Memorable night for RFS in Belfast

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Reigning Latvian soccer champions RFS (Rīgas Futbola Skola) scored an historic result August 25 and in the process qualified for the UEFA Conference League group stages for the first time ever.

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.

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!

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.

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