UEFA Champions League Qualifying Wrap: Shirak cruise, Lusitans held
By Football News
Ivorian Ismael Fofana scored a hat-trick as Shirak beat Tre Penne 3-0 in the first round of UEFA Champions League qualifying on Tuesday.
Fofana, 24, was the star of the show as his Armenian side romped to victory against their opponents from San Marino in the first leg of their first-round clash.
The midfielder – who counts England's Charlton and Norway's Fredrikstad among his former clubs – netted the first goal of the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League season with his 36th-minute effort.
The Armenian Premier League table-toppers then gained themselves a significant advantage for the second leg as Fofana struck twice more after the break - finding the net in the 55th minute before wrapping up his hat-trick nine minutes later to give Shirak a comfortable win in Gyumri.
Tuesday's other match saw EB/Streymur of the Faroe Islands come from behind to claim a 2-2 draw at Andorran outfit Lusitans.
Lusitans scored twice in the first 30 minutes, with defender Cristian Martinez netting both goals.
His first came via a 24th-minute penalty, before he doubled his account five minutes later.
However, a half-time substitution by EB/Streymur manager Runi Nolsoe paid dividends, as Arnbjorn Hansen netted after 67 minutes.
And a Levi Hanssen penalty two minutes later ensured the spoils were shared.
The second leg between the two sides will take place next week.