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Bogdan shines as Hibs hang on

Asteras Tripolis 1 Hibernian 1

By Gavin McCafferty

Goalkeeper Adam Bogdan proved the hero as Hibernian reached the third qualifying round of the Europa League after a nail-biting 1-1 draw against Asteras Tripolis in Greece.

Bogdan produced a string of saves, one of them outstanding, as Hibs held on against 10 men to proceed 4-3 on aggregate.

John McGinn put the visitors ahead in the 43rd minute and Neil Lennon's side looked set to see out the game after Michalis Manias was sent off three minutes into the second half.

But the Greek side were more dangerous with 10 men than 11 and Kosmas Tsilianidis levelled in the 56th minute.

The home side created a number of good chances to get the goal they needed for an away-goals success but Bogdan stood firm to set up a clash against Norwegian side Molde, who knocked out Glenavon in the first qualifying round.

It was a night of redemption for the on-loan Liverpool player after some poor goalkeeping at Easter Road contributed to an early 2-0 lead for the Greek side.

Hibs set about holding on to the lead gained by a thrilling first-leg comeback and started with three central defenders.

The hosts came close two minutes before the opener when Tsilianidis headed against the bar.

But the Greek side were the architects of their own downfall. Masked skipper Matias Iglesias was short with a pass and then slipped to leave Hibs with a two-on-one. Florian Kamberi supplied McGinn, who drilled in.

Hibs' lead looked more comfortable when Manias received his second yellow card after a late challenge on Paul Hanlon after Bogdan had saved his shot.

But Efe Ambrose handed the Greeks the initiative with a rash attempt to steal in front of Tsilianidis, who turned and fired in.

Bogdan made two good saves before a wonderful stop to deny substitute Anastasios Douvikas.

The final whistle was greeted with delight and relief by the travelling Hibs fans.

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