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Cork's Joel Coustrain reacts to a missed chance.
Cork's Joel Coustrain reacts to a missed chance.
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Heartbreak for Cork City in Luxembourg, as they miss out on clash with Rangers

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg, John Cotter’s side brought the tie level on aggregate, before conceding.
Jul 18th 2019, 8:34 PM 26,279 14

CORK CITY WON 2-1 on the night, but suffered an agonising aggregate 3-2 loss to Progrès Niederkorn in the Europa League first qualifying round this evening.

Trailing 2-0 following a disastrous first leg in Turner’s Cross, not many critics were expecting John Cotter’s side to advance following that setback.

However, Garry Buckley’s volley from outside the box gave his side the perfect start, as the visitors took the lead after three minutes.

Karl Sheppard, Daire O’Connor and Joel Coustrain all wasted opportunities to score, before Conor McCarthy’s header levelled the tie on 47 minutes.

But just as it looked as if the League of Ireland team were set to complete an unlikely comeback, Issa Bah’s goal midway through the second half put the hosts back in control of the tie.

It ultimately was enough for the Luxembourg side, as they saw the game out and set up a second-round clash with Steven Gerrard’s Rangers. 

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