Monday 16 September 2019

Linfield stun Qarabag

Linfield’s Shayne Lavery celebrates scoring his side’s third goal during their victory over Qarabag at Windsor Park. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Linfield’s Shayne Lavery celebrates scoring his side’s third goal during their victory over Qarabag at Windsor Park. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Linfield's hopes of progressing to the group stages of the Europa League are very much alive after a 3-2 victory at home to Dundalk's conquerors Qarabag last night.

The Blues have won already back-to-back ties for the first time since 1966 and dug deep against the Azerbaijan champions after they stormed in front through Faycal Rherras in the 15th minute.

But Linfield's set-piece prowess turned the tie around as Mark Stafford powered home Andy Mitchell's free-kick in the 40th minute and in first-half stoppage time another Mitchell delivery was headed in by Shayne Lavery.

In the 75th minute, Lavery had the big crowd on their feet again when his stunning curling shot fired the Blues 3-1 ahead before the sour note of conceding a late penalty which could prove costly.

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