Honka was eliminated in the Conference League qualifiers in the second round.
Honka – NK Domžale 0–1 (overall goals 1-2)
13,000 a resident of a small Slovenian town dropped FC Honga from the euro fields. NK Domžale claimed a 1-0 victory from the away field and advanced to the third round of the Conference League qualifiers with 2-1 co-goals.
The Conference League is the third highest club competition in Europe after the Champions League and the European League. To enter the competition, Honka would have been required to win four qualifying rounds.
Domžale’s victory after 22 minutes was a real dream goal. Team captain Senijat Ibricic moved the ball from the free kick next to him To Arnel Jakupovic, who snatched a fiery long-range shot into the top corner. Hongan goalkeeper Tim Murray was completely powerless.
Ibricic also approached the goal dangerously. His long-range shots flew through the air like missiles, but did not hit their target.
Draft had to make a change in his line of defense right at the start of the match when he was 19 years old Ville Koski got the ball sadly in his face already in the 11th minute of the game.
Domžalen Matej Podlogar loaded the ball up close to Kosken’s head and went to pat him on the shoulder to apologize. The vibration was surprisingly hard in the end. Kosken was the replacement Tapio Heikkilä.
A couple of minutes later, Domžale’s players also cannoned the leather ball into each other’s faces. Benjamin Markušin the shot hit the road Enes Alic, who was able to continue the match.
In the second half Hongan Jonas Levänen even leveled the accounts by bombarding the ball Andraž Žinicin on.
Honka had to hit the finish line at the end of the match when Rui Modesto placed the ball towards the bottom corner and Jean Marie Dongou cannonballed directly from the air, but Domžale’s goal was saved.
Match was played in Helsinki at the Bolt Arena, which is normally the Hockey of HJK and HIFK. Tapiola Stadium in Espoo does not meet the requirements set by the European Football Association for Uefa Europeans. There were only 685 spectators in Töölö.
With the defeat, Honka became the second of four Finnish teams that are already out of the euro courts. FC Inter from Turku dropped out of the Conference League qualifiers in the first round against the Hungarian Puskás Academy.
The Kuopio Palloseura, on the other hand, advanced to the third round by winning the Ukrainian FK Vorskla Poltava soaring thriller in overtime.
HJK continues up the ladder in the qualifiers for the European League, followed by Neftçi Baku from Azerbaijan.