Theo Weeks’s Qabala paired against Maribor in Europa playoff
By Boy Dolo
The dependable Lone Star midfielder and FC Qabala are just two games away from collecting a place in this season Europa League Group Stage.
Theo Weeks FC Qabala will take on Slovenian Maribor as the UEFA Europa League play-off draw was made in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday.
The Azerbaijani Club progressed on Thursday night after beating French Lille OSC 1-0 in the second leg of the third qualifying round.
Lille, which welcomed back Portugal's UEFA EURO 2016 hero Eder, was stunned by Azerbaijan outfit on a 2-1 aggregate win thanks to a 1-0 victory on home soil.
Weeks who one of the Europa League current top scorers, having netted five goals helped the Club secured a 1-1 draw in France two weeks ago.
Filip Ozobic scored the only goal of the game 11 minutes before half-time to send the Ligue 1 side crashing out of European competition and see Qabala into the play-offs, where it is will joined by compatriot Qarabag.
Maribor defeated Scottish Club Aberdeen on similar scoreline.
A bizarre Graeme Shinnie own goal killed off 10-man Aberdeen's Europa League dream as they crashed to a 2-1 aggregate.
Maribor lost two of the players in a tragic car-accident a day to the match, but still manage to sale through.
After a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie, Derek McInnes' team knew they had to score against the Slovenians if they had any hopes of making the play-off round.
But Adam Rooney blew the chance to give them a perfect start when he failed to convert the penalty he had won himself midway through the first half.
To make matters worse, the Reds were forced to play out the final half an hour a man light after substitute Jayden Stockley was sent off for two bookings.
The Dons desperately pushed for a winner but it was the hosts who claimed victory when Shinnie's attempted back pass bounced over the foot of keeper Joe Lewis and into his own net, sending Maribor into Friday's draw for the final set of qualifiers with a 1-0 win.
Meanwhile Weeks’ compatriot William Jebor Rio Ave was sent home by Slavia Prague following a 1-1 draw.Jebor did not however play as he is on the move again on loan.
Rio Ave drew nil-nil away in the first leg, but settled to a disappointing 1-1 draw at home thus giving Prague the chance to advance on the away goal rule. Slavia Prague was paired against Belgium’s Anderlecht for the playoff.