Champions League - Qualifying First Round - 1st Leg
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Champions League qualifying: The New Saints 1-2 Europa FC

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Champions League qualifying highlights: The New Saints 1-2 Europa FC

The New Saints' Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread after losing the home leg of their first qualifying round against Europa FC.

Alex Quillo gave the Gibraltese side an early lead from Kike Gómez's cross.

Scott Quigley equalised a minute before the break, taking a through ball and turning his defender before lashing a brilliant shot over Javi Munoz.

But Europa snatched a vital lead when Gómez curled home a beauty after Liam Walker broke down the right.

Saints have reached the second qualifying round in each of the last five seasons, but interim manager Scott Ruscoe will need his side to produce a better performance in the second leg.

"I'm disappointed because that's not a true reflection of how TNS play and how we've done in Europe over the last few years," Ruscoe told BBC Wales Sport.

"I've talked about how we've gradually improved over the years and maybe you could say we froze, just didn't play our normal game.

The New Saints' Scott Quigley (left) and Europa FC's Martin Belfortti battle for the ball
The New Saints' Scott Quigley (left) and Europa FC's Martin Belfortti battle for the ball

"The Champions League is what we strive to play in year after year, it's what supports the club for the following year in terms of wages and things like that.

"So I've told the lads it hurts me, I hope it hurts them because they've not shown a true reflection."

After the defeat at Park Hall in Oswestry, the Welsh champions travel to Faro, Portugal, on Tuesday, 4 July for the return leg against Europa.

"We'll work on the things that we didn't do well tonight, we'll put them right over the next few days and we'll make sure we give it a good go next Tuesday," Ruscoe added.

"The players have another 20 or 30 per cent there, they've fallen below their peak but they can go and do it next week."

The winners of the tie will face Croatian side HNK Rijeka in the second qualifying round.

Line-ups

New Saints

  • 1Harrison
  • 2Spender
  • 6Routledge
  • 8Brobbel
  • 4Saunders
  • 21CieslewiczBooked at 61minsSubstituted forDarlingtonat 68'minutes
  • 14MullanSubstituted forFletcherat 90'minutes
  • 26PryceBooked at 17mins
  • 5RawlinsonBooked at 27mins
  • 22QuigleySubstituted forDraperat 73'minutes
  • 23Edwards

Substitutes

  • 7Seargeant
  • 9Draper
  • 10Fletcher
  • 12Hudson
  • 18Holland
  • 20Darlington
  • 30Wycherley

Europa

  • 1Muñoz Arévalo
  • 11García Montero
  • 8Rodríguez RivasSubstituted forCarreñoat 79'minutes
  • 10Walker
  • 6Moya TornayBooked at 63mins
  • 41Merino Sánchez
  • 17Roldán MéndezBooked at 64minsSubstituted forGonzalezat 84'minutes
  • 14Toscano
  • 9Gomez
  • 20Yahaya
  • 22Rodríguez Belforti

Substitutes

  • 2Piñero
  • 4Cabezutto
  • 19Gonzalez
  • 21García Iglesias
  • 26Bellido
  • 27Carreño
Referee:
Barbeno Luca
Attendance:
1,148

Live Text

Match ends, The New Saints 1, Europa 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, The New Saints 1, Europa 2.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Wes Fletcher replaces Jamie Mullan.

Substitution

Substitution, Europa. Joselinho replaces Guille Roldán.

Substitution

Substitution, Europa. Enrique Carreño replaces Álex Quillo.

Goal!

Goal! The New Saints 1, Europa 2. Kike Gomez (Europa) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Greg Draper replaces Scott Quigley.

Substitution

Substitution, The New Saints. Alex Darlington replaces Adrian Cieslewicz.

Booking

Guille Roldán (Europa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Iván Moya (Europa) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Adrian Cieslewicz (The New Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Second Half

Second Half begins The New Saints 1, Europa 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, The New Saints 1, Europa 1.

Goal!

Goal! The New Saints 1, Europa 1. Scott Quigley (The New Saints) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Booking

Connell Rawlinson (The New Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Ryan Pryce (The New Saints) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! The New Saints 0, Europa 1. Álex Quillo (Europa) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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As It Stood

A

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B

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C

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D

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G

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H

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