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Europa League Second Qualifying Roundup

For the Home Nations clubs that were in action it was a mixed night, that was especially the case for the trio of Scottish clubs that took part in Europa League action. Aberdeen went someway to restoring the very damaged credibility of Scottish football as they ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against Latvain side Ventspils. It was a shaky start from The Dons and they were certainly made to work for their win but once  Jayden Stockley scored their opener with 20 minutes to go they managed to get a proper hold on the game and ran out comfortable winners.

Brendan Rodgers had a bad start on Tuesday night and former Celtic boss Neil Lennon didn’t get off to a great one either as he took charge of Hibernian for the first time. He would have seen his side go behind in the very first minute to Danish giants Brondby and Lennon’s night would go from bad to worse as he was sent to the stands in the second half. They aren’t out of this tie but they will have their work cut out if they are to continue their European adventure past next week.

Their cross city rivals Hearts fared slightly better in the punishing Maltese heat. They came away with a 0-0 draw against Birkirkara and Robbie Neilsopn’s side will now look to complete the job at Tynecastle Stadium next week. Welsh side Connah’s Quay nearly came away with a remarkable 0-0 draw of their own against FK Vojvodina but that result would certainly have been harsh on the Serbian side considering they had 24 efforts on goal and a quite ridiculous 87% possession. It was Aleksandar Palocevic’s 86th-minute goal that finally broke the Welsh resolve. While Northern Irish side Cliftonville where on the wrong side of a 5 goal thriller and threw away a 2-0 lead to Cypriot side AEK Lanarca, they looked like they were coasting just after half time but then a 15 minute flurry of goals from the Cypriot’s proved to be their undoing.

Here is a full rundown of all of last night’s results:

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Shirak Armenia Match 1 Slovakia Spartak Trnava 1–1 21 Jul
Dinamo Minsk Belarus Match 2 Republic of Ireland St Patrick’s Athletic 1–1 21 Jul
Partizan Serbia Match 3 Poland Zagłębie Lubin 0–0 21 Jul
Vojvodina Serbia Match 4 Wales Connah’s Quay Nomads 1–0 21 Jul
Maccabi Haifa Israel Match 5[C] Estonia Nõmme Kalju 1–1 21 Jul
Hibernian Scotland Match 6 Denmark Brøndby 0–1 21 Jul
Shakhtyor Soligorsk Belarus Match 7 Slovenia Domžale 1–1 21 Jul
Austria Wien Austria Match 8 Albania Kukësi 1–0 21 Jul
MTK Budapest Hungary Match 9 Azerbaijan Gabala 1–2 21 Jul
Beroe Stara Zagora Bulgaria Match 10 Finland HJK 1–1 21 Jul
RoPS Finland Match 11 Croatia Lokomotiva 1–1 21 Jul
Neftçi Baku Azerbaijan Match 12 Republic of Macedonia Shkëndija 0–0 21 Jul
KR Iceland Match 13[C] Switzerland Grasshopper 3–3 21 Jul
Midtjylland Denmark Match 14 Liechtenstein Vaduz 3–0 21 Jul
Zimbru Chișinău Moldova Match 15 Turkey Osmanlıspor 2–2 21 Jul
PAS Giannina Greece Match 16 Norway Odd 3–0 21 Jul
Birkirkara Malta Match 17 Scotland Heart of Midlothian 0–0 21 Jul
Maribor Slovenia Match 18 Bulgaria Levski Sofia 0–0 21 Jul
Piast Gliwice Poland Match 19 Sweden IFK Göteborg 0–3 21 Jul
Slovan Bratislava Slovakia Match 20 Latvia Jelgava 0–0 21 Jul
Beitar Jerusalem Israel Match 21 Cyprus Omonia 1–0 21 Jul
Admira Wacker Mödling Austria Match 22 Azerbaijan Kapaz 1–0 20 Jul
Aberdeen Scotland Match 23 Latvia Ventspils 3–0 21 Jul
BK Häcken Sweden Match 24 Republic of Ireland Cork City 1–1 21 Jul
Kairat Kazakhstan Match 25 Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–1 21 Jul
Debrecen Hungary Match 26 Belarus Torpedo-BelAZ Zhodino 1–2 21 Jul
CSMS Iași Romania Match 27 Croatia Hajduk Split 2–2 21 Jul
Videoton Hungary Match 28 Serbia Čukarički 2–0 21 Jul
Cliftonville Northern Ireland Match 29 Cyprus AEK Larnaca 2–3 21 Jul
AIK Sweden Match 30 Gibraltar Europa FC 1–0 21 Jul
Levadia Tallinn Estonia Match 31 Czech Republic Slavia Prague 3–1 21 Jul
Genk Belgium Match 32 Montenegro Budućnost Podgorica 2–0 21 Jul
SønderjyskE Denmark Match 33 Norway Strømsgodset 2–1 21 Ju
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