Gallery: FC Flora out of Champions League qualifier on penalties

On Wednesday, reigning Estonian football league champion FC Flora lost to Lithuanian FK Suduva on penalties, ending Flora's stint in this year's Champions League after just the first qualifying round.

While there were no goals scored in the first 45 minutes of the line-up at the A. Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, the first half was led by the reigning Lithuanian champs.

Flora came out of the break strong however, and Rauno Sappinen's strike in the 49th minute gave the Estonian club the lead. In the 77th minute, Henrik Pürg's foul led to a penalty which Suduva's striker Mihret Topcagic was able to realize.

In the third stoppage time minute of the second period, Flora had an opportunity to close out a win but Suduva goalkeeper Ivan Kardum was able to solve a one-on-three situation, deflecting Rauno Allik's shot over the goal.

Both teams played hard for two 15-minute extra time periods, with Topcagic hitting the post at one occasion. Mihkel Pürg was able to save another opportunity by clearing the ball right before it crossed the goal-line. Flora managed to hold on and the match went to penalties.

Flora captain Konstantin Vassiljev, along with Markus Soomets, missed their penalties. Suduva realized all four shots, however, and advanced to the second qualifying round. Flora will continue in Europe in the second qualifying round of the second-tier Europa League.


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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste

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