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Friday, 24 August 2012 08:10

Fidelis puts Marítimo in the driving seat

Marítimo 1-0 Dila Gori

fidelis-20120824.jpgA second-half Fidelis goal was enough to give Marítimo victory and a precious advantage to take to Georgia next week in their Europa League playoff against Dila Gori.
The visitors’ tactical approach to the match was to pack their defence, and with Marítimo coach Pedro Martins warning beforehand that he would take measures to stifle Dila Gori’s dangerous counter-attack, it made for a turgid first half with practically no goalmouth action.
The home team came out much more positively after the break, and the introduction of Brazilian striker Fidelis proved the catalyst as the islanders began to cut through the Georgian defence.
Ten minutes after entering the fray, Fidelis latched onto a pass from Roberge, turned sharply in the box and fired past Skender to give Marítimo the lead. The 23-year-old striker then committed a crass error when he stopped in his tracks when clean through, as he waited for an offside flag that never came and the chance was gone.
The visitors finally mustered a shot as the match neared its conclusion, but Salin dealt well with an Akhalkatsi effort.
Fidelis, who had scored the decisive goal in the previous round against Asteras Tripolis, was proving a handful for Dali Gori, and almost doubled the score in stoppage time, forcing a fine reaction save out of Skender.
It is a narrow lead, but having kept a clean sheet Marítimo will be confident of completing the job in the away leg next week to book their place in the group stage of the Europa League for the first time.

Pedro Martins, Marítimo coach:

“We deserved the win, although we could have scored another goal. We played against a very defensive team, who never managed to break dangerously. I think a fairer result would have been 2-0. We’re not going to go to Georgia to defend this result; we’ll be going there to win, against a good team who lost their first game away from home in the Europa League tonight.”

Salin, Briguel, Roberge, João Guilherme, Luís Olim, David Simão, Rafael Miranda, João Luiz (Rodrigo António, 80’), Héldon, Sami, Adilson (Fidelis, 54’)

Dila Gori:
Skender, Salukvadze, Oniani, Shashiashvilli, Kvirkvelia, Gogua, Grigalashvilli (Roman Akhalkatsi, 70’), Bechvaia, Klimiashvilli (Giorgi Kakhelishvili, 56’), Gvalia, Guruli (George Iluridze, 62’)
[1-0] Fidelis, 64’
Tom Kundert
Comments (2)
so proud
2 Friday, 24 August 2012 23:05
So proud of my boys i do wish we won by more but a win is a win and to be honest im not even sure Dila Gori will be able to get a goal against us back at home our defence is just too good its one of the strongest in Portugal outside of the big 4 teams.

Fidelis is a player that excites me he will get better as the season goes on he just has to be consistent although i do wish we had another striker to help out. However with Sami and Danilo there we are looking good for the future.

Keep it up Maritimo!
Close match
1 Friday, 24 August 2012 12:56
This was a right dog fight back and forth by both teams. I’m thrilled they got the win and they almost made it 2-0 right at the very end. They’ll have a hard second leg on their hands but if they can at least score one goal, I don’t think this other team has what it takes to get 3 goals on them to win on agg.

I wish them luck and it would be amazing to have all Portuguese teams that qualified for the EL to make it to the group stage.

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