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UCL: Astana Eliminate Legia Despite Home Win

Legia players looking dejected after the final whistle / legia.com
UCL: Astana Eliminate Legia Despite Home Win

WARSAW, Poland. August 2 (PSN) – In the second leg of the third round of UEFA Champions League qualification, Legia Warsaw won 1:0 with FC Astana.

Final score: Legia Warsaw – FC Astana 1:0

Despite the victory at home, Legia will not be moving forward to the fourth round of UEFA Champions League qualifiers. This is due to FC Astana beating the Polish side on aggregate, having won 3:1 at home in Kazakhstan last week.

While a slight improvement to their performance in Kazakhstan, Legia still faced much of the same problems they encountered before – turn overs, poor decision making, and a lack of a real goal threat.

Defender Jakub Czerwinski did manage to find the net in the 76th minute of the game with header, and that did give Legia some much needed energy to try and fight for another. However, that was very temporary as Legia soon reverted to their old way soon afterwards, showing little hope for a second goal to happen.

Astana kept a strong defensive game up all throughout the match and it managed to keep the Polish capital city outfit from not only scoring another goal, but as well entry to the UEFA Champions League.

Legia will still be able to continue their European campaign, this time only in the UEFA Europa League qualification. Jacek Magiera’s team will be included in the UEFA Europa League fourth round qualifier draw happening on Friday.

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Legia Warsaw – FC Astana 1:0 (0:0)
Goal: Czerwiński 76′

Yellow carded: Jędrzejczyk, Nagy – Majewskij, Aničić, Szomko, Twumasi
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark) Attendance: 24 937

Legia: 1. Arkadiusz Malarz – 55. Artur Jędrzejczyk, 4. Jakub Czerwiński, 2. Michał Pazdan, 14. Adam Hloušek (69, 53. Sebastian Szymański) – 18. Michał Kucharczyk, 15. Michał Kopczyński (65, 31. Krzysztof Mączyński), 75. Thibault Moulin, 6. Guilherme, 21. Dominik Nagy – 99. Armando Sadiku (58, 22. Kasper Hämäläinen)

Astana: 35. Aleksandr Mokin – 4. Igor Szytow, 27. Jurij Łogwinienko, 5. Marin Aničić (63, 44. Jewgienij Postnikow), 77. Dmitrij Szomko – 23. Patrick Twumasi, 6. László Kleinheisler, 18. Iwan Majewskij, 7. Sierikżan Mużykow (84, 8. Srđan Grahovac), 45. Roman Murtazajew (57, 15. Abzał Biejsiebiekow) – 30. Junior Kabananga

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