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F91 Dudelange v FK Qarabag: Europa League game halted by drone

A flag hangs from a drone
Players tried to down the drone by kicking the ball at it

The Europa League game between F91 Dudelange and FK Qarabag was temporarily halted when a drone was flown over the ground.

A delay of more than 15 minutes followed the appearance of the drone, which was carrying a flag.

Players from Luxembourgish side Dudelange and Qarabag, of Azerbaijan, tried to bring the drone down by kicking the ball at it.

The incident happened in the first half of the match, which Qarabag won 4-1.

Bosnia-Herzegovina goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who is on loan from English Premier League side Bournemouth until January, was in goal for Qarabag.

Background - dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan

The flag appeared to be that of the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a landlocked separatist region within Azerbaijan.

Although the area is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, it is in practice an independently-run, ethnically-Armenian enclave which came into being after a conflict between the two countries starting in 1988.

Originally, FK Qarabag was a team from the city of Agdam in Nagorno-Karabakh, but it moved to Baku in 1993.

Both countries signed a ceasefire in 1994, although the war has never technically ended. Dozens were killed when clashes broke out in the region in 2016.

Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan refused to play in the Europa League final in Baku last May because he feared for his safety in Azerbaijan's capital.

Chelsea beat Arsenal 4-1 to take the trophy.

In 2014 a drone trailing an Albanian flag and a map showing Albanian nationalist claims on neighbouring states was flown over the pitch during a Euro 2016 qualifying match between Serbia and Albania.

The incident sparked a brawl and the match had to be abandoned.

Line-ups

F91 Dudelange

  • 1Joubert
  • 34Bouchouari
  • 5Schnell
  • 20GarosBooked at 62mins
  • 16LesquoyBooked at 82mins
  • 23KlappSubstituted forLavieat 56'minutes
  • 77Bougrine
  • 8PokarSubstituted forCoolsat 72'minutes
  • 22Bernier
  • 9Sinani
  • 98MendySubstituted forMorrenat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Cools
  • 13Natami
  • 24Kirch
  • 26Lavie
  • 27Bettaieb
  • 28Morren
  • 30Kips

FK Qarabag

  • 1Begovic
  • 5Medvedev
  • 55Huseynov
  • 14Sadiqov
  • 3Ferreira Silva
  • 2QarayevSubstituted forSlavchevat 60'minutes
  • 10Quintana SosaSubstituted forAbdullayevat 81'minutes
  • 8Marcos MaderaSubstituted forGueyeat 72'minutes
  • 20Almeida de Oliveira
  • 17Zoubir
  • 11Emreli

Substitutes

  • 4Mammadov
  • 6Slavchev
  • 7Abdullayev
  • 13da Silva
  • 23Rherras
  • 30Huseynov
  • 99Gueye
Referee:
John Beaton

Match Stats

Home TeamF91 DudelangeAway TeamFK Qarabag
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home11
Away19
Shots on Target
Home3
Away13
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away4

Live Text

Match ends, F91 Dudelange 1, FK Qarabag 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, F91 Dudelange 1, FK Qarabag 4.

Attempt missed. Richard Almeida de Oliveira (FK Qarabag) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Simeon Slavchev.

Goal!

Goal! F91 Dudelange 1, FK Qarabag 4. Antoine Bernier (F91 Dudelange) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Corenthyn Lavie (F91 Dudelange) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Antoine Bernier.

Corner, F91 Dudelange. Conceded by Magaye Gueye.

Corner, F91 Dudelange. Conceded by Maksim Medvedev.

Attempt missed. Ailton (FK Qarabag) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Araz Abdullayev with a cross following a corner.

Corner, FK Qarabag. Conceded by Mohamed Bouchouari.

Attempt saved. Abdellah Zoubir (FK Qarabag) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rashad Sadiqov.

Booking

Thibaut Lesquoy (F91 Dudelange) is shown the yellow card.

Mahir Emreli (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Thibaut Lesquoy (F91 Dudelange).

Attempt missed. Danel Sinani (F91 Dudelange) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sabir Bougrine.

Substitution

Substitution, FK Qarabag. Araz Abdullayev replaces Dani Quintana.

Foul by Simeon Slavchev (FK Qarabag).

Sabir Bougrine (F91 Dudelange) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Sabir Bougrine (F91 Dudelange) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, F91 Dudelange. Conceded by Badavi Huseynov.

Substitution

Substitution, F91 Dudelange. Kobe Cools replaces Mario Pokar.

Substitution

Substitution, FK Qarabag. Magaye Gueye replaces Míchel.

Mahir Emreli (FK Qarabag) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Dani Quintana with a through ball.

Goal!

Goal! F91 Dudelange 0, FK Qarabag 4. Dani Quintana (FK Qarabag) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Abdellah Zoubir.

Substitution

Substitution, F91 Dudelange. Charles Morren replaces Laurent Mendy.

Attempt saved. Abdellah Zoubir (FK Qarabag) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Maksim Medvedev with a cross.

Attempt saved. Míchel (FK Qarabag) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Abdellah Zoubir (FK Qarabag) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Simeon Slavchev (FK Qarabag) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Dani Quintana (FK Qarabag) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Mickael Garos (F91 Dudelange) for a bad foul.

Dani Quintana (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mickael Garos (F91 Dudelange).

Substitution

Substitution, FK Qarabag. Simeon Slavchev replaces Qara Qarayev.

Corner, FK Qarabag. Conceded by Mohamed Bouchouari.

Rashad Sadiqov (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Corenthyn Lavie (F91 Dudelange).

Substitution

Substitution, F91 Dudelange. Corenthyn Lavie replaces Ryan Klapp.

Richard Almeida de Oliveira (FK Qarabag) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Klapp (F91 Dudelange).

Attempt saved. Laurent Mendy (F91 Dudelange) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Danel Sinani.

goal

As It Stood

A

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C

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D

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E

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F

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G

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H

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I

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J

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4Istanbul Basaksehir201115-41

K

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3Wolves21011103
4Besiktas200225-30

L

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4FC Astana200213-20
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