Wasteful Olimpija outplayed Klaksvik, but only broke its resistance just before the end: Zmaji’s two reserves were heroes of historic win
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The Stožice Stadium smelled of Europe again, but a glance at the stands made you think it was nothing of the sort…Olimpija certainly didn’t have the support it deserved in the fourth game of the conference league, given its historic qualification record. But those who did rush to the country’s biggest stadium saw it all. Olimpija played their best game in Group A, beating Klaksvik 2-0. In a dramatic way, but deservedly so.
Olimpija was by far the better opponent in the first half. They had possession of the ball for almost 70% of the game, with only a few moments when the opponent got in front of the home team’s goal. Klaksvik didn’t get a shot on Olimpija’s goal in the first half, but… But the same is true for Olimpija. Its superiority was pronounced, but at the same time futile. Well, one of the shots did go into the frame of the goal and actually hit the net. Midway through the first half, the Dragons were put in front by none other than Rui Pedro but the hosts’ joy was short-lived.
The VAR-room informed the head referee that Rui Pedro was off side, when a ball was passed from the right wing by Saar Fadida. A millimetre and no more, but still. The goal is overturned. Olimpija was unable to crown their superiority with any dangerous shots, let alone a goal, and the first half ended 0:0.
Olimpija wasted money like clockwork
In the second half, Olimpija started to shoot at Klaksvik’s goal, but had a big, big problem. Or, if you like, a big, big obstacle. A barrier that had a name. Jonathan Johansson, the visiting team’s goalie, defended almost as if in a trance. He went on to make four or five outstanding defences. He was unbeaten twice, when Rui Pedro and Nemanja Motika were alone in front of him. He stopped a dangerous long-range shot, and there were several other attempts where he had to prove himself, and he did.
Olimpija played for half an hour with one more player after a second yellow card in the 62nd minute. Arni Frederiksberg is sent off. But that didn’t help the Dragons either, who tried to attack, to shoot, but what has been on their minds for some time – ineffectiveness – was repeated. When many had given up, 85 came. minute. And with it, what has been hanging in the air for some time. Goal.
After a pass from a corner, defender Ahmet Muhamedbegović extended the ball with a nice, elegant touch to substitute David Sualehe, who made a nice stop and then struck it with his left foot for an even better volley. Johansson was finally beaten, and Klaksvik was finally on his knees.
But that was not all. V 88. On 15 minutes, Pedro Lucas crosses the ball into the box, where Mustafa Nukić is on the receiving end. The experienced Olimpija striker, another who came off the bench, had the ball in his feet for quite some time, but in the end he scored a precise long-range shot to seal the victory for the home team. A victory that ultimately kept Olimpija in the race for promotion…
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