Debacle instead of turn: Storm at 0:5 against Larnaka without a chance

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Sturm Graz missed the hoped-for turnaround in the qualification of the European Football League. Coach Heiko Vogel’s team lost 5-0 to AEK Larnaka in the third round return match, leaving the runners-up to the Cypriot club with an overall score of 7-0.

Larnaka – The European Cup season of soccer runner-up Sturm Graz is already over after four qualifying matches. After the failure against Ajax Amsterdam in the qualification for the Champions League, the Cypriot representative AEK Larnaka proved to be too high a hurdle on the way to the play-off of the Europa League. After the 0:2 in the home game, Sturm went away on Thursday into a 0:5-(0:1) debacle.

Ivan Trickovski scored three goals for Larnaka (8.,67.,80.). Jorge stayed cool with a penalty kick (65th). The substitute Thierry Taulemesse (86th) also scored. This meant that Sturm, who had to make do with a man less than Sandi Lovric (repeated foul play) after about one hour after yellow-red, was able to take the next low shot instead of the hoped for turnaround.

Tricky scenes for the referee team

The hosts took command from the first second. After four minutes the technically experienced attackers made it too complicated, Apostolos Giannou flanked a bit too far. Heiko Vogel’s team never managed to create anything like suspense at any time and fell behind early on. Trickovski turned around Tobias Schützenauer after eight minutes, who replaced the battered Jörg Siebenhandl in the goal, and scored the 1-0.

In the direct countermove Sturm came to the only noteworthy offensive action before the break. The compensation by Thomas Schrammel did not count because of a supposed offside position of Raphael Obermair (10th). It should not remain the only tricky scene that the Italian referee team around Paolo Valeri had to evaluate.

However, the other two scenes benefited the Grazers. In the 36th minute Trickovski’s second goal was disallowed because of an equally questionable offside decision. The referee was definitely wrong in the 41st minute, when he withheld a penalty from AEK after a bump from Markus Lackner and instead showed Giannou the yellow card for a goal scored with his upper arm (41st). The Spanish coach of Larnaka, Andoni Iraola, was banished to the stands after heavy criticism of this decision.

Ivan Trickovski  Honours 

Club 

APOEL

  • Cypriot First Division
    • Winner: 2010–11
  • Cypriot Super Cup
    • Winner: 2011

Al-Nasr

  • UAE President’s Cup
    • Winner: 2014–15
  • UAE Arabian Gulf Cup
    • Winner: 2014–15

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Highest defeat

After the side change Sturm showed timid offensive efforts. After a nice action over Peter Zulj and Raphael Obermair Tono Ramirez was on the post (55th). Two minutes later, Philipp Huspek, who had been substituted for the break, won on the outer lane, Markus Pink, who was well-placed, shot past the goal (57th).

But then the game finally tilted. At first, Lovric saw the yellow card twice within eight minutes (51., 59.). Shortly thereafter, the home side scored in a double strike. Schützenauer foul Giannou in the penalty area as clearly as unnecessarily. Jorge turned with a Schupfer elegantly (65th). Trickovski then duped the storm defence after a long pass (67th). Vegas Hero Casino has a separate page filled with some superb regular promotions.

In the final minutes, Captain Trickovski’s third goal and a tug-of-war against an inferiore Sturm-Elf ensured the highest defeat of a local club against a team from Cyprus.