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SOCCER | Shkupi vs Shamrock - 09 august | 19:00 UTC


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Game info Shkupi vs Shamrock

The match between Shkupi, from North Macedonia, and Shamrock, from Ireland, begins this Tuesday, August 9, the return round of the qualifiers semi-finals that serve to indicate the last clubs that will be entitled to participate in the group stage. of the Europa League in its 2022/2023 edition. The match will be held at the National Arena Toshe Proeski in Skopje. The start is scheduled for 19h UTC


Shkupi started their international season with bigger ambitions. Winner of the 2021/2022 edition of the MFL, the elite division of the North Macedonia Championship, took the route of champions, the path that UEFA intended for winners of national leagues who are not entitled to a direct spot in the group stage of the Champions League a place in the tournament. He entered the round of 16 of the selection process and surpassed Lincoln, from Gibraltar.

He did that by taking the lead in the game he had at home. It scored 3 to 0. In the return match, he had a scare. They were beaten 2-0 and had to withstand the pressure in the final minutes to guarantee the right to advance to the quarterfinals, in which they found their limit in Dinamo Zagreb, from Croatia. It even started well in the confrontation against a rival that counted on favoritism. In the first leg, on the opponent's ground, they drew a 2-2 draw.

This gave their fans hope that the underdog could walk on the turf in the return leg. However, the Croatians prevailed by winning 1-0. Even without a great performance, they were better. Counting on the ball 49% of the time, they had more opportunities to shoot (11 to 9) and led the rate of shots in the right direction (4 to 2). The classification goal was scored by Ademi at two minutes of the final phase.


The result of the first leg that gave Shamrock the good advantage in the duel with Shkupi was much better than the performance. The confrontation showed balance. With the Irish getting a little more on the ball in their domain (52%), both teams created the same number of opportunities to shoot (12) and were also on an equal footing in the rate of successful shots. There were eight for each side.

The balance tipped towards the hosts thanks to the better start to the match. Burke, in a penalty kick, opened the scoring in the 13th minute. In the 29th minute, with assistance from Gaffney, Watts scored the second. In the final stage, Queven scored for Shkupi in the 32nd minute with Trapanovski as waiter. However, Hamidi was sent off in the 39th minute. Shamrock took advantage of the numerical advantage to make the third in the 53rd minute through Neill. He received a pass from Hoare before putting the ball in the back of the net.

The club was due to face Dublin on Friday, August 5, for the twenty-sixth round of the Premier Division. The match, however, was postponed so he could keep his focus on the fight for a place in the Europa League. In the Irish Championship, with 52 points (16 wins, four draws and four defeats), it is at the top of the leaderboard. Ahead of the weekend's schedule, they were seven points clear of second-placed Dundalk.


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