Tampere United prevail over Levski Sofia
SOFIA, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Tampere United brought Finland a rare night of European soccer success when they laboured to a 1-0 away win over Levski Sofia on Tuesday to go through to the Champions League's third qualifying round.
Jari Niemi scored the winner at the Vasil Levski national stadium in the 39th minute when he gave keeper Georgi Petkov no chance with a fine 12-metre shot from Sakari Saarinen's right wing cross.
The Finnish champions went through 2-0 on aggregate after winning 1-0 on home soil.
'It's a very big surprise as we knew that we were the underdogs,' Tampere coach Ari Hjelm told reporters. 'It was very important that Levski didn't score in the first game. It helped us a lot.'
Levski, missing their two first-choice central defenders in captain Elin Topuzakov and Igor Tomasic, dominated the second half but paid the price for several wasted chances.
'The fairytale is over,' said Levski coach Stanimir Stoilov. 'We've had our chances but we couldn't score.'
Tampere will meet Norway's Rosenborg or Kazakhstan's Astana in the third qualifying round.