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Haugesund 5-1 Cliftonville [6-1 on aggregate]

Cliftonville exited the Europa League on a chastening night in Norway.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, the Reds fell behind early on when Kristopher Velde curled in a delightful opener but levelled on the night when Conor McMenamin slammed home after good work from Joe Gormley.

Before half-time, however, the hosts netted a further two goals – a Niklas Sandberg header and disputed finish from Ibrahima Kone – and began the second period by powering home a fourth through Bruno Leite.

An eye-catching fifth from the in-form Velde would duly follow as Haugesund sealed the scoring en route to a Second Qualifying Round encounter with Sturm Graz.

Full report to follow…