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Summary

  1. Europa League qualifying
  2. West Ham need penalties in Malta
  3. Hammers played 75 mins with 10 players
  4. FT: Aberdeen 2-2 HNK Rijeka (agg 5-2)
  5. FT: Astra Giurgiu 0-0 Inverness CT (agg 1-0)

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By Andy Campbell and Paul Fletcher

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

So, a much longer evening than we perhaps anticipated.

West Ham just about got over the line, Aberdeen also progressed, but no such joy for Inverness CT - or Linfield and Newtown AFC for that matter.

We will be back with more football action on Saturday plus the draw for the 2018 World Cup qualifying groups.

Between now and then make sure you stay across Sportsday for all the latest transfer news.

Astra up next

West Ham's reward for their shootout win? Well, they will play Astra Giurgiu in the next round of Europa League qualifying.

I wonder if they'll fare any better in that one?

Phew, all I can say. Embarassing, Inquest Needed, some players need to give themselves a long hard look in the mirror... #whufc #bbcfootball

Thats up there with the man city 9-0 (over 2 legs) and forest 5-0 games for worst Hammers performances ive had to sit through #bbcfootball

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham (agg 1-1, West Ham win 5-3 on penalties)

What did we make of that? Worrying? Or something we can put down to pre-season?

Either way, I think a huge amount of credit must go to the Maltese side. West Ham did not really look like scoring pretty much throughout the match.

West Ham through on penalties

Cool as you like from Diego Poyet. That must be the Uruguayan in him.

SCORES

Birkirkara 3-5 West Ham - Diego Poyet

A touch of class! The youngster is as calm as you could possibly be, waiting for the keeper to move before steering in. Dad Gus will be proud.

West Ham are through by the skin of their teeth.

SCORES

Birkirkara 3-4 West Ham - Edmond Agius

Massive run-up, huge! He steams in from the Pavilion End but coolly fires home...

SCORES

Birkirkara 2-4 West Ham - Joey O'Brien

Fantastic strike. High, into the top corner.

SHOOTS OVER

Birkirkara 2-3 West Ham - Nikola Vukanac

Wild! He looked nervous, blowing his cheeks at the end of his run-up, and the defender balloons it!

Advantage Hammers.

SCORES

Birkirkara 2-3 West Ham - Aaron Cresswell

What you want from a left-back. Hard and low, into the corner. Stuart Pearce or Ian Harte would be pleased with that.

SCORES

Birkirkara 2-2 West Ham - Vino Plut

Steers into the top corner. Textbook.

SCORES

Birkirkara 1-2 West Ham - Mauro Zarate

Down the middle, not the best strike but the keeper dived very early and it's safely home.

SCORES

Birkirkara 1-1 West Ham - Paul Fenech

Maltese magic! Pick that one out. Bang, into the top bin.

SCORES

Birkirkara 0-1 West Ham - Mark Noble

A long wait, but West Ham's go-to penalty man Noble keeps his cool and slots home.

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

Adrian trying to draw some noise from the West Ham fans. Here we go...

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

A few players contracts need tearing up at west ham tonight...cant imagine the stick we'll get if we go out here#whufc #bbcfootball #BIRWHU

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

Lots of liquid being taken on board, a few rub downs, a few players in animated conversation, others gathering their thoughts. Who thought Europa League qualifying could produce this?

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

Slaven Bilic is clapping his hands, looking around, trying to rouse his players.

Who fancies it lads?

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

To be fair West Ham have been poor all night but they are far from full strength and predicting prem demise on this is ridic #bbcfootball

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

Who is your money on?

FULL-TIME

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

Penalties it is...

SUBSTITUTION

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

Matt Jarvis cuts the ball back towards Modibo Maiga but it is cut out. The crowd are trying to raise their tiring team, see them through to a shootout. Just a couple of minutes left.

Martin Samuelson replaces Matt Jarvis.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

Modibo Maiga has the ball in the net, slots home, but the flag goes straight up for offside. Very tight but probably the right decision.

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

Five minutes left, West Ham knocking the ball around the middle of the park. Slaven Bilic does not look thrilled on the touchline.

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

Yes, I thought Scotland looked very low.....

#bbcfootball the table showing Malta in 45th is only based on this season's results. 51st is the correct ranking. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UEFA_coef…

#bbcfootball Not sure what you're looking at but Malta are definitely 51st. Scotland are 23rd, so that table is definitely something else.

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

West Ham win a series of free-kicks but just cannot make the breakthrough. Eight minutes from a penalty shootout.

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

If we can't beat Maltese minnows, what chance will we have with a tired squad in the Premier League? Perhaps it's best we lose #bbcfootball

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

So, we are 10 v 10 but it is the home team who attack next, striking on the break and Edmond Agius is well placed and forces a save from Adrian.

RED CARD

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham - Mauricio Mazzetti

The Hammers are enjoying most of the possession now and win a free-kick about 10 yards outside the Birkirkara area for a foul on Mauro Zarate.

The foul is by Edmond Agius and I'm not sure whether the impressive Mauricio Mazzetti said something but he was soon shown a second yellow.

KICK-OFF

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

Hmm, I must confess I'm slightly confused.

I had a look at Malta club coefficients rankings on the Uefa website and saw that they were 45th.

Coefficients rankings
uefa

But another page I've just seen on the Uefa website suggests they are 51st.

No matter, they are doing very well against the Hammers - we are 15 minutes from penalties.

HALF-TIME

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

Very little to report from the first half of extra-time.

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

Do you reckon Big Sam would have got them through by now? I bet he's smiling to himself #bbcfootball

This means so much for #birkirkara and maltese football but only about saving face for #westham #bbcfootball

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

Birkirkara finished third in their domestic league last season.

The tempo of the game is now incredibly slow from both teams. Can West Ham finally make their supposed extra class show? Matt Jarvis still has plenty of running in him and the Hammers are starting to exert a little more influence.

Could be worse?

Skonto players look dejected
AP

Hammers fans spare a thought for supporters of Skonto FC from Latvia. They've been tonked 9-2 at Debrecen this evening.

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

West Ham win a corner - what can they do? The ball breaks to the increasingly influential Matt Jarvis, whose strike is deflected wide.

From another corner Birkirkara break but Vito Plut's weak shot is poor and easily saved.

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

Birkirkara's keeper Justin Haber has a white kit on and there is hardly a mark on it.

The Hammers, in their away kit, have lacked speed in possession, their passing has been poor.

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

No disrespect but if a Maltese team knocks out a Premier League side, that is absolutely shocking stuff #europaleague #westham #bbcfootball

Birkikara looking more like premier league side than us....west ham are shameful ambassadors for the english game tonight #bbcfootball

KICK-OFF

Birkirkara 1-0 West Ham

The Maltese side have rarely been threatened this evening. It has been poor.

Elsewhere in Europe

Farewell to Linfield as far as the Europa League is concerned after they were defeated 3-1 by Spartak Trnava. That tie ended 5-2 on aggregate.