Despite a convincing dominance in the reply game in Riga, Valmiera FC had withdrawn from UEFA Conference league’s qualification after a draw (0:0) with FK Sūduva, and thanks to the loss on away game (1:2).
Although the game took place in the capital of Latvia, this can be regarded as the first EuroCup game in the history of the club played at home. Not as many spectators if game would be played in Valmiera, however in Daugava Stadium the support for the team could be felt and heard throughout the game.
Tamaz Pertia’s already weakened squad in the response game became even more rare missing two more players. Luka Gadrani ended the first game with concussion, but his countryman Luka Silagadze fell out of the squad just a few days before the game in Riga.
This was just the second game for us this season that ended up without scoring goals. No one of the six more or less good goal scoring opportunities could be fulfilled. Ibrahima Sow owned the best moment at first half-time, but he failed against the Greek goalkeeper, Seraphim Yiannikoglou on close range. In another episode, Daisuke Yokota’s was stopped from scoring by the Sūduva’s full back.
Our team’s greatest dominance in this game lasted first 15 minutes of the second half, when attacks one after another stormed over Sūduvas’s defense. The best chance to score occurred to team captain Raimonds Krollis, but the MVP of this game Yiannikoglou saved his team once again. Sūduva’s best chance to score was stopped by Rihards Matrevics feet, thereby giving his team hope for a positive outcome during the dying minutes of this game. Still, as the end of the game progressed, that hope was also fading. As a result, Pertia’s men failed to break the defense of tough opponents and suffered a loss in the sum of two games with 1:2. FK Sūduva get through to the second round, where they would meet with the Polish club Raków Częstochowa.
Our EuroCup campaign, like its debut a year ago, was closed in the first round.