Karabakh benefited mainly from home victories during their advances over Lech Poznaň and Zurich, but this time they also succeeded away from home in the preliminary rounds for the first time. Midfielder Zoubir scored in the seventh minute and striker Wadji added two more goals in the 54th and 78th minutes. Traoré only corrected the score in the end.
Coach Gurban Gurbanov’s men have scored at least two goals for the fifth time out of the last six competitive matches and will play against Pilsen for their second ever participation in the main stage of the Champions League. In the 2017/18 season, they won two points in a group with AS Roma, Chelsea and Atlético Madrid.
Pilsen already played with Karabakh in the qualification of the millionaire competition. In 2016, they got past him in the 3rd preliminary round after draws 0:0 and 1:1 thanks to the rule about a higher number of goals away from home, which no longer applies. In the same season, Liberec also played against Karabakh in the European League group and drew 2:2 away, won 3:0 at home. Czech clubs did not lose in any of the ten matches against Azerbaijani opponents in UEFA competitions.
Karabakh plays its home match in Baku, where it can regularly rely on the support of around 30,000 spectators in European cups. The winner of eight of the last nine seasons of the Azerbaijani top league maintained a 100% home record even with a 3:1 win over the Sabail team at the start of the league season on Saturday.
|FK KARABAKH (Azerbaijan)|
|Year of establishment: 1951|
|Club colours: black, blue and white|
|Greatest achievements: 9x league champion (1993, 2014-20, 2022), 7x domestic cup winner (1993, 2006, 2009, 2015-17, 2022)|
|Stadium: Azersun Arena in Baku (capacity 5,800 spectators), in European Cups Tofik Bahramov Stadium in Baku (31,200)|
|Coach: Gurban Gurbanov|
|Current mainstays: Maksim Medvedev, Richard Almeida, Kady|
|Matches against Czech (Czech Republic) teams in European cups:|
|1997/98, UEFA preliminary round 1: Jablonec – Karabakh 5:0 and 3:0|
|2016/17, 3rd preliminary round LM: Karabach – Pilsen 0:0 and 1:1|
|2016/17, basic group EL: Karabach – Liberec 2:2 and 0:3|
|Others: one of two Azerbaijani teams never to be relegated from the country’s top flight; in the 2013/14 season, after 21 years, he won the second title, since then, with the exception of the 2020/21 season, he has ruled the league; in the 2014/15 season, it advanced to the group stage of the Europa League for the first time; advanced to the Champions League group stage in August 2017, becoming the first Azerbaijani club to do so; has played home matches in Baku since 1993 due to the unstable political situation in Karabakh; the club is called Jezdci.|
The rematch program of the 3rd preliminary round was without major surprises. Benfica Lisbon confirmed a 4-1 home victory with a 3-1 triumph at Denmark’s Midtjylland. Former star player Alexander Bah played the final quarter of an hour for the Portuguese club. Benfica will face Dynamo Kyiv, which lost a 1:0 lead in the first match in Graz, but turned the result around with two goals in overtime.
After an initial defeat of 0:2, Glasgow Rangers managed to turn around, beating Saint-Gilloise, the surprise of last season’s Belgian league, 3:0 at home. The Scottish team will face PSV Eindhoven for promotion to the main stage. The match between the Dutch team in the 3rd preliminary round against Monaco ended in extra time after a dramatic 2-2 draw, which was decided by captain De Jong’s header in the 109th minute.
The other playoff pairs are Bodö/Glimt – Dinamo Zagreb, Maccabi Haifa – Crvena zvezda Belgrade and FC Copenhagen – Trabzonspor.
|Rematch of the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League:|
|Žalgiris Vilnius – Bodö/Glimt 1:1 (1:0), first leg 0:5, Bodö/Glimt promoted|
|Apollon Limassol – Maccabi Haifa 2:0 (2:0), first leg 0:4, Maccabi advanced|
|Pjunik Yerevan – Crvena zvezda Belgrade 0:2 (0:1), first match 0:5, Crvena zvezda advanced|
|Ferencváros Budapest – Karabakh 1:3 (0:1), first match 1:1, Karabakh advanced|
|Dinamo Zagreb – Ludogorets Razgrad 4:2 (3:1), first leg 2:1, Dinamo advanced|
|Midtjylland – Benfica Lisbon 1:3 (0:1), first match 1:4, Benfica advanced|
|PSV Eindhoven – AS Monaco 3:2 after extra time (2:2, 0:1), first match 1:1, PSV advanced|
|Štyrský Hradec – Dynamo Kyiv 1:2 after extra time. (1:0, 1:0), first match 0:1, Dynamo advanced|
|Glasgow Rangers – Saint-Gilloise (Belgium) 3:0 (1:0), first leg 0:2, Rangers advance.|
|Everything about the Pilsen – Tiraspol match can be found HERE|
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