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St Patrick's kept their Europa League dreams alive with a 1-1 draw against Siroki Brijeg, but Portadown suffered an evening to forget in Croatia.

St Patrick's claim notable draw, but Portadown are hit for six

St Patricks kept their Europa League dreams alive with a 1-1 draw against Siroki Brijeg, but Portadown suffered an evening to forget in Croatia. St Patrick's claimed a notable draw in Bosnia & Herzegovina as they held Siroki Brijeg on the road. Chris Fagan gave the Irish outfit a 12th minute lead, but they were unable to keep 10-man Siroki out and they levelled matters in stoppage-time. Sligo Rovers were unable to keep the Irish flag flying as they went down 3-1 away at Trnava. The Slovakian hosts were always in control of the tie and a consolation strike from Gavin Peers was all Sligo had to show for their efforts. Portadown appear to be heading out of the competition after suffering a 6-0 defeat to Belup. Nikola Rak proved to be their tormentor in chief as he netted a hat-trick.

Thriller

Russian superpowers Anzhi Makhachkala edged past Hungarian side Honved, with Brazilian midfielder Jucilei grabbing the only goal of the game. Vitesse Arnhem were involved in an eight-goal thriller with Lokomotiv Plovdiv, with a topsy-turvy encounter ending 4-4. Another Dutch side in action on Thursday were Steve McClaren's FC Twente, and they were held to a 1-1 draw by Inter Turku on home soil. Czech outfit Plzen saw off Rustavi 3-1, while Gent ended out Differdange 1-0. Among the other notable scorelines on a busy night of second qualifying round action was APOEL's 2-0 victory over Senica.

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