Third round - 21 July 2007 16:00 CET (17:00 local time) - Gloria - Bistrita
CF Gloria 1922 BistritaAtlético
CF Gloria 1922 Bistrita2 - 1
Atlético
Zaharia 8, Tilinca 39 Seitaridis 55
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Giourkas Seitaridis halved the deficit for AtléticoGiourkas Seitaridis halved the deficit for Atlético (©Getty Images)

Seitaridis steals Gloria's thunder

Saturday 21 July 2007

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AFC Gloria 1922 Bistrita are celebrating a historic victory after beating Club Atlético de Madrid 2-1 in the opening leg of their UEFA Intertoto Cup third round tie.

Fine work
The tiny Romanian side beat Atlético's Primera División rivals Real Zaragoza 2-1 in the first leg of a UEFA Cup Winners' Cup first-round fixture back in 1994, but went on to lose the tie. Giourkas Seitaridis' away goal made a repeat of that outcome look likely, but that took little away from a fine afternoon's work for Gloria.

Long ball
While the Spanish side were clearly more organised and skilful, Gloria made their chances count. They took the lead after just seven minutes as the Atlético defence failed to deal with a long ball into the area, allowing Dorel Zaharia to strike home from ten metres out. Miguel Ferrer headed just over for the visitors five minutes later.

Tilinca strikes
Gloria struck again after 40 minutes. Once more, a pass from deep caught the Spanish side cold with Cosmin Tilinca finding the target with a low effort to the delight of the home crowd. However, the second half was to be a different story, although Atlético ended the game with just one goal to show for their dominant performance.

Stunning strike
While they had plenty of possession, it was a moment of individual brilliance that gave Atlético their reward, with Greece right-back Seitaridis rattling a shot home off the underside of the crossbar from more than 30 metres. The advantage now lies with Javier Aguirre's side for the second leg in Madrid next Saturday.

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