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Cliftonville and Glenavon crash out of Europa League

Glenavon and Cliftonville are both out of the Europa League after second leg defeats.

Glenavon's first leg lead was overturned in Norway by Molde before Cliftonville were beaten in Denmark.

Crusaders, meanwhile, will play as the Irish League's only team in the second qualifying round after dropping out of the Champions League.

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Nordsjaelland 2-1 Cliftonville (3-1 agg)

The Reds surrendered a half-time lead to lose in Denmark.

Things had looked bright at half-time when Joe Gormley's penalty had Barry Gray's side 1-0 up and heading for extra-time, as the score stood.

However, the tie turned on 58 minutes when Godsway Donyoh netted for the hosts and 30 minutes later, Andreas Skov Olsen earned the win on the night to cement his side's spot in the second qualifying round.

Molde 5-1 Glenavon (6-3 agg)

Glenavon suffered a 5-1 away defeat to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Molde.

The Lurgan Blues had snatched a shock 2-1 home win at Mourneview Park last week but without some of their key players, couldn't prevent their hosts romping to a 6-3 aggregate victory in Norway.

James Singleton, Sammy Clingan and Andrew Mitchell again missed out while goalkeeper Jonny Tuffey and the influential Rhys Marshall joined Gary Hamilton's unavailable list.

A Hussain penalty opened the scores before Hestad had the hosts two up by the break. The same man made it three with a smashing effort but Glenavon gave themselves hope when Andy Hall's cross was smashed into his own net by Forren.

That glimmer was darkened in the closing minutes as Hestad completed his hat-trick and a Sarr header made the final score 5-1.

Regardless, Glenavon's home victory over their full-time opponents will live long in the memory at Mourneview Park.

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