1)
Legia Warsaw reached the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2006/07 after beating The New Saints FC 1-0 at home to seal a comfortable aggregate victory.
Leading 3-1 after the first leg in Wrexham, Legia never looked in danger of surrendering their advantage and scored the only goal of the game through Georgian forward Vladimir Dvalishvili eight minutes after the interval.
The hosts began brightly but struggled to create clear-cut chances. The best opportunity of the first half fell to defender Dosa Júnior, who failed to test TNS goalkeeper Paul Harrison from close range following Michał Żyro’s corner. Jan Urban’s side continued to press forward after half-time, however, and got their reward in the 53rd minute, Dvalishvili finishing well from ten metres following Miroslav Radović’s ball from deep.
Dominik Furman twice went close to doubling Legia’s lead on the night, hitting the woodwork and seeing an effort cleared off the line, but a 1-0 win was more than enough for the Polish champions who now face Molde FK in the third qualifying round, with the first leg in Norway next week.
Legia Warsaw – The New Saints FC 1:0 (0:0)
Goal: Dvalishvili 53;
Yellow carded: Legia – Bartosz Bereszyński; TNS: Alex Darlington, Philip Baker
Referee: Bardhyl Pashaj (Albania) Spectators: 12 000
Legia: Dusan Kuciak – Bartosz Bereszyński, Dossa Junior, Tomasz Jodłowiec, Jakub Wawrzyniak – Dominik Furman, Ivica Vrdoljak (65. Jakub Rzeźniczak) – Miroslav Radovic, Vladimir Dvalishvili, Michał Żyro (75. Tomasz Brzyski) – Marek Saganowski (71. Helio Pinto)
The New Saints FC: Paul Harrison – Simon Spender, Christopher Marriott, Philip Baker, Kai Edwards – Ryan Fraughan (57. Sam Finley), Christopher Seargeant, Jaime Mullan, Michael Wilde (72. Greg Draper), Alex Darlington (81. Matthew Williams) – Aeron Edwards
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