Rosenborg hosts Maribor in the second leg of the Champions League qualification semifinals. The match will be played on Tuesday, August 13th at Lerkendal Stadion (Trondheim)
Many people underestimated Norwegian Rosenborg before the start of the current UEFA Champions League qualification since the team from Trondheim did not show outstanding results in the domestic arena. The Trolls began to demonstrate more or less decent football only after a few rounds, climbing to the top of the tournament standings as usual. As for the current Champions League, Rosenborg seized the bull by the horns from the very beginning, having beaten Northern Irish Linfield without much straining (2:0, 4:0) and Belarusian BATE (1:2, 2:0) + Slovenian Maribor in the first duel - 3:1. Thus, Rosenborg showed not only outstanding skill in the attack but also its complete readiness for European competitions, in favor of which, apparently, a sacrifice was made in the Norwegian championship, where the Black and whites obviously saved forces for the Champions League.
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As for Maribor, it seems to say goodbye to dreams of the Champions League group stage after the upcoming meeting. Since everyone perfectly understands that it’s unlikely that the team will be able to win back a home 1:3 defeat ... But at the same time, I doubt very much that the Slovenes will fold their arms and legs in the upcoming return game with Rosenborg. After all, they did not give up (also in a very difficult away game and under unsuccessful circumstances) to another representative of Scandinavia, Swedish AIK, at the last qualifying stage. Maribor managed to snatch a ticket to the 3rd qualifying round in the last minutes of extra time (a 2:3 defeat after winning 2:1 at home)!
I believe that at least two goals will be scored in the second game between Rosenborg and Maribor either... As many as at least flew into the net in all previous duels with their participation in the current Champions League.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.0 goals scored