Lincoln out to make history tonight

Lincoln Red Imps look to make even more history tonight as they host Danish champions FC Midtjylland, looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg in Denmark, and become the first ever Gibraltarian team to make the Third Qualifying Round of the UEFA Champions League.

Should they go through tonight, Lincoln would guarantee at least four more games, as the losers in the Third Round are given a reprieve in the form of the Europa League Playoff round, where they would be two games away from the Group Stages.

Raul Procopio has the luxury of choosing from his preferred first eleven tonight, with Roy Chipolina set to return in defence, but he will be wary of opening up too much in the chase for that elusive goal, as one Midtjylland goal would effectively kill off the tie.

Can Lincoln go even further in their European adventure? The best way to find out tonight is to go down to the Victoria and support your local champions. If not, then the game tonight is being streamed by Jyske Bank, who sponsor Midtjylland

 and have had a long term presence on the Rock. The game can be streamed by clicking on the following link.

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Midtjylland vs Lincoln – Preview

Tonight sees Lincoln square up against Danish champions FC Midtjylland knowing that any result away in Denmark would be seen as a major upset for the Red Imps.

Fresh off the 2-1 away victory in Andorra that allowed Lincoln to progress to tonight, Raul Procopio’s side have had little time to prepare for their more illustrious opponents, and will be without defensive leader Roy Chipolina as they look to give themselves even a fighting chance coming into the home leg next Tuesday night.

The Danes have a new manager in the helm for tonight’s game, with former Denmark Under 21 coach Jess Thorup appointed in the past few days to take charge at the team who were only formed in 1999. Despite this, they have European pedigree, most notably when they took Manchester City to penalties in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup qualifying rounds.

For the ‘Wolves’, this is their first ever taste of Champions League football, but despite their team not containing many players with experience in Europe’s top continental competition, they are still massive favourites to overpower a Lincoln side who have perhaps exceeded expectations by getting to the Second Qualifying Round.

There is perhaps little value then in the main betting markets, with Midtjylland being massively odds on to win at home as expected, and even a draw let alone a Lincoln win being priced highly. There are other avenues to look at though if you wish to try and make money off tonight’s game.

Football Gibraltar tips:

Under 3.5 goals – 2.68

Midtjylland -3 – 1.73

Lincoln make history: social media reaction

Last night will go down in the history books of Gibraltarian football, as Lincoln won 2-1 away in Andorra against Santa Coloma to progress to the Champions League 2nd qualifying round, and in turn become the first team from Gibraltar to win a qualifying stage of either the Champions or Europa League, in only the second season of teams entering the tournaments.

As expected, social media exploded with both of Lincoln’s goals, after they came back from 1-0 down, and the final whistle saw an outpouring of congratulations for the Red Imps on their fantastic achievement.  Below are the best of the tweets (All content belongs to those who originally posted it)

Congratulations came in from a number of teams across the league:

As you would expect, Lincoln were also very excited after the game:

As were their players:

Finally, there was congratulations from Lincoln’s next opponents:

Lincoln’s European adventure continues next week with the first leg of their tie against Danish champions FC Midtjylland taking place away in Herning on Tuesday, with the return leg being held at the Victoria Stadium on 21st July.  Regardless of the result, Lincoln have made history, and are pushing Gibraltarian football to levels no one would have imagined possible before 2013.