With a goalless draw away in Moldova, Shkendija kept the the 1:0 lead from the first leg eliminating Sheriff. Now the Macedonian champions advances into the third qualifying round where will face Austrian giant Salzburg,
photo by KF Shkendija: the players celebrate after the game
The Macedonians started the game defensively oriented. It was expected as they had a lone goal lead and the Moldovans were the ones who had to score in order to equalize the aggregate result.
With Shkendija well neutralizing the Moldovan attempts, the play was pretty much at midfield. The first great chance came after 24 minutes when Sheriff missed a colossal chance through Rifet Kapić who hit the woodwork after a free kick. Twenty minutes later Jô also missed a chance to break the dead lock firing wide after a good solo run.
After the break Shkendija could put and end to Sheriff’s hopes but Izar Emini managed to miss the target after dribbling past keeper Paşcenco. Went too much to the left closing his angle.
Sheriff could not create a serious attempt in the rest of the match. Those shots that went through were well saved by Zahov who kept a clean sheet for 180 minutes against the Moldovans.
With an aggregate win on 1:0 Shkendija advances into the third qualifying round where they will have a much stronger opponent. It’s Austrian champions Salzburg who will be host in the first leg scheduled for 8 August. The return leg will the played on the 14th. The Austrian last season got eliminated by Rijeka on away goal rule in the very same round, but later managed to reach the semis in the Europa League falling to Olimpique Marseille.
Glavnaya Arena in Tiraspol
Sheriff – Shkendija 0:0; 0:1 agg.
Sheriff: 33. Paşcenco; 15. Sristiano, 23. Kovačević, 90. Posmac, 55. Sušić (C); 77. Kendysh, 88. Kapić (78′ 97. Boiciuc), 19. Palić; 9. Jô Santos (69′ 14. Balima), 45. Kamara, 39. Badibanga (56′ 7. Gerson Rodrigues).
Shkendija: 1. Zahov; 16. Murati, 33. Adili, 6. Musliu, 4. Bejtulai; 8. Totre (84′ 27. Taipi), 5. Alimi (C); 18. Stênio Júnior, 20. Emini (67′ 34. Nafiu), 9. Selmani (90’+3 29. Cheshmedjiev); 7. Ibraimi.
Yellow cards: Kovačević, Kendysh, Gerson Rodrigues, Kamara (She), Totre, Selmani, Bejtulai, Zahov (Shk)
Red cards: /
Referee: Ville Nevalainen
Assistants: Ville Koskiniemi & Mika Lamppu
Fourth official: Atte Jussila