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The Red Lions have not pulled out their claws

The Luxembourg selection failed to clinch victory on Tuesday night at Josy-Barthel. Luc Holtz’s eleven is content with a mediocre 0-0 against Azerbaijan in the League of Nations.

The Luxembourg selection failed to clinch victory on Tuesday night at Josy-Barthel. The eleven of Luc Holtz is satisfied with a mediocre 0-0 against Azerbaijan in the League of Nations.

(pj with Yves Bodry) – The last 2020 episode of the Luxembourg football selection in the League of Nations has sadly ended. At home, the Red Lions were unable to find the flaws in the defense of their opponent of the day, Azerbaijan. Worse, the victory miles from Josy-Barthel, Montenegro against Cyprus (4-0) deprives Luxembourg of the head of its group, and therefore of a possible rise to a higher group.

It is true that the match, played with a very small handful of supporters as witnesses, was looking bad. The coach of the FLF, Luc Holtz, had to deal with a private workforce of several regular players. In addition to the suspended (Selimovic, Carlson and Olivier Thill), the national team had learned in the afternoon that Rodrigues and Moris, tested positive, found themselves in quarantine rather than on the ground … Hard blow.

Laurent Jans could only see the ineffectiveness of the Luxembourg attack in front of goals.

Photo: Yann Hellers

However, the Luxembourg players will have been offensive, facing a defensive selection evolving in 4-3-3. After 11 minutes, Vincent Thill raised hope shortly before another missed opportunity signed by Jans. But apart from these two facts of the game, the game was hardly marked by killer attacks.

Even striker Sinani didn’t shine. It was not until the very end of the first half for him to be talked about. By a shot on target first, then by a missed penalty.

The support of the few supporters was not enough.

The support of the few supporters was not enough.

Photo: Yann Hellers

In the second half, Azerbaijan would even take the game mainly on their own. The Luxembourg defense managing to cope. But nothing to bite into as potentially decisive action during the last 45 minutes.

Luxembourg therefore ends its Nations League campaign with ten points, second in Group 1 of League C. What left some bitterness in the group which probably had the possibility of taking the lead of this group from its penultimate match. in Nicosia.

Now the Red Lions will put away the cleats for four months. The next international match for the national team is unlikely to take place until the end of the first quarter of 2021. From 22 to 31 March, the first matches of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers will take place. The draw for opponents will take place on December 7. A priori this meeting could sign the arrival of the Luxembourg selection in the brand new stadium.


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