Champions League - Qualifying Second Round - 1st Leg
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Champions League: The New Saints 0-0 Apoel Nicosia

New Saints celebrate their Welsh Cup final win over Airbus UK
Saints won the Welsh Cup, League Cup and Welsh Premier League for a second successive season in 2015-16

Welsh champions The New Saints denied Cypriot side Apoel Nicosia a crucial away goal in the Champions League second qualifying round first leg.

Craig Harrison's side put in a solid defensive display against a club who have reached the Champions League group stages three times.

The second leg will be held in Cyprus on Tuesday, 19 July.

Saints comfortably beat minnows Tre Penne of San Marino 5-1 on aggregate in the first qualifying round.

Scott Quigley headed straight at goalkeeper Boy Waterman but the home side were forced to defend for most of the first half.

Saints were nearly punished when Connell Rawlinson's poor clearance was picked up by Tomas De Vincenti, who fired past the post.

Ryan Brobbel and Chris Seargeant had chances for Craig Harrison's side but the visitors continued to press and Paul Harrison was forced to make a fine save to deny Nuno Morais.

Inaki Astiz failed to connect with Vander's corner at the far post in stoppage time as Saints held out to deny the Cypriots an away goal.

Apoel, Cypriot champions for the past four seasons, reached the Champions League quarter finals in 2011-12, losing to Real Madrid.

Defender Phil Baker was man of the match on an evening which he equalled Saints coach Scott Ruscoe's Welsh record of 30 appearances in Europe.

New Saints director of football Craig Harrison told BBC Radio Shropshire: "I think that's the best team performance since I've been here.

"We want to win and I'm a big winner but sometimes it's not about the actual result, it's about the performance.

"Everyone did their job exactly how we prepared them to do."

Line-ups

New Saints

  • 1Harrison
  • 8BrobbelSubstituted forWilliamsat 72'minutes
  • 4Baker
  • 14Mullan
  • 3Marriott
  • 26Pryce
  • 16Rawlinson
  • 6Routledge
  • 21CieslewiczSubstituted forParryat 89'minutes
  • 22Quigley
  • 23EdwardsSubstituted forSeargeantat 37'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Seargeant
  • 9Draper
  • 10Williams
  • 11Parry
  • 15Saunders
  • 20Darlington
  • 25Mullock

Apoel Nicosia

  • 99Waterman
  • 7EfremBooked at 38minsSubstituted forAloneftisat 83'minutes
  • 5da Cruz Junior
  • 11Alexandrou
  • 16Oliveira FrancoSubstituted forOrlandiat 71'minutes
  • 20Soteriou
  • 10De Vincenti
  • 21Milanov
  • 77Vieira
  • 23Astiz
  • 26Morais

Substitutes

  • 4Artymatas
  • 8Orlandi
  • 28Sergio
  • 30Merkis
  • 46Aloneftis
  • 78Pardo
  • 88Bardini Bressan
Referee:
Hugo Miguel
Attendance:
1,056

Live Text

Match ends, The New Saints 0, APOEL Nicosia 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, The New Saints 0, APOEL Nicosia 0.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Robbie Parry replaces Adrian Cieslewicz.

Substitution

Substitution, APOEL Nicosia. Efstathios Aloneftis replaces Georgios Efrem.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Matthew Williams replaces Ryan Brobbel.

Substitution

Substitution, APOEL Nicosia. Andrea Orlandi replaces Vinicius.

Second Half

Second Half begins The New Saints 0, APOEL Nicosia 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, The New Saints 0, APOEL Nicosia 0.

Booking

Georgios Efrem (APOEL Nicosia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Chris Seargeant replaces Aeron Edwards.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

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Tuesday 12th July 2016

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