Shamrock Rovers knocked out despite 2-1 Champions League qualifying win over Bratislava

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Shamrock Rovers Knocked Out Despite 2-1 Champions League Qualifying Win Over Bratislava
Shamrock Rovers bowed out despite a good performance. Picture: INPHO
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James Cox

Shamrock Rovers were knocked out in the first round of the Champions League qualifiers this evening despite a 2-1 victory over Slovan Bratislava at Tallaght Stadium.

Stephen Bradley's side went into the game with a mountain to climb after a 2-0 loss in Slovakia in the first leg.

However, Graham Burke fired them right back into the tie as he scored a 16th-minute penalty.

With just over 20 minute to go, Richie Towell levelled the tie on aggregate with a stunning strike.

It gave Rovers a huge boost, and they looked the most likely to go through as they pushed for a third goal.

However, Bratislava managed to pull themselves back in front as Vladimir Weiss, who recently returned from Euro 2020 duty, scored a vital goal in the 72nd minute.

Aaron Greene and Liam Scales had chances, but Rovers couldn't pull themselves back into the tie.

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Bratislava will now face Swiss club Young Boys in the second qualifying round while Rovers will drop into the UEFA Europa Conference League.

 

 

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