Home win over Metalist keeps Lviv’s 2010 Europa Cup Dream Alive
Fans of Lviv’s talisman side can continue to dream of a 2010-11 Europa Cup campaign following a crucial late February victory over fellow top six Ukrainian league hopefuls Metalist Kharkiv. Metalist, managed by Lviv native Myron Markevich, currently lies in third place in the Ukrainian Premier League, with Karpaty in sixth spot, directly below the coveted Europa Cup qualification places. A crowd of over 15,000 created a lively atmosphere for this clash at Lviv’s Ukraina Stadium which saw the visitors Metalist take the lead through their Brazilian hitman Coelho early in the first half, only for Karpate to mount a spirited comeback with goals either side of half time. The defeat meant a miserable homecoming for Metalist coach Markevich, who earlier this year was named Ukraine’s new national team coach, but he will have been encouraged to see Karpate’s new generation of Ukrainian talents beginning to find their feet. Lviv’s footballing powerhouse must now win a number of crucial ties against Europa Cup rivals, starting with a March 28 battle with 5th placed Dnipro. At stake is a potentially lucrative sojourn into European competition – something Lviv fans have not experienced in almost a decade.