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Omar El-Hussieny’s Levadia eliminated from Champions League qualifiers
Omar El-Hussieny‘s FC Levadia Tallinn have been eliminated from the UEFA Champions League qualifiers after being held to a draw by semi-professional Northern Irish club Crusaders FC in the second leg.
In the first leg of the Champions League first round qualifiers, the reigning Meistriliiga champions held Crusaders to a goalless draw in Dublin, meaning they only needed a win at home to advance to the second round.
The Estonians got off on the wrong foot, when Crusaders striker Michael Carvill connected to a cross from Paul Heatley to give the Northern Irish club the lead within the first five minutes.
Crusaders continued to have the upper hand on Levadia and looked poised to double their lead before the Tallinn-based club equalized against the run of play from a magnificent free kick by Slim Luts in the 22nd minute.
Crusaders had chances to retake the lead, but they were left begging, as the first half ended 1-1 and with Crusaders in the drivers seat, only needing to hold out to advance to the second round of qualifiers.
In the second half, Crusaders seemingly weren’t content with advancing via the away-goals rule. They continued to push for a winner to put the game beyond doubt and they thought they had done just that in the 71st minute when Heatley scored, however he was adjudged to be offside and the goal was denied.
Levadia continued to pour forward but were unable to seriously test the Crusaders back-line with the game ending 1-1 and Crusaders FC advancing to the second round of Champions League qualifiers as a result of their away goal.
It should be noted that Omar El-Hussieny has recently extended his contract with the Estonian club until the end of the 2015 season. Levadia are currently in first place in the Meistriliiga as they look to secure their third straight title.