Gzira United host F91 Dudelange of Luxembourg in the first leg of the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa Conference League at the Centenary Stadium on Thursday, kick-off at 19:00.
The Maroons made it to the second qualifying round after eliminating Glentoran of Northern Ireland thanks to a 2-2 draw at home and a 1-1 draw in Belfast followed by a 14-13 victory on penalties. On the other hand, following a 2-1 win at home, Dudelange went on to defeat St. Patrick’s Athletic 3-2 in Dublin to qualify with a 5-3 aggregate score.
Gzira will be aiming for a positive result which leaves open the chances of making it to the next stage although the Maroons are well aware of the strength of their opponents, having reached twice the group stages of the UEFA Europa League.
F91 Dudelange, also known as F91 Diddeleng, are based in Dudelange, Luxembourg. The club was formed in 1991 as a merger between three teams in the town: Alliance Dudelange, Stade Dudelange and US Dudelange. They won the championship sixteen times and the cup eight times. They qualified for the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League, becoming the first club from the country to reach the group stage of a European competition.
Dudelange also made the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League group stage where they became the first team from Luxembourg to win a game in the group stage after a shock 4–3 victory over APOEL of Cyprus. Ironically that season, they were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round by Valletta on the away goals rule.
The second leg between Dudelange and Gzira will be played at the Stade Jos Nosbaum In Dudelange on Wednesday.
A clash with FC Viktoria Plzeň of Czechia or FC Drita of Kosovo awaits the winner in the third qualifying round.