Helsinki coach praises team after Bangor thrashing
HJK Helsinki's coach says his team was ''bursting with joy'' after routing Bangor City 10-0 in Champions League qualifying - the most lopsided win since the competition rebranded itself in 1992.
Coach Antti Muurinen says his squad showed the ''right attitude,'' never letting up the pressure on the Welsh team even as the goals piled up.
Bangor were down 3-0 from the first leg and conceded two first-half goals in the return leg Tuesday in Helsinki. But the Finns wanted more and scored eight goals after the break, including three within four minutes.
''It was quite an amazing game. It feels incredible. 13-0 is an awesome total score,'' said 17-year-old Kastriot Kastrati, who was among three HJK players to score twice.
HJK will face Dinamo Zagreb in the next qualifying round.
While no team has won by a wider margin since the Champions League was launched, Dinamo Bucharest routed Crusaders FC 11-0 in 1973 when the tournament had a different format and was called the European Champion Clubs' Cup. According to UEFA, the biggest win in all European club competitions was in 1963, when Sporting Lisbon routed Apoel FC 16-1.