Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 18/07/2012 - 5:06pm
Jozef Piaček headed in the only goal as Momodou “Zico” Ceesay’s MŠK Žilina, group stage participants two seasons ago, condemned Israeli Premier League champions Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona F.C to defeat in their first UEFA Champions League match at the Štadión Pod Dubňom.
It seemed the hosts’ chance of establishing a lead to carry into next Tuesday’s second qualifying round second leg had lapsed when impressive Kiryat Shmona goalkeeper Daniel Amos saved Ricardo Nunes’ 81st-minute penalty.
Piaček, however, redeemed his team-mate by directing in captain Miroslav Barčík’s corner 60 seconds later. Amos frustrated the Slovakian side on more than one occasion before he was eventually beaten, denying Zico Ceesay early on from a tight angle and then Piaček from Nunes’ centre.