Gurpreet Singh Sandhu made his Europa League debut during Norwegian side Stabæk's Europa League first qualifying round first leg fixture against Welsh side Connah's Quay. With his appearance in the starting lineup, Sandhu became the first Indian to appear in a continental fixture outside Asia.
Sandhu's Europa League debut was cut short due to an injury though, and the Indian custodian was replaced by Sayouba Mande, Stabæk's first choice goalkeeper in their domestic league matches, in the 30th minute. But during his short stint on the pitch, he did pull off a fine save to deny Michael Wilde the opportunity to put his team ahead.
The match ended in a goalless draw, and the second leg of the fixture will be held on July 7. The extent of Sandhu's injury is not known yet, and he will hope to regain his fitness in time for the next leg.
A month back, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu created history by becoming the first Indian footballer to start a European top division match after he made a debut for Stabæk FC in the Tippeligaen. Gurpreet kept a clean sheet and emerged victorious after Stabæk defeated IK Start 5-0. Back in April, he also become the first-ever Indian to captain a European side, after leading the reserve team of Norwegian club Stabæk against FC Senja.
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