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After both falling in the second leg of the Champions League qualifier last week, the champions of Kazakhstan Kairat Y Alashkert FC of Armenia will now fight for a place in the European League playoffs on Thursday.
While the pair were eventually knocked out of Europe’s top-tier competition by a clear margin, they now meet at Almaty’s Central Stadium for the first leg of an even tie.
Hoping to advance to the Champions League third qualifying round for the first time last Wednesday night, Kairat saw his hopes cruelly dashed by a dominant Red Star Belgrade team at the Rajko Mitic Stadium.
Having traveled to the Serbian capital with a hard-earned lead in the first leg, the 2020 Kazakhstan Premier League winners were selected as Red Star reversed their one-goal deficit in the first 20 minutes, and won 5- 0 at night.
While qualifying for the group stage of Europe’s top competition was always going to be a long shot for the club that clinched its third top flight title, and the first since 2004 last season, they must get back on track quickly first. Thursday’s game.
Kirill kekerThe men are finally looking to qualify for the group stage of a UEFA competition, having tried and failed seven times in the same years, the closest was in 2015. After ditching Red Star and Aberdeen, as well as this week’s opponents, Alashkert, in that year’s Europa League qualifying rounds, the Almaty-based team fell at the last hurdle; losing to Bordeaux in the playoff round.
To get to that stage again, they will surely have to improve their game from recent domestic commitments, as Kairat lost a third Kazakh Cup group match of four at the weekend, conceding four goals in the process.
Alashkert also came into this game after a suppressed loss, after losing 3-1 to Sheriff Tiraspol at the Moldavian champions Glavnaya Arena last week, to come out of the Champions League playoffs.
The highlight of his career in the competition was a riveting 3-2 aggregate victory over Connah’s Quay Nomads last month when the French midfielder Vincent BezecourtThe late strike shattered Wales’ hopes in extra time.
Last year, Alashkert achieved his first Armenian title since 2018, with the coach Aleksandr Grigoryan taking over after his predecessor left to take over the national team. However, he has since left with Sergey Erzrumyan recently getting into the hot seat.
However, Erzrumyan’s team has suffered a slow form since breaking through at Flintshire, and that must soon be reversed if its continental ambitions are to be realized. After losing both games to the Sheriff, the Yerevan club proceeded to begin their defense of the Armenian Premier League crown with a 3-0 home loss to Ararat on Sunday, making the prospects of reaching the playoffs Europa League players depend on a quick rebound in Kazakhstan. .
The hosts of the first leg, Kairat, have run out of Macky bagnack, Jacek goralski and goalkeeper Stas Pokatilov since testing positive for COVID-19 last week, so each of the trio is at risk of being lost once again on Thursday. Danil Ustimenko He has been a substitute in goal, so he must continue against Alashkert.
Gafurzhan Suyumbayev, Nebojsa Kosovic and Brazilian striker Joao Paulo is scheduled to be sidelined due to injury, but the latter’s compatriot, former CSKA Moscow forward Vagner love, will lead the line in a likely 4-3-3 formation.
Alashkert made six new signings during the summer holidays, one of whom was the Portuguese striker. Jose Embalo – 15-goal scorer in the Polish third division last season – and the former Rapid Bucharest player is fighting for a place up front with Aleksandr glisic, who started the second leg against the Sheriff.
CSKA Moscow Youth Graduate David khurtsidze – who scored a double against Connah’s Quay – should join behind the lone leader, in a 4-1-4-1 configuration for the away side.
Possible starting lineup of the Kairat:
Ustimenko; Mikanovic, Dugalic, Alip, Keyler; Palyakow, Abiken, Hovhannisyan; Shushenachev, Vagner Love, Kante
Possible starting lineup of Alashkert FC:
Yurchenko; Cameta, Voskanyan, Kadio, Boljevic, James; Khurtsidze, Hovspyan, Grigoryan, Davidyan; Packing
We say: Kairat 2-1 Alashkert FC
Although both sides have been defensively suspect in recent games, Kairat are much further advanced in their national campaign and were able to defeat Red Star Belgrade at the Central Stadium just a fortnight ago.
By comparison, Alashkert is on a more modest budget and would be delighted to draw Yerevan, but the hosts are ready to take at least a one-goal lead in the second leg.
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