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Crusaders 3-2 Skenderbeu Korce: Crues bow out of Champions League

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Published 21/07/2015

Champions League: Crusaders v Skenderbeu Korce at Seaview Belfast. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Presseye
Champions League: Crusaders v Skenderbeu Korce at Seaview Belfast. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Presseye

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.

Champions League: Crusaders v Skenderbeu Korce at Seaview Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Champions League: Crusaders v Skenderbeu Korce at Seaview Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Champions League: Crusaders v Skenderbeu Korce at Seaview Belfast. Photo: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Champions League: Crusaders v Skenderbeu Korce at Seaview Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Champions League: Crusaders v Skenderbeu Korce at Seaview Belfast. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Presseye
Champions League: Crusaders v Skenderbeu Korce at Seaview Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Champions League: Crusaders v Skenderbeu Korce at Seaview Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Champions League: Crusaders v Skenderbeu Korce at Seaview Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Champions League: Crusaders v Skenderbeu Korce at Seaview Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Champions League: Crusaders v Skenderbeu Korce at Seaview Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Champions League: Crusaders v Skenderbeu Korce at Seaview Belfast. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Presseye
21st July 2015 - Presseye.com Champions league qualifying match between Crusaders and KF Skenderbeu at Seaview Belfast. Crusaders Stephen Flynn in action with Skenderbeus Bernard Berisha Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Presseye
Champions League: Crusaders v Skenderbeu Korce at Seaview Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Champions League: Crusaders v Skenderbeu Korce at Seaview Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Champions League: Crusaders v Skenderbeu Korce at Seaview Belfast. Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Presseye
Champions League: Crusaders v Skenderbeu Korce at Seaview Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Champions League: Crusaders v Skenderbeu Korce at Seaview Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

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