Luxembourg was the place where Dundalk skipper Andy Boyle succeeded in doing what many famous defenders have failed to do over the years: stopping Ibrahimovic.
Boyle and his team-mates secured a clean sheet in the 2-0 win over Jeunesse Esch last Tuesday night, snuffing out the Luxembourg outfit’s danger man, the wonderfully named Sanel Ibrahimovic - no relation to Zlatan.
“It’s one to tell the grandkids about,” laughed Boyle. “I just won’t mention his first name.”
“Going into the game we were looking to keep a clean sheet and maybe nick an away goal. To get both of them was great but it’s only half-time in the tie. There is a job that needs to be done on Thursday.”
Boyle also had praise for the Dundalk fans who made the trip to Europe at short notice.
“I couldn’t believe the amount that went over. They were really noisy and they waited for us to come out afterwards. Thankfully we gave them a decent result.”