After the loss to Qarabag, Zurich played out a goalless draw against Luzern in their second Swiss Super League game of the new season.
FC Zurich will host Qarabag FK in the second leg of the Champions League second qualifying round on Wednesday. The opening leg at Tofiq Bahramov Stadium ended 3-2 in favour of the Azerbaijan outfit. First half goals from Kady and Ibrahima Wadji gave a two goal lead to Qarabag before Zurich pulled one back through Lindrit Kamberi, five minutes after the hour-mark. Immediately after the kick-off, the Horsemen restored the two-goal cushion with another strike from Wadji. And then, five minutes from time, Zurich defender Mirlind Kryeziy converted from the penalty spot to keep the tie alive. After the loss to Qarabag, Zurich played out a goalless draw against Luzern in their second Swiss Super League game of the new season.
📰 Ausgangslage, Personalsituation und Gegnercheck: Alles Wissenswerte zum morgigen Rückspiel der zweiten @ChampionsLeague-Qualifikationsrunde gegen den @FKQarabaghEN findet ihr wie gewohnt im “Spieltag kompakt”.
— FC Zürich (@fc_zuerich) July 26, 2022
The Swiss champions haven’t been in great form off late, conceding 10 goals in their last four games across all competitions, while scoring just four. However, Franco Foda’s men have been impressive at home having lost just 2 of their last 23 games across all competitions. Qarabag, on the other hand, recorded a 5-2 aggregate win over Lech Poznan in their previous round tie. Gurban Gurbanov’s side are bidding to make it to the group stage of the Champions League for the first time since 2017-18. Securing at least a draw on Wednesday would be enough for the Azerbaijan outfit to go through to the next round. Meanwhile a defeat would see them drop to the Europa League third qualifying round, the same applies to FC Zurich.
Zurich defender Becir Omeragic is sidelined with a muscle injury, therefore Kryeziu will continue to partner Aliti in the heart of the defence. Wilfried Gnoto, Antonio Marchesano and Fabian Rohner are expected to form the front three with veteran midfielder Alerim Dzemaili pulling the strings from the middle of the park. As for Qarabag, Gurbanov is unlikely to make too many alterations to the side that got the job done in the opening leg. New arrival Julio Romao could make his debut for the Swiss club on Wednesday. Kady and Wadji, who scored a combined 36 goals last season are expected to lead the attack.
FC Zurich probable starting lineup: Brecher; Kamberi, Kryeziu, Aliti, Guerrero; Boranijasevic, Hornschuh, Dzemaili; Rohner, Marchesano, Gnonto
Qarabag FK probable starting lineup: Magomedaliyek; Vesovic, Medina, Medvedev, Bayramov; almeida, Romao; Kady, Ozobic, Zoubir; Wadji.
The Champions League qualifier between FC Zurich and Qarabag will take place at Letzigrund on Wednesday at 10:30 pm IST.
For the football fans in Azerbaijan, live coverage of the match is available on CBC Sport Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, for those in Switzerland, the fans can catch the live action via RSI La 2, SRF zwei and RTS Sport.