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Hibs crash out of Europa League

Hibernian's European adventure came to an end in embarrassing style as they crashed out of the Europa League second qualifying round after suffering a 7-0 defeat to Malmo at Easter Road.

Malmo put on a fine display in knocking out Scottish side Hibernian
Malmo put on a fine display in knocking out Scottish side Hibernian

The task was always going to be a difficult one for Hibs, who trailed by two goals from Jiloan Hamad and Magnus Eriksson following last week's meeting in Sweden. Eriksson added to his goal from the first leg when he opened the scoring after 20 minutes, before a Rowan Vine effort was ruled offside for the Leith outfit.

There was a further setback when James McPake limped out of the action before the onslaught by the Swedes continued.

Emil Forsberg doubled the lead on the night on 25 minutes and Markus Halsti effectively ended the tie as a contest four minutes later. But there was no let up from the visitors and Miiko Albornoz also added his name to the scoresheet four minutes before the break.

Tokelo Rantie helped himself to a goal on the hour mark, before Hamad scored five minutes later and substitute Simon Kroon completed the rout for the rampant Swedes on 72 minutes.

Eredivisie side FC Utrecht were also shocked as they fell to Liechtenstein's Differdange. Utrecht - who trailed 2-1 after the first leg - moved 4-3 ahead on aggregate thanks to a hat-trick from Jacob Mulenga. But Differdange fought back through late goals to Geoffrey Franzoni and Yannick Bastos, handing them the overall victory.

Scotland's St Johnstone drew 1-1 with Norway's Rosenborg, giving them a 2-1 aggregate win, while Turkey's Trabzonspor thrashed Derry City 7-2.

Rubin Kazan defeated Jagodina of Serbia 1-0, to claim a 4-2 aggregate triumph, while a 1-1 draw in Macedonia saw Croatia's Hajduk Split defeat Turnovo 3-2 overall. Sweden's Hacken upset Sparta Prague of the Czech Republic 1-0, to progress 3-2.

Also progressing to the third round were Standard Liege, Lech Poznan, Maccabi Haifa, Ventspils, Slovan Liberec, Tromso, Minsk, FC Thun, Slask Wroclaw, Gefle, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Qarabag, Chornomorets, Mladost, Botev Plovdiv, Petrolul Ploiesti, Rijeka, Dinamo Minsk and Dila.

Other teams to win their way to the third round were Pandurii Targu Jiu, Milsami-Ursidos, Trencin, Aktobe, Zalgiris, Astra Giurgiu, Zilina, Vojvodina, Stromsgodset, Siroki Brijeg, Kukesi, Xanthi and Breidablik.


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