Champions League: Crusaders 0-0 FC Levadia Tallinn

Michael Carvill in action during the first leg
Michael Carvill made his competitive debut for Crusaders following his move from Linfield

Crusaders were left to regret multiple missed chances as the first leg of their Champions League first round qualifier against Estonians Levadia Tallinn at Seaview ended goalless.

Man of the match Andy Mitchell saw a powerful first-half shot pushed on to the bar by goalkeeper Pikker Prit.

Richard Clarke and Jordan Owens had good opportunities, while Paul Heatley went close on several occasions.

The Irish Premiership champions will play their second leg on 7 July.

The match got off to a lively start and the Crues created a couple of chances within the opening few minutes.

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Crusaders take heart from scoreless draw

Heatley teed up Clarke but his well-struck shot from the edge of the box was deflected wide for a corner. A minute later, a Billy Joe Burns cross from the left was headed away.

Soon after, a Heatley corner was headed clear but the ball fell to Mitchell, one of the Seaview club's summer recruits, just outside the area.

The former Rangers player controlled and unleashed a fantastic shot that goalkeeper Prit managed to get his fingertips to and turn over the bar.

Livewire winger Heatley saw his shot from a tight angle turned round the post by Prit as the Irish League title holders maintained their early dominance.

The visitors responded in the 10th minute when Luts Siim put in a brilliant low cross from the left across the face of goal, but Craig McClean cleared the danger at the back post by turning the ball behind for a corner.

Levadia carved out another opportunity but Elhussieny Omar Nabil Rashad was denied by a strong hand from Sean O'Neill after his fantastic shot from the edge of the area appeared to be flying into the top corner.

The ball dropped back into the danger area and with Levadia's top scorer, Teever Ingemar, waiting to head in, Josh Robinson managed to head the ball clear.

Laitinen Juuso Tapani and Paul Heatley in action during the goal-less draw at Seaview
Laitinen Juuso Tapani and Paul Heatley in action during the goalless draw at Seaview

Owens failed to execute a clean header after a cross from the left by McClean fell perfectly for him at the back post a few yards out, and the striker then miscontrolled another chance with the goal gaping.

The second half was a quieter affair but Clarke squandered another good opening when he fired a shot a yard wide of the post.

Declan Caddell put Heatley through on goal and the winger charged into the area, before dragging his shot wide of the far post.

Substitute Jordan Forsythe attempted to lob the goalkeeper but his effort was just off target, then the visitors had a chance to win it in added time.

Saag Kairmar controlled the ball in the area and turned and fired a low shot, but O'Neill got down well to save.

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