Europa League - Qualifying Third Round - 1st Leg
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The New Saints 0-2 Midtjylland

New Saints' Tom Holland in action
New Saints' Tom Holland battles with Midtjylland's Simon Okosun

The New Saints lost their Europa League first leg third qualifying round tie 0-2 to Danish champions Midtjylland.

Paul Onuachu opened the scoring for the visitors after nine minutes, and claimed his second of the evening 20 minutes later following a Jakob Poulsen corner.

Mayron George had the best chance of the second half but Saints goalkeeper Paul Harrison parried the shot.

The second leg takes place in Denmark on Thursday, 16 August

Saints manager Scott Ruscoe insists his side are still in the tie.

"That's no disgrace, getting beaten 2-0. The gulf in class between the two sides is massive," he said.

"Yes we conceded by two set plays, but they score every game by set plays. It was a little bit easy maybe and not enough pressure in there.

"We had chances in the first half to possibly get a goal because we broke well and I thought we were a little bit indecisive."

The Danes, who are owned by Brentford owner Matthew Benham, reached the Europa League's last 32 in 2016, but were knocked out by Manchester United having won the first leg 2-1 in Denmark.

They dropped into this season's Europa League after they were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Astana of Kazakhstan in the Champions League qualifiers.

Having themselves been knocked out of the Champions League, New Saints overcame Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar to progress in the Europa League.

Thursday's tie was switched to Cardiff City Stadium as Uefa regulations mean Saints' Park Hall in Oswestry is unable to stage games after the second qualifying round.

The winner after the second leg will face the losers of the Champions League tie between Malmo of Sweden and Hungary's Videoton in the Europa League play-offs.

Line-ups

New Saints

  • 1Harrison
  • 3Marriott
  • 5Cabango
  • 6Routledge
  • 2Spender
  • 10RedmondSubstituted forNembhardat 84'minutes
  • 23EdwardsBooked at 57mins
  • 12Hudson
  • 4HollandSubstituted forByrneat 79'minutes
  • 14Mullan
  • 17EbbeSubstituted forCieslewiczat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Seargeant
  • 9Draper
  • 11Cieslewicz
  • 19Clark
  • 20Nembhard
  • 21Byrne
  • 25Roberts

FC Midtjylland

  • 1Hansen
  • 2Hansen
  • 20Nicolaisen
  • 5Dal HendeSubstituted forAnderssonat 61'minutes
  • 13Munksgaard
  • 88Wikheim
  • 25Sanneh
  • 22Duelund
  • 7Poulsen
  • 45MabilSubstituted forOkosunat 62'minutes
  • 33OnuachuSubstituted forGeorgeat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Sparv
  • 4Korcsmár
  • 6Andersson
  • 8Okosun
  • 19George
  • 30Ottesen
  • 38Ogochukwu Onyeka
Referee:
Peter Kralovic
Attendance:
863

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 9th August 2018

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Villarreal6321106411
2FC Astana6312107310
3Slavia Prague62226608
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv611418-74

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev6411159613
2Partizan Belgrade622289-18
3Young Boys613278-16
4Skenderbeu6123610-45

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga631298110
2Ludogorets62317529
3Istanbul Basaksehir622278-18
4Hoffenheim6123810-25

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1AC Milan6321136711
2AEK Athens61506518
3HNK Rijeka62131112-17
4Austria Vienna6123916-75

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atalanta64201441014
2Lyon6321114711
3Everton6114715-84
4Apollon Limassol6033514-93

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lokomotiv Moscow632194511
2FC Copenhagen62317349
3Sheriff Tiraspol62314409
4Zlín6024110-92

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Viktoria Plzen6402138512
2Steaua Bucharest631297210
3Lugano6303911-29
4Hapoel Be'er Sheva6114510-54

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal64111441013
2Red Star Belgrade62313219
3Köln620478-16
4BATE Borisov6123616-105

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg633071612
2Marseille62224408
3Konyaspor613246-26
4Vitória Guimarães612359-45

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao632185311
2Östersunds FK632184411
3Zorya Luhansk620439-66
4Hertha Berlin612367-15

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio6411127513
2Nice630312759
3SV Zulte Waregem6213813-57
4Vitesse6123510-55

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg65101751216
2Real Sociedad64021661012
3Rosenborg6123611-55
4Vardar6015320-171
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