It was a disappointing outcome to a match which saw Balzan looking a good bet to take a slight lead in next week’s second leg in Slovenia but costly mistakes in defence coupled with fine attacking play from the visitors ensured Domzale held the upperhand in this Europa League first qualifying round tie.
There are still a lot of positives to take for coach Jacques Scerri as Balzan played some slick attacking football but need to be more disciplined in defence if they are to stand any chance of overturning this tie in the return leg next week.
Scerri, the Balzan coach, had only two new faces in his starting XI, namely goalkeeper Kristijan Naumovski, who last season was on the books of Birkirkara and striker Stefan Dimic as he opted to keep faith with the majority of the players that led the club to their maiden FA Trophy success.
New signings Artur Faria and Loof were both forced to settle with a place on the bench.
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