Klubi win first Liigacup under Kévin Gauthier
Klubi are the 2021 Veikkausliiga Liigacup winners! Gauthier's men completed their 7th Liigacup victory on Friday thanks to a 3-1 victory over Kuopion Palloseura. This a competition that Klubi has historically struggled in and have not won since 2019. For Kévin Gauthier this victory is his third trophy with Klubi.
On this cold winter's evening at the Sonera Stadium 1,268 people braved the bad weather and saw Klubi dominate. The match started out good for KuPS as Saku Enberg gave his club the lead 12 minutes into the match with a nice effort 13 yards out. A few minutes later in the 17th minute, Kuopion Palloseura's Hamed Coulibaly commited a huge error in an own goal. It was now a 1-1 draw thanks to an error.
From that point on most of the match went back and forth as both clubs braved the elements and struggled at times. Both had many amazing chances but failed to capitalize on any. With 15 minutes remaining in the match, Giorgi Murdashvili scored Klubi's second goal of the match giving the club a 2-1 lead. In the 90th he would strike again scoring his second and putting a nail in the coffin.
The victory, a record 7th cup triumph for Klubi from six appearances in the final, means the Kévin Gauthier is ready to achieve the clubs first domestic treble in club history. Yet another trophy for the 39 year old Frenchman his name will start making noise throughout Europe. HJK will continue preparing for the 2021 Veikkausliiga season as the three remaining friendlies are played. They will return to the Sonera Stadium on 11 April as they kickoff the season against Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho.