Grasshoppers vs KR Reykjavik by 20Legend
The second leg will be really exciting as the first meeting ended with the score 3-3 in Iceland. KR Reykjavik surprised with their disciplined football in a match where Grasshoppers took the lead. The guests grabbed another goal before halftime and it looked like it was going to be a clear win before the second half started. However, the Icelandic team did one change to their lineup which proved to be fantastic as Morten Beck Andersen scored two goals in four minutes.
Grasshoppers were clearly shocked, but managed to get the lead back quickly with another goal after 59 minutes. The game then went into a mode with series of opportunities came both ways, but it was a penalty given after 77 minutes that became decisive. The score 3-3 truly gave an amazing match of football and it was a great performance by the underdogs from Iceland. However, it was Grasshoppers that got the most out of the game with three goals scored away from home.
Grasshoppers came in 4th place last season in the Swiss Super League which secured them this chance of qualification to Europa League. They have played three friendlies this summer and came in in the second round of the qualification. It has therefore been very little official matches until now, and it was not difficult to see how that harmed them in the first meeting on Iceland. The team threw away a 0-2 lead and was also able to throw away the win as they gave away a penalty when leading 2-3.
KR Reykjavik has already begun another season after their 3rd place last season in Pepsidelid. They have played 11 games with a various form of 3-4-4 so far though that gives them a current 10th place at the table. It is usually no surprise that Icelandic teams are much better at home in European games with few games outside their country in a season.
With that being said, KR Reykjavik has been on the road for quite some occasions over the years with qualification games against several of better teams. Their smashed their last opponent in round 1 as Glenavon was beaten 2-1 at home and 0-6 away from home in the following week. They also have a draw from the first game which gives them opportunities even if the task will be difficult.
Even though Grasshoppers is huge favorites here I still believe in many goals to come. The home team has the best chance of proceeding, but they are not in season at the moment. That could give KR Reykjavik a small chance of scoring tonight as they are used to play regularly at the moment. The odds on over 3 goals Asian handicap should give great value.