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Europa League Second Qualifying Round Recap

66 clubs from across Europe continued their quest to reach the group stages of the Europa League last night in what was an action packed evening of football. In terms of British representation there was just the one club due to everyone being knocked out in the previous stage of the competition.

That meant that the weight of the nation was on Aberdeen’s shoulders and they managed to restore some pride to Scottish Football with a 1-1 draw with Bosnian outfit Siroki Birjeg of Bosnia at Pittodrie, Derek McInnes side did have their noses in front but were pegged back as the visitors bagged an all important away goal.

That arguably puts them in the box seat for next Thursday’s return leg as Aberdeen are going to have to score at least once to progress onto the next round. Here is the pick of last nights action

In terms of League Of Ireland representation it was not a good night as both Shamrock Rovers and Cork suffered home defeats. Rovers were edged out in a five goal thriller by Mlada Bolesav of the Czech Republic while Cork lost out to AEK Larnaca of Cyprus by a single goal.

Progres Niedercorn of Luxembourg who got the better of Rangers in the previous round were also thwarted by Cypriot opposition as they lost to AEL Limassol while arguably the biggest team in this stage of the competition Galatasaray suffered a shock 2-0 defeat away at Ostersund of Sweden

Here is a full rundown of all the first leg results

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Beitar Jerusalem Israel Match 1[B] Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv 1–1 20 Jul
Apollon Limassol Cyprus Match 2 Moldova Zaria Bălți 3–0 20 Jul
Rabotnički Republic of Macedonia Match 3 Belarus Dinamo Minsk 1–1 20 Jul
Slovan Bratislava Slovakia Match 4 Denmark Lyngby 0–1 20 Jul
Shamrock Rovers Republic of Ireland Match 5 Czech Republic Mladá Boleslav 2–3 20 Jul
Željezničar Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina Match 6 Sweden AIK 0–0 20 Jul
Cork City Republic of Ireland Match 7[B] Cyprus AEK Larnaca 0–1 20 Jul
Kairat Kazakhstan Match 8 Albania Skënderbeu Korçë 1–1 20 Jul
Panionios Greece Match 9 Slovenia Gorica 2–0 20 Jul
Astra Giurgiu Romania Match 10[B] Azerbaijan Zira 3–1 20 Jul
Haugesund Norway Match 11 Poland Lech Poznań 3–2 20 Jul
Brøndby Denmark Match 12 Finland VPS 2–0 20 Jul
IFK Norrköping Sweden Match 13 Lithuania Trakai 2–1 20 Jul
Hajduk Split Croatia Match 14 Bulgaria Levski Sofia 1–0 20 Jul
Nõmme Kalju Estonia Match 15 Hungary Videoton 0–3 20 Jul
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel Match 16 Iceland KR 3–1 20 Jul
Valletta Malta Match 17 Netherlands Utrecht 0–0 20 Jul
Ružomberok Slovakia Match 18 Norway Brann 0–1 20 Jul
Liepāja Latvia Match 19 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė 0–2 20 Jul
Gabala Azerbaijan Match 20 Poland Jagiellonia Białystok 1–1 20 Jul
Progrès Niederkorn Luxembourg Match 21 Cyprus AEL Limassol 0–1 20 Jul
Rheindorf Altach Austria Match 22 Belarus Dinamo Brest 1–1 20 Jul
Östersund Sweden Match 23 Turkey Galatasaray 2–0 20 Jul
Inter Baku Azerbaijan Match 24 Luxembourg Fola Esch 1–0 20 Jul
Vaduz Liechtenstein Match 25 Norway Odd 0–1 20 Jul
Valur Iceland Match 26 Slovenia Domžale 1–2 20 Jul
Irtysh Pavlodar Kazakhstan Match 27 Serbia Red Star Belgrade 1–1 20 Jul
Aberdeen Scotland Match 28 Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg 1–1 20 Jul
Ferencváros Hungary Match 29 Denmark Midtjylland 2–4 20 Jul
Sturm Graz Austria Match 30 Montenegro Mladost Podgorica 0–1 20 Jul
Shkëndija Republic of Macedonia Match 31 Finland HJK 3–1 20 Jul
Trenčín Slovakia Match 32 Israel Bnei Yehuda 1–1 20 Jul
Osijek Croatia Match 33 Switzerland Luzern 2–0 20 Jul
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