Legia Warsaw drew 0:0 with a Greek club Atromitos FC in the first match of the third qualification round of the UEFA Europa League.
Legia was the only remaining Polish team in the European competition, after Piast Gliwice, MKS Cracovia and Lechia Gdańsk were eliminated in earlier qualification rounds.
Recently, the runner-up of the Polish Ekstraklasa (the highest tier of Poland’s football competitions) in the last season, has not been performing too well. Although it made through the first and second rounds of the UEFA Europa League, the supporters and media criticised the club for lack of quality and generally weak performance. In three matches of Ekstraklasa, the team scored only four points, after one victory, one draw and one loss.
Legia dominated the first half of the match held at Polish Army Stadium in Warsaw but was unable to score, even though they had some good opportunities to beat Balázs Megyeri, the Hungarian goalkeeper of Atromitos.
After the half situation, the situation on the pitch did not change. Legia dominated but did not prove its advantage with goals. Twice the ball hit the bar, there were some good opportunities, but the score did not change.
Atromitos focused on protecting from Legia’s attacks, their best situation occurred in the additional time of the second half, when Brazilian midfielder Farley Rosa took a shot but the ball went over the bar.
The match ended with a 0:0 draw, Legia can be disappointed because the team played the best match in the season, but was unable to score any goal. However, 0:0 in its own stadium gives the club from Warsaw a minor point advantage before the rematch, which will take place on August 15 in Athens.
The winner of the Legia-Atromitos duel will face either Danish FC Midtjylland or Scotland’s Glasgow Rangers. In the first match between these two clubs, held in Denmark, the team from Scotland won 4:2.