KRAKOW, Poland. July 22 (PS) — Wisla Krakow without any problems tackled it’s rival with ease and advances to the next round of the UEFA Europa League.
Meanwhile, Ruch Chorzow faced harsh criticism from their poor performance on Thursday, but also with the help of luck will join Wisla in the next round.
While not as offensively precise in the first half, Poland’s vice champions showed just how dangerous their team can be by pouncing Lithuanian side FC Siauliai 5-0.
Coach Henryk Kasperczak’s side was keen to show fans a goal show, with former Celtic FC striker Maciej Zurawski starting things out in the 47′ minute to give the home side a 2-goal lead.
From Zurawski’s goal Wisla had no problems in dominating the game and ending their second round of UEFA Europa League qualification on a high note. Wisla Krakow move on to the next qualifying round to face FK Qarabag of Azerbaijan.
Wisła Kraków – FC Siauliai 5:0 (1:0)
Goals: Piotr Brożek ’24, Maciej Zurawski ’47, Junior Diaz ’62, Pawel Brozek ’64, Rafal Boguski ’90
Yellow Carded: Deivydas Lunskis
Red Carded: Tomas Kancelskis ’16
Referee: Joao Ferreira (Portugal). Spectators: 3500.
Wisła Kraków: Jovanić – Cikos, Kowalski, Cleber, Diaz – Boguski, Sobolewski, Garguła (63’ Jirsak), Piotr Brożek (77’ Kirm), Żurawski, Paweł Brożek (71′ Małecki)
FC Šiauliai: Kosov – Pilypas, Kančelskis, Lunskis, Šilenas – Jasaitis, Kolic, Kuklys, Kozlovs (46’ Janušauskas, 77′ Pšelenskis), Lapeikis, Raskov (66′ Viktoravičius)
Ruch Chorzow, like KKS Lech Poznan on Wednesday night played a very disappointing UEFA Europa League qualifier at home – drawing a goalless 0:0 game to Maltese side Valleta FC. The 3rd top Polish Ekstraklasa side suffered consistency, and failed to control the game.
Valleta’s lack of finishing touch prevented them from leaving Chorzow with qualification in hand to the Third Round, and Ruch’s reserve goalkeeper Matko Perdijic was taunted as a hero with some brilliant game saving goalkeeping.
Fortunately, for the Polish hosts, Artur Sobiech’s goal in Malta proved quite crucial in their European campaign.
Thanks to it, Ruch win the Second round on the away goal rule, and matching up with FK Austria Wien in the next round.
Ruch Chorzów -Valetta FC 0:0 (0:0)
Referee: Andrea De Marco. Spectators: 8500
Ruch Chorzów: 30. Matko Perdijić – 8. Krzysztof Nykiel, 15. Rafał Grodzicki, 21. Maciej Sadlok, 29. Ariel Jakubowski – 6. Wojciech Grzyb, 28. Gábor Straka, 17. Michał Pulkowski, 14. Łukasz Janoszka (78, 24. Grzegorz Bronowicki) – 19. Artur Sobiech (89, 23. Marcin Malinowski), 10. Sebastian Olszar (60, 18. Arkadiusz Piech)
Valletta FC: 24. Andrew James Hogg – 4. Steve Borg, 18. Jamie McDonald Pace, 5. Lucas (71, 13. Steve Bezzina) , 2. Jonathan Caruana – 21. Denni, 10. Roderick Briffa, 23. Kevin Sammut (64, 20. Dyson Falzon), 14. Omonigho Temile (80, 9. Ian Żammit) – 7. Gilbert Agius, 99. Terence Scerri
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