Willem II with record win in Luxembourg in the third qualifying round Europa League | NOW
Willem II easily qualified for the third round of the Europa League on Wednesday evening. The Tilburg team scored a record win against Progrès Niederkorn in Luxembourg: 0: 5.
Vangelis Pavlidis scored twice for Willem II in Differdange. The other hits came on behalf of Görkem Saglam, Ché Nunnely and Mike Trésor.
For the Brabantians, the victory over Progrès Niederkorn is the greatest European victory of all time. You never managed to score five times in a European game.
In the third qualifying round, Willem II will play against the Scottish Rangers of Lincoln Red Imps from Gibraltar on Thursday at home.
If coach Adrie Koster’s team wins this game, there will be another game in the play-offs for the group stage of the Europa League.
The Willem II players celebrate the win with some fans watching the game from a hill. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Pavlidis scores twice in the first half
In the small Stade Municipal de la Ville de Differdange, Willem II took the initiative from the first whistle, which soon opened up opportunities. Pavlidis found the net in the sixth minute but that goal was rejected for offside.
It was a goal for the Greek striker after twenty minutes. He just headed after Mats Köhlert stuck out the ball with his head. After half an hour, Saklam doubled the lead with an inticker, having with a little luck got the ball at his feet.
A few minutes later Pavlidis was making his second evening. This time he scored after a pass through the middle of Trésor, with which he is Willem II’s all-time European top scorer. Mark Schenning, Arno Arts, Mariano Bombarda, Ousmane Sanou and Adil Ramzi have also scored two goals in the past.
After the break, Willem II continued on the same footing and Nunnely made the 0-4 within a minute. The attacker finished a flank from Saglam. Niederkorn came out sporadically and got the first chance a little later, but it went up.
Trésor, on the other hand, determined the end result in the middle of the second half. He was served by Saglam and coolly pushed the ball past Niederkorn’s goalkeeper Sebastian Flauss. Willem II then had a chance to score a sixth goal, but Nunnely and Pavlidis failed to complete.