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RFS players lose to Edinburgh Hearts in the penultimate match of the Conference League / Diena

Kevin Friesenbichler scored for the Riga side, while Lawrence Shankland and Andy Halliday stood out for their opponents.

Before then, in the second match of subgroup A in Italy, the “Fiorentina” of Florence defeated the “Başakşehir” of Istanbul with 2: 1 (1: 1), preventing the Scottish and Latvian clubs from claiming a place in the play -off “. In the last match of the group, the Riga players will fight at home with the Firenze players in a week.

Before the last match, the teams of Turkey and Italy have ten points each, the team of Scotland have scored six points and the players of the Latvian club have two points.

Already in the third minute of play “Hearts” intercepted the ball in the middle of the field and at the end of the attack Lawrence Shankland, who arrived alone against Pavel Steinbor, scored the 1-0. Steinbor was injured in a collision with an opposing football player but managed to continue the match.

In the eighth minute, after a corner kick, the RFS team had a dangerous moment at the opposing goal, but four minutes later, on the other side of the field, on Andy Halliday’s kick, Vitaly Jagodinskis directed the ball into the fortress RFS.

At half time the Riga team have a good attack, but Kevin Friesenbichler’s shot is blocked. At 31 ‘a free kick by Orest Kjomurdzoglu was masterfully saved by Steinbor, preventing RFS from entering an unenviable situation.

Four minutes later, Craig Gordon also showed his corner kick skills, saving another Friesenbichler cross. However, in the 39th minute, after a long effort, Friesenbichler, on a pass from Andej Ilić, sent the ball into the goal with an excellent shot from distance and achieved the 1: 2. Ilic also had a chance in the last seconds of the first recovery time.

In the second half, after 15 minutes of play, Friesenbichler hits the crossbar with another excellent shot from distance. Shortly afterwards Steinbor neutralized a Josh Ginelli shot from the corner of the penalty area.

Midway through the first half, Ilich scored an easy shot from close range, but shortly thereafter, only the goal post saved the people of Riga after Shankland’s pass. At the end of regular time, Žiga Lipušček headed the goal post after a pass from Denis Rakel.

During the compensation, Jagodinsk interrupted the counterattack of “Hearts” with a foul and was sent off the field with a red card, so the defender will not participate in the last match.

The UEFA Conference League is the third tier club competition in Europe, after the Champions League and the Europa League. In May, in Tirana, the Italian team “AS Roma” was crowned the first champion of the tournament.

In the 2022/2023 season the final will take place in the Czech capital, Prague.

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