As part of the second leg of the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League, Neftchi and Olympiacos will come face to face. On whose side will the victory be in this confrontation?
The players of Neftchi were able to win the Azerbaijani championship last season, breaking away from the nearest pursuer by 2 tournament points. Thanks to this, the team earned a ticket to the LCH qualification. Samir Abbasov's team held a number of control meetings in the off-season, and even managed to defeat Spartak Moscow with a score of 2: 1. In addition, the hosts were able to pass Dinamo Tbilisi in the first round. In the first match against the Greeks, Neftchi looked very good, but lost 0:1 due to the only missed goal.
The players of the Greek team also won their national championship, but more confidently, breaking away from the nearest pursuer by 26 points at once. It is worth noting that the team of Pedro Martins again got the opportunity to play in the main club tournament in Europe, having passed through the qualification stage. The team looked very good in the first meeting against the Baku team. The removal in the 43rd minute of the game prevented Neftchi from defeating, which, however, did not affect the final result – 1:0.
Statistics and figures:
- Olympiacos is the favorite of the meeting;
- The first meeting ended with a score of 1: 0 in favor of "Oli";
- Neftchi has 3 wins in 5 matches;
- Olympiacos has won 4 matches out of the last 5.
Most likely, this meeting will be similar to the first match, where the fate of the meeting will be decided by one goal. It is unlikely that Neftchi will fly forward from the first minutes, because the second missed goal can put an end to the team's ambitions in the LCH.