Europa League - Prelim/Qualifying First Round
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Coleraine win 5-4 on penalties

Europa League: Coleraine beat Maribor on penalties

Watch: Coleraine shock Maribor with victory on penalties

Coleraine produced a heroic performance to beat Slovenian side NK Maribor 5-4 on penalties after their Europa League qualifier ended 1-1 after extra-time.

Ben Doherty scored the winning penalty after Rudi Vancas Pozeg had missed from the spot for the hosts.

James McLaughlin had given the battling Irish Premiership side the lead with a low left-foot volley on 62 minutes.

Vancas Pozeg slotted home at the far post to level on 65 and Amir Dervisevic missed a penalty during extra-time.

The Irish League part-timers went into the first qualifying round tie as massive underdogs against the 15-times Slovenian champions, who have made the group stages of both the Champions League and the Europa League on three occasions.

However buoyed by winning their first game in the competition against La Fiorita last week, Coleraine were a match for their opponents throughout and ran out deserved winners for their skill, energy and industry.

Oran Kearney's side will now take their place in Monday's draw for the second qualifying round, alongside Linfield, to whom they finished runners-up in the Irish Premiership.

James McLaughlin
James McLaughlin scored for the second successive Europa League game for Coleraine

Both sides had scoring opportunities in the first half but the best chances fell to the hosts, Rok Kronaveter forcing Gareth Deane into a fine save from his free-kick from just outside the area.

Aleks Pihlet provided an inviting cross from the right which Aljosa Matko met at the far post but under pressure from Aaron Canning, his effort drifted wide.

More McLaughlin magic

McLaughlin, Coleraine's match-winning hero last week, produced another moment of magic to give the visitors the lead 17 minutes after the interval.

The striker caught a dropping ball 20 yards out and unleashed a stunning low left-foot strike which flew into the bottom corner of the net.

His side's lead proved shortlived, though, as a rare defensive lapse allowed Vancas Pozeg the simple task of firing in at the far post after Coleraine failed to cut out a cross from the right.

Deane produced another fine save to tip over Jasmine Mesanovic's drive and later made a fine stop from Alexandru Cretu.

Maribor passed up a glorious opportunity to win the match in the 104th minute when substitute Amir Dervisevic hammered his penalty against the bar after Aaron Traynor had brought down Martin Milec inside the area.

Both sides converted their first four penalties of the shootout, before Doherty drilled home the winning spot-kick after Pancas Vozeg had struck the post with his errant spot-kick.

Ian Parkhill, Lyndon Kane, Gareth McConnachie and Eoin Bradley were Coleraine's other successful penalty-takers as the club enjoyed one of the greatest results in their history and secured a further financial fillip.

Line-ups

NK Maribor

  • 1Jug
  • 6PihlerSubstituted forDervisevicat 102'minutes
  • 22Milec
  • 32Mitrovic
  • 28Viler
  • 55PericicBooked at 90mins
  • 17MatkoSubstituted forPozeg Vancasat 61'minutes
  • 27Mesanovic
  • 8Cretu
  • 7KronaveterSubstituted forMlakarat 84'minutes
  • 97KramaricSubstituted forMorales Magno Tavaresat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Klinar
  • 9Morales Magno Tavares
  • 10Pozeg Vancas
  • 21Dervisevic
  • 29Mlakar
  • 33Handanovic
  • 37Koblar

Coleraine

  • 1DeaneBooked at 111mins
  • 2KaneBooked at 64mins
  • 18TraynorSubstituted forMcConaghieat 105'minutes
  • 8Lowry
  • 15O'Donnell
  • 11Carson
  • 6JarvisBooked at 59minsSubstituted forWilsonat 72'minutes
  • 21NixonBooked at 20minsSubstituted forBradleyat 85'minutesBooked at 107mins
  • 4CanningBooked at 18mins
  • 7DohertyBooked at 33mins
  • 9McLaughlinBooked at 67minsSubstituted forParkhillat 95'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Bradley
  • 12Wilson
  • 13McConaghie
  • 14Tweed
  • 16Parkhill
  • 20Gallagher
  • 23McGuckin
Referee:
Kai Steen

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 27th August 2020

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla65011431115
2Apoel Nicosia6312108210
3FK Qarabag6123811-35
4F91 Dudelange6114818-104

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Malmö FF632186211
2FC Copenhagen62315419
3Dynamo Kyiv61417707
4Lugano603325-33

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel6411124813
2Getafe640284412
3FK Krasnodar6303711-49
4Trabzonspor6015311-81

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1LASK6411114713
2Sporting6402117412
3PSV Eindhoven6222912-38
4Rosenborg6015311-81

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic6411106413
2CFR Cluj640264212
3Lazio620469-36
4Rennes611458-34

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal6321147711
2Frankfurt6303810-29
3Standard Liege6222810-28
4Vitória Guimarães6123710-35

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto631289-110
2Rangers62318629
3Young Boys62228718
4Feyenoord612379-25

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Espanyol6321124811
2Ludogorets6222101008
3Ferencvárosi TC614157-27
4CSKA Moscow612339-65

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KAA Gent6330117412
2Wolfsburg632197211
3Saint-Étienne604268-24
4Oleksandria6033610-43

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Istanbul Basaksehir631279-210
2Roma623112669
3B Mgladbach622269-38
4RZ Pellets WAC612378-15

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga6420159614
2Wolves6411115613
3Slovan Bratislava61141013-34
4Besiktas6105615-93

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd6411102813
2AZ Alkmaar623115879
3Partizan Belgrade6222101008
4FC Astana6105419-153
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