Europa League: Glentoran 0-3 KR Reykjavik

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Glens suffer Europa League exit

Glentoran hopes of a money-spinning Europe League clash with Standard Liege were ended by Thursday's disappointing defeat at home to KR Reykjavik.

After holding the Icelandic league leaders to an impressive 0-0 draw in the first leg, the Glens had high hopes of making the second qualifying stage.

But Englishman Gary Martin punished a mistake by defender Kevin Bradley to score midway through the first half.

Then two goals by Jonas Saevarsson saw Reykjavik go through.

Saevarsson scored in the 65th minute, curling a shot in from 12 yards at the second attempt.

Then in stoppage time he got his second goal with a sidefoot finish.

East Belfast club Glentoran have been plagued by financial problems in recent seasons and getting into Europe - by winning the Irish Cup last May - was a big boost to them.

Club officials estimated getting through the first qualifying round of the Europa League could have been worth in the region of £90,000 to £100,000.

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