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Team reaches Cup final without scoring goal

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Russian side Alania Vladikavkaz have amazingly qualified for the Russian Cup final without scoring a goal.

The team from the foothills of the Caucasus mountains play in Russia's second tier and entered the competition at the last-32 stage where they faced an away tie against KAMAZ Naberezhnye Chelny.

The matched finished 0-0 after extra-time but Alania won 4-2 on penalties to move into the last 16 where they again played out a 0-0 draw before triumphing 5-4 on penalties against Gornyak Uchaly.

In the quarter-finals they were drawn to meet FC Saturn Moscow Oblas but received a bye straight into the semi-finals when their opponents went bankrupt in the winter of 2011.

That gave them a last-four tie with Rostov on Wednesday to make it into the final - and they repeated their old trick of drawing 0-0 before winning on penalties, this time 6-5.

Alania will now face CSKA Moscow in the final after they beat city rivals Spartak 5-4 in a penalty shootout after an exciting 3-3 draw.

Vladikavkaz famously won the Russian title in 1995 but this is the first time they will play in the Russian Cup final.

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