GLIWICE, Poland. July 17 (PSN) –Piast Gliwice took part of the second leg of the first round of UEFA Champions League qualifying on Wednesday and lost at home 1:2
Final score: Piast Gliwice – BATE Borisov 1:2
The hosts once again took the lead first, with Jakub Czerwinski scoring with a header off a Joel Valencia cross in the 21st minute.
For the entire first half, Piast Gliwice were in control of the match and consistently kept BATE on their toes with relentless offensive pressure. It even got to a point where the visiting side were unable to take a shot on target at all because they rarely saw the ball.
However, things took a dramatic turn after the half with Piast starting to lose steam after a heavy hitting first half. The Belarussian outfit then started to open up more and attempt to pepper the Gliwice goalkeeper with a few efforts on goal of their own.
With Piast starting to feel fatigued, Waldemar Fornalik called for his team to switch tactics and play more defensively, which in turn gave BATE more freedom in the middle of the pitch. With BATE becoming more of a threat, the Silesian team began to make school boy mistakes which as a result saw BATE score two back-to-back goals in the final 10 minutes of the game.
While Piast’s presence in the UEFA Champions League may have not lasted long, they still remain in Europe. They will now be dropped to UEFA Europa League qualifying, where they will face Riga FC of Latvia in the second round.
Piast Gliwice – BATE Borisov 1:2 (1:0)
Goals: Czerwiński 21′ – Moukam 82′ (Pk), Volkov 87′
Yellow carded: Plach – Jablonskij
Referee: Antti Munukka (Finland) Attendance: 9313
Piast: 26. František Plach – 5. Marcin Pietrowski, 88. Uroš Korun, 4. Jakub Czerwiński, 2. Mikkel Kirkeskov – 20. Martin Konczkowski (83, 21. Gerard Badía), 10. Patryk Dziczek, 6. Tom Hateley, 17. Joel Valencia, 11. Jorge Félix (87, 90. Dani Aquino) – 9. Piotr Parzyszek
BATE: 35. Anton Cziczkan – 17. Aleksiej Rios, 23. Zachar Volkov, 27. Slobodan Simović, 4. Aleksandar Filipović – 15. Maksim Skavysz, 7. Jevgienij Bieriozkin (75, 94. Hervaine Moukam), 5. Jevgienij Jablonskij, 25. Dmitrij Baga, 22. Igor Stasievicz – 24. Jasse Tuominen (57, 26. Nemanja Milić)
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