Thursday, July 28, 2011
Legia and Slask Wroclaw - A Sweet and Sour day in Europe!
Gaziantepspor 0-1 Legia Warszawa
Goal: Radović 52'
Gaziantepspor: Žydrūnas Karčemarskas - Elyasa Süme (58. Yasin Pehlivan), Emre Güngör, Dany Nounkeu, Ivan - Iwelin Popow (67. Cenk Tosun), Serdar Kurtuluş, Murat Ceylan (85. Muhammet Demir), Wágner, Olcan Adın - Ismael Sosa
Legia: Wojciech Skaba - Jakub Rzeźniczak, Michał Żewłakow, Marcin Komorowski, Jakub Wawrzyniak - Manú (81. Janusz Gol), Ivica Vrdoljak, Ariel Borysiuk, Miroslav Radović, Michał Kucharczyk (62. Michal Hubník) - Danijel Ljuboja (90. Michał Żyro)
Few Chances -
A largely defensive game for Skorza's men as they battled hard all 95 minutes today. Unfortunately for the Polish side, the Turks attempted to make the most out of their non stop chances but luckily for us Legia goalie Skaba was up to the challenge, not once but several times throughout the game. However, some chances did come for Legia mostly out of long balls provided by our back line, but also a couple creative attempts came out of the midfield.
The Goal -
Radovic's goal was set up by Ljuboja sending a perfect through ball between two opposing defenders which Radovic calmly put away.
Two Debuts -
Daniel Ljuboja debut was a good one he was able to hold up the ball well, and at the end of the day he assisted the only goal and showed flashes of class that will be a big part of Legia's offensive success. Micheal Zewlakow also made his first debut and played a very solid game not only defensively but provided several accurate passes throughout the game that led to a couple of chances for the offense.
The Referee -
The Spanish refeere Cesar Fernandez caused many headaches today, as he continued to call each and every foul or non foul in favour of the Turkish side. 22 fouls were called by the Spaniard on Legia along with several yellow cards, while in contrast the Turkish players were only called on 8 fouls. To get a better idea - there were times where the Turkish players were barely touched but fell and the referee automatically gave the spot.
Slask Wroclaw 0-0 Lokomtive Sofia
Śląsk: Marián Kelemen - Piotr Celeban, Dariusz Pietrasiak, Marek Wasiluk, Amir Spahić - Waldemar Sobota (83. Marek Gancarczyk), Mateusz Cetnarski, Rok Elsner, Sebastian Mila, Piotr Ćwielong (69. Sebastian Dudek) - Cristián Díaz (53. Johan Voskamp)
Lokomotiw: Walentin Galew - Darko Savić (69. Władisław Romanow), Jordan Wyrbanow, Milen Łachczew, Kristijan Dobrew - Iskren Pisarow, Rumen Goranow, Iwo Iwanow, Wasił Welew (65. Marczo Dafczew), Atanas Atanasow - Presław Jordanow (82. Mirza Mešić)
Very Offensive -
Orest Lenczyk's squad featured several new faces in the starting 11 and what looked to be one of the most offensive set ups ever. Two high wingers in Cwielong and Sobota, creative midfielders in Mila, Cetnarski and Elsner and finally Diaz up front.
Slask Wroclaw peppered the Lokomotiv defense all day long as the more technically gifted, speedy and physcially stronger Slask dominated play for most of the game. The first perfect opportunity came early in the game when wingback Celeban drove into to the box and instead of attempting a shot passed it out for Cwielong to try as he hit his shot directly into the keeper. Later, on more chances from Diaz, Mila, Cwielong and even Sobota came close but did not find the back of the net.
The Bulgarians -
Lokomotive looked out of sync in the first 30 minutes of play but soon continued to attack on the counter and almost converted on several opportunities. They started to get the better of Slask at moments in the game, but nobody really stood out - the second leg will be much more interesting as Slask will look for the away goal as will Lokomotive which will in turn make for a great entertaining game.
As always please feel free to comment on the surprises of today and perhaps what is to come of the teams next week!