Egbo, Tirana overcome the odds in historic Champions League triumph

Former Nigeria international goalkeeper Ndubuisi Egbo on Wednesday became the first African coach to record a victory in the history of the UEFA Champions League/European Cup.

Egbo’s KF Tirana overcame Dinamo Tbilisi, scoring two unanswered goals to advance to the Second Qualifying Round at the expense of the Georgian champions.

Dinamo, drawn to host the one-off elimination tie, came into the encounter as favourites to get the better of their less-fancied visitors. They however fell behind in first half stoppage time to midfielder Agustin Torassa’s strike, before Marsel Ismajlgeci sealed their fate four minutes from time in the second period.

Despite the loss of talismanic striker Michael Ngoo, the Albanian side were good value for the win, and are now two victories from a place in the Group Stage of the 2020/21 Champions League. Up next, they will go up against Serbian giants and former European champions Crvena Zvezda in Tirana.

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