Football | A drastic setback for KuPS – HJK’s championship is just one step away

Haka kept KuPS scoreless in Kuopio in Wednesday’s Veikkausliiga match.

Rain it rained heavily throughout the evening in Kuopio. The gray dreariness of autumn seems to have caught Kuopio’s Ball Club as well, which has fallen from the peak of the Veikkausliiga to a desperate situation. The championship is getting out of hand.

Haka, who played excellently in the fall, kept KuPS to zero in Kuopio and took an important point to his credit. At the same time, KuPS was hit hard: HJK is still four points behind, with only two rounds left to play.

For Haka, the point was more valuable than for KuPS, who are thirsting to return to the championship position.

“Tough match. It was a difficult game. KuPS is a quality team and it was nice to keep them out of our shape and attack. Let’s take a point from here”, Hakan konkari Niklas Friberg told Ruudu in an interview.

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Opening sequence was even, the best places were created by the home team. Brazilian top reinforcement Gabriel Bispo was close to putting the ball in the goal a couple of times, but Bispo’s attempts reflected KuPS’s match and, in fact, almost the entire autumn season: the effects were lacking.

“Of course I’m disappointed. We played well, created a lot of chances. I have to say that Haka defended really well”, Taneli Hämäläinen regretted the missed opportunities.

“Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. That’s how it is sometimes.”

KuPS brought even more scoring power to the field in the second period, when Tim Vayrynen and Filip Valencic was replaced on the field.

Haka played more evenly in the second period and got into the game well. KuPS pressed hard throughout the period, but the top places were few and far between.

The people of Koski were to steal the points in the very last minutes. Scored seven goals this season Stavros Zarokostas got a goal stick From Lee Erwin excellent pass. The Greek’s shot went promisingly towards the back corner of the goal, but Johannes Kreidl stretched out for a handsome save.

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At the beginning of extra time, Hakan Good morning Hakala was able to stretch to the top defense. Janis Ikaunieks offered Väyryne a control position in front of the goal, but Hakala was stronger.

The end of the season the template is clear: HJK and KuPS meet in the final match of the season, but HJK can secure the championship already this weekend by beating Haka in turn. At the same time, KuPS has to beat Inter.

“The only thing that will help is to give everything in the last two games and let’s see how long it will take,” Hämäläinen said.

Haka tied with Honga for third place. Honka will face Inter on Thursday.

Third place is of great importance this season, as it guarantees a direct place in the European games for the Conference League qualifiers.

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