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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Loko Win Sees Euro Dream a Reality

INNSBRUCK, Austria -- Lokomotiv Moscow qualified for the Champions League by beating Tirol Innsbruck on aggregate despite losing the replayed second leg of its third qualifying-round tie Saturday.

The Austrians won an ill-tempered game 1-0 thanks to a goal by Jerzy Brzeczek in the 30th minute after a successful appeal over a mistaken booking in the second leg proper. But Lokomotiv, which won the first leg 3-1 in Russia on Aug. 7, advanced to the group stage with a 3-2 aggregate victory.

Tirol finished the game with 10 men after midfielder Alfred H?rtnagl was sent off for diving in the 64th minute.

The game was a replay ordered by European body UEFA of the Aug. 22 match in Vienna, which the Russians won 1-0 for an aggregate 4-1 victory.

The Austrian champion lodged an appeal with UEFA after the game, claiming that Dutch referee Mario van der Ende had booked the wrong player.

Tirol successfully argued that the referee mistakenly showed the yellow card to Lokomotiv's Vladimir Maminov instead of Ruslan Pimenov, who had committed the foul and should have been sent off for his second bookable offense.

Lokomotiv filed a counter-appeal, but UEFA's disciplinary committee dismissed it on the grounds that since the referee had booked the wrong man, the last 18 minutes of the match were irregular.

Tirol took control from the start and gained the upper hand when Brzeczek mastered a cross from Roland Kirchler and fired it past Lokomotiv's Russian international keeper Ruslan Nigmatullin.

Tirol tightened its stranglehold in the second half with numerous attacks, but the razor-sharp reactions of Nigmatullin thwarted any hopes of further home goals.

Tirol was also fortunate to survive some spirited attacks on its goal.

Lokomotiv had one of its best chances in the first half when Marat Ismailov battled his way through only to have his shot deflected by Marc Ziegler, who had come well out of his goal to intercept.

Lokomotiv joins Champions League Group A with Anderlecht, AS Roma and Real Madrid, while Tirol enters the first round of the UEFA Cup against Viktoria Zizkov of the Czech Republic.