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Europa League match halted after cup strikes assistant referee in head

GRAZ, Austria -- A Europa League third-round qualifying match in Austria was suspended for a half-hour on Thursday after a drinks cup thrown from the stands hit an assistant referee on the head.

Swedish referee Mohammed Al-Hakim interrupted the game between Sturm Graz and AEK Larnaca following the incident in the 78th minute, which happened shortly after Ivan Trickovski's goal gave the Cypriot visitors a 2-0 lead.

Al-Hakim sent both teams off the field before they returned to finish the match without...

 By PA Sport

Europa League: Hearts shocked by Birkirkara; Hibernian lose on penalties

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Hearts of Midlothian players walk off dejected after flaming out of Europa League qualifying.

Hearts of Midlothain were shocked 2-1 at home by Malta's Birkirkara after a goalless first leg. Christian Bubalovic and Edward Herrera's goals rendered Conor Sammon's reply meaningless.

Kevin O'Connor's first-half goal gave Cork a 1-0 win at home to Swedish side Hacken and secured a 2-1 aggregate win which put them into the third qualifying round of the Europa League.

Aberdeen beat Ventspils 1-0 with Adam Rooney on target, completing a 4-0 aggregate win, but there were defeats for Edinburgh...