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    Rakow Czestochowa Triumphs in First Leg of Champions League Qualifiers Against Aris Limassol

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    Rakow Czestochowa emerged victorious in the opening clash of the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, defeating Aris Limassol 2-1 at their home turf. The Polish side showcased a dominant performance, capitalizing on their opponent’s setbacks. Despite a delayed arrival due to weather-related travel issues, Aris Limassol’s Mariusz Stepinski expressed determination for the upcoming challenging rematch on Cyprus soil.

    Rakow seized an early lead in the 6th minute, courtesy of Wladyslaw Koczerhin’s goal, initiated by a Fran Tudor assist. Aris struggled to find momentum, with Giannis Papanikolaou’s attempt thwarted by Rakow’s goalkeeper. A rain-soaked moment saw a penalty awarded to Rakow, confidently converted by Fabian Piasecki. The home team maintained control and had opportunities to extend their lead.

    A late twist occurred as Mihlali Mayambela secured a crucial away goal for Aris in the 89th minute, narrowing the gap. The Polish champions now face an important away leg, with aspirations for Champions League progression. Meanwhile, potential opponents for the fourth qualifying round – a gateway to the group stage – include FC Copenhagen and Sparta Prague, who drew their first encounter. Rakow’s journey could also lead them to Europa League qualifiers.

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