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Europa League First Round Recap

A total of 100 teams began their UEFA Europa League adventure yesterday as the First Qualifying Round took place all over Europe. It was a very mixed bag of results for clubs in Britain and Ireland with representation from clubs in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Although Glasgow Rangers won thanks to a Kenny Miller strike they will probably asking themselves how they have not got more of an advantage going into the return leg with Luxembourg’s Progres Niedercorn. A tie which is still very much in the balance.

St Johnstone went behind twice and ultimately ended up losing 2-1 to Lithuanian side FK Trakai, while Bala Town of Wales suffered the same fate as they lost to Liechtenstein’s biggest club FC Vaduz (the country does not have a league system and only the cup winners are represented in Europe)

Connah’s Quay Nomads of the Welsh Premier League take a slender advantage into their second leg tie with an impressive 1-0 win over HJK Helsinki while there were very mixed fortunes for clubs on both sides of the Irish border. While Bangor City lost to Denmark’s Lyngby 1-0

There were heavy defeats for both Coleraine of the Northern Irish Premiership and Derry City of the League Of Ireland. Coleraine were thumped 7-0 by Haugesund of Norway while Derry suffered a 6-1 loss at the hands of Midtjylland.

Ballymena United were dealt a 3-0 loss at the hands of Norwegian opposition once again, this time Odd Grenland being the victors, while LOI outfit Shamrock Rovers picked up a crucial win in Iceland as they beat Stjarnan by just a single goal and Cork City beat Estonia’s Levadia Tallinn 2-0 away from home

Here is a rundown of all the first leg Europa League scores


Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Maccabi Tel Aviv Israel Match 1 Albania Tirana 2–0 6 Jul
Mladost Lučani Serbia Match 2 Azerbaijan Inter Baku 0–3 6 Jul
Shirak Armenia Match 3 Slovenia Gorica 0–2 6 Jul
Shkëndija Republic of Macedonia Match 4[A] Moldova Dacia Chișinău 3–0 6 Jul
Trenčín Slovakia Match 5 Georgia (country) Torpedo Kutaisi 5–1 6 Jul
Kairat Kazakhstan Match 6 Lithuania Atlantas 6–0 6 Jul
Chikhura Sachkhere Georgia (country) Match 7 Austria Rheindorf Altach 0–1 6 Jul
Zira Azerbaijan Match 8 Luxembourg Differdange 03 2–0 6 Jul
Levski Sofia Bulgaria Match 9 Montenegro Sutjeska Nikšić 3–1 6 Jul
Lech Poznań Poland Match 10 Republic of Macedonia Pelister 4–0 6 Jul
Beitar Jerusalem Israel Match 11 Hungary Vasas 4–3 6 Jul
Fola Esch Luxembourg Match 12 Moldova Milsami Orhei 2–1 6 Jul
Vojvodina Serbia Match 13 Slovakia Ružomberok 2–1 6 Jul
Irtysh Pavlodar Kazakhstan Match 14 Bulgaria Dunav Ruse 1–0 6 Jul
Mladost Podgorica Montenegro Match 15 Armenia Gandzasar Kapan 1–0 6 Jul
Široki Brijeg Bosnia and Herzegovina Match 16[A] Kazakhstan Ordabasy 2–0 6 Jul
Partizani Tirana Albania Match 17 Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv 1–3 6 Jul
Pyunik Armenia Match 18[A] Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 1–4 6 Jul
Dinamo Batumi Georgia (country) Match 19[A] Poland Jagiellonia Białystok 0–1 6 Jul
Videoton Hungary Match 20 Malta Balzan 2–0 4 Jul
Red Star Belgrade Serbia Match 21 Malta Floriana 3–0 6 Jul
UE Santa Coloma Andorra Match 22 Croatia Osijek 0–2 6 Jul
Tre Penne San Marino Match 23[A] Republic of Macedonia Rabotnički 0–1 6 Jul
Željezničar Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina Match 24 Montenegro Zeta 1–0 6 Jul
St Joseph’s Gibraltar Match 25[A] Cyprus AEL Limassol 0–4 6 Jul
Valletta Malta Match 26 San Marino Folgore 2–0 6 Jul
Zaria Bălți Moldova Match 27 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo 2–1 6 Jul
Rangers Scotland Match 28 Luxembourg Progrès Niederkorn 1–0 4 Jul
AEK Larnaca Cyprus Match 29 Gibraltar Lincoln Red Imps 5–0 6 Jul
Skënderbeu Korçë Albania Match 30 Andorra Sant Julià 1–0 6 Jul
Ventspils Latvia Match 31 Iceland Valur 0–0 6 Jul
Bala Town Wales Match 32 Liechtenstein Vaduz 1–2 6 Jul
Domžale Slovenia Match 33 Estonia Flora Tallinn 2–0 6 Jul
Midtjylland Denmark Match 34 Republic of Ireland Derry City 6–1 6 Jul
Haugesund Norway Match 35 Northern Ireland Coleraine 7–0 6 Jul
St Johnstone Scotland Match 36 Lithuania Trakai 1–2 6 Jul
VPS Finland Match 37 Slovenia Olimpija Ljubljana 1–0 6 Jul
Crusaders Northern Ireland Match 38 Latvia Liepāja 3–1 6 Jul
Dinamo Minsk Belarus Match 39 Faroe Islands NSÍ Runavík 2–1 6 Jul
Stjarnan Iceland Match 40 Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 0–1 6 Jul
Odd Norway Match 41 Northern Ireland Ballymena United 3–0 6 Jul
Connah’s Quay Nomads Wales Match 42 Finland HJK 1–0 6 Jul
Nõmme Kalju Estonia Match 43 Faroe Islands B36 Tórshavn 2–1 6 Jul
Ferencváros Hungary Match 44 Latvia Jelgava 2–0 6 Jul
IFK Norrköping Sweden Match 45 Kosovo Prishtina 5–0 6 Jul
Shakhtyor Soligorsk Belarus Match 46 Lithuania Sūduva Marijampolė 0–0 6 Jul
KR Iceland Match 47[A] Finland SJK 0–0 6 Jul
Levadia Tallinn Estonia Match 48 Republic of Ireland Cork City 0–2 6 Jul
Lyngby Denmark Match 49 Wales Bangor City 1–0 6 Jul
Faroe Islands Match 50[A] Sweden AIK 0–0 6 Jul

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