Legia Warsaw drew 0:0 with Rangers FC in the first match of play-off qualification round of the UEFA Europa League.
Before the game, bookmakers and experts claimed that the Scottish team from Glasgow, whose manager is the legendary Liverpool FC player Steven Gerrard, should be considered as the favourite of the game.
At the beginning of the match, supporters of Legia on the so-called “Żyleta” (razor) stand of the most dedicated fans, presented a choreography with a slogan “It’s not what’s in front of you, it’s who’s beside you.” They also lit flares.
The arena of the game, the Polish Army Stadium, was nearly full. Legia sold all the tickets, there was also a large group of fans from Scotland.
The first half of the game was not full of good goalscoring opportunities on either side. At first, Legia tried to take control of the match, but then the Scottish team gained some advantage.
One of the best chances in the first half was squandered Legia’s Portuguese midfielder Cafú in the 30th minute. He received the ball, ran into the penalty box and took a shot, which was defended by Rangers’ goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
After half time, Legia had several chances to score, especially after set-pieces. Three times Igor Lewczuk, a defender of the Polish club, missed the goal with the header, after free and corner kicks.
Ranger also tired to defeat Legia’s goalie Radosław Majecki. The best opportunity for that was in the 63rd minute when Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos received a good pass and went one-on-one with Legia’s goalkeeper, but was unable to put the ball in the net.
There were no goals in the second half and the game ended goalless. The match was one of the best recent Legia’s games, and the fans of the club from Warsaw can feel disappointed because the victory over Rangers was at hand.
Legia remains the only team that did not lose a goal in this season of UEFA Europa League.
Steven Gerrard, the manager of Rangers, praised the atmosphere of the game. Over the whole 90 minutes the fans of Legia, not only from “Żyleta”, were cheering and supporting their players.
The second leg will take place on August 29 in Glasgow.
PolandIN, TVP Sport