Shkendija managed to eliminate its third Europa League opponent and get to the last round before the group stage.
Shkendija is definitely living a great european summer. The club from Tetovo for the first time in their short European history managed to eliminate a team, but now they even managed to get past three oponents and reach the last round before the group stage, the play-offs. rabotnichki did the same on two occasion, but each time was failing the get past the last opponent, usually one of the better European sides, like Lazio and Rubin.
After a goalless first half, Shkendija become a much more defensive oriented after the break giving a total dominance to the hosts who had a mountain to climb having in mind the 2:0 loss in Skopje. Mladá Boleslav's plan to score a much needed goal in the first half failed, but eventually they broke the dead lock in the 82nd minute when Lukáš Magera headed the ball past Zahov after a great cross from Ondřej Kúdela. That goal gave big hope to the hosts in the last moment of the game.
Despite the 1:0 defeat, Shkendija goes to the play-off after winning 2:1 on aggregate. Their last obstacle on the road to the group stage will be known on Friday at 13.00 CET when the Europa League draw will take place.
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Městský stadium, Mladá Boleslav
Mladá Boleslav - Shkendija : (0:0)
Scorers: 82' Lukáš Magera
Mladá Boleslav: Diviš; Pauschek (46' Mebrahtu), Kúdela, Douglas, Fleišman; Kalabiška (61' Keresteš), Jánoš, Rada, Vukadinović (69' Takács); Magera (c), Chramosta.
Shkendija: Zahov; Demiri, Cuculi, Bejtulai, Todorovski; Vujčić, Alimi (54' Polozhani), Hasani (c); Stênio Júnior (85' Bojku), Ibraimi, Radeski (75' Taipi).
Yellow cards: Chramosta, Kalabiška (MB), Alimi, Demiri, Radeski, Zahov, Stênio Júnior, Hasani, Taipi (SH)
Red cards: /
Referee: Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistants: Lewiss Edwards & Ian Bird (WAL)
Fourth official: Huw Jones (WAL)
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