Linfield must overcome first leg deficit if Champions League adventure is to go on
Linfield face an uphill battle to remain in the Champions League after a 3-1 defeat to Zalgiris Vilnius in the first leg of their first qualifying round tie on Tuesday evening.
Hugo Videmont’s free-kick and a penalty from Tomislav Kis had the Lithuanian hosts 2-0 up at half-time.
Christy Manzinga, who saw a shot strike the crossbar after only 11 minutes, gave Linfield a glimmer of hope with a close-range finish early in the second half but an own goal by Chris Johns in the 67th minute restored Zalgiris’ two-goal cushion.
The return leg is at Windsor Park on July 13.