TheAS Saint-Etienne did not have the right to the error. Two weeks after the draw in the Cauldron in the first leg (1-1), the St Etienne did not really reassure Thursday night and have only managed to bring a draw against Oleksandria, in the new stadium of Lviv. The beginning of the first period was mixed. Both formations remained cautious, limiting risk taking. The Stéphanois showed inaccuracies and frightened themselves defensively. Fortunately for them, Stéphane Ruffier was decisive and made two parries.
In the 22nd minute, Ukrainian goalkeeper Yuri Pankiv fouls Wahbi Khazri. An error that is expensive for locals. The Greens get a penalty, converted by the Tunisian, who does justice himself and thus opens the score in favor of the Greens. Back from injury, Khazri scored his third goal in all competitions and his second in the Europa League this season. The opening of the score decreases the French, more enterprising, while the Ukrainians are more cautious.
In the second half, the Stéphanois are again feverish and are still scared several times, and struggle to impose their pace. Opportunities are shrinking. A few minutes after coming into play, Mahdi Camara gives the Greens some air in the 73rd minute with a second goal. An attack led by Denis Bouanga and finalized by Camara who cheats goalkeeper Yuri Pankiv with a sharp point. At 21, he scored his first goal with AS Saint-Etienne.
But the Stéphanois are too little vigilant in the last moments of the game. Less than 10 minutes before the end of regulation time, the Ukrainian Denys Bezborodko, top scorer of the club and returned to the second half, took the opportunity and scored on a close-range action after a center Kyrylo Kovalets. While the fog falls gradually on the ground, the Saint-Etienne still think out the head of the fog unscathed. But the Etienne defense eventually crack and the coup de grace is given by Maksym Zaderaka, who enjoys a missed aerial exit Stéphane Ruffier (90 + 1) to bring his team to 2 everywhere, final score.
Greens still have a chance to qualify
At the foot of the wall, the Stéphanois will receive, on November 28, for a meeting of new capital, the Belgian team of Ghent, leader of the pool after his victory over Oliver Glasner's men (3-1). Before facing Wolfsburg on the last day in a possible duel for the qualification.