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With the aim of making an easy pass into the Europe League Qualifying playoff round, Slovan Bratislava welcome Lincoln Red Imps NFS – Tehelne Pole on Tuesday for the second leg of the third round.
The Slovak champions have a 3-1 lead in the first leg in Gibraltar, in which Ezekiel Henty, Jaromir Zmrhal and Guram Kashia found the back of the net while Liam Walker called for some consolation for Red Imps.
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Slovan Bratislava quickly recovered from shattering their Champions League dreams against BSC Young Boys in the second qualifying round and dusted off Thursday with a 3-1 win in their Europa League third qualifying first leg against Lincoln Red Imps off.
In front of 637 spectators at Victoria Stadium, Henty, Zmrhal and Kashia sat Vladimir WeissThe men’s three goals for good before the 70-minute mark, but Walker gave Red Imps a ray of hope with a penalty 17 minutes from time on an otherwise flawless evening from Bratislava.
Weiss’s team also opened their title defense in the Fortuna Liga with two out of two wins, but they didn’t have a home game over the weekend to advance in Europe and take inspiration from the three previous Bratislava teams to reach the group stage of the Europe League.
After Bratislava finished last in their continental group in the 2011-12 and 2014-15 editions, Bratislava’s fortunes improved in the 2019-20 tournament when they beat Besiktas and drew Braga in the first two games, the next four to third Place in the group behind the Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Still, Bratislava’s European pedigree has certainly shown signs of steady growth in recent seasons, with all three competitive games in July at home clean, winning two and drawing the other against the Young Boys.
The Red Imps have yet to defend their own title, which means that the 25-time Gibraltar champion can put all his energy into his European exploits, but they could again only be short-lived.
Gibraltar, who only joined UEFA in 2013, has in its fledgling career in continental competition resulted in the Red Imps often falling to the first or second hurdle in Champions League qualifying, and Cluj sent them off in the second round Europe’s elite tournament with 3: 1 overall. to see how they relegated to the Europa League.
However, by reaching the third qualifying round for the second competition, the Red Imps have already achieved their best result in Europe but they are facing the most hilly battles to somehow reach the playoff stage now.
Mike McElweeThe side had eight games unbeaten on the road before losing 2-0 to Cluj last month.
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Bratislava remains without a long-standing cruciate ligament tear David Holman and left-back Lucas Lovat, but Alen Mustafic fought his way back from a minor problem to form the squad for the first leg.
Without a league encounter between the two European Cup games, it would not be a surprise if Weiss sent the same team onto the field at home, although Rafael Ratao and Joeri de Kamps both urge callbacks.
In the meantime, Lincoln Red Imps can call Ethan Britto for that tie after being suspended in the first leg with the Spanish winger Fernando Carralero‘s place in the most vulnerable side.
The 38-year-old defender is more negative Roy Chipolina had to get along injured and the possible absence of the Gibraltar captain would leave McElwee no option in the heart of the defense.
Be right back Jack Sergeant could represent on the side Bernardo Lopes as a center-back when Chipolina is excluded, while a striker Tjay de Barra has joined Wycombe Wanderers.
Slovan Bratislava possible starting line-up:
Chovan; Pauschek, Kashia, Bozhikov, De Marco; Weiss, Kankava, Rabiu, Zmrhal; Strelec, Henty
Lincoln Red Imps possible starting line-up:
Soler; Wiseman, Sergeant, Lopes, Toscano; Yayaha, Rosa; Walker, Araiza, Britto; K. Gomez
Probability: Slovan Bratislava 2-0 Lincoln Red Imps (Bratislava wins 5-1 overall)
Slovan Bratislava’s greater experience on the European stage quickly became apparent in the teams’ first leg and we struggle to see the Red Imps save their continental trip here.
The Slovaks will certainly have to fight either Ludogorets or Olympiacos more in the playoff round, but they should reach this stage with ease after a comfortable triumph in the second leg.
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