Young Anej Dukaric will never forget the goal he scored in the UEFA Youth Champions League: “You just have to score after a pass like that!”
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It was nice while it lasted, although it didn’t last long. However, the juniors NK Maribor experienced something they will never forget. The first match of the UEFA Youth Champions League was played in front of 2500 spectators in Ljudski vrt, with 500 more in the stands in Mainz. Torches were lit and fans sang songs loudly. For a teenager, it was something they had never experienced before.
Maribor’s farewell to the UEFA Youth Champions League ended with a 1:3 aggregate scoreline, with Anej Dukarić scoring the only goal for the Styrians in Germany.The 18-year-old admitted after returning home that he will never forget the goal he scored against the German champions.
“It feels fantastic! Tinet Čuk’s pass was outstanding, you just have to score after a pass like that. I finished the action and scored, but the team did the rest. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters, including some of my closest ones. They travelled 9 hours by van to be with us. We heard them despite the great support the home team had, so this combative performance was also for them,” said Anej Dukarić for club website.
Anej Dukaric: “Maintaining this level of play”
Anej Dukarić, born in 2005, continued.A really great game from our side, in all respects. Everyone has contributed their fair share, from the first minute or when coming off the bench. We encouraged each other and agreed to go to the pitch with the hope that we can surprise and not give up at any moment. It’s hard to celebrate on the field of the German champions, but there wasn’t much to celebrate.”
The focus now turns back to the Eon NextGen League, where Maribor will next be in action on Monday. It will be a real derby, the two clubs that are at the top of the standings will compete – Maribor will host NK Brinje Grosuplje. “We all need to realise that we have now taken one step forward. That’s why we need to maintain this level of play and continue to do so in the championship,” concluded Anej Dukarić.
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