Linfield started this Champions League qualifier as 7-1 underdogs against Rosenborg, having rode their luck a bit to gain a 0-0 draw in their home leg and even their own players acknowledged that they would need a lot of luck to make it through to the 3rd Qualifying round for the first time.
However with 30 minutes on the clock the fairy tale looked on for Linfield, when striker Brian McCaul found himself clean through on goal with only the keeper to beat. Unfortunately the “Luck of the Irish” was not with him and he lost his balance at the key moment shooting wide.
Ironically within 60 seconds Radi Prica headed Rosenborg in front and the Norwegian titleholders never really looked troubled there after. Linfield did try to rally in the second half but never really threatened the Rosenborg goal and Markus sealed the Norwegians win in the 87th minute. Rosenborg will now play Sweden’s AIK who themselves just sneaked past Luxembourg side Jeunesse Esch.