FC Qarabagh’s chance to lead the UEFA Europe League (EL) play-off round faded, as they the club lost to Italian Fiorentina at Tofig Bahramov stadium in Baku, on December 8.
The match ended in a 2-1 victory for Fiorentina placing them to the UEFA EL round of 32 as a Group J winner, while knocking out FC Qarabagh from the second major European club-level competition.
"It was an important game for us. We did our best to win despite the lost. I’m thanking to my players.”
- Gurban Gurbanov, FC Qarabagh’s head coach, post-match press-conference, Dec 8.
FC Qarabag is the first football club in Azerbaijan’s history to win a place in UEFA EL group stage for a third consecutive time. The club is hailed as the country’s football flagman in Europe.