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Shut-out keeps Hibs in the contest

Hibernian 0-0 Molde

By Andy Newport

Hibernian began life without John McGinn with a scoreless Europa League draw against Molde at Easter Road.

Stevie Mallan almost took on the mantle of Hibernian's midfield lynchpin with an impressive first-half display but he was denied by the crossbar and some decent saves.

Martin Boyle and David Gray also came close for Neil Lennon's side but the visitors were largely comfortable in the final half hour as Hibs seemed to become more wary of the consequences of losing an away goal.

In the end they will travel to Norway for the second leg next week very much in the frame for a play-off spot after keeping a second clean sheet in succession.

Hibs were not only without McGinn following his multi-million pound move to Aston Villa but also injured goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and defender Darren McGregor. But striker Florian Kamberi returned from injury and Emerson Hyndman came close to a late winner after making his debut off the bench following his loan move from Bournemouth.

• Burnley drew 0-0 with Istanbul Basaksehir in the first leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie in Turkey.

Having seen off Aberdeen in the Europa League second qualifying round, Sean Dyche's side embarked on their first overseas adventure in 51 years and ground out a stalemate in front of around 600 travelling fans at the Fatih Terim Stadium.

England international Joe Hart made a couple of decent stops, just 48 hours after signing from Manchester City, but it was a low-quality contest that leaves the tie in the balance ahead of next week's second leg at Turf Moor.

League of Ireland champions Cork City were sunk by a Jonathan Levi brace as Rosenborg seized the initiative at Turner's Cross.

The New Saints also lost 2-0 in their Europa League first leg third qualifying round tie to Danish champions Midtjylland.




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