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Live Reporting

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  1. FULL-TIME

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    Well that's that for Linfield in Europe this season.

    After the Europa League heroics last year, they've gone out to the Maltese champions without performing anywhere near their best.

    They rallied a bit at the start of the second half, but were unable to sustain it and suffered after Ross Larkin was sent off.

    That said, Jimmy Callaher came desperately close to equalising in injury time but his header was superbly saved by Akpan.

    Garcia's ninth-minute goal the difference in the end.

  2. Callacher so close for Linfield

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    Jimmy Callacher comes so, so close to equalising for Linfield in injury-time.

    He gets a strong header to a left-wing cross but keeper Ini Akpan makes an outstanding save from close range.

    Manzinga tries an acrobatic volley just after but it goes well over the bar.

  3. Larkin shown a second yellow

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    Ross Larkin won't thank Ethan Boyle for this one.

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    Video caption: Ross Larkin is shown a second yellow card
  4. Linfield challenge fizzling out

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    The Blues started the second half on the front foot.

    For the first 20 minutes they looked threatening, but their challenge has faded since Larkin's sending off.

    Shayne Lavery has just gone down claiming a penalty but it would have been a harsh one.

    Two minutes plus injury time to go.

  5. Bannsiders bounce back

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    Linfield may be trailing, but Coleraine have come back from two goals down to Motherwell to draw 2-2 and take the match at The Showgrounds into extra-time.

    Some effort by Oran Kearney's men up the road.

  6. Blues need Warsaw spirit - Beckett

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    Liam Beckett

    BBC Sport NI summariser

    Quote Message: Linfield were excellent when they went down to 10 men against Legia Warsaw. But tonight's performance - I could see from the start they were going to struggle.
  7. RED CARD

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    Linfield defender Ross Larkin sent off.

    Trying to cover for a poor mistake by Ethan Boyle, the young defender brought Uli Arias down for a second yellow card.

    A tough task just got even harder for the hosts.

  8. Waterworth could make the difference for hosts

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    Liam Beckett

    BBC Sport NI summariser

    Quote Message: Linfield are posing a threat now - there is more ambition being shown. With Andrew Waterworth on now they are more dangerous as he knows where the goal is.
  9. Waterworth straight in

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    With his first touch since coming on, Andy Waterworth swivels and gets a shot in.

    It goes over, but it shows that Waterworth and his predatory instincts could a big weapon for Linfield.

  10. Double substitution for Linfield

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    Andy Waterworth and Christy Manzinga on, Matthew Clarke and Navid Nasseri off.

    Looks a positive double change by David Healy.

    He needed to do something.

  11. Venancio fires wide

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    Floriana have been under pressure most of this half, but they've just fired a wee reminder with a long-range shot from Venancio that went just wide.

  12. Hery flashes wide from close range

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    That could be a big miss from Bastien Hery.

    Great save from the keeper from Stephen's Fallon's initial shot and the ball fell to the Frenchman, but he just couldn't wrap his left foot round the ball and it goes wide.

    Much, much better from Linfield in the first five minutes of the second half, than in all of the first.

  13. Brilliant from Lavery

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    A barnstorming run right at the start of the half from Shayne Lavery.

    Goes pas a few players but is just off balance when getting his shot in and it was an easy save for the keeper.

    Better already from Linfield.

  14. We go again

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    Second half up and running.

  15. Work to do for Blues - Beckett

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    Liam Beckett

    BBC Sport NI summariser

    Quote Message: Linfield's final pass is poor and they've got to start working openings instead of humping it up the middle. The Linfield players are also very quiet - you can hear from the Floriana team.
  16. HALF-TIME

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    Poor half that from Linfield.

    Started at a slow pace and never really got going at all.

    The Maltese champions look comfortable in possession and, while they haven't been overly threatening themselves, it's been a comfortable half for their defence.

    Big team-talk here for Blues boss David Healy. And a few changes off the bench as well, you'd imagine.

  17. Boyle heads wide

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    Ethan Boyle has a decent chance in the air for Linfield, but he fails to get a proper connection on the ball and his header goes wide.

  18. Linfield have their first shot

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    It's taken 44 minutes, but Linfield have finally had a shot on target.

    Navid Nasseri caught it well enough from outside the box, but it was a fairly routine save for Ini Akpan in the visitors' goal.

  19. That looks worrying

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    Marcelo Dias has gone down totally off the ball. The Floriana medical team looked worried, but he has returned to the field of play now.

  20. Lavery looks lonely

    Linfield 0-1 Floriana

    Shayne Lavery will run all day for you. No question.

    But as hard as he is working on his own up front, he's getting very little service - and even less change out of the visitors' back four.

    Andy Waterworth's on the bench. He might be getting out for a good warm-up here at half-time.Just saying.