Europa League - Qualifying First Round - 2nd Leg
NSÍ Runavík4Hibernian6

Europa League qualifier: Runavík 4-6 Hibernian (5-12)

John McGinn (centre) celebrates his goal for Hibs against Runavik
John McGinn (centre) scored Hibs' first goal against Runavik

Hibernian lost two goals in the opening six minutes before recovering to record a remarkable 6-4 victory against Runavik in their Europa League qualifier.

The Easter Road side eased into the second qualifying round 12-5 on aggregate but only after Efe Ambrose's own goal and the first of Klaemint Olsen's hat-trick left them trailing.

John McGinn - playing amid interest from Celtic - and Lewis Stevenson hauled Hibs level before a further two goals were traded before the break.

Ambrose scored at the other end and Stevie Mallan netted two more to ensure Hibs were not embarrassed against a side who currently sit fifth in the Faroe Islands top flight.

Neil Lennon's side now progress to host Asteras Tripolis, who finished fifth in the Greek Superleague last season, in the second round of qualifying next week.

Runavik had defeated Linfield 4-3 at home in 2015 and edged out Dinamo Tbilisi 1-0 seven years earlier only to exit on aggregate. But they had never got through a two-legged European tie.

Despite the match being moved to the 6,000-capacity Toftir venue from Runavik's smaller home stadium, a sparse crowd indicated that the home support had little belief in even a consolation win.

It seemed the main talking point would be the decision of Lennon to field McGinn - who had missed the first leg through injury - thus ruling him out of Celtic's Champions League qualifying campaign should the Glasgow club be successful with a third summer approach.

Klaemint Olsen scores for Runavik against Hibs
Klaemint Olsen scored a hat-trick for Runvavik against Hibs

How the madness unfolded

  • 1-0: Hibs, bereft of Paul Hanlon's steadying influence in defence, fall behind within a minute as Jann Benjaminsen's low cross is sliced into his own net by Ambrose.
  • 2-0: Pol Johannus Justinussen's low cross from the other wing is bundled past goalkeeper Adam Bogdan by Olsen.
  • 2-1: Gray's cross to the back post is half-volleyed home by McGinn from close range.
  • 2-2: From Mallan's clever cut-back at a corner, Stevenson thunders a 20-yard drive in off a post.
  • 3-2: Runavik are back in front when Justinussen again lays the ball into the path of Olsen, whose low drive from the edge of the box nestles in the net.
  • 3-3: Gray volleys home from close range at the back post in first-half stoppage time.
  • 3-4: Ambrose gives Hibs the lead with a close-range finish from a McGinn free-kick five minutes after the break as a thick mist descends.
  • 4-4: Olsen pounces on a poor back-header from Ryan Porteous to cleverly chip the advancing Bogdan.
  • 4-5: Mallan, Hibs' summer signing from Barnsley, curls a fine 25-yard free-kick into the top corner.
  • 4-6: Mallan adds his second as his dipping drive from long range loops over deceived goalkeeper Eli Joensen, who had been given a late call-up following a post-match injury to Tordur Thomsen.

Line-ups

NSÍ Runavík

  • 25Joensen
  • 10OlsenSubstituted forMortensenat 74'minutes
  • 4Joensen
  • 2Langgaard
  • 13Justinussen
  • 16KnudsenBooked at 44mins
  • 7Benjaminsen
  • 22Hansen
  • 15Hentze
  • 17BenjaminsenSubstituted forMortensenat 88'minutes
  • 18OlsenSubstituted forHansenat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Davidsen
  • 9Dalbud
  • 11Frederiksberg
  • 14Mortensen
  • 20Mortensen
  • 24Hansen
  • 55Thomsen

Hibernian

  • 31Bogdan
  • 14Mallan
  • 7McGinn
  • 3WhittakerSubstituted forSlivkaat 77'minutes
  • 2Gray
  • 6BartleySubstituted forGullanat 88'minutes
  • 16Stevenson
  • 36Porteous
  • 22Kamberi
  • 25Ambrose
  • 32ShawSubstituted forSwansonat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Slivka
  • 11Swanson
  • 21Laidlaw
  • 24McGregor
  • 26Martin
  • 43Mackie
  • 47Gullan
Referee:
Luis Miguel Teixeira
Attendance:
587

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 19th July 2018

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
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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