In the semi-finals, Riga won 5:0 (1:0) against “Grobiņa”, the team of the second league.
RFS achieved 1:0 in the 25th minute of the match, when Denis Rakel headed the ball into the goal in the penalty area after Bill’s pass. The Riga players strengthened their lead in the 59th minute, when Bils beat the opponents with an easy kick from the middle of the penalty area.
The third goal for the home team was scored by Vladislavs Fyodorovs, who in the 65th minute scored an accurate header after Stefan Panič’s cross. When there were 12 minutes left until the end of regular time, Bils made it 4:0 for the Latvian champions, who completed his “hat-trick” with a shot from close range in the first minute of the compensation time.
In preparation for the upcoming UEFA Conference League match in a week, RFS made radical changes to the starting eleven.
In the second semi-final, “Auda” beat “Jelgavu” 6:1 (5:1) at the “Skonto” stadium.
“Auda” needed only 24 seconds to reach 1:0. After taking the ball away from the opponents, “Auda” ran into a counterattack and Abubakar Karamoko sent the ball into the goal after playing with Aleksej Savelieva. Less than three minutes later, after a corner kick, Rafaëls Rezende made it 2-0 in favor of Käkavniki.
In the tenth minute of the game, “Auda” played clumsily in their own penalty area, which allowed Vladislav Žiš to make it 1:2, but a few minutes later, a penalty kick was awarded to the “Jelgava” goal, which Giorgis Minchev realized and restored the two-goal lead.
In the continuation, in the 27th minute, after a corner kick, Vyacheslav Isaevs headed accurately, but “Auda” scored the fifth goal in the first minute of the compensation time of the first half, when Ivo Minkevičs stood out with a powerful shot.
In the second half, in the 73rd minute of the game, Minchev scored 6:1 for “Audas”.
The decisive match of the Cup will be held on October 19 at the “Skonto” stadium.
The team of “Grobiņa” and football school “Jelgava” played in the semi-finals of the Latvian Cup for the first time in history, while “Auda” reached the semi-finals for the second time, doing so for the first time since 2002. Since 2016, RFS has reached at least the semi-finals of the tournament every time.
In the history of the Latvian Cup since 1936, 38 different club teams have won the prestigious trophy, but since the regaining of the country’s independence, 12 different teams have lifted the cup over their heads.
The current keeper of the trophy is the RFS team, which defeated “Liepāja” 1:0 in the final last year in Valmiera.
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