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The first leg of the most recent Champions League qualifying match between FK Zalgiris of Latvia and Malmo of Sweden will be played on Tuesday after both teams narrowly advanced to the second qualifying round last week.
While their hosts overcame Kosovan champions KF Ballkani after a stressful spell of extra time, the visitors defeated Vikingur in an exciting matchup, winning on aggregate.
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After trading goals in the first half of their first leg, Zalgiris and Ballkani played for more than two hours without scoring a game-winning goal in their first-round matchup.
However, thanks to a goal from Nigerian forward Mathias Oyewusi in the seventh minute of extra time at LFF Stadium, the A Lyga champions managed to advance to the next stage of the Champions League qualifiers.
Zalgiris is currently aiming for their first-ever group stage qualification and is hoping to do better than their attempt at this time last year.
The Vilnius team was eliminated in the second qualifying round, the third round of the Europa League preliminary round, and the playoffs for admittance into the first Europa Conference League before falling to Bodo/Glimt.
Twelve months later, Vladimir Cheburin’s team has amassed 41 points from 18 league games while defending their domestic championship, and they currently lead the table by two points with two games remaining.
Their most recent games have been postponed so they can focus on their European commitments, but prior to the game against Ballkani, Cheburin had led his team to four straight A Lyga victories. But during the course of 20 games in the Champions League, Zalgiris has only managed to win six and lose more.
Following a heated exchange back in Sweden, Malmo and Vikingur reconnected for the away leg of their first-round match last Tuesday. The Allsvenskan champions took a 3-2 lead into the second leg match at Vikingsvollur in Reykjavik after struggling to defeat 10-man opponents in the first leg at Eleda Stadion.
Veljko Birmancevic, Felix Beijmo, and captain Anders Christiansen each scored a goal in the first half to give Malmo a three-goal lead. However, Malmo allowed their opponents to get back into the game before holding on for a draw on the evening.
Following Saturday’s 2-0 victory at Norkopping, Milos Milojevic’s team is now only three points behind the Allsvenskan summit as they resume play-catch-up in their domestic title defense.
Things haven’t been easy since Milojevic replaced former manager Jon Dahl Tomasson, who led the squad to back-to-back league championships and the most recent Champions League group stage before departing for Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers.
Di Blae should be confident in gaining the lead at home on Tuesday because they have scored at least twice in six of their past seven competitive games. However, Di Blae seems to be on a goal-scoring tear right now.
Malmo still has a potent final third and can score several goals in Vilnius.Despite being in excellent shape, Zalgiris may not qualify at this point due to their most recent guests, who competed in the group stage last term.