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Crusaders knocked out of Europa League by Olimpija Ljubljana

Crusaders 1-1 Olimpija Ljubljana (2-6)

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Europa league qualifier second leg match between Crusaders and  NK Olimpija Ljubljana
Crusaders Paul Heatley celebrates after equalising for the Crues at 1-1
 Mandatory Credit: Stephen Hamilton /Inpho

Europa league qualifier second leg match between Crusaders and NK Olimpija Ljubljana Crusaders Paul Heatley celebrates after equalising for the Crues at 1-1 Mandatory Credit: Stephen Hamilton /Inpho

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Europa league qualifier second leg match between Crusaders and  NK Olimpija Ljubljana
Crusaders Mathew Snoddy.  Mandatory Credit: Stephen Hamilton /Inpho

Europa league qualifier second leg match between Crusaders and NK Olimpija Ljubljana Crusaders Mathew Snoddy. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Hamilton /Inpho

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Europa league qualifier second leg match between Crusaders and NK Olimpija Ljubljana Crusaders Paul Heatley celebrates after equalising for the Crues at 1-1 Mandatory Credit: Stephen Hamilton /Inpho

A 1-1 draw for Crusaders at Seaview against Olimpija Ljubljana saw the Belfast side knocked out of the Europa League 6-2 on aggregate.

Nik Kapun put the visitors ahead on the 15th minute but Crusaders rallied and Paul Heatley leveled the scores four minutes before the break.

A quick free kick caught the Olimpija defence napping and a Matthew Snoddy knock down fell into the path of Snoddy.

the second half saw Olimpija take a grip on the game but they were unable to capitalise on a number of chances.

Watching from the stands was new signing Rory Patterson who was paraded in front of the fans before kick off.

Crusaders begin their league defence at home to Ards on Monday.

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Crusaders new signing Rory Patterson pictured at Seaview with manager Stephen Baxter after signing a one year deal from Derry City.  Mandatory Credit: Stephen Hamilton /Inpho

Crusaders new signing Rory Patterson pictured at Seaview with manager Stephen Baxter after signing a one year deal from Derry City. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Hamilton /Inpho

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Crusaders new signing Rory Patterson pictured at Seaview with manager Stephen Baxter after signing a one year deal from Derry City. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Hamilton /Inpho

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