Yira Sor, Olayinka score as 9-man Slavia Prague book place in Europa Conference League Quarterfinals
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Yira Sor, Olayinka score as 9-man Slavia Prague book place in Europa Conference League Quarterfinals

Czech giants hold off spirited display from LASK Linz

Super Eagles striker Peter Olayinka and former youth international Collins Yira Sor were on the scoresheet for Slavia Prague as they lost 4-3 to Austrian side LASK Linz in their UEFA Europa Conference League clash. The Czech side claimed a 7-5 aggregate win to reach the quarterfinals of the competition.

Like he did in the first leg, Slavia Prague captain Peter Olayinka found the net in the 24th minute to open the scoring for his side. The Nigerian striker received a pass from Ondrej Lingr on a counterattack before finding the top corner with a sweetly struck shot for his second goal in as many games against LASK.

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LASK would not stay down for long, however, as they struck 12 minutes later through Philipp Wiesinger.

Slavia Prague were not ready to relinquish control of the game and went ahead just one minute after conceding. Nigerian youngster Collins Yira Sor was the provider as he delivered  ball into the box for Alex Bah to finish in front of an empty net.

The Czech side were reduced to ten men in the 42nd minute after Aiham Ousou was shown a second yellow card.

Red-hot Collins Yira Sor then added his name to the scoresheet with his fifth goal in only four games in the competition. The 21-year-old striker outran the entire LASK defence before slotting an effort beyond goalkeeper Alexander Schlager to put his side two goals up in the 62nd minute.

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LASK scored thrice through Wiesenger in the 76th minute, Andreas Gruber in the 88th minute and Alexander Schmidt in the 89th minute, but their comeback was not enough against their Czech opposition. Slavia finished with nine men after Srdan Plavsic received his marching orders in the 85th minute.

Slavia Prague have now made an European quarterfinal for the third time in the last four seasons and will be in the draw later today.

Salahudeen Sulayman

Sulayman is a sports enthusiast and budding Sports writer. You can reach him on Twitter @Sulayman_Salah

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