Ferencvaros vs Valletta : But in the second half, the Luxembourg side came to the fore and once they managed to level the match through Mario Pokar they completely took control of proceedings.
In fact it was all Dudelange for the final 30 minutes of the match but the Luxembourg side were denied of a crucial second goal, that would have put them through, by some fine goalkeeping from Henry Bonello and some poor finishing from their forwards as Valletta battled into the next round.
The result was a major achievement for the Citizens who managed to overcome the challenge of a team that may hail from a small country like Luxembourg but last season they had managed to reach the group stages of the Europa League.
Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb or Saburtalo, of Georgia could be up against Valletta in the third qualifying round of the Champions League should the Malta champions manage to knock out Ferencvaros, of Hungary in the second qualifying round.
The Citizens left Malta on Monday towards Budapest where they face the 30-times Hungarian champions in opening leg on Wednesday night.
Valletta are in high spirits after managing to overcome Luxembourg’s F91 Dudelange in the first qualifying round on the away goals rule after that tie had ended in a 3-3 draw.
Ferencvaros will surely be tough opponents for Valletta, but the Citizens have shown great resilience against Dudelange, who had reach the Europa League group stages last season.
Should Dinamo Zagreb and Valletta both go through it would set up an intriguing tie between Maltese and Croatian teams this summer.
The home side did get back into it but Nguen’s second of the tie sent them through 5-3 on aggregate.
That was a major surprise.
However, Valletta, from Malta, also upset the odds to get to this round.
They took on Dudelange who had reached the Europa League group phase last season.
Darren Abdilla’s men were 2-0 down in the first leg in Luxembourg but late goals from Packer and Jean Borg saw them earn a 2-2 draw.