Sligo Rovers have defeated Viking FK 1-0, at home in Showgrounds, but will bow out of Europe for another year after losing 5-2 on aggregate.
The Norwegian side were heavily fancied to go through, but tonight's victory would have left Sligo with a bitter taste, knowing they could have put serious pressure on Viking had it not been for a disappointing 5-1 loss in the first leg.
The win qualifies Viking for the Europa Conference League group stages, which St. Patrick's Athletic will also be looking to qualify for in tonight's other Irish game, against CSKA Sofia.
Sligo's score came via an own goal on the cusp of half-time, courtesy of Sondre Bjorshol, but they were unable to mount a serious comeback, with the tie effectively ended by Viking after their heavy win in Norway.
Sligo's Estonian forward Frank Liivak also missed a penalty for the home side, with Viking keeper Patrik Gunnarsson making a fine double save and denying the rebound as well.
Sligo were gracious in defeat however, as a memorable European run, which included their famous win over Motherwell, come to an end.
'It’s all over here and we win on the night but are out 5-2 on aggregate A fantastic performance from Rovers tonight and throughout our European journey which comes to and end. Thank you to all the fans who were magnificent once again,' Sligo Rovers tweeted at full-time.
Own Goals Gives Sligo Rovers The Win
🥅 | GOAL!@sligorovers take the lead on the night on the brink of half-time, via a wicked deflection! 💫
SR 1-0 Viking FK (Agg: 2-5)
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