Preview: Tre Penne v The New Saints

tre penne v tns (2nd leg)
Sion Richards

Sion Richards

Monday, 4 Jul 2016, 15:23

After TNS’ 2-1 victory over San Marino’s Tre Penne in the first leg of the Champions League first qualifying round, Craig Harrison’s side will now travel to San Marino for the second leg on Tuesday.

Tre Penne v The New Saints | 7:30
Goals from Scott Quigley and Jamie Mullan was enough to secure a first leg victory for The Saints against Tre Penne last Tuesday night at Park Hall and now Craig Harrison’s squad travels to San Marino to face Tre Penne at the San Marino Stadium, Serravalle for the second leg tomorrow night ( 5th of July).

Although The New Saints have the advantage, Tre Penne succeeded in scoring a vital away-goal through Stefano Franternali. His headed goal was Tre Penne’s second Champions League goal in the clubs history – having previously played 5 qualifying games in the competition.

The New Saints will need a result in San Marino on Tuesday night to progress to the second qualifying round, and if The Saints’ are successful, they will face FC Apoel of Cyprus.

SP Tre Penne
Formed in 1956, Società Polisportiva Tre Penne are a club based in the city of San Marino and play their domestic football in the Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio league.

Tre Penne won the Campionato Sammarinese di Calcio championship for the third time last season and have achieved European qualification for the fifth time in the clubs history.

The club are the only side from San Marino to achieve a victory in Europe after beating Shirak of Armenia (1-0) in the First Leg of the First Champions League qualifying round in 2013-14 – only for Tre Penne to lose 3-0 in the second leg.

Tre Penne’s squad have a wealth of international experience with Alex Gaperoni (35 caps) and Mirko Palazzi (26 caps) lining up for San Marino against England at Wembley in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

Giovanni Bonini (23 caps), Davide Cesarini (3 caps) and Nicola Chiaruzzi (2 caps) are also current squad members who have also represented San Marino on the international stage.

The New Saints in Europe
This will be The New Saints’ 18th successive European campaign and their 5th successive Champions League qualifying campaign.

Although TNS’ domestic dominance over the last decade their record in European competitions have been in stark contrast, playing 43, winning 6, drawing 6 and losing 31.

Despite these statistics, The New Saints are the only club in the history of the Welsh Premier League to have won a round in the Champions League more than once.

Last year saw The New Saints successfully win a qualifying round for only the third time in their history, beating B36 of the Faroe Islands 6-2 over two legs in the First Qualifying Round of the Champions League.

The New Saints have also beat the Bohemians of the Republic of Ireland (2-1) over two legs in the Second Qualifying Round of the Champions League in 2010-11 and beaten Cliftonville of Belfast, Northern Ireland in the First Qualifying Round of the 2011-12 Europa League.

The Third Qualifying Round of the Champions League is the furthest The New Saints have reached in the competition, losing to Belgian giants, Anderlecht 1-6 over two legs in 2010-11.

In their European campaign last year – after beating B36 of the Faroe Islands in the First Champions League Qualifying Round – The New Saints lost 2-1 on aggregate against Hungarian Champions, Videoton in the Second Qualifying Round.