Three teams from Bosnia and Herzegovina played their UEFA Europa League first qualifying round, second leg matches on Thursday evening, with only one of them advancing to the competition’s next round.
Premier League runners-up Zrinjski Mostar defeated North Macedonia’s Akademija Pandev 6-0 on aggregate to book the second qualifying round clash with FC Utrecht. The first leg will be played at the Galgenwaard Stadium in Utrecht on Thursday, July 25.
Radnik Bijeljina was minutes away from pulling off an upset, as they defeated Slovakia’s Spartak Trnava 2-0 one week ago in Banja Luka, and were losing by just one goal until the very end of last night’s second leg.
Spartak dominated from the start of the game, and missed a number of goal-scoring opportunities before substitute Kristián Mihálek finally levelled the score in the 87th minute to take the game into an extra time.
Mladen Zizovic’s team was given one more chance to secure the second qualifying round berth, but failed to take advantage of Spartak being down to ten men for the last 13 minutes of the extra time.
Slovakian Cup winners eventually won the game 3-2 on penalties, thus setting up second qualifying round clash with Bulgaria’s Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
Siroki Brijeg lost both of their matches against FC Kairat Almaty with the same scoreline of 1-2. Kazakhstani team will face Hapoel Be’er Sheva F.C. of Israel in the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.