Europa League - Qualifying First Round - 2nd Leg
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Europa League first qualifying round: Reds crash out with defeat in Norway

Cliftonville lose 6-1 on aggregate to FK Haugesund in the first qualifying round
Cliftonville lose 6-1 on aggregate to FK Haugesund in the first qualifying round

Cliftonville's Europa League hopes have been put to bed for another year after the Reds fell to a 6-1 aggregate defeat to FK Haugesund.

The Norwegian hosts won 5-1 on the night to send the Solitude outfit back to Belfast empty handed.

Kristoffer Velde fired home from distance to give Haugesund the lead after five minutes.

Conor McMenamin drew Cliftonville level on the night only for the home side to score four more in a comfortable win.

Paddy McLaughlin's side faced an uphill battle after last week's 1-0 defeat at Solitude and their night got off to the worst possible start when Velde drove his right-footed effort into the top corner from 25 yards.

But the visitors' hopes were briefly restored when Joe Gormley broke down the right wing and found the onrushing McMenamin in the box, who made no mistake from six yards.

Conor McMenamin drew Cliftonville level on the night
Conor McMenamin drew Cliftonville level on the night

That drew the Irish Premiership side level on the night but Haugesund showed their cutting edge in attack when Martin Samuelsen beat Richard Brush with a looping header just moments after Anthony Ikedi had struck the Cliftonville crossbar with his effort.

Cliftonville looked threatening on the break at times during the opening 45 minutes and perhaps should have pulled a goal back when Gormley shaped to shoot inside the box.

However, the striker could only curl his effort wide and his frustration was compounded when the home side pulled further clear after the referee judged Ibrahima Kone's shot to have crossed the line.

Bruno Leite added a fourth seven minutes after the restart before Velde cut inside from the left and curled another unstoppable effort beyond Brush to wrap up a comprehensive win for the Scandinavians.

Line-ups

FK Haugesund

  • 12Sandvik
  • 5Tiedemann Hansen
  • 10Sandberg
  • 11SamuelsenSubstituted forNdayisengaat 72'minutes
  • 2Bergqvist
  • 19Desler
  • 35Ikedi
  • 8Tronstad
  • 16Santos Leite
  • 33Velde
  • 20KoneSubstituted forKrygårdat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gostomski
  • 4Pallesen Knudsen
  • 7Grindheim
  • 23Pedersen
  • 34Krygård
  • 36Ndayisenga

Cliftonville

  • 1Brush
  • 7Curran
  • 11DonnellyBooked at 80mins
  • 2McDermottBooked at 45mins
  • 3IvesBooked at 10mins
  • 16BagnallBooked at 25minsSubstituted forCurranat 61'minutes
  • 4Breen
  • 17DohertySubstituted forWilsonat 80'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 32Gorman
  • 24McMenamin
  • 19GormleySubstituted forMaguireat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Harney
  • 8Harkin
  • 9Curran
  • 12Foster
  • 14Wilson
  • 20Dunne
  • 23Maguire
Referee:
Mario Zebec
Attendance:
2,633

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 18th July 2019

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A

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1B Leverkusen6411169713
2Zürich631276110
3AEK Larnaca6123612-65
4Ludogorets604257-24

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg66001761118
2Celtic630368-29
3RB Leipzig62139817
4Rosenborg6015414-101

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg632165111
2Slavia Prague631243110
3Bordeaux62136607
4FC Copenhagen612335-25

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Zagreb6420113814
2Fenerbahçe62227708
3Spartak Trnava621347-37
4Anderlecht603327-53

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal65101221016
2Sporting64111331013
3Vorskla Poltava6105413-93
4FK Qarabag6105213-113

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Betis633072512
2Olympiakos6312116510
3AC Milan6312129310
4F91 Dudelange6015316-131

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Villarreal6240125710
2Rapid Vienna631269-310
3Rangers61328806
4Spartak Moscow6123812-45

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Frankfurt66001751218
2Lazio6303911-29
3Apollon Limassol6213101007
4Marseille6015616-101

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KRC Genk6321148611
2Malmö FF62317619
3Besiktas6213911-27
4Sarpsborg 086123813-55

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla64021861212
2FK Krasnodar640288012
3Standard Liege631279-210
4Akhisarspor6015414-101

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev6321107311
2Rennes630378-19
3FC Astana62227708
4FK Jablonec612368-25

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea6510123916
2BATE Borisov63039909
3MOL Vidi621357-27
4PAOK Salonika6105512-73
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