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The stunning Legia Warsaw goal that broke Cork City's hearts last night

Michal Kucharczyk scored a late winner at Turner’s Cross to give Legia the lead in the Champions League tie.

Cork City v Legia Warsaw - UEFA Champions League 1st Qualifying Round First Leg Michal Kucharczyk (left) celebrates with Cafu and William Remy after scoring against Cork City. Source: Eóin Noonan

WITH JUST ELEVEN minutes of last night’s first leg remaining, Cork City were on their way to a very positive result against Legia Warsaw in their Champions League first qualifying round tie.

A goalless draw was on the cards at a packed Turner’s Cross, which would have left City in very decent shape for next week’s second leg in Poland. However, Legia finally broke the deadlock in the 79th minute against the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division champions.

Instead of sending a free-kick into the box, Krzysztof Maczynski played it short and central to the unmarked Michael Kucharczyk. The Polish international’s exquisite first-time shot from 30 yards out went beyond the reach of City goalkeeper Peter Cherrie.

There was no live television coverage, so for the benefit of those who missed the only goal of last night’s game, here it is via RTÉ on Twitter:

Cork City will now look to overturn a one-goal deficit when they travel to the Polish Army Stadium for Tuesday evening’s second leg (8pm Irish time).

Legia take slender lead back to Warsaw after snatching late winner in Cork

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