Molde will look to reach the UEFA Champions League group stages against Kl Klaksvik in the second leg of the third qualifying round. For the Norwegian team to avoid progressing to the third qualifying round, they must overcome a deficit of 2-1 from last week’s performance in the Faroe Islands.
Preview (Molde vs Kl Klaksvik)
Molde intended to return from the Faroe Islands with a victory, but Erling Moe’s team was defeated 2-1 by KI. Magnus Eikrem’s goal in the 48th minute was disappointing for the visiting team because they managed to lose the game despite being up. MFK must improve to maintain their hope of moving on to the group stage in their first Champions League. If they defeat KI, they will undoubtedly face a tough opponent in the playoffs, but Moe’s team would rather have that chance than not advance past the third qualifying round.
Molde overcame a first-leg defeat away to HJK in the last round; the Norwegian team earned a 2-0 victory at home after falling 1-0 in Helsinki; a recurrence would be beneficial. KI, who has probably made a fantastic journey to get to this point, is blocking their path. Regardless of what happens on Tuesday, they will be the first Faroese team to participate in the group stage of a European competition. If they lose against Molde on Tuesday, they will either advance to the Europa League playoff round or the Europa Conference League group stage.
Magne Hoseth’s team is looking for another victim this week after defeating Ferencvaros. They advanced at Hacken’s expense in the first and second qualifying rounds, respectively. The Klaksvik-based team’s 22-month streak without dropping a league match came to an end on Friday. They were upset by Vkingur. KI’s historic Champions League qualifying campaign could improve if they get a stunning victory at Aker Stadion. It is not anticipated that this setback will hurt them.
Molde emerged uninjured and unharmed from the weekend’s 2-2 league tie with Sandefjord. They will field the same lineup on Tuesday. Ola Brynhildsen and Kristian Eriksen’s goals against HJK in the previous qualifying round guaranteed victory. Both players may be essential to turning around last week’s 2-1 defeat to KI. Hoseth won’t alter the back five that has led the Faroese team thus far in the qualifying round.
Arni Frederiksberg scored two goals to help the team overcome a 1-0 deficit last week. Molde could launch a barrage at Jonathan Johansson. He needs to play his best game of the day to protect the advantage for the visiting team. Since May, Molde has won nine straight home games in all competitions while keeping six clean sheets. On Tuesday, they should win again to put a stop to KI’s remarkable Champions League run.
Molde 3 – 1 Kl Klaksvik
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