27 August, 2020 – The Kosovo vice-champion FC Gjilan was eliminated by the well-known Cypriot team, APOEL Nicosia from the Europa League competitions on Thursday evening at the stadium “Fadil Vokrri”, after extra time, with 0: 2. Gjilan had a very good performance in the regular 90 minutes, managing to resist quite well the team with great experience in European competitions. In the first half, the guests were more dominant in the game but without any serious chance in front of Kolic’s gate, thanks to the efficient defense of Gjilan that did not allow much space. In the second half, the team from Gjilan was released from the pressure and managed the game but did not manage to come up with good chances. In the 78th minute, the Cypriot team had the opportunity to take the lead as the referee awarded the penalty, although the intervention was outside the 16m line. Fortunately for Gjilan, Moussa Suleimani’s shot went over the goal and thus the match went on. However, the freshness was on the guests’ side who finalized a quick action in the 102nd minute when Georgios Efrem scored to unlock the result, whereas the victory and qualification in the second round of Europe Leagues for APOEL were sealed by Dieumerci Ndongala in the 116th minute. However, today’s appearance of Gjilan proved that Kosovar football is on the right track and has increased, given that Gjilan faced a very strong rival and which has a name in European competitions.