UEFA Champions League Preliminary Semi-Finals – Tuesday 26th June 2018
La Fiorita 0-2 Lincoln Red Imps
Gibraltarian side Lincoln Red Imps went into the match favourites, and justified that as early as the second minute. Anthony Hernandez latched onto a rebound quickest, deftly rolled the ball round the goalkeeper and slotted it into the empty net under 90 seconds in.
Six minutes after the half time interval Lincoln doubled their advantage. Centre midfielder Alex Moreno latched onto a long throw, scorched down the line and lifted a fine strike into the roof of the net.
La Fiorita’s record of failing to advance past the first qualifying round of any tournament continues, and still they have just one goal in European competition
FC Santa Coloma 0-2 Drita (AET) Andorran underdogs Santa Coloma did well to hold favourites Drita – who played their first ever European game – for 90 minutes.
Their resilience was finally breached in extra time, however. A magnificent long range strike from Xhevdet Shabani curled into the top corner.
Centre half Fidan Gerbeshi made sure of the victory shortly before half time in extra time, sliding a penalty home.
Santa Coloma never recovered, and they too will continue their European journey in the Europa League.