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Raków Częstochowa’s remarkable Champions League run concluded on the brink as they bowed out against FC Kopenhaga. Despite a 1-1 draw in the second leg, the decisive 0-1 loss from the first leg proved insurmountable. The match held historic significance for both the club and Polish football, but fate and missed opportunities cast a shadow.
In the crucial first-leg clash, an unintentional deflection off Bogdan Racovitan led to the only goal. Although Giannis Papanikolaou restored parity, an offside call earlier dampened the comeback. Injuries disrupted Raków’s defense, and Jean Carlos exited mid-game, compounding challenges.
Facing the renowned FC Kopenhaga in Denmark, Raków struggled to find their rhythm. Despite almost 60% possession, their possession-based strategy faltered. A solitary moment, a 30-meter strike by Denis Vavro, left Raków chasing the game. A late goal by Łukasz Zwoliński offered hope but fell short.
Raków’s Champions League fairytale concluded as they narrowly missed the elite phase. While the gap to established European clubs wasn’t immense, the difference was tangible. The journey now transitions to the Europa League group stage.