First Indian to play in the Europa League

Updated: June 30, 2016

Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu made history on Thursday night by being the first ever Indian to compete in the UEFA Europa League.


Sandhu was named in Norwegian club Stabaek FC, who joined The Blue Ones in 2014, ahead of their first leg against Gap Connah’s Quay in Rhyl, Wales.


The Indian international has made history before. Last month, Sandhu had been the first Indian to start in the first team at a top-division league in Europe. Sandhu secured a memorable clean sheet in his first start after a 5-0 win over IK Start.


Thursday night’s Europa League meeting ended at stalemate as Stabaek failed their aim for an away goal to take home for the second leg next week.


Sandhu sadly did not last long in goal due to being substituted after just 27 minutes as he injured his hand.


The 24-year-old has been India’s number one goalkeeper since Englishman Stephen Constantine took charge last year and so far has 12 caps to show for it.


The man from Punjab had announced that former Netherlands and Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Sar was his hero when growing up.


Meanwhile, the Nomads will be delighted not to concede an away goal at home to Stabaek in their very first European match of the club’s history. Andy Morrison guided the Welsh club to a spot in the Europa League after defeating Airbus UK Broughton in the play-off final.


The second leg of the Europa League tie takes place in Nadderud Stadion on Thursday July 7.


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