The New Saints 0-2 Midtjylland
The New Saints lost their Europa League first leg third qualifying round tie 0-2 to Danish champions Midtjylland.
Paul Onuachu opened the scoring for the visitors after nine minutes, and claimed his second of the evening 20 minutes later following a Jakob Poulsen corner.
Mayron George had the best chance of the second half but Saints goalkeeper Paul Harrison parried the shot.
The second leg takes place in Denmark on Thursday, 16 August
Saints manager Scott Ruscoe insists his side are still in the tie.
"That's no disgrace, getting beaten 2-0. The gulf in class between the two sides is massive," he said.
"Yes we conceded by two set plays, but they score every game by set plays. It was a little bit easy maybe and not enough pressure in there.
"We had chances in the first half to possibly get a goal because we broke well and I thought we were a little bit indecisive."
The Danes, who are owned by Brentford owner Matthew Benham, reached the Europa League's last 32 in 2016, but were knocked out by Manchester United having won the first leg 2-1 in Denmark.
They dropped into this season's Europa League after they were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Astana of Kazakhstan in the Champions League qualifiers.
Having themselves been knocked out of the Champions League, New Saints overcame Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar to progress in the Europa League.
Thursday's tie was switched to Cardiff City Stadium as Uefa regulations mean Saints' Park Hall in Oswestry is unable to stage games after the second qualifying round.
The winner after the second leg will face the losers of the Champions League tie between Malmo of Sweden and Hungary's Videoton in the Europa League play-offs.
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