ASTANA, Kazakhstan. July 26 (PSN) – In the first leg of the third round of UEFA Champions League qualification, Legia Warsaw lost 3:1 with FC Astana.
Final score: FC Astana – Legia Warsaw 3:1
Jacek Magiera’s side looked fairly unfit and lacked the form to compete with the Astana players individually, and it showed already fairly early in the game.
The hosts took the lead in the 36th minute, with Astana exploiting the indecisiveness and mistakes in defense by the Warsaw outfit. Kabananga managed to pop in the first goal with barely a second on the ball and three Legia defenders around him in the penalty box.
Ivan Majevskij secured a second goal shortly afterwards, taking advantage of the passive Legia defense and ripping a shot from outside the penalty area.
Fortunately, Armando Sadiku equalized in the 78th minute and gave some hope for the Polish champions. However, more mistakes and a late give away by Legia in injury time allowed Patrick Twumasi space and time to take advantage of another present from the capital club and fire home a third goal.
The second leg will be held on August 2 in Warsaw.
FC Astana – Legia Warsaw 3:1 (2:0)
Goals: Kabananga 36′, Majevskij 45′, Twumasi 90′ – Sadiku 78′
Yellow carded: Mużykov, Łogvinienko, Kabananga, Aničić
Referee: Tamás Bognár (Hungary) Attendance: 21 000
Astana: 35. Aleksandr Mokin – 4. Igor Szytov, 27. Jurij Łogvinienko, 5. Marin Aničić, 77. Dmitrij Szomko – 23. Patrick Twumasi, 6. László Kleinheisler (80, 8. Srđan Grahovac), 18. Ivan Majevskij, 9. Đorđe Despotović (20, 45. Roman Murtazajew; 89, 44. Jevgienij Postnikov), 7. Sierikżan Mużykov – 30. Junior Kabananga
Legia: 1. Arkadiusz Malarz – 55. Artur Jędrzejczyk, 5. Maciej Dąbrowski, 2. Michał Pazdan, 14. Adam Hloušek – 6. Guilherme, 31. Krzysztof Mączyński, 75. Thibault Moulin, 22. Kasper Hämäläinen (70, 99. Armando Sadiku), 21. Dominik Nagy (62, 8. Cristian Pasquato) – 18. Michał Kucharczyk (83, 17. Konrad Michalak)
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