Linfield stun Qarabag in first leg of Europa League tie

Linfield won the first leg. Credit: Pacemaker

Linfield are one game away from a place in the Europa League group stages after an historic win at Windsor Park.

The Blues beat Qarabag 3-2 on Thursday evening in stunning fashion to ensure they carry an advantage into next week’s return leg in Azerbaijan.

David Healey’s side had to come from behind after Faycal Rherras scored first for the visitors.

A goal from Mark Stafford brought Linfield level, before two strikes from Shayne Lavery either side of half time gave them the lead.

Magaye Gueye scored a penalty for Quarbag in injury time to reduce the gap, but it’s all to play for heading into next Thursday’s match in Baku.