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Hibs finish job but it's a night to forget for Lenny

NSI Runavik 4 Hibernian 6

On target: John McGinn scored on his return for Hibernian
On target: John McGinn scored on his return for Hibernian

By Will Jackson

Hibernian escaped embarrassment in the Faroe Islands to advance in the Europa League with a 6-4 win over NSI Runavik.

The Edinburgh side were all but sure of their place in the second round of qualifying after a 6-1 win at Easter Road in the first leg last week but were made to work by the part-timers before clinching a remarkable 12-5 aggregate win.

Klaemint Olsen finished the game with a hat-trick against a woeful Hibs backline and helped put the hosts two goals up inside the opening five minutes - after an Efe Ambrose own goal in the first minute - to give Neil Lennon's side a scare.

John McGinn scored on his return to the team amid speculation of a potential move to Celtic, while David Gray, Lewis Stevenson, Ambrose and Stevie Mallan (two) were also on target to make sure of their progression, but it was by no means impressive.

Despite emerging with a massive seven-goal margin over the two legs, it will go down as a night to forget for Ulsterman Lennon's men.

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