Tonight at Skonto Stadium, the Latvian champion "Riga Football Club" in the 1st round of the UEFA Champions League qualification played 1:1 with the Swedish champion "Malmo FF". That was not enough to get into the next round. In a week, we will play the 2nd round of the Conference League qualification.
In the first game, "Malmo" won with the 1:0.. The only goal was scored by Antonio Colak. . It should be mentioned that already in the first half, "Riga" striker Yunusa Muritala was sent off the field.
Both teams thought more about defense at the beginning of the game. Both teams in the first half did not have a good chance to score. In the 33rd minute "Malmo" scored - after Anders Kristiansen's pass the second goal in two games was scored by Antonio Čolak - 0:1. The end of the first half went calmly, and after 45 minutes Malmö was in the lead with 1: 0.
"Riga" started the second half actively. and in the 57th minute after the cross of Mikael Soisalo Ivans Paurevič made a great header- 1:1. After the goal scored by "Riga", Malmö had two great opportunities, but in both episodes Roberts Ozols played great. Robert saved the team and gave the opportunity to fight for victory. At the end of the game, "Riga" was also able to score a second goal. In one of the episodes, Jean Leo shot over crossbar from short distance, while in the other, Kule Mbombo hit weak from the penalty area. Draw 1:1.
"Malmo" enters the 2nd round of the UEFA Champions League qualification, but "Riga" will play in the 2nd round of the Conference League qualification after a week.