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AIK boots Moscow giants in Europa League thriller

Stockholm football club AIK achieved a stunning two goal away victory over CSKA Moscow to advance to the next round of the Europa League tournament.

AIK boots Moscow giants in Europa League thriller

CSKA dominated the opening minutes of the match until AIK striker Kwame Karikari scored the team’s first goal in the sixth minute, which levelled the aggregate score at 1-1 after the Russians’ narrow win in the first leg in Stockholm.

After a second goal by AIK’s Martin Lorentzson in stoppage time, which put the Stockholm club up 2-0 and assured its advancement to the next round of the Europa League tournament, the team could hardly contain its excitement.

“It feels ecstatic. There’s no other way of putting it,” Lorentzon told the tabloid Expressen after the match.

“We thought we could do it, and we did. It’s fantastic”, AIK’s star striker Nebojsa Novakovic told the TT news agency.

2005 UEFA Cup winners CSKA Moscow had 31 attempts on goal, but they could not get the ball past Swedish keeper Ivan Turina.

The AIK goalie blocked shot after shot.

“Ivan Turina was fantastic,” said Novakovic.

“He rescued at least four to five situations which not many keepers would have been able to do.”

The game – dubbed the “Miracle in Moscow”- was described by Swedish press as the biggest feat by a Swedish club football in the past decade.

AIK’s unexpected success in Europe comes a day after Helsingborg, the reigning Allsvenskan champions, were knocked out of Champions League play by Celtic, which secured a convincing 2-0 home win against the club from southern Sweden.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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