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Europa League qualifiers: Linfield progress despite defeat

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Linfield are the only side to make the Europa League second qualifying round

Linfield are through to the Europa League second qualifying round after a 4-3 defeat by Faroes side NSI Runavik gave the Blues a 5-4 aggregate victory.

Reece Glendinning put Linfield ahead but Klaemint Olsen and Pol Justinussen goals put the hosts 2-1 in front.

Guy Bates levelled and Jens Joensen gave Runavik a 3-2 lead before Andrew Waterworth equalised on 69 minutes.

Justinussen struck late but Linfield progressed to set up a meeting with FC Spartak Trnava of Slovakia.

Warren Feeney's side are away in the first leg next Thursday with the return match in Belfast a week later.

An impressive 2-0 victory at Windsor Park gave the Irish League side a cushion going into the trip to Totfir.

Glendinning increased the aggregate margin to three when he fired home a 14th minute opener for the Blues.

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Linfield manager Warren Feeney laments his team's defending in the Faroe Islands despite their progression to the Europa League Second Qualifying round.

However, the visitors were trailing just five minutes later as Runavik hit back through Olsen and Justinussen.

Magnus Olsen hit the Blues bar as the hosts chased a third but Linfield were next to score on 33 minutes.

Bates netted on his debut in the first leg and the former Glenavon striker made it 2-2 with a close-range finish after good work from Ivan Sproule.

Joensen's low shot seconds before the break moved Runavik back in front and Einar Hansen squandered a good chance early in the second half.

Aaron Burns set up Waterworth to level with a fine finish on 69 minutes before Justinussen completed his double five minutes from time to give Runavik victory on the night but a one-goal defeat on aggregate.

As It Stood

A

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1B Mgladbach63301441012
2Villarreal6321157811
3FC Zürich62131014-47
4Apollon Limassol6105418-143

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Club Brugge6330102812
2Torino632193611
3HJK Helsinki6204511-66
4FC Copenhagen6114513-84

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Besiktas6330115612
2Tottenham632194511
3Asteras Tripolis6132710-36
4Partizan Belgrade602419-82

D

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1RB Salzburg65102181316
2Celtic62221011-18
3Dinamo Zagreb62041215-36
4Astra Giurgiu6114615-94

E

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1Dinamo Moscow660093618
2PSV Eindhoven62228808
3Estoril Praia612378-15
4Panathinaikos6024611-52

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inter Milan633062412
2Dnipropetrovsk621345-17
3FK Qarabag613235-26
4Saint-Étienne605123-15

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Feyenoord6402106412
2Sevilla632185311
3HNK Rijeka621378-17
4Standard Liege6114410-64

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Everton6321103711
2Wolfsburg63121410410
3FK Krasnodar6132712-56
4Lille604239-64

I

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1Napoli6411113813
2BSC Young Boys6402137612
3Sparta Prague6312116510
4Slovan Bratislava6006120-190

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev6501124815
2Aalborg BK6303510-59
3Steaua Bucharest621311927
4Rio Ave6114510-54

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fiorentina6411114713
2Guingamp631276110
3PAOK Salonika621310737
4Dinamo Minsk6114314-114

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Legia Warsaw650172515
2Trabzonspor631286210
3KSC Lokeren631244010
4Metalist Kharkiv6006310-70
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