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UEFA Europa League: Maribor Playing Return Leg in Seville


The away game following a 2:2 draw in Maribor last week could take Maribor to one of the club's biggest successes in history, provided they win or secure a draw with more away goals against the two-time UEFA Cup champions.

This is the first time the perennial Slovenian champions survived the winter break in European competitions. Maribor qualified for the round of 32 of the Europa League for the first time in club history by defeating Wigan Athletic of England at home in December to take second place in the qualifying Group D.

This was Maribor's second biggest success in European competitions, following the qualification to the UEFA Champions League in the 1999/2000 season.

Maribor, who left for Spain already on Monday, have been preparing for the match as usual, according to coach Ante Šimundža, who took over last September.

"Following last week's game, we focused completely on Sevilla. We are calm and we're going to Spain so early because conditions are better there than at home," Šimundža said before leaving.

"We want to get a feel of Spain, so that the guys can get into football there and deliver a good performance," he added.


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