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The matches in the Cup are closed, the 8 pairs of the next round are determined
Written by Adriatik BALLA 7 Dhjetor 2023
The championship is the main football activity in the country and the rivalry for the championship trophy becomes very strong and with a prolonged competition with four stages, to which the AFL with a new format has added several matches of the "Final Four" type. where the top four teams face each other to determine the winner of the Superior. On the other hand, the activity of the Albanian Cup is also important, as it not only rewards the winner with a seasonal trophy, but at the same time gives the winner the opportunity to participate directly in the UEFA Conference League, and it is a fact that teams like Laçi, Vllaznia and Egnatia have secured the objective from the Cup.
Yesterday, after the duels in the 1/16 of the finals, the 8 teams that go to the 1/8 round of the Albanian Cup were determined, where eight teams from the Superior Category start their adventure. In the midweek confrontations, the duel between Bylis and Vora stood out. The ballshiote team was punished at the beginning of the second half. Goxha's interference with Tabak in the area gave Vora the opportunity for an 11-meter penalty, which was turned into a goal by Qardak, who did not celebrate as a sign of respect for his former team. However, the Balshiote team managed to overturn the numbers in the span of 4 minutes, as first Ruçi and then Jefferson gave the lead to Bylis. In the following, Vora mobilized and was more demanding, as in the 77th, a goal was canceled for an irregular position, but in the limits of regular time, Vrapi managed to equalize the result and take the challenge to extra time. The fate of this match was determined by the 11-meter penalty, since even the 2 overtimes from 15 minutes did not change the result. The goalkeeper of Bylis, Puja was fantastic, saving 3 penalties, while his teammates scored 3 times in Vora's goal from the penalty spot, closing everything at 3-2, and moving on.
Corabi passes with a penalty
In the other matches, Korabi also qualified after the penalty kick against Besa in the transfer, as the 120 minutes ended in a 2-2 draw. The Dibrans correctly scored 5 penalties, while the Kava players scored only 4. In the other matches, Apolonia, which beat Luzin 2-1, Flamurtari, which beat Burreli 2-0, AF Elbasani, which beat 2- 3 Kastriot, Lushnja who beat Tomori 0-3, as well as the two teams of Superior, Dinamo City who passed to the next round after the 2-0 success against Orik and Skënderbeu who defeated Turbina 4-0.
Duels in the 1/8 finals
In the 1/8 round, the two confrontations between the teams of Superior, Teuta-Skënderbeu and Laçi-Dinamo City stand out, while Tirana will face Korabi, Partizani against Apolonija, Egnatia with Lushnjë, Vllaznia with Flamurtari, Erzeni with Bylis and Kukesi with AF Elbasani. Even the next round will be played with only one meeting, with the challenges that will take place at the beginning of 2024. Claimants to win the Cup trophy this season are the same teams that also claim the title in the Superior Category, namely Partizani, Tirana and Egnatia are seen as favorites. Vllaznia and Laçi can be added to this trio, who dream of a trophy.