No transfer, no Europa League, but still an autumn like no other in Ljubljana: Olimpija will play in the Conference League group stage
The Dragons were in a very ungrateful position in the return match of the last round of the additional qualification for this competition: the Qarabag team won 2-0 in Stožice. Nevertheless, Olimpija promised a battle for promotion. And it has fought, it has to be admitted. But the gap from the first game was too big. It ended 1-1 in Azerbaijan, Qarabag qualified for the Europa League, and Olimpija will have a historic autumn in Europe in the Conference League.
RTV SLOVENIJA ON WHY THERE WAS NO TRANSMISSION FROM BAKU:
The match could not be broadcast from Baku on TV SLO 2. The Azerbaijani government refused to allow the signal from the match to reach Slovenia after the first match (last week in Stožice) was interrupted or not fully broadcast in Azerbaijan. This was because Sportklub had unjustifiably agreed with one of the TV stations in Azerbaijan to exchange the signal, which it should not have done as Sportklub did not have the rights to broadcast in Azerbaijan. When they realised that Sportklub did not have the rights to broadcast the game, they stopped the broadcast in Ljubljana in the middle of the second half. The Azerbaijani government has now fined Playbook International, the agency that acquired the rights for Slovenia for today’s match in Baku, and indirectly the viewers of TV Slovenia, which has a contract with Playbook International.
Olimpija trails in Baku 24. Aljaž Krefl converted an 11th-minute penalty and Toral Bajramov headed in from the white spot. Diogo Pinto levelled the scores with a great diagonal shot, the first time since he joined Olimpija that Diogo Pinto has been among the scorers in a wonderful way. Just afterwards, Nemanja Motika fell in the home team’s penalty area and the referee pointed to a white card. It seemed that Olimpija would have a dream chance to take the lead, but … VAR! The referee watched the recording and found that there was no offence. Half-time? 1:1.
Diogo Pinto made a great shot from the left and equalized the score
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In the second half, both home and away teams had a few chances. Olimpija was – expectedly – more concrete, it tried harder in attack, but its players were – to their hearts – not focused enough and not concrete enough. Some promising actions were washed away by a bad finish, but it will also be true to say that Qarabag, as an experienced team, more often than not routinely brought to an end the game that saw them celebrate their Europa League breakthrough. Olimpija squandered their chances to do more in the first match in Stožice, but left a good impression regardless.
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