Osijek failed to qualify for the 3rd round of qualifications for the Europa League tournament after losing to CSKA Sofia 4:3 in a penalty shootout in Osijek on Thursday night.
With the Bulgarian side having won the opener 1:nil in Sofia, Osijek opened the game well, dictating the rhythm of the game and controlling play on the pitch. The first serious scoring opportunity came in the 24th minute of play following a solid cross into the penalty area from Petar Bočkaj, however fellow midfielder Tomislav Šorša header went wide to the left.
Osijek managed to level the score in the 28th minute of play with a goal from Ante Majstorović. In the second half Marin Pilj hit the post in the 62nd minute of play, but ultimately the score would stand throughout regular time.
In overtime CSKA had the best opportunity, with Ali Sowe finding himself in a one-on-one situation with Osijek goalkeeper Ivica Ivušić in the 105th minute of play, however, Ivušić was able to make the save.
In the penalty shootout, Dmytro Lopa, Pilj, and Mirko Marić scored for Osijek while Bočkaj’s attempt was saved by the CSKA goalkeeper and Borna Barišić’s shot went over the crossbar. For CSKA Rodrigues, Carey, Bodurov and Sowe scored while Geferson missed the net.
The game was played in front of 7 200 spectators in Osijek’s Gradski Vrt Stadium.
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