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Cork and Rovers see Europa League dreams come to an end

By Robert Jones

It was a disappointing night for both Irish clubs in Europe as Cork City and Shamrock Rovers saw their Europa League campaigns come to an abrupt end last night.

Cork lost in the stifling heat of Cyprus, falling 1-0 to AEK Larnaca on the night (2-0 on aggregate), while Mlada Boleslav were 2-0 winners over the Rovers, giving them a 5-2 aggregate triumph.

For Cork it was a night where their defence was to the fore, despite being 1-0 down after the first leg, and, despite thwarting several attempts, Larnaca got the only goal in the 34th minute through a Florian header.

Shamrock Rovers fared no better, needing to score at least twice to go through, but conceding twice instead to Jan Chramosta and Golgol Mebrahtu in the first half.

Aberdeen, meanwhile, are through to the next qualifying round after they won 2-0 away to Bosnian outfit Siroki Brijeg, taking the tie 3-1 on aggregate.

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