Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Ruch Chorzow advances to Polish Cup final after penalty kicks
Ruch Chorzow's surprising season continues after defeating Wisla Krakow 6-5 on penalty kicks to advance to the Polish Cup final.
Ruch had the advantage coming into the game after winning 3-1 in the first leg at home. However, their lead was cut in the second leg which forced extra time and then penalty kicks.
Wisla Krakow take a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute after Ivica Iliev was taken down inside the penalty box and the referee called for a penalty kick. Tsvetan Genkov converted on the penalty kick. Maor Melikson's 49th minute goal tied the series at 3-3 and gave Wisla a 2-0 lead in the match.
Wisla looked liked they were in control as they had the away goal on their side, but in the 69th minute, the referee once again pointed to the spot, but this time it was for Ruch Chorzow. Lukasz Janoszka was taken down by Dragan Paljic and Pawel Abbott slided one pass Sergei Pareiko to cut Wisla's lead to 2-1.
With that goal, Ruch looked like they were heading to the Polish Cup final, but in the 90th minute, Tsvetan Genkov scored his second of the game to give Wisla a 3-1 lead and 4-4 on aggregates. The goal send the game into extra time.
Extra time went scoreless and the match headed into penalty kicks. Dudu Biton missed his shot in the first round. In the third round, Mark Szyndrowski had his shot blocked and after three rounds, the penalty kicks were tied at 2-2. Everyone else converted on their chances but in the seenth round, Gervasio Nunez missed his shot, which ended the game and send Euch Chorzow to the Polish Cup final.
Ruch will face the winner of Legia Warszawa/Arka Gdynia in the final.
Posted by Adam Kutarnia at 11:28 PM