FC Pyunik will be taking on CFR Cluj in the first leg of the first round of the Champions League qualification.
FC Pyunik will be taking on CFR Cluj in the first leg of the first round of the Champions League qualification. It will be a crucial match as both the teams look to begin their respective journeys towards the ambitious goal of qualifying for the main event of the Champions League. The winners of this round will progress to the second qualifying round while the defeated team will relocate to the UEFA Europa Conference League Champions Path second qualifying round. Both Pyunik and CFR Cluj are fresh off being the league champions in their respective leagues last season, with Pyunik winning their 15th Armenian title and Cluj triumphing in the Romanian league.
|FC Pyunik vs CFR Cluj||Key Details|
|Date||5 July, 2022|
|Venue||Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium|
|Kickoff time India||9:30 pm IST|
|Kickoff time Armenia||8:00 pm AMT|
|Kickoff time Romania||7:00 pm EEST|
FC Pyunik ended their last campaign with a superb run of results. They won seven and drew three of their last ten fixtures, a run which played a part in them clinching the league title. Although, it is easier said than done but the Armenian outfit will be looking to translate their domestic success to the continental stage. However, with no experience of Champions League group stages so far in their history, Pyunik would undoubtedly have their work cut-out and will be entering into the game as the underdogs.
As for CFR Cluj, they concluded their last season with two massive wins but a key 3-1 defeat to arch rivals, FCSB. Nonetheless, they managed to hold off all competition and win their eighth Romanian league title which was also their fifth in a row. Cluj have already played four pre-season friendlies in the build-up to this Champions League tie, winning all of them and this will certainly give them great momentum against Pyunik. On the back of success in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League in previous seasons, Cluj would undoubtedly look to gain an advantage to take to their home stadium for the second leg next week.
Both the teams will be looking to field their respective strongest XIs with the goal of advancing further in the competition. Some changes are expected from their last season’s strongest XI as the transfer window is up and running in Europe and the teams have begun their process of reshuffling their squads. FC Pyunik have been hit hard by the departure of forward, Hugo Firmino but will be content with the fact that they have no fitness issues. CFR Cluj, too have a full roster to pick from.
FC Pyunik possible line-up: Buchnev, Gonzalez, Vakulenko, Bratkov, Gajic, Juninho, Davidyan, Cociuc, Gareginyan, Dashyan, Otubanjo
CFR Cluj possible line-up: Balgradean, Braun, Burca, Matias, Brucic, Boateng, Cvek, Paun, Deac, Petrila, Debeljuh
The UEFA Champions League match between FC Pyunik vs CFR Cluj will take place at the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium on Tuesday at 9:30 pm IST.
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