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Omonia through in Europa League after penalty drama


Omonia are through to the playoff round of Europa League qualifying after a dramatic penalty shootout win over Flora in Estonia.

Defending a 1-0 lead from last week’s first leg in Cyprus, Omonia seemed to be in control when they extended their advantage in the 43rd minute through Kakoulis.

Amazingly, he had not initially been included in the starting lineup, but came in as a last-minute replacement for Cepovic who had a problem in the warm-up.

Flora equalised three minutes into the second half through Sapinen, before Sapien struck again just two minutes from time, sending the game to extra time with the scores 2-2 on aggregate.

There were no further goals in the additional half an hour, so the tie came down to penalties, with the Cyprus champions holding their nerve to win the shootout 5-4.

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