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Georgia's Zestafoni rally to tie Belgium's Brugge KV in Europa League playoff

(Xinhua)

10:26, August 19, 2011

TBILISI, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- FC Zestafoni of Georgia came from behind twice on Thursday to pull off a 3-3 tie with visiting Brugge KV of Belgium in their Europa League qualifying playoff.

The visitors led the first half with two unanswered goals.

Georgian striker Nikoloz Gelashbili found the net in the 59th minute to put the hosts on scoreboard for the first time and he was on target again at the 83rd minute to tie the score at three all.

Jaba Dvali was the other scoring Georgian as he made the scoring at 2-2 in the 64th minute.

FC Zestafoni won last year's Georgian national league to qualify for the playoff round of the 2012 Europa League tournament.

Three other Georgian clubs are also taking part in the continental league tourney but only in the qualifying rounds.

FC Zestafoni will later travel to play Brugge KV away in their second-leg playoff to decide the advancing opportunity.

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