BRATISLAVA – Slovana Bratislava footballers drew in their fifth match in the F-group of the European Conference League with PAOK Thessaloniki 0: 0. In the table, the “whites” have 8 points as well as the Greek team and it will be decided in two weeks who will complete the already advancing FC Copenhagen.
The fast-paced opening ten minutes brought the Slavs the first chance, when after a nice combination he got to the Weiss shot, but Paschalakis had no problems with it. A free kick just outside of the visitors’ penalty area after 80 minutes could have resulted in another goal, but Chovan got a hand out and tipped the ball over the bar. After these two situations, the Slavs focused more on the cautious defense, not letting the Greeks into dangerous opportunities. The visitors kept the pressure on to tie the game when, after 31 minutes, Akpoma and Sidcley broke through the center and found himself alone with the keeper. The ball got to the center of Biseswar, but he sent it high above the goal. The first half ended the chance for Medveděva, who fled after Weissa’s pass on the right side of the field, but sent his shot next to the post.
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Immediately after the change of sides, the guests took the action on the right side, but the defense of Slovan just before Chovan sent the ball to safety. The visitors kept the pressure on to tie the game when, after 60 minutes, Zmrhal broke through the center and found himself alone with the keeper. The conclusion already belonged to the Greeks. At first, he didn’t manage to beat Chovan Sidcley, and after him, the substitute Šwiderski fired right next to him. At the very end, Kašia twice shone with a perfect defensive intervention and the score did not change even after two home helmsman turns.
Slovan Bratislava – PAOK Thessaloniki 0: 0
Decisions: Higler – Zeinstra, Diks (all Hol.), No spectators.
Slovan: Chovan – Medvedev, Kashia, Bozikov, De Marco (90th Da Silva) – Agbo, Rabiu (90th Frost) – Green (70th Cavric), Weiss, Zmrhal (70th Drazic) – Henty
PAOK: Paschalakis – Taylor, Varela, Crespo (46. Mihaj), Sidcley – Kurtič, Esiti (64. Schwab) – Živkovič, Kaddouri (72. Murg), Biseswar (86. Mitrita) – Akpom (71. Šwiderski)
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Razvan Lucescu, PAOK coach: “We played against a quality opponent who played at home, both teams could decide. We were a bit better, we also had chances, but we did not manage to score. The final team will decide in the last round. I think we have it in our hands. “We have to score more goals than Slovan. They don’t have an easy match with Copenhagen, these two teams are of great quality and leave nothing to chance. We have to play with determination to achieve our goal.”
Vladimír Weiss senior, Slovan coach: “It was a tough match in our heads as well. We wanted to win, but we had to play wisely and not open the game. We had one or two half-chances. We were a little scared in front, we didn’t have the freshness and strength to score. “The clean sheet is excellent, it’s a pity we didn’t score a goal. I want to praise the boys for their performance and determination, there was a bit of a lack of quality.”
Yuri Medvedev, defender of the Slavs: “It’s a pity for the unused chance at the end of the first half. I wanted to put it on the back pole, half a meter was missing. It was a tough match, PAOK played well.
Vladimir Weiss Jr., Slavic midfielder: “We knew the quality of PAOK on the ball. We didn’t want to go to the press. We covered the area very well and we didn’t let them go for anything more serious. We went into a fight to win. Despite the draw, we still live until the last round.”
Copenhagen secured the championship in the group
FC Copenhagen footballers won Thursday’s match of the 5th round of the F-group of the European Conference League (EKL) on the Lincoln Red Imps smoothly 4: 0 and secured a direct advance to the spring round of 16. Before the final round, they have a four-point lead over Slovan Bratislava and PAOK Thessaloniki, who played a 0-0 draw and can no longer take the Danish team out of the lead.
Copenhagen had an express start in Gibraltar, already in the 7th minute it led after goals by Ísak Bergmann Jóhannesson and Lukas Lerager 2: 0. In the second act, she controlled the events on the pitch and, after quick counterattacks, secured the victory with the interventions of William Böving and Rasmus Höjlund. She scored her fourth victory in the group, which she leads with 12 points, Lincoln is still without a point after the fifth loss in a row.
Lincoln Red Imps – FC Copenhagen 0: 4 (0: 2)
Goals: 5. Jóhannesson, 7. Lerager, 63. Böving, 73. Höjlund. Decisions: Jónasson – Sigurdsson, Árnason (Isl.), ŽK: Rosa, G. Torrilla, Toscano (all Lincoln).
Lincoln: Coleing – Wiseman, Lopes, R. Chipolina, Toscano – G. Torrilla (78. Peacock), Rosa, Walker (78. Anon) – Britto (61. Yahaya), Gomez (61. Ocran), Carralero (42. Ronan)
Copenhagen: Grabara – P. Ankersen (64. Jelert), Chočolava, Boilesen (76. Oikonomou), Kristiansen (72. Bengtsson) – Stage, Lerager (64. Höjlund), Jóhannesson – Biel, Haraldsson, Böving (72. Haarbo)
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