Euro cup season comes to an end

29 July 2022

Valmiera FC played the second game of the European season in the UEFA Conference league 2nd round qualifier against Macedonian team Shkendija. The outcome in an entertaining game resulted in a 1:3 loss which meant an end to the Euro cup season.

Lots of back and forth action as the game began – corners on both sides, midfield battles, and beautiful attacks. What caused a result change was a free-kick –  the ball was crossed into the penalty area where the opposing player used a header to make it 0:1 in the 11th minute of the game.

The game carried on with a need to score goals and Masaki Murata followed up with it. In the 25th minute an attack formed – Raimonds Krollis was in no position to score so he passed to Murata who stood in the middle of the penalty area and kicked a floater to tie the game.

However, the joy didn’t last as in the 33rd minute we made a mistake on the opposing side after a corner-kick, and the Shkendija player used it to run across the pitch and finish things off with a kick into the far lower side of the net to regain a one-goal lead.

Being down by a goal in the second half Jurgis Kalns substituted Maksims Tonisevs for Djibril Gueye in an attempt to have more offensive effort. End-to-end game with our side being slightly better, but the goals didn’t come.

In the 67th minute, Murata received a second yellow card which meant that we would be left shorthanded. Even down by a man chances and offensive pressure was big. The best chance came from Emils Birka who rang the crossbar in a moment that should have led to a tie in the game.

Just four minutes later all hope was gone – Florent Ramadani scored his team’s third goal to put the end result on the scoreboard – 1:3 the final score in the match. 2:5 on aggregate.


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