The first leg in Yerevan had ended in a goalless draw, therefore the winner in Gruia would advance to the next round where they will face either F91 Dudelange or Tirana later this month.
CFR Cluj will host FC Pyunik in the second leg of their UEFA champions League first-round qualifying match at the Stadionul Dr. Constantin Raduslescu on Thursday. The first leg in Yerevan had ended in a goalless draw, therefore the winner in Gruia would advance to the next round where they will face either F91 Dudelange or Tirana later this month. Meanwhile the hosts are heading into the tie on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Sepsi in the Supercupa Romaniei fixture last Saturday. Pyunik won the 2021-22 Armenia Premier League title by collecting 75 points from 32 games, just one point more than second placed Ararat-Armenia.
Armenian champions @FC_Pyunik🇦🇲
Romanian champions @ClujCfr🇷🇴
— Official Armenian FF (@OfficialArmFF) July 5, 2022
Meanwhile the Romanian outfit lifted the dometic league title last season in a similar fashion, finishing just one point above second placed FCSB during the playoff. The Railwaymen have made it to the Champions League group stages on three occasions, most recently in the 2012-13 season. Dan Petrescu’s men are the favourites to advance to the second round because of their superior pedigree in the continental competition.
Cluj have not reported any fresh injury concerns and therefore head coach Dan Petrescu is unlikely to make too many alterations to the team that started in Armenia. Alexandru Paun, who started on the bench in the opening leg, is expected to get a place in the starting eleven, occupying the space behind the striker Debeljuh. Boateng and Cvek could sit in front of the back four with Deac and Yeboah occupying the flanks. As for Pyunik, central defender Nikita Baranov is sidelined with an injury. Head coach Eghishe Melkyan is likely to go with a five-man defence with Bratkov, Vakulenko and Kovalenko deployed as central defenders.
FC Pyunik probable starting line-up: Balgradean; Manea, Kollinger, Burca, Camora; Boateng, Cvek; Deac, Paun, Yeboah; Debeljuh
CFR Cluj probable starting line-up: Yurchenko; Gonzalez, Bratkov, Vakulenko, Kovalenko, Juninho; Davidyan, Cociuc, Zambrano, Dashyan; Otubanjo
The UEFA Champions League first round qualification match between CFL Cluj and FC Pyunik will take place at Stadionul Dr. Constantin Raduslescu on Thursday at 12:00 am IST.
The football fans in Romania can catch the live action on Digi Online, Digi Sport 1 Romania, Prima Sport 1.