POZNAN, Poland. July 25 (PSN) – All three Polish clubs competing in the Second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League played on Thursday with mixed results.
Favorites Lech Poznań and Śląsk Wrocław were successful to advance, while Piast Gliwice struggled to hold off Qarabağ FK at home and end their european cup campaign early.
There was nothing but heartbreaking emotion at the Stadion Piast on Thursday, when Piast Gliwice lost at home in overtime. Piast conceded early in the 8th minute but managed to pull themselves back into the lead with a 2:1 score. Since it was 3:3 on aggregate, overtime was needed to determine the team moving on to the Third qualiying round. Piast battled hard but conceded in the 108th minute which quickly ended their European dreams, at least for this year.
Piast Gliwice – Qarabağ FK 2:2 (2:1, 0:1)
Goals: Matras 29′, Robak 36′ – George 8′, Kapolongo 108′
Piast Gliwice: Jakub Szumski – Krzysztof Król, Adrian Klepczyński, Csaba Horvath, Damian Zbozień – Tomasz Podgórski, Łukasz Hanzel (74-Tomas Docekal), Mateusz Matras, Matej Izvolt (96-Pavol Cicman) – Ruben Jurado (68-Artis Lazdins), Marcin Robak
Qarabağ FK: Miro Varvodić – Ansi Agolli, Admir Teli, Raszad F. Sadigov, Maksiv Miedviediev – Reynaldo, Richard Almeida, Leroy George (63-Namig Jusifov), Kara Karajev, Vugar Nadirov (76-Badavi Gusejnov) – Nikoloz Gelaszvili (85-Ulrich Kapolongo)
Lech Poznań had a relatively easier time against their Finnish opponent FC Honka Espoo in their home turf at the Bulgarska. Striker Łukasz Teodorczyk punished the away side with an early strike to give Lech a 1:0, which Honka’s Koskinen quickly responded back two minutes after. It looked as the game would stay as a standstill until Lech’s 19-year-old Right-back netted the winning goal for the Kolejorz. Lech advance to the Third qualifying stage and will play Lithuanian side Zalgiris Vilnius.
KKS Lech Poznań – FC Honka Espoo 2:1
Goals: Teodorczyk 6′, Kędziora 40′ – Koskinen 8′
Yellow carded: Vojo Ubiparip (Lech), Abdoulaye Meite (FC Honka)
Referee: Eitan Shmuelevitz (Israel) Spectators: 15 103
Lech Poznań: Jasmin Burić – Tomasz Kędziora, Marcin Kamiński, Hubert Wołąkiewicz, Mateusz Możdżeń – Szymon Pawłowski (62-Gergo Lovrencsics), Szymon Drewniak, Łukasz Trałka (62-Kamil Drygas), Vojo Ubiparip – Kasper Hamalainen (71-Bartosz Ślusarski), Łukasz Teodorczyk
FC Honka Espoo: Walter Viitala – Henri Aalto, Gideon Baah, Abdoulaye Meite, Sampo Koskinen – Antti Makijarvi (64-Kevin Mombilo), Ruben Palazuelos, Jussi Vasara (77-Ilari Aijala), Moshtagh Yaghoubi, Roni Porokara – Tim Vayrynen (69-Kastriot Kastrati)
Śląsk Wrocław’s visit to Pljevlja was only a mere formality, as the Silesians carried an easy 2:0 lead going into the half. FK Rudar attempt to salvage some honor from the game with a goal from defenseman Miroje Jovanović but the Polish side did not let up. Śląsk advances on aggregate and will take on Belgian side Club Brugge in the Third qualifying round.
FK Rudar Pljevlja – Śląsk Wrocław 2:2 (0:2)
Goals: Jovanović 57′, Bambur 90’+2 – Sobota 31′, Paixao 34′
Rudar Pljevlja: Goran Vuklis – Duszan Nestorović, Nemanja Mijusković (65-Dejan Damjanović), Gavrilo Petrović, Miroje Jovanović – Nedeljko Vlahović, Adi Bambur, Andrija Kaludjerović (17-Nikola Sekulić), Marko Vuković, Predrag Brnović – Nenad Stojanović (46-Nemanja Cosović)
Śląsk Wrocław: Rafał Gikiewicz – Dudu Paraiba, Adam Kokoszka, Mariusz Pawelec, Krzysztof Ostrowski – Dalibor Stevanović, Sebastian Mila (46-Sebino Plaku), Przemysław Kaźmierczak (62-Tadeusz Socha) – Sylwester Patejuk, Marco Paixao, Waldemar Sobota (46-Tomasz Hołota)
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