WARSAW, Poland. Aug 18 (PSN) – In the first leg of the UEFA Europa League Play-offs, Legia Warsaw FC managed to hold off Spartak Moscow at home to a 2-2 draw.
Meanwhile, Śląsk Wrocław conceded three goals after leading a goal early in the half and lost 1-3 at home.
The Legion started off the match on a very positive note, pressuring the Russian side from the very beginning – allowing them to score already in the 3rd minute of game time. A quick cross by Rybus to Miroslav Radović, who finds the open net made the first impression of the game positive for Legia.
Unfortunately, Legia gassed out after the first half and it was then where Spartak responded with a brilliant lobbed ball by Ari to tie the game. Ten minutes later, and Legia’s Serbian attack struck again with Danijel Ljuboja making a quick back pass to compatriot Radović who finished to make the score 2-1 for Legia. Unfortunately, moments later Spartak once again responded back and Ari, who was unmarked in the penalty box, scores again for the tie.
Legia Warsaw FC – Spartak Moscow 2:2 (1:0)
Goals: Radović 3′, 69′ – Ari 53′, 71′
Yellow cards: Marcin Komorowski, Miroslav Radović, Danijel Ljuboja, Manu, – Rafael Carioca, Kirill Kombarov
Referee: Michael Dean (England) Spectators: 23 450
Legia: Wojciech Skaba – Artur Jędrzejczyk, Michał Żewłakow, Marcin Komorowski, Jakub Wawrzyniak – Maciej Rybus (63. Michał Kucharczyk), Ariel Borysiuk, Janusz Gol, Miroslav Radović, Manu (90+2. Michał Żyro) – Danijel Ljuboja
Spartak: Andrij Dykan – Kirył Kombarov, Nicolas Pareja, Sergio Rodriguez, Jevgienij Makiejev – Ari, Artiom Dziuba (57. Aleksander Zotov), Rafael Carioca, Demy de Zeeuw (80. Jano Ananidze), Emmanuel Emenike (63. Aleksander Kozłov) – Welliton
Śląsk Wrocław lost at home with Rapid Bucharesti 1:3 and greatly reduced their chances of promotion to group stage of the UEFA Europa League.
Both teams began the match by with great pace and fast action. Śląsk was the first to strike, with Sebastian Mila scoring on target in the 16th minute from a free kick. That lead did not last long, after Rapid’s Grigore struck outside the box straight into net in the 24th. Some minutes after that Romanian international Roman scored another for Rapid, with Śląsk’s optimism slowly decreasing. Later in the second half Apostol made it 3-1 for Rapid.
Śląsk Wrocław – Rapid Bucureşti 1:3 (1:2)
Goals: Mila 16′ – Grigore 24′, Roman 34′, Apostol 79′
Yellow carded: Marek Wasiluk, Cristian Omar Diaz, Tadeusz Socha – Marcos Antonio, Rui Duarte, Ovidiu Herea
Referee: Michael Weiner (Germany) Spectators: 7000
Śląsk: Marian Kelemen – Piotr Celeban, Dariusz Pietrasiak, Marek Wasiluk, Tadeusz Socha – Sebastian Dudek (72. Dariusz Sztylka), Rok Elsner, Waldemar Sobota (46. Łukasz Madej), Sebastian Mila, Mateusz Cetnarski (46. Johan Voskamp) – Cristian Omar Diaz
Rapid: Danut Coman – Rui Duarte, Marcos Antonio, Ovidiu Burca, Vladimir Bozovic – Dan Alexa, Nicolae Grigore (58. Iulian Apostol), Nicolae Herea, Mihai Roman – Cassino (75. Daniel Pancu), Romeo Surdu (84. Stefan Grigorie)
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