MOSCOW, Russia. Aug 25 (PSN) – In the second leg of the UEFA Europa League Play-offs, Legia Warsaw FC shocked Europe by defeating Spartak Moscow away 3:2.
In Romania, Śląsk Wrocław failed to regain their lost points in Poland and only tied 1:1 away which sees them fail to qualify to the competition’s group stage.
Legia’s success against FC Spartak Moscow was no less extraordinary.
Following a 2-2 draw at home last week, Legia trailed 2-0 after 27 minutes in Moscow, with twins Kirill and Dmitri Kombarov scoring one apiece. However, Michał Kucharczyk swiftly got one back, Maciej Rybus equalised before the break and Janusz Gol won it in added time.
Legion coach Maciej Skorża said was amazed and proud of how his side handled themselves playing away with such pressure.
“This is the biggest day of my coaching career; even better than when my Wisła side beat Barcelona 1-0. What’s more, it gave us a UEFA Europa League place, which is totally amazing.”
After this victory, Legia Warsaw wins out on aggregate 5-4 and progresses to the UEFA Europa League group stage where they join rivals Wisła Kraków.
Spartak Moscow – Legia Warsaw FC 2:3 (2:2)
Goals: Kirill Kombarov 10′, Dmitri Kombarov 27′ Pk – Kucharczyk 29′, Rybus 43′, Gol 90′
Spartak: Dykań – Pareja, Parszyvluk, Rodri, Rojo, Szeszukov, K. Kombarov, D. Kombarov, Rafael Carioca (46, de Zeeuw), Dziuba, Emenike (62, Ari)
Legia: Kuciak – Jedrzejczyk, Wawrzyniak, Astiz (69, Ohayon), Żewłakow, Vrdoljak, Rybus (90, Rzeźniczak), Borysiuk, Gol, Ljuboja, Kucharczyk (84, Żyro)
Meanwhile, in Timisoara Polish side Śląsk Wrocław faced quite the challenge to try and defeat Rapid Bucureşti. After losing 3:2 last week in Poland.
Unfortunately, Rapid struck first with Pancu slicing the ball past Kelemen already in the 12th minute of the match. This gave Rapid good match memento and scoring back against Rapid seemed like an uphill battle. The match ended 1:1 and Rapid progress to the UEFA Europa League group stage.
Rapid Bucureşti – Śląsk Wrocław 1:1 (1:0)
Goals: Pancu 12′ – Sobota 90’+2
Yellow carded: Dan Alexa, Marcos Santos – Waldemar Sobota, Tadeusz Socha, Cristian Omar Diaz, Łukasz Madej.
Referees: Martin Hansson (Sweden) Spectators: 6000
Rapid: Danut Coman – Rui Duarte, Marcos Santos, Ovidiu Burca, Wladimir Bozovic – Mihai Roman (60. Ioan Deac), Nicolae Herea (81. Stefan Grigorie), Dan Alexa, Iulian Apostol, Romeo Surdu (88. Sabrin Sburlea) – Daniel Pancu
Śląsk: Marian Kelemen – Tadeusz Socha, Dariusz Pietrasiak, Marek Wasiluk, Mariusz Pawelec – Marek Gancarczyk (78. Sebastian Dudek), Mateusz Cetnarski, Rok Elsner (78. Dariusz Sztylka), Łukasz Madej, Waldemar Sobota – Cristian Omar Diaz (78. Johan Voskamp).
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