AEK Larnaca will try to exploit home advantage to defeat FC Midtjylland in the second leg of their Champions League second-round qualifying match after playing out a closely contested affair in the first leg.
The Danish team will try to erase their winless start to the season by winning on Tuesday, which would set up a matchup with Benfica of Portugal.
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Larnaca may have felt unhappy that they let a one-goal lead slip in the first leg after putting in a strong away performance that would have given the team confidence.
Adam Gyurcso gave the Cypriot team the lead in the 81st minute after a valiant effort on their part, but Erik Sviatchenko’s goal leveled the score three minutes later.
Although a 1-0 victory would have been ideal for a team making its Champions League debut, Larnaca may draw inspiration from the first leg, in which they played admirably against a Midtylland squad that was competing in Europe’s premier league for the fifth time.
In addition to being Larnaca’s first-ever Champions League appearance, the encounter in Denmark also marked Jose Luis Oltra’s first game in charge of the Cypriot team.
In order to secure his team’s first victory under his leadership and set up a third-round qualifying match against Benfica, the new manager will now be strategizing ways to accomplish this. Midtjylland is a participant in the Champions League for the third straight year, whereas Larnaca is still adjusting to their new surroundings.
The Danish team has advanced to the third round of qualifying in each of the previous two seasons, but in order to continue this pattern, they must triumph in Cyprus on Tuesday.
Contrary to Larnaca, who doesn’t start their domestic season until the end of August, Midtjylland has already played two games in the Danish Superliga.
While Larnaca have had a week to prepare, Bo Henriksen’s team were back in action on Friday. Their season began with a 1-1 draw against Randers before they repeated that result in the Champions League. The Midtjylland team would hardly have been inspired by a 3-1 loss to Silkeborg going into Tuesday’s match, where they will try to snap a six-game Champions League road losing streak.
We believe that Larnaca will use home advantage to advance to the third round of qualifying even though Midtjylland has more Champions League experience and has won all six of their recent games.