Striker Cho Kyu-sung, who was named to the South Korean national team’s September A-match roster despite an injury, made his comeback in a UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL) playoff match but was unable to prevent his team from losing .Cho Kyu-sung started up front and played the entirety of the second leg of the 2023-2024 UECL Playoffs against Legia Warsaw at the Stadion Voivodeship Polskiego in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday (July 1).Cho, who made his European debut in July and has scored three goals in the Danish Superliga this season and one in UECL qualifying, was substituted during a league match on March 21 after limping off .He injured his thigh and subsequently missed the first leg of the UECL playoffs at home and the Superliga match. However, he was named in the squad for the national team’s two September European A matches against Wales and Saudi Arabia, which was announced on August 28.In announcing the roster, national team head coach Jürgen Klinsmann explained that after communicating with the club, he felt there was no problem with Cho’s inclusion in the call-up, which was confirmed on the day of the match when Cho played full-time and was cleared to play Despite not registering an attacking point, Mitwylan’s hopes of qualifying for the UECL were dashed. After drawing 3-3 with Warsaw in the first leg at home, Mitwylan tied the match 1-1 in the second leg, but lost 5-6 in the ensuing penalty shootout. Warsaw took the lead through Tomasz Fekhardt in the eighth minute of the second half, but Mitwylan equalized through Paulinho in the 25th minute to send the game to penalties. Cho Kyu-sung stepped up to take the first kick of the penalty shootout for Mittwylan, slotting home a right-footed shot.Both teams’ fifth kickers, including Cho, converted their shots in Warsaw’s favor, while Warsaw’s sixth kicker, Marciej Rosowek, also converted.However, Mitwylan’s sixth kicker, Stefan Gartenmann, had his shot saved by the goalkeeper to end the match.Meanwhile, 2002-born defender Lee Han-beom, who joined Mittwilan on March 28, was not included in the squad for the trip.Belgian Gent midfielder Hong Hyun-seok started the second leg of the UECL playoffs against Apoel (Cyprus) and played until the 32nd minute. After taking a 2-0 lead in the first leg, Ghent won 2-1 on aggregate to advance with a 4-1 victory .Aston Villa (England), Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany), and Fenerbahçe (Turkey) also joined the UECL main draw as a result of the playoffs. The UECL is the third-tier club competition after the UEFA Champions League and Europa League .Meanwhile, Olympiacos (Greece), which is without Hwang In-bum due to a dispute over his residency, advanced with a 3-0 victory over FK Zukaricic (Serbia) in the second leg of the Europa League playoffs, sweeping the first leg (3-1) and the aggregate 6-1.The draw for the Europa League and UECL group stages will take place on Monday night, with the group stages starting on the 22nd of this month and running through mid-December. Single-elimination matches will be played starting next February, with the Europa League finals taking place on May 23 in Dublin, 스포츠토토링크 Ireland, and the UECL finals on May 30 in Athens, Greece.

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