Europa League: Ekpai scores, but it wasn’t enough as two red cards cost Slavia Prague in Warsaw

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Ubong Ekpai scored for Slavia Prague with the visitors down to 10-men and Peter Olayinka came off the bench in the last nine minutes but the side were undone by a second sending off in the crucial second-leg UEFA Europa League play-off match against Legia Warszawa on Thursday.

Ekpai netted his debut goal for the club, but Slavia Prague went on to lose 2-1 at the Stadion Wojska Polskiego.
The side had played out a 2-2 draw in Prague, however, despite being a man down as early as the third minute, the Nigerian forward put them ahead 3-2 on aggregate.
But, the hosts responded with two second half goals, Mahir Emreli’s brace (59′, 70′) almost certainly sealed the win and progress for Legia.
Olayinka’s introduction in the 81st minute was the visitor’s last gasp effort to snatch an equalizer and perhaps force the game into extra-time, but Slavia Prague were reduced to nine men and it snuffed the fight out from the team.
The defeat means Slavia Prague drop to the Conference League group stage.

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