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Streymur aim to finish off Lusitans

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 7 Jul 2013

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EB/Streymur will be hoping to secure their progress into the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League when they face Lusitans on Tuesday.

The Faroe Islands side face the Andorran champions in the second leg of their first qualifying round tie on Tuesday, and have the advantage on away goals following a 2-2 draw in Andorra la Vella.

A goalless draw will be enough to take them through to the next stage, but manager Runi Nolsoe will be looking for his side to put the game beyond doubt early after a tense encounter last Tuesday, in which they came from two goals down to claim what could prove to be a vital draw.

Defender Cristian Martinez netted a double for Lusitans in the first half, before Arnbjorn Hansen and Levi Hansen levelled matters after Gert Age Hansen had been dismissed.

There is likely to be more drama in the second leg in Torshavn, but there should be a more relaxed atmosphere in Serravalle, San Marino, where domestic champions Tre Penne have a mountain to climb if they are to progress to the second qualifying round.

Tre Penne fell to a 3-0 defeat in their first leg against Armenian champions Shirak, and will need to improve drastically if they are to have any chance of continuing their European journey.

Shirak dominated the first encounter in Gyumri, and clinched victory thanks to a hat-trick from Ivorian striker Ismael Fofana.

The onus will be on Fofana to continue his fine form, and given their comprehensive advantage, Vardan Bichakhchyan’s men should be able to keep their hopes of reaching the group stages alive.

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