Kuopio The KuPS football club was again successful at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, but it had to bow to a 1-1 draw with Astana from Kazakhstan in the opening round of the third qualifying round of the Men’s Football Conference League.
Three months ago, KuPS beat HJK on the same artificial turf in the Finnish Cup final. Now Astana was deprived of victory by overtime.
“We are disappointed that the paint came to an end. But these will not be solved in the first matches, ”KuPS coach Simo Valakari described.
KuPS came on the break, his opponent was sharper. After 54 minutes, there was a bit of a mixup.
Goalkeeper of the Kazakh club Dmitro Nepogodov and defender Eneo Bitri fumbled in cleaning the center ball so that KuPSin Aniekpeno Udoh robbed the game device by shooting it into the net at close range. Udoh celebrated his hit with a spectacular volt in front of a fan base that held a strong encouragement.
Immediately after, the rollover of KuPS continued, however Onuorah Uzochukwun itched just tickled the pole.
Bitri leveled to 1-1 from about 14 meters after 90 minutes from behind.
“With the last shot,” Valakari witched.
In the first with a three-quarter, an audience of 1,732 spectators witnessed three finishers.
Astana side link Pedro Eugenio fed by a central attacker in the 25th minute Tigran Barseghyanin half run. However, the top man drifted into such a small angle that the KuPS guard Johannes Kreidl repelled the groaning of the tissue for sure.
The next finishing plot was the responsibility of the KuPS attacker Janis Ikaunieksin The shot went wide.
Astana once again demonstrated its danger in rapid strikes on the eve of a break whistle, as now Eugenio porhalsi escaped. Fortunately for him, Kreidl of Savola had to leave the pitch after talking back to the referee and receiving his second booking.
“Fighted well, but they are needed from him in every match,” Valakari said.
The recipe for the second section in a week is clear.
“They live on counter-attacks. There will be a great game, ”Kuakin Valakari outlined.