Slavia Prague stuns Fenerbahçe 3-2 in Conference League

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Turkish soccer team Fenerbahçe tasted a 3-2 home defeat to Czech side Slavia Prague in the first leg of their UEFA Conference League qualifier on Thursday.

Slavia broke the deadlock with a close-range finish from Ibrahim Benjamin Traore in the 45th minute.

Fenerbahçe equalized the game with Dimitris Pelkas in the 58th minute at Istanbul’s Şükrü Saraçoğlu Stadium.

Slavia upset the Istanbul team after Oscar Murphy Dorley and Ondrej Lingr both scored within two minutes.

Dorley netted a long-range goal in the 62nd minute, before midfielder Lingr netted the third goal for Slavia two minutes later.

In the 83rd minute, Fenerbahçe reduced the gap to one with Ferdi Kadioğlu.

In further qualifiers to reach the last 16 of the inaugural Europa Conference League, PSV Eindhoven, Rapid Vienna, Midtjylland and Slavia Prague won the first leg.

PSV beat Maccabi Tel-Aviv 1-0 with striker Cody Gakpo scoring the winner in the 11th minute.

Defender Joel Andersson scored to give Midtjylland a 1-0 victory over PAOK, in the Danish club’s first game after a winter break.

Rapid Vienna beat Vitesse 2-1 after goals from striker Ferdy Druijf and midfielder Marco Grull. Vienna were down to just 10 men when Filip Stojkovic received his second yellow card after 20 minutes, and the visitors pulled one back with a Lois Openda goal.

The return matches are scheduled for February 24.

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