Europa League - Qualifying First Round - 2nd Leg
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FK Liepaja win on away goals

Crusaders crash out of Europa League after Latvians hit last-gasp goal

Crusaders players show their huge disappointment after their Europa League exit
Crusaders players were devastated by their Europa League exit

An injury-time goal saw Crusaders' Europa League campaign end in heartbreak as they were beaten 2-0 by FK Liepaja in Latvia.

Arturs Karasausks' goal four minutes into added time sent the Latvians through on away goals after Giorgi Eristavi had given the home side the lead from the penalty spot on 33 minutes.

Belfast side the Crues held a two-goal advantage going into the game, having secured a 3-1 victory in the first leg at Seaview last week.

Liepaja dominated the opening half with a string of good chances before being awarded a penalty following Howard Beverland's challenge on Karasausks.

Eristavi dispatched the spot kick past goalkeeper Brian Jensen, who was making only his second appearance for his new club.

Jensen was forced into action on several occasions as the Belfast side were unable to register an attempt in the first 45 minutes.

Crusaders did create opportunities after the break as Paul Heatley and Jordan Owens tested Valentins Ralkevics in the Liepaja goal.

Chances came and went for Matthew Snoddy and Gavin Whyte as the Crues failed to find an away goal that surely would have ended the tie.

Having scored the telling away goal at Seaview a week ago, it was Karasausks who was again the hero for the Latvians as his injury-time winner sent his side through to the second qualifying round.

Liepaja will now face Lithuanian side Suduva as Crusaders' focus turn to the impending start of the new Irish Premiership season.

Line-ups

FK Liepaja

  • 35Ralkevics
  • 4Sady Gueye
  • 8Lebamba
  • 33KeitaBooked at 52mins
  • 86TomicSubstituted forGrebisat 71'minutes
  • 7HmizsSubstituted forAfanasjevsat 61'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 77Eristavi
  • 20Torres
  • 5Strumia
  • 9KurtissSubstituted forKigursat 67'minutes
  • 11KarasausksBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Tomkovic
  • 3Klava
  • 19Afanasjevs
  • 23Grebis
  • 26Ivanovs
  • 32Sopots
  • 49Kigurs

Crusaders

  • 21Jensen
  • 8WardBooked at 51mins
  • 4Beverland
  • 6Coates
  • 34Brown
  • 2Burns
  • 12CaddellSubstituted forForsytheat 59'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 19SnoddyBooked at 72mins
  • 22HeatleyBooked at 77mins
  • 10CarvillBooked at 11minsSubstituted forWhyteat 45'minutes
  • 18Owens

Substitutes

  • 11Cushley
  • 14Forsythe
  • 16Dougherty
  • 17McClean
  • 23Whyte
  • 25Kerr
  • 35Suarez
Referee:
Suren Baliyan
Attendance:
2,310

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fenerbahçe641186213
2Man Utd6402124812
3Feyenoord621337-47
4Zorya Luhansk602428-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Apoel Nicosia640286212
2Olympiakos62227618
3BSC Young Boys62227438
4FC Astana6123511-65

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Saint-Étienne633085312
2Anderlecht6321168811
3Mainz6231810-29
4FK Qabala6006514-90

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg6501178915
2AZ Alkmaar6222610-48
3Maccabi Tel-Aviv621379-27
4Dundalk611458-34

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Roma6330167912
2Astra Giurgiu6222710-38
3Viktoria Plzen6132710-36
4Austria Vienna61231114-35

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KRC Genk6402139412
2Ath Bilbao63121011-110
3Rapid Vienna613278-16
4Sassuolo6123911-25

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax6420116514
2Celta Vigo623110739
3Standard Liege61418627
4Panathinaikos6015313-101

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shakhtar Donetsk66002151618
2KAA Gent6222913-48
3Sporting Braga6132911-26
4Konyaspor6015212-101

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke650193615
2FK Krasnodar62138807
3RB Salzburg62136607
4Nice6204511-66

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fiorentina6411156913
2PAOK Salonika631276110
3FK Qarabag6213712-57
4Slovan Liberec6114712-54

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sparta Prague640286212
2Hapoel Be'er Sheva62226608
3Southampton62226428
4Inter Milan6204711-46

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Osmanlispor6312107310
2Villarreal62319819
3FC Zürich613257-26
4Steaua Bucharest613257-26
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