Eurocup debutors from Valmiera with the guests 0: 3 (0: 0) acknowledged the superiority of the strong Poznan “Lech”.
In the seventh minute of the game, the people of Valmiera came to the first corner kick, which was followed by a not too strong blow to the head. Further, the opponent’s penalty kick was successfully handled by Rūdolfs Soloha, who also repelled the show from a close distance in the 34th minute.
The Poznań team continued to attack and forced the Valmiera players into the penalty area at the end of the half, but the result remained unchanged. At the beginning of the second half, the game was no longer so dynamic, but “Valmiera” still had difficulties in creating attacks.
In the 59th minute, however, “Lech” revealed the result of the fight. After a long shot, the ball hit the rebound from the “Valmieras” football player on the goal post. The first to bounce off the ball was Michael Isak, who easily overtook Soloh, who had lost coordination.
Poznan football players continued to dominate and in the 78th minute after “Valmiera” mistake in starting the attack they reached 2: 0. A swift counterattack by Sweden resulted in a counterattack that was smoothly brought under control by Isaks in the center of the opposition’s penalty area. A little later the Vidzeme team was saved from the lost goal by a pole, but in the 88th minute after the shot by Filips Ščimaks he had to capitulate for the third time.
The Polish unit is well known to the Latvian public, because at one time the attackers Deniss Rakels and Artjoms Rudņevs played in its ranks. Lech was the last stop in Poland for one of the world‘s best footballers, Robert Levandowski.
Lech’s best results in the European Cups were in the 2008/2009 season, when the team entered the UEFA Cup group tournament, remaining in the third five-team competition and in the third round, Udinese from Italy conceded in the sum of two matches.
The club has previously met with Latvian teams twice. In the first round of the 1992/1993 Champions League, the Poles played Riga “Skonto” 2: 0 and 0: 0, but in 1999/2000. In the UEFA Cup qualifying round, he played “Liepājas Metalurgs” 3: 1 and 2: 3.
Last season in Poland, the club won fourth place, but this season the only championship game failed.
The “Valmiera” team left Latvia with a rather impressive balance – four successes in five games.
It has already been reported that “Ventspils” footballers beat the Moldovan club Tiraspol “Dinamo-Auto” 2: 1 (1: 1) in the first round on Thursday. RFS footballers, who visited Belgrade’s “Partizan”, also went on the field on Thursday and suffered a loss with 0: 1 (0: 0).
The winner of the first round is determined by a single game. In case the teams play in the regular time, extra time will be spent, but later there will be “pendulums” if necessary.
To enter a European League group tournament, teams must complete four qualifying rounds.
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