India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu started for his Norwegian club, Stabaek, in their Europa League qualifying first round against Connah's Quay Nomads late on Thursday, becoming the first from the country to do so. His historic feat, however, was cut short after 30 minutes, taken off the field after injuring his wrist.
In the half an hour of game he featured against the Welsh side, Gurpreet, however, showed he belonged at the top tier, making a fine save to deny the home forward Michael Wilde a goal. Wilde had previously beaten Gurpreet in the early minutes of the game, but was ruled offside.
Stabaek faced some nervous moments in the second half with Gurpreet's replacement, Sayouba Mande, otherwise the first choice goalkeeper, also down injured. He, however, went on to play the full ninety minutes in the goalless draw.
Stabaek will host Nomads in the return leg of the fixture on July 7, giving Gurpreet enough time to recover.