Europa League - Qualifying First Round - 1st Leg
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Europa League first qualifying round: Gritty Reds lose at home to Norwegians

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Reds suffer narrow defeat at Solitude

Cliftonville suffered a 1-0 defeat by FK Haugesund of Norway in Thursday's Europa League first-round qualifier at Solitude.

A first-half goal by Christian Grindheim won the game as the Reds produced a gritty home display.

Torbjorn Kallevag will miss next Thursday's return leg after receiving a straight red card for a high challenge on Conor McDermott.

Austrian club Sturm Graz will face the winners in the second qualifying round.

It will be a difficult challenge for the Reds to overturn the one-goal deficit in the second leg, but they will take confidence from a performance in which they looked compact in defence and dangerous when going forward.

Grindheim's goal arrived in the 42nd minute when the forward displayed good technique to apply a neat finish past Richard Brush from a Mikkel Desler cross after a sweeping move down the right.

Cliftonville almost made a perfect start to the tie when striker Joe Gormley fired a shot over the crossbar from a Gary Breen free-kick after just 30 seconds.

Grindheim's goal was the difference between the sides at Solitude
Grindheim's goal was the difference between the sides at Solitude

The club's record goalscorer, who was on target in his side's 4-0 win over Barry Town in the preliminary round, threatened again in the 12th minute when he sliced wide with a shot on the turn.

On-loan Derry City full-back McDermott ensured the match remained goalless with a fantastic goal-line clearance from an Ibrahima Kone shot from six yards out.

Reds captain Chris Curran then failed to connect with a McDermott cross before the visitors took the lead through Grindheim.

Cliftonville remained well in the game throuighout the second half and, after home keeper Brush had made a good save from a Niklas Sandberg free-kick, Levi Ives fired wide with a half-volley from distance.

Reds forward Rory Donnelly then had a scrambled back-post effort turned round the post by visiting keeper Sandvik before Kallevag saw red with a poor challenge on McDermott that was late and high-footed.

Ives threatened again with a curling free-kick as the visitors held on to take a one-goal lead back to Norway.

Line-ups

Cliftonville

  • 1Brush
  • 11DonnellyBooked at 37mins
  • 7CurranSubstituted forCurranat 67'minutes
  • 3Ives
  • 2McDermott
  • 17Doherty
  • 32GormanSubstituted forMaguireat 87'minutes
  • 4BreenBooked at 76mins
  • 16Bagnall
  • 24McMenaminBooked at 86mins
  • 19Gormley

Substitutes

  • 6Harney
  • 8Harkin
  • 9Curran
  • 12Foster
  • 14Wilson
  • 20Dunne
  • 23Maguire

FK Haugesund

  • 12Sandvik
  • 2Bergqvist
  • 5Tiedemann Hansen
  • 10SandbergBooked at 54mins
  • 8Tronstad
  • 7GrindheimSubstituted forKrygårdat 45'minutes
  • 14KallevågBooked at 79mins
  • 20KoneBooked at 24minsSubstituted forVeldeat 33'minutes
  • 11SamuelsenSubstituted forPallesen Knudsenat 82'minutes
  • 16Santos Leite
  • 19Desler

Substitutes

  • 1Gostomski
  • 4Pallesen Knudsen
  • 23Pedersen
  • 33Velde
  • 34Krygård
  • 35Ikedi
  • 36Ndayisenga
Referee:
Laurent Kopriwa
Attendance:
1,342

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 11th July 2019

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Leverkusen6411169713
2Zürich631276110
3AEK Larnaca6123612-65
4Ludogorets604257-24

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg66001761118
2Celtic630368-29
3RB Leipzig62139817
4Rosenborg6015414-101

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg632165111
2Slavia Prague631243110
3Bordeaux62136607
4FC Copenhagen612335-25

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Zagreb6420113814
2Fenerbahçe62227708
3Spartak Trnava621347-37
4Anderlecht603327-53

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal65101221016
2Sporting64111331013
3Vorskla Poltava6105413-93
4FK Qarabag6105213-113

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Betis633072512
2Olympiakos6312116510
3AC Milan6312129310
4F91 Dudelange6015316-131

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Villarreal6240125710
2Rapid Vienna631269-310
3Rangers61328806
4Spartak Moscow6123812-45

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Frankfurt66001751218
2Lazio6303911-29
3Apollon Limassol6213101007
4Marseille6015616-101

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KRC Genk6321148611
2Malmö FF62317619
3Besiktas6213911-27
4Sarpsborg 086123813-55

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla64021861212
2FK Krasnodar640288012
3Standard Liege631279-210
4Akhisarspor6015414-101

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev6321107311
2Rennes630378-19
3FC Astana62227708
4FK Jablonec612368-25

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea6510123916
2BATE Borisov63039909
3MOL Vidi621357-27
4PAOK Salonika6105512-73
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