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Ties go to form as first qualifying round closes

Published: Thursday 12 July 2012, 23.32CET
First-leg advantages proved invaluable on a night of few shocks as 33 clubs – FC Twente and Rosenborg BK among them – reached the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.
Ties go to form as first qualifying round closes
Marcelo Dias celebrates scoring in Hibernians' thrilling 4-4 draw with Sarajevo ©Domenic Aquilina
Published: Thursday 12 July 2012, 23.32CET

Ties go to form as first qualifying round closes

First-leg advantages proved invaluable on a night of few shocks as 33 clubs – FC Twente and Rosenborg BK among them – reached the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

Thirty-three teams celebrated UEFA Europa League progress, emulating four clubs who advanced earlier in the week, as the first qualifying round concluded on Thursday.

It was a night high in excitement but low on surprises, with just three sides managing to overturn a first-leg deficit. Another comfortable win against UE Santa Coloma eased FC Twente through, while a 1-0 victory for Rosenborg BK and a 1-1 draw for KKS Lech Poznań were sufficient after respective opening successes against Crusaders FC and FC Zhetysu Taldykorgan.

For a number of teams away goals proved decisive. Armenia's FC Gandzasar progressed with a 3-3 aggregate draw against EB/Streymur following a 3-1 opening-leg setback in the Faroe Islands. FK Sūduva matched that achievement, a 3-2 away win cancelling out a 1-0 loss last week and eliminating FC Daugava Daugavpils. Kalmar FF were the only other team to reverse a defeat, scoring four times without reply versus Cliftonville FC.

In the most goal-laden contest, FK Sarajevo accounted for Hibernians FC. The Bosnian side won the first leg 5-2 and were 3-1 up after just 27 minutes of the return, but three home goals before the break ensured Sarajevo of a nervy second half. The hosts could not score again, however, and a late equaliser sent Sarajevo through 9-6 overall.

Georgia's FC Metalurgi Rustavi were the biggest winners of the night, defeating KS Teuta 6-1 at home, 9-1 on aggregate, to set up a tie against FC Viktoria Plzeň, who rubbed shoulders with AC Milan and FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League group stage last term.

Elsewhere, NK Olimpija Ljubljana and FC Differdange 03 repeated their first-leg results with 3-0 wins against AS Jeunesse Esch and NSÍ Runavík respectively. Fair Play qualifiers Stabæk Fotball overcame JJK Jyväskylä 3-2 but still went out 4-3, while FK Borac Banja Luka, FC Levadia Tallinn and Saint Patrick's Athletic FC were grateful for away goals.

It was not a good night for British clubs, though, with Welsh trio Bangor City FC, Llanelli AFC and Cefn Druids AFC joining Northern Ireland's Cliftonville and Crusaders in falling at the first hurdle.

The full list of results can be found here.

Second qualifying round (ties to be played 19/26 July)
Xäzär Länkäran FK (AZE) v KKS Lech Poznań (POL)
FC Naftan Novopolotsk (BLR) v FK Crvena zvezda (SRB)
FC Milsami Orhei (MDA) v FC Aktobe (KAZ)
FC Anzhi Makhachkala (RUS) v Budapest Honvéd FC (HUN)
PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1936 (BUL) v Vitesse (NED)
FK Renova (MKD) v FC Gomel (BLR) 
FC Levadia Tallinn (EST) v Anorthosis Famagusta FC (CYP)
FC Metalurgi Rustavi (GEO) v FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE)
İnter Bakı PİK (AZE) v Asteras Tripolis FC (GRE)
JJK Jyväskylä (FIN) v FK Zeta (MNE)
NK Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN) v Tromsø IL (NOR)
FC Differdange 03 (LUX) v KAA Gent (BEL)
FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR) v SV Ried (AUT)
Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv FC (ISR) v FC Shirak (ARM)
Rosenborg BK (NOR) v FC Ordabasy Shymkent (KAZ)
FC Spartak Trnava (SVK) v Sligo Rovers FC (IRL)
APOEL FC (CYP) v FK Senica (SVK)
Ruch Chorzów (POL) v FK Metalurg Skopje (MKD)
AGF Århus (DEN) v FC Dila Gori (GEO)
FK Mladá Boleslav (CZE) v Thór Akureyri (ISL)
AIK Solna (SWE) v FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL)
Eskişehirspor (TUR) v Saint Johnstone FC (SCO)
KF Tirana (ALB) v Aalesunds FK (NOR)
FC Metalurh Donetsk (UKR) v FK Čelik Nikšić (MNE)
NK Slaven Koprivnica (CRO) v Portadown FC (NIR)
FC Dacia Chişinău (MDA) v IF Elfsborg (SWE)
PFC Levski Sofia (BUL) v FK Sarajevo (BIH)
VMFD Žalgiris (LTU) v VfB Admira Wacker Mödling (AUT)
BSC Young Boys (SUI) v FC Zimbru Chişinău (MDA)
FC Rapid Bucureşti (ROU) v Myllykosken Pallo-47 (FIN)
Servette FC (SUI) v FC Gandzasar Kapan (ARM)
FC Twente (NED) v FC Inter Turku (FIN)
Maccabi Netanya FC (ISR) v KuPS Kuopio (FIN)
NK Osijek (CRO) v Kalmar FF (SWE)
NK Mura (SVN) v PFC CSKA Sofia (BUL)
SK Liepājas Metalurgs (LVA) v Legia Warszawa (POL)
ŠK Slovan Bratislava (SVK) v Videoton FC (HUN)
FK Vojvodina (SRB) v FK Sūduva (LTU)
HNK Hajduk Split (CRO) v Skonto FC (LVA)
NK Široki Brijeg (BIH) v Saint Patrick's Athletic FC (IRL)

Last updated: 13/07/12 9.22CET

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