After losing the home leg of their qualifier 2-0, Charleroi needed nothing short of a miracle in the away leg of their tie against the Ukrainian side Zarya Luhansk.
However, it was not to be and the Zebras lost 3-0 on the night and 5-0 on aggregate.
Van Damme puts Standard through
A first half that saw the Bosnian side Zeljeznicar Sarajevo start off on the offensive, neither Standard nor Zeljeznicar were able to score.
The play was constantly interrupted for free-kicks with the Bulgarian referee apparently on work-to-rule. Standard’s chance of the half came when Santini was alone in front of goal, but for some reason shot wide.
The half ended goalless. A nervous Standard looked uncertain at the start of the second half. Zeljeznicar only needed one goal for qualification.
A long-range shot from Djelmic looked more dangerous than it was. A Sadikovic header beat the Standard keeper Thuram, but hit the post. Deliverance finally came for Standard on 69 minutes when Jelle Van Damme (photo) but them 1-0 up on the night and 3-1 up on aggregate.
Now the Bosnians would need to score twice to see the game go into extra time and three times to win outright, a task they were unable to fulfill. Standard go into the draw for the play-off round for a place in this season’s Europa League group stage.
Dream is over for Sporting Charleroi
Already having lost the home leg of their tie against Zarya Luhansk 2-0, qualification was nothing short of “mission impossible” for Sporting Charleroi.
Three second half goals saw Zarya Luhansk win the second leg 3-0, making for an aggregate score of 5-0 in the Ukrainians’ favour.