Inefficient KuPS succumbed to St. Pölten in the opening round – “We saw that by playing we are still better than the other teams”

Inefficient KuPS succumbed to St Polten in the opening round

St. Pölten from Austria celebrated a 1–0 victory in the first leg of the women’s Champions League playoff phase in Kuopio. KuPS failed to finish.

20:38•Updated 20:48

Austrian team St. Pölten beat KuPS 1–0 (1-0) in Kuopio in the 1st part of the playoff phase of the Women’s Champions League.

Slovenian national team player Mateja Zver scored the only goal of the match with a dream shot from outside the penalty area in the 42nd minute. Just 20 seconds before KuPS Gentjana Rochi had shot the ball into the post of the away team.

The head coach Ollipekka Ojala saddened when the team’s powder was wet at Kuopio’s Keskuskent.

– We created goal chances well and normally, today we just didn’t put them in. The guy scored one, somewhat lucky goal. That solved it. The battle continues, the second part remains. However, we saw that by playing we are better than the other teams, Ojala said.

KuPS clearly created more goalscoring chances than the teams in the opening period, but Rochi missed two great chances as well Oona Siren and Aino Kröger each one.

Solution feeds for magpies or they took too long

The second half was even and uneventful. KuPS could no longer get to the top places, because the decisive, last passes of the Kuopio people systematically failed. In addition, St. Pölten blocked their own penalty area better than in the opening half.

KuPS’s number one Rochi disappeared from the picture in the second half, received a yellow card and was substituted at the end.

Home team left side link Anni Hartikainen stood out with good vertical movement and bold decisions. KuPS won the corner kicks 12–2, but the special situations were ineffective.

– We had enough chances to score. Sometimes the solutions took perhaps too long. Fortunately, there is still another match where we can improve. A cheeky inch.

The teams will meet in the second part on September 28. The winner advances to the group stage, which starts on the 19th-20th. October

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