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UCL: Spartak Historically Shut Down Legia

Legia greatly struggled to break down the Spartak defense / Legia.com
UCL: Spartak Historically Shut Down Legia

WARSAW, Poland. July 24 (PSN) – Legia Warsaw took part of the first leg of the second round of UEFA Champions League qualifying on Tuesday and lost its home game 0:2.

Final score: Legia Warsaw – Spartak Trnava 0:2

Unfortunately, the Polish champions started the second round on a tragic note and played below the fans expectations, especially being the decisive favourite playing at home at the Lazienkowska.

As a result, for the first time in history, a Polish club has now lost to a team from Slovakia.

Legia not only played poorly, but were also physically weaker than Spartak, which allowed the players from Trnava plenty of time and space during their counter attacks. Erik Grendel, who had played in the LOTTO Ekstraklasa for Gornik Zabrze last season, scored the first goal of the game with a shot from outside the penalty area – where he faced virtually no pressure from the Legion’s defense.

New signing Carlitos attempted to equalize with some touches of magic, but he was ultimately ineffective against a very organized and defensive-minded Spartak, who had their full team drop back at each occasion.

When it seemed that Legia would end the match losing only 0:1, substitute Jan Vlasko in injury time increased the visitor’s lead, showing off with a beautiful lob over goalkeeper Arkadiusz Malarz.

With Legia Warsaw now having lost 0:2, their chances of writing their wrongs in Slovakia next week look incredibly low based on their current form. There is also now the question on whether Dean Klafuric will even remain in his role as head coach for that match as well.

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Legia Warsaw – FC Spartak Trnava 0:2 (0:1)
Goals: Grendel 16′, Vlasko 90′

Yellow carded: Kanté, Philipps, Vešović, Radović – Egho, Greššák, Godál, Chudý, Miesenböck
Referee: Ádám Farkas (Hungary) Attendance: 13 961

Legia: 1. Arkadiusz Malarz – 6. Chris Philipps (69, 22. Kasper Hämäläinen), 34. Iñaki Astiz, 14. Adam Hloušek – 20. Marko Vešović, 29. Krzysztof Mączyński (16, 4. Mateusz Wieteska), 26. Cafú, 7. Domagoj Antolić, 53. Sebastian Szymański (63, 32. Miroslav Radović) – 19. José Kanté, 27. Carlitos

Spartak: 1. Martin Chudý – 2. Andrej Kadlec, 22. Martin Tóth, 21. Boris Godál, 20. Matúš Čonka – 33. Erik Jirka, 34. Lukáš Greššák, 25. Jakub Rada, 18. Anton Sloboda (86, 15. Ivan Hladík), 8. Erik Grendel (64, 17. Fabian Miesenböck) – 45. Marvin Egho (90, 10. Ján Vlasko)

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