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Sinani lights up a radiant first half

In their third Nations League game of the campaign, Luxembourg dominated Cyprus two goals to zero on Saturday at the Josy Barthel stadium. The neo-Beverenois signed a double. Next deadline: Tuesday (8:45 p.m.) in Montenegro.

In their third Nations League game of the campaign, Luxembourg dominated Cyprus two goals to zero on Saturday at the Josy Barthel stadium. The neo-Beverenois signed a double. Next deadline: Tuesday (8:45 p.m.) in Montenegro.

(JFC) – With six points out of nine, the Luxembourg selection has succeeded in the first half of its career in the League of Nations. Luc Holtz’s men’s 2-0 success on Saturday against a weak Cypriot team is indisputable. But if the first period was high, with the double of Danel Sinani, the second act was much less exciting.

Well in the game from the initial whistle of the Scottish referee Don Robertson, the Red Lions are aggressive in the duels and deploy their offensive intentions. From the 2nd minute, Rodrigues brought danger in front of Kyriakides’ goal, imitated by Pinto five minutes later. This is how the opening goal signed by Danel Sinani falls naturally following a perfect assist from Vincent Thill (1-0, 12th). A lead in the score in no way usurped.

Starred with small faults, the game is clearly to the advantage of the home team. And it is quite naturally that this devil of Sinani strikes a second time before half an hour, very present on the rebound following a kick-off from Vincent Thill released by Kyriakides (2-0, 26th). Now the author of five national goals, the Waasland-Beveren winger becomes the first Luxembourger to achieve a double in the first half since the late Gilbert Dussier in 1974 against Hungary.

Even better: Sinani believes he has signed the perfect hat-trick a few seconds from rest, but this time his goal is canceled for an offside position by Dirk Carlson, on the path of the victorious sending and guilty of obscuring the view of Kyriakides. Despite one or the other culpable losses of ball, in particular in the head of Barreiro, the Luxembourgers have total control of the game, the formation of the Belgian mahout Johan Walem practically does not exist at the road to Arlon.

Nothing will be the same after the change of sides. In reality, not much is happening on the sun-drenched lawn of the Josy Barthel stadium. Luxembourg doesn’t want it anymore, Cyprus still can’t. Result: a dreary, even gloomy part which is drawn in length without the 1,333 masked spectators having the slightest opportunity to get excited. Only notorious incident: the exit on injury (sprained ankle) of Vahid Selimovic in the 69th minute following contact with Christofi.

After the meeting, the Roud Léiwen paid tribute to their teammate Dave Turpel, injured the previous weekend in a road accident

Photo: Yann Hellers

Over the minutes, however, and depending on the various changes made by the two coaches, the visitors gain confidence and increase – very slightly – in power. The most serious alert for Moris comes in the … 89th minute when Christofi’s ball dies on the right post of his goal. On the counter-attack, Stefano Bensi missed the 3-0.

This success allows Luxembourg to keep its second place in Group 1 in League C, three lengths from Montenegro, which continued its clear home against Azerbaijan (2-0). A Montenegro that Luc Holtz’s men will also face on Tuesday (8:45 p.m.) in Podgorica. With in mind the injustice of the first leg lost 0-1 in September …

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Luke Holtz: “We had an almost perfect performance in the first half. But I am never completely satisfied. In the second half some players had physical problems and we were a bit lucky that Cyprus didn’t score. We saw in particular that Vincent (Thill) and Danel (Sinani) had heavy legs. ”


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