Zeljković’s move like no other in Olimpija’s history: first time ever that two reserves have scored in a European match
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Olimpija broke their losing streak on Thursday night after three consecutive defeats in Group A of the Conference Europa League. The Dragons defeated Klaksvik at home, achieved their first European victory since August and remain in the race to qualify for the knockout rounds. Although Olimpija fans were shaky for a long time, the hosts couldn’t find a way to shake the tough Klaksvik defence. But then home coach Zoran Zeljkovic pulled off a double move that changed everything. A move for victory and a move for history.
In the 76th minute, the home coach sent on two players who, after only a few minutes on the pitch, secured the victory, the three points and the a prize worth €500,000 from UEFA. The first goal of the match came in 84. David Sualehe scored one minute later, and Mustafa Nukić scored another four minutes later.
As revealed by the tireless chronicler OptaŽabar of the Ljubljana football club, it is the first time in the history of Olimpija that two reserves have scored in an international match. However, Olimpija has played 113 such matches in the past before the visit of the visitors from the Faroe Islands…
“I always say that we have a broad bench. Everyone who entered the game brought extra energy. This is very important for the rest of the season,“, Zoran Zeljković briefly commented on the winning move after the end of the showdown in Ljubljana.
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