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Chiotis heroics send APOEL through

07 Mar 2012 23:17:07

Chiotis heroics send APOEL through

Dionissis Chiotis was the hero as he saved twice in a penalty shootout to send APOEL into the quarter-finals of the Champions League at the expense of Lyon.

APOEL's 1-0 win on the night tied the game on aggregate and with the score level at 3-3 in the shootout, Chiotis saved successive penalties from Alexandre Lacazette and Michel Bastos to secure his side a place in the last eight on their first appearance in the knockout stages.

Gustavo Manduca scored the only goal of the night in normal time to cancel out Lacazette's winner for Lyon in the first leg.

Manduca's night ended on a sour note when he picked up a second booking in the 115th minute, but his team-mates - and Chiotis in particular - ensured his dismissal was not a precursor to their elimination.

They needed a quick goal to get their French opponents on the back foot, and that is what happened after nine minutes when the ball broke to Constantinos Charalambides in the area and his low cross was turned in at the far post by Manduca.

Manduca ill-advisedly took off his shirt to celebrate his goal - a decision that would come back to haunt him in extra-time.


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