Moldavian team Sheriff FC were unable to build on the first leg success over Qarabag FC as they fell to a 3-0 defeat at theTofiqBəhramovadınaRespublikastadionu.Sheriff FC were coming into the game with a real possibility of reaching the group stages of the Europa League after having been able to secure a 1-0 lead from the first leg. In a difficult match at theBolshayaSportivnaya Arena, an eighth minute goal from RifetKapic was able to provide the Moldavian team with the much needed break. Just when it seemed that they would be able to rely on the solo effort in order to reach the European group football stages for the first time, there was a significant setback when Maksim Medvedev scored just after nine minutes.
“It was difficult for us to prepare for this game. We were thinking about the result. Today we played very well, we did what we could in the square. I congratulate the club management and our fans on the victory. There is no need to talk about the opponent. I wish them good luck,” said manager atQarabag, GurbanGurbanov, after the match.Qarabag will now look forward to playing in the Europa League where they will be up against the likes of Chelsea amongst other top teams.