Andorran giants Sant Julia overcame San Marino's finest in a gripping sudden-death penalty shootout after the tie ended 2-2 on aggregate.
The epic encounter captivated fans across the globe. Bars in Los Angeles opened in the early hours of the morning to screen the drama for the football-hungry public, while internet service providers reported bandwidth problems as they struggled to cope with the surge of visitors to streaming sites.
Speaking minutes after his side booked a second preliminary qualification date with Levski Sofia, Sant Julia tactician and respected collector of Spanish names Patricio Gonzalez Fernandez stated his belief that the Champions League was there for the taking.
"Now we fear nobody," he roared. "The likes of Chelsea and Barcelona will have seen what happened here tonight and we'll let them worry about us.
"I really thought we would go all the way in the UEFA Cup last year, but after this dramatic victory I feel 2010 will be our year. It's all downhill from here."
The Aixovall outfit fell to Bulgarian opposition last season when they were edged out by Cherno More Varna 9-0 on aggregate.