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UEFA Europa League: Zorya Luhansk beats CSKA Sofia 1-0, proceeds to qualification playoffs

Another Ukrainian team, Mariupol FC succumbed to AZ Alkmaar 4-0 and left the torunament
08:50, 16 August 2019

UEFA Europa League, Zorya Luhansk vs CSKA Sofia, August 2019
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UEFA Europa League's Qualification Round 3 is over, and two Ukrainian teams are in very different places based on its outcome; one was kicked out of the competition, and the other one managed to proceed to qualification playoffs.

Zorya Luhansk FC played the return leg in the fixture against CSKA Sofia. The first leg's score was 1-1, so every goal was vital for both of the sides. The Bulgarians held out there until the very end of the game, but Nazariy Rusin successfuly beat CSKA goalkeeper in one-on-one on the 90th minute. So, its 2-1 on the aggregate, and Zorya qualifies to the next stage of the tournament where it will face RCD Espanyol. The games will take place August 22 and 29.

Related: UEFA Europa League: Zorya to face CSKA Sofia, FC Mariupol to stand against AZ Alkmaar

Mariupol FC, on the other hand, had no luck with AZ Alkmaar. The first game played in Ukraine ended as a draw, and all had to be settled in the second leg. AZ focused on getting what they wanted and imposed a crushing defeat on their opponents; the 4-0 loss in the away game marked the end of Mariupol's performance in this season's UEFA Europa League. 

Related: UEFA Europa League: Mariupol FC to host AZ Alkmaar tonight

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