Champions League - Qualifying First Round - 1st Leg
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Champions League qualifier: Shkendija 5-0 The New Saints

Shkendija V The New Saints

The New Saints face an almost impossible task in the first qualifying round of the Champions League after being outclassed by Shkendija in the first leg.

The Welsh champions trailed 2-0 at the interval in Macedonia through goals from Izair Emini and Besart Ibraimi.

The impressive Ibraimi scored three further goals in the second half to cap off a night to forget for Saints.

Saints host Shkendija in the second leg at Park Hall in Oswestry on 17 July.

Summer recruits Ben Carbango and Danny Redmond were handed their debuts as Saints embarked on their 12th Champions League campaign.

Scott Ruscoe's side were facing opponents which had won the Macedonian championship by a margin of 35 points and in doing so had scored 101 goals.

Saints made a nervy start as Shkendija, playing their home game in the national stadium in Skopje rather than their home city of Tetovo, applied the early pressure.

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It came as no surprise that the hosts went ahead on 14 minutes when a well worked move down the left flank was deflected into the path of Emini, who netted from close range.

Ibraimi's effort from outside the box doubled their lead seven minutes before the break.

Ryan Brobbel had Saints' best chance of the game in the opening minute of the second half with his effort deflected wide, but two further goals put Shkendija firmly in control of the game and the tie.

Ibraimi's low drive from 30 yards beat Paul Harrison to make it 3-0 before the Macedonian international completed his hat-trick with a stunning free-kick.

Harrison had no chance with Ibraimi's fourth five minutes later, with the striker beating Harrison with a curling shot from the edge of the box to complete a comprehensive win for Shkendija.

The winner of the tie face Torpedo Kutaisi from Georgia or FC Sheriff of Moldova in the second qualifying round, with ties to be played on 24-25 July and 31 July-1 August, while the losers will drop into the Europa League.

Line-ups

Shkendija

  • 1Zahov
  • 4Bejtulai
  • 7IbraimiSubstituted forShefitiat 75'minutes
  • 5Alimi
  • 14Radeski
  • 33Adili
  • 16Murati
  • 6Musliu
  • 18da Fonseca Salazar JuniorBooked at 90mins
  • 20EminiSubstituted forSelmaniat 83'minutes
  • 27TaipiSubstituted forZejnulaiat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Wakili
  • 9Selmani
  • 11Shefiti
  • 17Zejnulai
  • 29Cheshmedzhiev
  • 40Redjepi
  • 77Todorovski

New Saints

  • 1Harrison
  • 6RoutledgeBooked at 59mins
  • 3Marriott
  • 5Cabango
  • 2SpenderSubstituted forLewisat 73'minutes
  • 8Brobbel
  • 17EbbeSubstituted forByrneat 64'minutes
  • 4Holland
  • 10RedmondSubstituted forEdwardsat 67'minutes
  • 14Mullan
  • 12Hudson

Substitutes

  • 9Draper
  • 11Cieslewicz
  • 20Nembhard
  • 21Byrne
  • 22Lewis
  • 23Edwards
  • 25Roberts
Referee:
Timotheos Christofi
Attendance:
2,700

Live Text

Match ends, Shkendija 5, The New Saints 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Shkendija 5, The New Saints 0.

Booking

Stenio Junior (Shkendija) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Shkendija. Remzi Selmani replaces Izair Emini.

Substitution

Substitution, Shkendija. Arbin Zejnulai replaces Shqiprim Taipi.

Substitution

Substitution, Shkendija. Shefit Shefiti replaces Besart Ibraimi.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Kane Lewis replaces Simon Spender.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Aeron Edwards replaces Daniel Redmond.

Goal!

Goal! Shkendija 5, The New Saints 0. Besart Ibraimi (Shkendija) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Kurtis Byrne replaces Dean Ebbe.

Goal!

Goal! Shkendija 4, The New Saints 0. Besart Ibraimi (Shkendija) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Booking

Jonathon Routledge (The New Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Shkendija 3, The New Saints 0. Besart Ibraimi (Shkendija) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Shkendija 2, The New Saints 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Shkendija 2, The New Saints 0.

Goal!

Goal! Shkendija 2, The New Saints 0. Besart Ibraimi (Shkendija) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Shkendija 1, The New Saints 0. Izair Emini (Shkendija) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 10th July 2018

As It Stood

A

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1Man Utd6501123915
2FC Basel6402115612
3CSKA Moscow6303810-29
4Benfica6006114-130

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG65012542115
2Bayern Munich6501136715
3Celtic6105518-133
4Anderlecht6105217-153

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Roma632196311
2Chelsea6321168811
3Atl Madrid61415417
4FK Qarabag6024214-122

D

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1Barcelona642091814
2Juventus632175211
3Sporting621389-17
4Olympiakos6015413-91

E

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1Liverpool63302361712
2Sevilla6231121209
3Spartak Moscow6132913-46
4NK Maribor6033316-133

F

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1Man City6501145915
2Shakhtar Donetsk640299012
3Napoli6204111106
4Feyenoord6105514-93

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Besiktas6420115614
2FC Porto63121510510
3RB Leipzig62131011-17
4Monaco6024616-102

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tottenham65101541116
2Real Madrid64111771013
3B Dortmund6024713-62
4Apoel Nicosia6024217-152
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