Saturday 24 March 2018

Crusaders bow out despite victory

Matthew Snoddy, left, scored as the Crusaders won
Matthew Snoddy, left, scored as the Crusaders won

Crusaders bowed out of the Champions League at the second qualifying round stage despite a thrilling 3-2 win over Skenderbeu.

The tie was as good as over after a 4-1 first-leg loss, but they were given a window in this one when Renato Arapi was given an 11th-minute red card.

Crusaders then went on to open the scoring, Stephen Flynn on target 50 minutes in.

But the 10 men responded and levelled on the night through Bernard Berisha (69) and went ahead through Liridon Latifi (77).

It would be Crusaders' night, though, with Matthew Snoddy scoring two minutes into time added on and Andrew Mitchell winning it 60 seconds later.

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