Maribor says goodbye to the UEFA Youth Champions League, but sells its skin dearly: Violistas even lead, Mainz go ahead with a draw
Source of photo: NK Maribor
Maribor played a first-round return leg in the UEFA Youth Champions Leagueand ended with a draw. German champion Mainz progressed with a 3-1 aggregate victory. Maribor played very well in the return leg, even taking the lead, but then conceded a goal and eventually drew 1-1.
Vijoličasti went into the match, which was watched live by 3,000 spectators, with courage and boldness. Their first serious chance came in the 17th minute. In the first minute, Brin Horvat shakes the crossbar after a header following a cross from Aneja Lorbek.
Eleven minutes later, the reward for a good game came in the form of a goal. After a cross from Tine Čuk, Anej Dukarić, breaking down the left side, shook off the home defender and, after a scramble, sent the ball accurately into the bottom left corner of the net. Maribor went into the break with a one-goal advantage and still in contention for promotion and two games against Dinamo Minsk.
Unfortunately, the start of the second half was worse and Maribor’s dream of a turnaround was dashed three minutes into the second half when Marcel Kalemba, following a pass from Tim Müller, sent the ball into the net by the left post with a precise header. In the end, the score remained 1-1 and Mainz won 3-1.
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