Crusaders, Lincoln, TNS and Pyunik go through

Crusaders FC, The New Saints FC, FC Pyunik and Lincoln FC – who posted Gibraltar's first win in a UEFA men's football competition – all booked spots in the second qualifying round.

FC Levadia Tallinn (EST) 1-1 Crusaders FC (NIR) (agg 1-1, Crusaders win on away goals)
• Michael Carvill's away goal proved decisive in Estonia. The forward gave Crusaders an early lead, scoring with a low shot after Paul Heatley had crossed into the penalty area. Siim Luts equalised with an exquisite free-kick that Sean O'Neill could only help in via the underside of the crossbar.
• Levadia pressed hard after the break – going close through Kaimar Saag's header and defender Taavi Rähn, whose shot was blocked – while Heatley struck the woodwork late on as Crusaders countered.

FC Santa Coloma (AND) 1-2 Lincoln FC (GIB) (agg 1-2)
• Lincoln came from behind to record Gibraltar's first win in a UEFA men's football competition. The only other victory by a team from UEFA's newest member association came in January 2013 against San Marino (7-5) in the UEFA Futsal EURO preliminary round.  
• Trailing to Ildefons Lima's powerful drive, the Red Imps equalised three minutes after the restart when Lee Casciaro, who caused problems with his pace throughout, set up Anthony Bardon. Casciaro landed the knockout blow, getting the better of Santa Coloma keeper Eloy Casals in a one-on-one situation.

The New Saints FC (WAL) 4-1 B36 Tórshavn (FRO) (agg 6-2)
• Michael Wilde registered a hat-trick as TNS cruised into the second qualifying round. The 31-year-old opened the scoring on the quarter-hour mark and then struck the crossbar four minutes later.
• He added his second from an Adrian Cieślewicz cross, completing his treble early in the second half after more link-up play with the Polish-born striker. A memorable night for TNS was rounded off late on by substitute Matthew Williams, although there was still time for Cieślewicz's brother, Łukasz, to provide B36 with a consolation.

SS Folgore (SMR) 1-2 FC Pyunik (ARM) (agg 2-4)
• Pyunik put the tie beyond their Sammarinese opponents with first-half goals from Kamo Hovhannisyan and Vardges Satumyan.
• The Armenian side signalled their intent to banish any disappointment they still harboured at missing a host of chances in the first leg when Zaven Badoyan struck a post after 45 seconds. Michael Traini gave the home fans something to cheer midway through the second period with a close-range finish.

Revised second qualifying round draw
Hibernians FC (MLT) v Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR)
APOEL FC (CYP) v FK Vardar (MKD)
Qarabağ FK (AZE) v FK Rudar Pljevlja (MNE)
FK Sarajevo (BIH) v KKS Lech Poznań (POL)
NK Maribor (SVN) v FC Astana (KAZ)
FC BATE Borisov (BLR) v Dundalk FC (IRL)
HJK Helsinki (FIN) v FK Ventspils (LVA)
FC Midtjylland (DEN) v Lincoln FC (GIB)
Molde FK (NOR) v FC Pyunik (ARM)
Malmö FF (SWE) v FK Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU)
Celtic FC (SCO) v Stjarnan (ISL)
FK AS Trenčín (SVK) v FC Steaua Bucureşti (ROU)
FK Partizan (SRB) v FC Dila Gori (GEO)
PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) v FC Milsami Orhei (MDA)
CS Fola Esch (LUX) v GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
KF Skënderbeu (ALB) v Crusaders FC (NIR)
The New Saints FC (WAL) v Videoton FC (HUN)

• Ties will be played on 14/15 and 21/22 July.

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