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Hibernians undone by Gromyko goal against Shakhtyor
Times of Malta
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 21:09

Hibernians undone by Gromyko goal against Shakhtyor

Times of Malta
Thu, 11 Jul 2019 21:09

A second-half goal from Valeriy Gromyko earned Shakhtyor a narrow victory over Hibernians in the first leg of the Europa League qualifier at the Shakhtyor Stadium, yesterday.

Hibernians undone by Gromyko goal against Shakhtyor


Shakhtyor were the most dangerous side on the field but failed to capitalise on their chances as they will return to the second leg in Malta with a slender advantage, next Thursday.

Stefano Sanderra’s side, on their part, put a solid display despite being their first competitive game of the season against a side who are already 14 games into their Belarussian championship.

Three players were handed a Hibs debut by coach Sanderra with Malta international Ferdinando Apap pairing with Andrei Agius at central defence while Leonardo Nanni and Terence Groothusen started up front, in a 4-1-4-1 tactical shape.

Late in the game, the Italian tactician deployed the other newcomer Jens Wemmer into the field, in an attempt to salvage a late draw.

Hibernians will be looking to cancel the one-goal deficit to advance into the second qualifying round of the Europa League for the first time, come next week.

The first noteworthy action of the game came through Jake Grech who let fly a shot from the edge of the area but his...