Paide exits UEFA Conference League after 5-0 aggregate loss to Anderlecht | Soccer


Going into the match in Brussels on Thursday night, Paide coach Karel Voolaid was under no illusions about the team’s prospects following their 2-0 home defeat last week, saying they needed ‘a miracle”.

Paide was Estonia’s only remaining representative in European competition; the Conference League, founded only last season, is UEFA’s third-tier format after the much better-known Champions League and Europa League.

Paide started quite aggressively that day, with the hosts’ defenders having to clear a Siim Luts header from the goal line, and the side were unlucky enough to miss a penalty after winger Robi Saarma was knocked down in the surface, but judged not to have been fouled.

Paide goalkeeper Mihkel Aksalu was instrumental in maintaining a clean sheet until the 60 minute mark, until Fabio Silva, who scored in the first leg and is on loan from the English Premier League side Wolves, come on as a substitute. The 20-year-old put Anderlecht ahead in the 62nd minute, and was also in the thick of it 10 minutes later when right-back Michael Murillo doubled the hosts’ lead. Murillo scored again in the 75th minute (see video below), the last goal of the game.

Anderlecht will face Young Boys (Switzerland), who beat Finnish side KuPS by the same aggregate score of 5:0 in the play-offs.

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