Champions League - Qualifying First Round
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Champions League qualifier: Legia Warsaw 1-0 Linfield

Highlights: Ten-man Linfield fall to late Legia goal in Poland

Legia substitute Jose Kante struck nine minutes from time to inflict a Champions League first qualifying round defeat on 10-man Linfield.

The Irish League visitors frustrated the Poles in the first half and went closest through a Mark Stafford header.

It remained a dull stalemate until the last 15 minutes when Kirk Millar was dismissed and Legia capitalised as Kante hit the bottom corner.

Both sides were denied by the woodwork in a frantic finale.

Maciej Rosolek's clipped effort came back off the Linfield bar and post before Christy Manzinga's shot cannoned of an upright.

It was a lively finish to a largely disappointing game in which Legia required the extra man before making their control count.

Drita forfeit tie

Linfield were granted a bye to the game after Kosovan opponents FC Drita had two positive Covid-19 cases before last week's scheduled tie in Switzerland.

A Legia player also tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday but the game went ahead behind closed doors at the Polish Army Stadium.

The pattern of the game was set from the start, with Legia bossing possession but failing to threaten while Linfield sat back soaking it up with ease.

Linfield keeper Chris Johns denies Legia at the Polish Army Stadium
Linfield keeper Chris Johns denies Legia at the Polish Army Stadium

Blues keeper Chris Johns denied Michal Mladenovic and Tomas Pekhart before defender Stafford saw his glancing header kept out by former Celtic and Southampton stopper Artur Boruc just before the break.

Mateusz Wieteska headed wide as Legia continued to struggle in the final third until midfielder Millar picked up a second yellow card.

It was a quality finish from Kante, arrowing the ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards for the winner.

Legia's reward is a second-round qualifier against Ararat (Armenia) or Omonia (Cyprus).

Line-ups

Legia Warsaw

  • 1Boruc
  • 4Wieteska
  • 55Jedrzejczyk
  • 25Mladenovic
  • 14Karbownik
  • 8Gvilia
  • 99SliszSubstituted forRosolekat 45'minutes
  • 82Lima Linhares
  • 7Antolic
  • 22Wszolek
  • 9PekhartSubstituted forKantéat 70'minutesBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 3Holownia
  • 5Lewczuk
  • 16Martins Rocha
  • 20Kanté
  • 24Soares Martins
  • 33Cierzniak
  • 39Rosolek

Linfield

  • 1Johns
  • 3Larkin
  • 31QuinnSubstituted forNasseriat 84'minutes
  • 2Stafford
  • 24Boyle
  • 21HéryBooked at 44minsSubstituted forPepperat 79'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 22Mulgrew
  • 16Clarke
  • 12MillarBooked at 75mins
  • 14LaveryBooked at 74minsSubstituted forManzingaat 76'minutes
  • 20Fallon

Substitutes

  • 9Manzinga
  • 15Nasseri
  • 17Kearns
  • 18McClean
  • 25Pepper
  • 40Moore
  • 48Hume
Referee:
Nicolas Laforge

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Legia Warsaw 1, Linfield 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Legia Warsaw 1, Linfield 0.

  3. Booking

    Conor Aindriu Pepper (Linfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Booking

    José Kanté (Legia Warsaw) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Linfield. Navid Nasseri replaces Niall Quinn.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Legia Warsaw 1, Linfield 0. José Kanté (Legia Warsaw) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Linfield. Conor Aindriu Pepper replaces Bastien Charles Patrick Héry.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Linfield. Christy Manzinga replaces Shayne Francis Lavery.

  9. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Kirk Steven Millar (Linfield) for a bad foul.

  10. Booking

    Shayne Francis Lavery (Linfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Legia Warsaw. José Kanté replaces Tomas Pekhart.

  12. Booking

    Kirk Steven Millar (Linfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Legia Warsaw. Maciej Rosolek replaces Bartosz Slisz.

  14. Second Half

    Second Half begins Legia Warsaw 0, Linfield 0.

  15. Half Time

    First Half ends, Legia Warsaw 0, Linfield 0.

  16. Booking

    Bastien Charles Patrick Héry (Linfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Kick Off

    First Half begins.

  18. Post update

    Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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Tuesday 18th August 2020

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