Bolton, Nottingham Forest and Wigan target scores excellent hat-trick in shock European defeat

FC Utrecht Europa League

Bolton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic have all been linked with Jacob Mulenga. He bagged a hat-trick for FC Utrecht last night despite going out to opposition from Luxembourg.

Last night in the UEFA Europa League saw several massive shocks. Firstly there was the Swedish minnows Gefle IF. They went into the second leg against recent Champions’ League Group Stage outfit Anorthosis Famagusta trailing 3-0 on aggregate.

However they pulled off an exceptional coup by winning the game 4-0 to go through 4-3 on aggregate.

Another Swedish outfit also pulled off a shock result; with BK Hacken knocking Sparta Prague out on away goals.

While for some the biggest shock of the night would be Icelandic outfit Breidablik picking up their first ever away victory to knock out Austrian outfit Sturm Graz 1-0 on aggregate.

But for me there has to be no bigger shock then that of Luxembourg outfit Differdange 03 knocking out their Eredivisie rivals FC Utrecht 5-4 on aggregate after a stunning 3-3 draw in Holland.

Despite going 3-1 down last night the Letzebuergesch outfit fought back with goals from Geoffrey Franzoni and Yannick Bastos sending them through the third qualifying round; where they will face Norwegian outfit Tromso.

Considering this is a team that finished fourth in the Luxembourg National Division the result is even more staggering.

But while Utrecht lost the tie there was positive news for the likes of Bolton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic.

All three of the teams have recently been linked with a move for Zambian striker Jacob Mulenga; currently playing for FC Utrecht.

Last night he demonstrated his skill in front of goal; scoring all three of Utrecht’s strikes with a sublime hat-trick.

And with Utrecht now tumbling out of European competition there seems to be very little stopping him making the move to the Championship this summer; where he could be a potentially frightening opponent.

Recent reports suggest Wigan have pulled out of the race; leaving Forest and Bolton to do battle for his coveted signature.

And his hat-trick last night demonstrates why; even if it did come in the midst of one of European club footballs biggest ever shocks.

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