Luxembourg wins 2:0 against Liechtenstein
The third round of the European Championship (Euro 2024) qualifying tournament took place on Saturday 17 June. The Red Lions of Luxembourg won convincingly, defeating their rivals from Liechtenstein 2:0. The match was played at the Stade de Luxembourg in Luxembourg City.
The result keeps Luxembourg's The Red Lions third in Group J of the European Championship. The team now have four points. Liechtenstein, meanwhile, remain in sixth place with zero points.
The match was tightly contested and although the Grand Duchy had several chances to break the deadlock, it was not until an hour into the game that the first goal was scored. Danel Sinani scored the first goal.
The Luxembourg team took control of the match in the 10th minute of the first half. In the sixth minute of the match, Yvandro Borges scored the first goal. However, the goal was disallowed for offside.
The decisive goal of the match was scored by striker Gerson Rodrigues. Rodriguez has been training with the Luxembourg national team for several months. He left Saudi Arabian club Al Wehda. In the 89th minute of the match against Liechtenstein, he scored the decisive goal.
Luxembourg coach Luc Holtz said the team gave everything they had. Although the first ten minutes were a bit lacking in precision and accuracy, the team pulled together and showed real skill. Holtz added that this was the type of game he expected.
We had a lot of chances to score. Unfortunately, we didn't get the goal [Yvandro Borges' strike] at half-time. We also had a shot against the post. I told the players at half-time that we had to be more persistent. We did a lot of interesting things. The win could and should have been more significant.
Luxembourg coach Luc Holtz
Luxembourg's previous outings on the pitch have been less successful. The Lions were held to a 0:0 draw by Slovakia and also suffered a 6:0 defeat to Portugal.
The competition for Europe's best team will be staged for the 17th time at the UEFA European Football Championship in 2024. The group stage of the tournament will feature 24 national teams. The tournament itself will take place in Germany.