Published Thursday, 26 July 2012
Mark McAllister and Maykon Arajo during Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier. (© Pacemaker)
Rui Miguel spurned an early chance for the Cypriots but Ryan Henderson then forced a great save from keeper Matias Degra with a header.
Peter Thompson and Daryl Fordyce gave the Argentine goalkeeper some work to do in the second half.
Limassol's aggregate victory sets up a clash with Partizan Belgrade.
The kick-off was delayed for around five minutes because the referee was not satisfied with the pitch markings.
A Limassol side boasting players from Brazil, Argentina and Portugal showed some adept touches early on as Linfield struggled to get a foothold in the tie.
Portuguese star Miguel came close to scoring for the visitors in the 14th minute as he only had Alan Blayney to beat after a thrusting move but he shot wide.
Linfield began to feel their way into the match and a delightful bit of skill by Jamie Mulgrew set up Henderson's 21st-minute headed effort.
Mulgrew's stepover completely bamboozled the Limassol rearguard and Henderson cleanly connected with Stephen Douglas' cross which pushed Degra to make a full-length tip over the crossbar.
Brazilian Edmar fired at Blayney with a stinging drive after the start of the second period, but Linfield continued to soldier on and Thompson failed to get a clean touch on a chance in the 68th minute.
As Limassol poured forward, Michalis Konstantinou and English-born Ghanaian international Chris Dickson went close to opening the deadlock with Blayney denying the latter effort.
But Linfield almost grabbed a morale-boosting winner in injury-time as substitute Fordyce forced another good stop from Degra.