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Progrès kick Rangers: Luxembourg’s excellent hour?

  • July 05, 2017

“It’s a good event, amazing,” pronounced manager Paolo Amodio final night as he struggled to take in his Progrès Niederkorn side’s feat in expelling Glasgow giants Rangers. “I can't trust that we won 2-0 opposite Rangers. It’s not possible. We done story and we can’t trust it. It’s incredible.”

Trailing 1-0 from final week – and carrying never won a European tie in 13 prior attempts and carrying usually totalled a singular idea in those matches – a side that finished fourth in a 2016/17 Luxembourg initial multiplication won out by an Emmanuel Françoise idea and a Sébastian Thill free-kick that crept into a net. Was it a best bar outcome in a story of Luxembourg? recalls a other large ones.

The European breakthrough
Haka Valkeakoski 4-1 Jeunesse Esch
Jeunesse Esch 4-0 Haka Valkeakoski

1963/64 European Champion Clubs’ Cup rough round

Luxembourg’s clubs had some unusual nearby misses in a limit days of European bar football; Spora Luxembourg took Borussia Dortmund to a replay in a rough turn of a 1956/57 European Cup, and Jeunesse Esch gave IFK Göteborg a identical shock in 1958/59. Little was approaching of Felice Dekyulo’s side following a 4-1 first-leg mauling in this 1963 tie, though Marcel Theis built on his strike in Finland, scoring Jeunesse’s initial and final during a Stade de la Frontière as ‘Bianconeri’ became a initial Luxembourger side to win a European tie in fantastic fashion.

Pride before a fall
Red Boys Differdange 0-0 Ajax
Ajax 14-0 Red Boys Differdange

1984/85 UEFA Cup initial round

Red Boys v Ajax compare programme

Red Boys v Ajax compare programmeempty provider

Despite carrying Marco outpost Basten, Frank Rijkaard and Ronald Koeman in a starting line-up, Ajax were hold by Albert Adams’ Red Boys side. Humiliated in a media after a initial leg, they savaged their guest in Amsterdam. Red Boys actor Fabrizio Bei – now boss of FC Differdange 03 – certified that a few of his team-mates had let their hair down a small too distant on a eve of a game. They paid for it. “Ajax did not wish to stop,” he told “I still remember, after they done it ten, 11 and afterwards 12-0, they kept using to get a turn out of a net. Thankfully, they blew a final alarm eventually.”

The epic victory
F91 Dudelange 0-1 Zrinjski
Zrinjski 0-4 F91 Dudelange
2005/06 UEFA Champions League initial subordinate round

Dudelange have now won 13 inhabitant joining titles – all given 2000 – though initial done an impact in Europe with this tie. Trailing 1-0 from a home leg, they were all though out when Thomas Gruszczynski leveled a total scores low into combined time in Mostar. Their hosts capitulated in additional time, Dudelange apropos a initial Luxembourger side given Jeunesse in 1963 to make it by a turn in UEFA’s tip bar competition. “The nation indispensable a win to revive confidence,” pronounced Dudelange manager Michel Leflochmoan, whose side had to rush true from a representation to a airfield to fly home after a game.

A complicated miracle
F91 Dudelange 1-0 FC Salzburg
FC Salzburg 4-3 F91 Dudelange
2012/13 UEFA Champions League second subordinate round

Miracle workman Aurélien Joachim

Miracle workman Aurélien Joachim©Julien Garroy

“The 1-0 first-leg win was not a warn to me, though a gift was,” reflected Dudelange manager Didier Philippe after a second leg of that bar boss Romain Schumacher concluded: “I’ve aged 10 years only like that this evening.” Aurélien Joachim scored a first-leg winner, and struck again as his side built adult a 3-2 lead in Austria, before Sofia Benzouien was sent off with 16 mins to go. Roger Schmidt’s Salzburg roared behind into contention, scoring twice, though could not overturn a divided goals advantage. “It’s a disaster,” resolved defender Martin Hinteregger.

Enter Er Rafik
FC Differdange 2-1 Utrecht
Utrecht 3-3 FC Differdange
2013/14 UEFA Europa League second subordinate round

Omar Er Rafik lets fly for Differdange

Omar Er Rafik lets fly for Differdange©Ben Majerus

Assistant manager Emilio Lobo certified that FCD03’s scouting of Utrecht forward of this epic feat has enclosed “a demeanour around on YouTube” for videos of a Dutch side, though it seemed to work, Omar Er Rafik scoring twice during home, and again divided as his side warranted an unusual success. Jacob Mulenga, who scored all 4 of Utrecht’s goals in a tie, was friendly in defeat: “For me, these guys are not amateurs – we am happy for them.” Er Rafik is now a tip scorer in a story of UEFA Europa League subordinate with 15 goals.

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