28 July 2017

Europa League qualifiers: Sam Mensah cameos for Ostersunds in slim win over Fola Esch

Ghana defender Samuel Mensah

Defender Samuel Mensah came off the bench for Ostersunds in their 1-0 victory over CS Fola Esch in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg at the Jemkraft Arena on Thursday evening.

Mensah, who played a key role in Ostersunds progression to this stage of the competition when they defeated Turkish giants Galatasaray 3-1 on aggregate, was benched by coach Graham Potter.

Ostersunds dominated proceedings but failed to find the back of the net in the opening 45 minutes.

The Swedish side, however, deservedly took the lead on the 50th minute mark through Cameroonian midfielder Fouad Bachirou.

Mensah was introduced in the game on the 62nd minute for Ugandan-born Swedish defender Ronald Mukiibi to shore up the defence in the last 30 minutes.

The two sides will square off next week in the second leg of the qualifier at Stade Émile Mayrisch, Luxembourg.


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