Europa League - Qualifying First Round - 1st Leg
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Hibernian 6-1 NSÍ Runavík

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Highlights: Hibernian 6-1 NSI Runavik

Hibernian brushed aside NSI Runavik to take a handsome first-leg lead to the Faroe Islands in the Europa League first qualifying round.

Swiss striker Florian Kamberi hit a hat-trick, his third coming after Oli Shaw and Stevie Mallan had scored.

Runavik played the last hour with 10 men after Einar Trondargjogv was sent off for a rash challenge.

Petur Knudsen took advantage of a deflection to pull one back, but Mallan's free-kick made it six.

Hibs could have won by more in a dominant start to the season, and their passage to the next round already looks assured.

There was huge anticipation from the home support given the success of last season and the Hibernian players began the match very much on the front foot.

Martin Boyle used his electric pace to take him clear of the trailing Runavík defenders and his cross appeared to come off the arm of Trondargjogv, but the Lithuanian referee waived away the claims.

However, he was in no doubt seconds later when Kamberi was bundled to the ground by the same player and the Swiss-born striker fired home from the spot.

It was two when Boyle's cross was met by Kamberi who flicked the ball home from close range.

Einar Trondargjogv is sent off for Runavik
Runavik's Einar Trondargjogv (second left) was sent off with just under an hour still to play

The Faroese side already looked out of their depth and number goal number three came when Shaw, who only turned 20 in March, collected the ball just outside the 18-yard box and thundered a left foot shot beyond the outstretched arms of Tordur Thomsen.

And there was more woe for the small band of visiting fans when Trondargjogv was shown a straight red card after a vicious challenge on Boyle on the half-way line.

Mallan looked as if he had been part of the Hibernian midfield for years, and he got in on the scoring thanks to a huge mistake by the visiting goalkeeper.

A speculative effort from distance slithered through the hands of Thomsen.

Kamberi despatched the ball low into the bottom corner to complete his hat-trick, the 23 year year old showing his form from last season was no flash in the pan. Manager Neil Lennon decided to take no risks with the striker and quickly replaced him with Simon Murray.

There was consolation for the visitors shortly after when Knudsen fired in a free-kick that was deflected beyond goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.

Hibernian strived for more goals and Shaw should have added to the tally when sent clean through by Vykintas Slivka, only to pull his shot wide.

Hibernian midfielder John McGinn (left) watches the game from the stand
Celtic target John McGinn (left) watched the game from the stand, manager Neil Lennon saying he was "not 100% fit"

Boyle was having a fine game and he sent another teasing cross into the box that was met by the head of Lewis Stevenson only for the ball to come crashing back off the outside of the upright.

And Mallan also tested the woodwork with a terrific effort from 35 yards which hammered of the top of the crossbar.

But he didn't have to wait long for his second of the evening.

From a free-kick 25 yards from goal he clipped the ball over the defensive wall, and despite Thomsen getting his fingertips to it the ball hit the inside of the post and into the net.

Line-ups

Hibernian

  • 31Bogdan
  • 4Hanlon
  • 10Boyle
  • 14Mallan
  • 3Whittaker
  • 22KamberiBooked at 6minsSubstituted forMurrayat 51'minutes
  • 8Slivka
  • 16Stevenson
  • 32ShawSubstituted forBartleyat 82'minutes
  • 25Ambrose
  • 24McGregorBooked at 52minsSubstituted forSwansonat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 6Bartley
  • 11Swanson
  • 15Murray
  • 21Laidlaw
  • 26Martin
  • 36Porteous

NSÍ Runavík

  • 55Thomsen
  • 5DavidsenSubstituted forLanggaardat 45'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 10Olsen
  • 4Joensen
  • 11FrederiksbergSubstituted forBenjaminsenat 45'minutes
  • 24HansenSubstituted forOlsenat 40'minutes
  • 13Justinussen
  • 7Benjaminsen
  • 12Trondargjogv HansenBooked at 33mins
  • 22Hansen
  • 16Knudsen

Substitutes

  • 2Langgaard
  • 14Mortensen
  • 15Hentze
  • 17Benjaminsen
  • 18Olsen
  • 20Mortensen
  • 31Gango
Referee:
Manfredas Lukjancukas
Attendance:
12,501

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 12th July 2018

As It Stood

A

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1Villarreal6321106411
2FC Astana6312107310
3Slavia Prague62226608
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv611418-74

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev6411159613
2Partizan Belgrade622289-18
3Young Boys613278-16
4Skenderbeu6123610-45

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga631298110
2Ludogorets62317529
3Istanbul Basaksehir622278-18
4Hoffenheim6123810-25

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1AC Milan6321136711
2AEK Athens61506518
3HNK Rijeka62131112-17
4Austria Vienna6123916-75

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atalanta64201441014
2Lyon6321114711
3Everton6114715-84
4Apollon Limassol6033514-93

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lokomotiv Moscow632194511
2FC Copenhagen62317349
3Sheriff Tiraspol62314409
4Zlín6024110-92

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Viktoria Plzen6402138512
2Steaua Bucharest631297210
3Lugano6303911-29
4Hapoel Be'er Sheva6114510-54

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal64111441013
2Red Star Belgrade62313219
3Köln620478-16
4BATE Borisov6123616-105

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg633071612
2Marseille62224408
3Konyaspor613246-26
4Vitória Guimarães612359-45

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao632185311
2Östersunds FK632184411
3Zorya Luhansk620439-66
4Hertha Berlin612367-15

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio6411127513
2Nice630312759
3SV Zulte Waregem6213813-57
4Vitesse6123510-55

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg65101751216
2Real Sociedad64021661012
3Rosenborg6123611-55
4Vardar6015320-171
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