Willem II qualified for the third heat of the Europa League on Wednesday-evening with ease. The Tilburg team recorded a record victory over Progrès Niederkorn in Luxembourg: 0-5.
Pavlidis scores twice in the first half
Vangelis Pavlidis scored twice for Willem II in Differdange. The other hits came in the name of Görkem Saglam, Ché Nunnely and Mike Trésor.
For the people of Brabant, the victory over Progrès Niederkorn is the biggest European victory ever. They never managed to score five times in one European game.
In the third preliminary round, Willem II will play at home against Scottish Rangers of Lincoln Red Imps from Gibraltar on Thursday next week.
If coach Adrie Koster’s team wins that game, another game awaits in the play-offs to reach the group stage of the Europa League.
The players of Willem II celebrate the win with some fans who traveled along and watched the game from a hill. (Photo: Pro Shots)
In the small Stade Municipal de la Ville de Differdange, Willem II took the initiative from the first whistle and that soon created opportunities. Pavlidis found the net in the sixth minute, but that goal was rejected due to offside.
After twenty minutes it was a hit for the Greek striker. He headed close after Mats Köhlert had extended the ball with his head. After half an hour, Saklam doubled the margin with an inticker after he got the ball in front of his feet with some luck.
A few minutes later, Pavlidis made his second of the evening. This time he scored after a pass through the middle of Trésor, with which he is joint European top scorer of all time for Willem II. In the past, Mark Schenning, Arno Arts, Mariano Bombarda, Ousmane Sanou and Adil Ramzi also scored twice.
After the break Willem II continued on the same foot and Nunnely made the 0-4 within a minute. The attacker completed a cross from Saglam. Niederkorn came out sporadically and a little later got the first chance, but it went high.
On the other hand, Trésor determined the final score halfway through the second half. He was served by Saglam and coolly pushed the ball past Niederkorn goalkeeper Sebastian Flauss. Willem II then had a chance to score a sixth goal, but Nunnely and Pavlidis failed in the completion.