In the return match of the qualifying play-off round in Belfast against Northern Ireland champions Linfield, RFS secured a 1:1 draw with regular and extra time failing to separate the sides. After being seemingly on course for defeat when Linfeld took the lead in the 104th minute, RFS were then thrown a lifeline by a Linfield own goal in the last minute of extra time.
Mēs spēlēsim UEFA Eiropas Konferences līgas grupu turnīrā!!!!! 💙💙💙 pic.twitter.com/19MLAeWVPG— Futbola klubs RFS (@RFSDaily) August 25, 2022
The first leg in Rīga had ended with a 2:2 result, so that on aggregate the score after two matches was 3:3.
That meant a penalty shoot-out needed to be used to decide who would progress to the group stages and after several nail-biting shots RFS emerged victorious 4:2. Congratulations to RFS!
JĀ, MĒS ESAM ĻOTI LAIMĪGI!!! 💙💙💙— Futbola klubs RFS (@RFSDaily) August 25, 2022
📷 Nora Krevņeva-Baibakova pic.twitter.com/GRAX0KrUkP
The UEFA Conference League is the third-tier club competition in Europe, after the Champions League and the Europa League. Nevertheless it raises the prospect of RFS now facing a big-name European club. The draw for the group stages takes place August 26.