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In pictures: Cliftonville edged out by 10 man Haugesund as Europa League tie poised ahead of second leg

Cliftonville 0-1 Haugesund

Cliftonville's Chris Curran was one of the players who had a near miss at Solitude.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Cliftonville's Chris Curran was one of the players who had a near miss at Solitude. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/07/2019 Cliftonville v FK Haugesund Europa League FK HaugesundÕs Torbjorn Kallevag is sent off during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/07/2019 Cliftonville v FK Haugesund Europa League FK HaugesundÕs Torbjorn Kallevag is sent off during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/07/2019 Cliftonville v FK Haugesund Europa League CliftonvilleÕs Joe Gormley and FK HaugesundÕs Nicklas Sandberg during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/07/2019 Cliftonville v FK Haugesund Europa League CliftonvilleÕs Rory Donnelly and FK HaugesundÕs Helge Sandvik during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/07/2019 Cliftonville v FK Haugesund Europa League FK HaugesundÕs Christian Grindheim scores during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 11/07/2019 Cliftonville v FK Haugesund Europa League CliftonvilleÕs Joe Gormley and FK HaugesundÕs Joakim Vage Nilsen during this evenings game at Solitude in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Cliftonville are still in with a chance of progressing through a second European round after being edged out 1-0 by Haugesund in the first leg at Solitude.

In a quick start, Joe Gormley blasted over for the Reds and that frustration in front of goal was to be a theme as the night wore on.

Chris Curran had glanced a header wide by the time the deadlock was broken just three minutes before the break as Christian Grinheim converted Mikkel Desler's cross.

The Reds pressed forward during the second period but just couldn't provide the finishing touch as Rory Donnelly tested the goalkeeper and miscued a header.

Cliftonville's chances of getting a leveller were increased with 12 minutes to go as Torbjorn Kallevag was sent off for a high boot that caught McDermott.

The hosts did continue to push but when Conor McMenamin's header was put behind and the keeper stopped Levi Ives free-kick, a frustrating night came to an end.

The Reds have at least kept the tie well and truly alive ahead of next week's return leg in Norway.

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