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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Caulfield: Underdog tag suits Cork in Europe

Cork City boss John Caulfield
Cork City boss John Caulfield

Understatement is not usually on the agenda for Cork teams heading into big sporting occasions.

But Cork City boss John Caulfield maintains that his side are underdogs in tonight's Europa League battle with Swedish outfit Hacken.

City supporters will look to the side's good home record for comfort and there's also a touch of history on their side: back in 2005, Cork became the first Irish club to defeat Swedish opposition in European competition when they knocked out Djurgardens.

They also have an away goal in the bank from last week's 1-1 draw, giving manager Caulfield reasons for optimism.

"We played really well in Sweden and while there were patches in the match where they increased intensity and caused us a few problems, we caused them a few problems as well. They might be favourites, but the great thing about sport is that the underdog has a chance and we have an opportunity to get into the next round," says Caulfield.

"We need more of the same again this week and total concentration on the night. The game is still in the balance but we have an opportunity and a chance, there's no doubt about that."

Cork have the advantage in terms of European experience (this is only the fourth Euro campaign in Hacken's history).

The winners of this tie are likely to face Belgian side Genk in the next round.

Cork City v BK Hacken (Turner's Cross, ko 7.45pm)

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