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Dublin: 15 °C Saturday 8 August, 2020

Champions League qualifier decided by 95th-minute away goal - by the keeper

Eloy Casals, your 15 minutes have arrived.

A football, similar in shape and size to the one used in today's match.
A football, similar in shape and size to the one used in today's match.
Image: Andrew Matthews

FC SANTA COLOMA of Andorra booked their place in the Champions League second qualifying round thanks to a 95th-minute goal — by their goalkeeper.

Eloy Casals was the unlikely hero with a crucial away goal deep into stoppage time against FC Banants of Armenia.

The Andorran champions led 1-0 following the first leg and looked to have the tie all wrapped up when Ildefons Lima opened the scoring in Yerevan this afternoon.

But a goal in either half from Rumyan Hovsepyan and one from Garegin Mashumyan turned the tide in Banants’ favour and put them on the cusp of qualification.

Banants played the final 22 minutes with 10 men after Gevorg Nranyan was sent off for a second yellow card.

As time ran out on Santa Coloma’s Champions League dream, 31-year-old Casals was in the right place at the right time to snatch a 3-3 draw and set up a meeting with Maccabi Tel Aviv in the next round.

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