If you hadn’t noticed, and you probably hadn’t, the Champions League quietly snuck into view while the World Cup captured the world’s attention. These preliminary rounds are all about minnows making moderate gains before being smashed by the bigger players on the European scene. But this stage invariably produces some fun stories, and they don’t get much more fun than this one.
Andorran side FC Santa Coloma trailed Armenian club Banants 3-2 on aggregate in the second leg on the road as the game pushed deep into stoppage time. With its last attack of the game, Santa Coloma boomed a free kick into the box, and keeper Eloy Casals, who’d pushed up for the final attack, happened to find the ball at his feet. He powered home the rebound to give Santa Coloma the dramatic 94th-minute winner.
Next up for Santa Coloma in the third round of qualifying is Israeli side Maccabi Tel Aviv, the winningest club in Israel. Don’t think I’m beyond my bounds by saying Go Fightin’ FC Santa Coloma’s.