Bohemians suffer European heartbreak after penalty loss

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Bohemians Suffer European Heartbreak After Penalty Loss
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James Cox
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Bohemians lost 4-2 on penalties

Bohemians' first European tie in eight years ended in heartbreak as they bowed out of the Europa League qualifiers following a penalty shootout loss to Fehérvár in Hungary.

Fehervar sit 250 places above the Gypsies in the European club index but you would not have known it as Keith Long's side came very close to causing an upset.

Bohemians made the perfect start as Kris Twardek's ball into the box was converted by Keith Ward.

It was all going well for Bohemians until eight minutes before the break when Robert Cornwall fouled a Fehérvár player in the box.

Nemanja Nikolic levelled things up with a well struck penalty.

The second-half was fiercely contested and Cornwall redeemed himself with some great defending, preventing Nikolic from scoring his second.

Bohemians players celebrate Keith Ward's goal. Image:Inpho
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The game went to extra-time with neither side able to find the winner.

Bohemians started the additional time well, with Twardek carving out a couple of chances with his excellent work rate.

Fatigue set in for both sides as the game approached the 120th minute and the game went to penalties.

The whole Bohemians side impressed but standout performers included Dan Casey, Anthony Breslin and Andy Lyons.

Danny Mandroiu and Conor Levingston scored their penalties but misses from Casey and Twardek (both of whom put in a great shift) saw Bohemians fall to a 4-2 shootout loss.

It was a cruel way for them to crash out but Bohemians can be proud of their performance.

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