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Euro dramas? Linfeld's latest odyssey is nothing on controversial summer of 1993 when they should have faced star-studded AC Milan

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Shell-shocked: Linfield captain Lee Doherty can’t hide his anger after the controversial 1993 defeat in Copenhagen, when the referee somehow found five extra minutes of ‘injury time

Shell-shocked: Linfield captain Lee Doherty can’t hide his anger after the controversial 1993 defeat in Copenhagen, when the referee somehow found five extra minutes of ‘injury time

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Shell-shocked: Linfield captain Lee Doherty can’t hide his anger after the controversial 1993 defeat in Copenhagen, when the referee somehow found five extra minutes of ‘injury time

Blues in Euro drama. We've seen that headline before. And it was wheeled out again last week after Linfield made it through to the next round of the Champions League without the wearisome imposition of having to play an actual game of football.

With two of their Kosovan opponents' team testing positive for coronavirus, there was no option for Uefa mandarins - just down the road at their Nyon HQ - other than award Linfield a walkover.

So the Irish League champions, having enjoyed a short break in the crisp, clean Swiss air while at the same time trousering a hefty six-figure fee, are back in (proper) European action tonight against Legia Warsaw in the Polish capital, and hoping to progress in this season's tournament even before the previous one has concluded. Cheers, Covid-19.