Champions League - Qualifying First Round - 2nd Leg
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Champions League qualifier, second leg: La Fiorita 0-0 Linfield (0-1 on agg)

Cameron Stewart heads over Linfield's best chance in the first half
Cameron Stewart headed Linfield's best chance over the bar in the first half

Linfield secured a money-spinning Champions League tie against Celtic as a goalless draw in San Marino earned a 1-0 aggregate win over La Fiorita.

Cameron Stewart missed a great first-half chance for Linfield but they had to battle hard to repel pressure from the home side in the second period.

Aaron Burns also wasted a second-half chance but the visitors had some nervous moments before progressing.

Linfield will host Celtic in their first leg on Friday 14 July.

It is estimated that the second qualifying round tie against the Scottish champions could earn the Irish Premiership winners up to £1million in Uefa prize money, gate receipts, television revenue, advertising and merchandising.

Security concerns around the tie led to agreement that any potential first leg between the clubs at Windsor Park would be moved from the normal midweek slot to the Friday because of the clash with the 12th of July marches in Northern Ireland.

Celtic also announced they would not take supporters to Belfast because of safety worries.

Linfield keeper Roy Carroll catches a cross in Tuesday's game in San Marino
Roy Carroll's clean sheet helped Linfield progressed to a meeting with Celtic

Blues retreat after having better of first half

Linfield had the better of the possession in the first half with Andrew Waterworth having an early chance stopped by La Fiorita keeper Gianluca Vivan before Stewart headed his great opportunity over the crossbar on 37 minutes after a superb Jamie Mulgrew cross.

However, the home produced intense pressure immediately after the restart and, for the most part, Linfield retreated into their own half during the remainder of the contest as they held on to the first-leg lead secured by Jordan Stewart's late goal.

A dreadful clearance by keeper Vivan gifted a lobbed chance to substitute Burns in the 70th minute but he pulled his shot badly wide.

La Fiorita, aiming for a first win in a European tie at the sixth attempt, produced intense late pressure but their only clear opening came two minutes from time when substitute Adrian Ricchiuti had an effort blocked.

The San Marino champions continued to press during the four minutes of injury-time, although Mulgrew did produce a late break into the La Fiorita penalty area before being handed a yellow card after being adjudged to have dived in the box.

Manager's view

Linfield manager David Healy told the club's website: "I'm delighted. Our main objective was to get through into the second round. We've done that and we've earned the right to play a fantastic club in Celtic.

"The players worked their socks off. Was it pretty? No it wasn't, but it was effective. The players were organised and they gave everything in their bodies tonight."

Line-ups

La Fiorita

  • 27Vivan
  • 3Martini
  • 4BrighiSubstituted forRicchiutiat 59'minutes
  • 6Olivi
  • 8Miglietta
  • 33ZafferaniBooked at 24minsSubstituted forHirschat 69'minutes
  • 5Di Maio
  • 9Olcese
  • 16RinaldiSubstituted forMottolaat 81'minutes
  • 17Tommasi
  • 18GasperoniBooked at 53mins

Substitutes

  • 1De Angelis
  • 10Mottola
  • 15Lunadei
  • 20Hirsch
  • 25Colonna
  • 39Ricchiuti
  • 99Guidi

Linfield

  • 1Carroll
  • 3StewartSubstituted forBurnsat 69'minutes
  • 7Waterworth
  • 8Lowry
  • 2Stafford
  • 38SmythSubstituted forMitchellat 67'minutes
  • 5HaugheyBooked at 40mins
  • 18Casement
  • 16Clarke
  • 22MulgrewBooked at 90mins
  • 31Quinn

Substitutes

  • 10Stewart
  • 12Millar
  • 14Burns
  • 24Garrett
  • 27Mitchell
  • 32Clarke
  • 35Deane
Referee:
Fyodor Zammit
Attendance:
911

Live Text

Match ends, La Fiorita 0, Linfield 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, La Fiorita 0, Linfield 0.

Booking

Jamie Mulgrew (Linfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, La Fiorita. Tiziano Mottola replaces Danilo Rinaldi.

Substitution

Substitution, La Fiorita. Adolfo Hirsch replaces Tommaso Zafferani.

Substitution

Substitution, Linfield. Aaron Burns replaces Cameron Stewart.

Substitution

Substitution, Linfield. Andrew Mitchell replaces Paul Smyth.

Substitution

Substitution, La Fiorita. Adrián Ricchiuti replaces Marco Brighi.

Booking

Marco Gasperoni (La Fiorita) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Second Half

Second Half begins La Fiorita 0, Linfield 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, La Fiorita 0, Linfield 0.

Booking

Mark Haughey (Linfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Tommaso Zafferani (La Fiorita) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 4th July 2017

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As It Stood

A

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2Paris St G6330137612
3Ludo Razgd6033615-93
4Basel6024312-92

B

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2Benfica6222101008
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C

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1Barcelona65012041615
2Man City6231121029
3B Gladbach6123512-75
4Celtic6033516-113

D

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2Bayern Mun6402146812
3FC Rostov6123612-65
4PSV Eindhoven6024411-72

E

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2Bayer Levkn624084410
3Tottenham62136607
4CSKA6033511-63

F

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2Real Madrid63301610612
3Legia War6114924-154
4Sporting610558-33

G

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2FC Porto632193611
3FC Copenhagen62317259
4Club Brugge6006214-120

H

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2Sevilla632173411
3Lyon62225328
4Dinamo Zagreb6006015-150
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