Jeunesse Esch 0-1 Vitoria Guimaraes
It was far from convincing, but Guimaraes managed to grab a narrow 0-1 victory over Jeunesse Esch in their Europa League second qualifying round clash in Luxembourg.
Guimaraes went into the match as overwhelming favourites, and had plenty of opportunities to put the game to bed, but failed to convert their possession into goals.
Their goal came as late as they come though; in the 93rd minute, a cushioned chest down by Davidson was met on the volley by Joseph Amoah, who lashed the ball through the ‘keepers legs and into the back of the net.
It was a goal of relief, Guimaraes getting that crucial away goal that puts them in the driving seat going into the second leg in Portugal.
It was Ivo Vieira’s first competitive match in charge of Guimaraes, and he will be pleased to have avoided an embarrassing opening result, albeit narrowly.
The second leg takes place next Thursday, and should Guimaraes win over the two legs, they will then face one of Ventspils or Gzira United in the third qualifying round. It is likely to be the former, who earned a 4-0 home victory in the first leg over their Maltese opponents.