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Hibs crash out after embarrassing defeat to Malmo

ESPN staff
July 25, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
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Hibernian's European adventure came to an end in embarrassing style as they crashed out of the Europa League second qualifying round after suffering a 7-0 defeat to Malmo at Easter Road.

The task was always going to be a difficult one for Hibs, who trailed by two goals from Jiloan Hamad and Magnus Eriksson following last week's meeting in Sweden.

Eriksson added to his goal from the first leg when he opened the scoring after 20 minutes, before a Rowan Vine effort was ruled offside for the Leith outfit.

There was a further setback when James McPake limped out of the action before the onslaught by the Swedes continued.

Emil Forsberg doubled the lead on the night on 25 minutes and Markus Halsti effectively ended the tie as a contest four minutes later.

But there was no let up from the visitors and Miiko Albornoz also added his name to the scoresheet four minutes before the break.

Tokelo Rantie helped himself to a goal on the hour mark, before Hamad scored five minutes later and substitute Simon Kroon completed the rout for the rampant Swedes on 72 minutes.

The emphatic win ensured Malmo progressed to a meeting with Swansea, ending any hope of a 'Battle of Britain' clash in the next round.

St Johnstone pulled off one of the biggest shocks in the club's 128-year history by completing a remarkable 2-1 aggregate win over Rosenborg to send the Norwegian spinning out of the Europa League.

The Perth outfit stunned the 22-time Norwegian champions with Frazer Wright's winner in Trondheim and then completed the job at McDiarmid as young striker Stevie May netted a precious equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw and a safe passage to the third qualifying round.

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