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Dila Gori was finally defeated, but holds the window open for the European dream. 

The side coached by Georgi Devdariani received the first goal in five official European matches. The defensive lock, which wasn’t understood by Danish and Croatian sides, was broken by a fast counterattack from Rapid Wien at the 42nd minute finished with a hit by Louis Schaub.

The Georgian side didn’t look bad in the game, but missed the fast combinations and attacks they are used to play, somehow the climate conditions and the hour factor played a role in the Georgian player’s fitness.

Nukri Revishvili was again a key player for Dila Gori and didn’t allowed more goals. Still chances to draw were few and both teams left the rest of their power for the returning match to be played on 29th August on the Mikheil Meskhi Stadium.

A victory on aggregate would give the qualification ticket to the Europe League Group Stage to Dila Gori, and would be a hit in the Georgian football history, becoming in the second team – beyond Dinamo Tbilisi – in qualifying to the last stages. For this Dila Gori will have to fight strong because Rapid Wien looked much better and organized than AaB Aalborg and Hajduk Split.

Rapid Wien (Austria) 1-0 Dila Gori (Georgia)
Gerhard Hanappi Stadion – Vienna, Austria.
Goal: 1-0 Louis Schaub (42’).
Booked: Steffen Hofmann and Louis Schaub (Rapid Wien); Georgi Iluridze, Lasha Gvalia and Mamuka Kobakhidze (Dila Gori).
Rapid Wien: Jan Novota, Thomas Schrammel, Thamos Petsos (71’ Brian Behrendt), Mario Sonnleitner, Christopher Dibon, Lukas Grozurek (88’ Lukas Denner), Cristopher Trimmel, Guido Burgstaller, Branko Boskovic, Steffen Hofmann (80’ Marcel Sabitzer)and Louis Schaub.
Coach: Zoran Barisic.
Dila Gori: Nukri Revishvili, Mamuka Kobakhidze, Aleksandre Kvakhadze, Otar Khizaneishvili, Gulverd Tomashvili (50’ David Bolkvadze), Teimuraz Gongadze, Georgi Guruli, Kakhaber Aladashvili (53’ Irakli Maisuradze), Lasha Gvalia, Georgi Iluridze and Grigol Dolidze (68’ Konstantine Gabashvili).
Coach: Georgi Devdariani.