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Port Talbot 0-4 TPS Turku (1-7 agg)

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Port Talbot tumbled out of the Europa League first qualifying round after a 4-0 loss to Turku in the second leg at home, losing 7-1 on aggregate.

Trailing 3-1 from the first leg in Finland, the Steelmen conceded two more goals before half-time as Wusu Babatunde and Toni Kolehmainen struck.

TPS' two-goal hero from the first leg, Riku Riski, made it 3-0 on the night after he struck in the 66th minute.

His younger brother, Roope, came off the bench to add an injury-time fourth.

The game was preceded by an incident of high farce, as the TPS players decided that the changing facilities at the GenQuip Stadium were not up to the standards they were accustomed to.

Despite the facilities having passed the standards laid down by European governing body Uefa, the Finnish players decided to change into playing kit at their hotel before arriving at the stadium.


Port Talbot boss Mark Jones:
"It was tough, they came a lot sharper than they were the first game, we might have rattled them a little in the second half and put them on their toes and made them come even stronger.

"They were tougher to break down, they were more physical, I think they handled the physical battle really well and the centre-half [Jarno Heinikangas] for them made a real difference to them.

"We passed all our Uefa ground assessments to have the game played here, if they didn't like changing here why didn't they go home and give us the tie?

"It's a little bit [disrespectful], it's like me not coming in your house for a cup of tea because I don't like it


Port Talbot: Kendall, Grist, Lewis, Rees, Surman, Rose, McCreesh, Barrow, John, Holland, Palmer. Subs: Burnett, De Vulgt, Fahiya, Thomas, Bowen, Brooks, Phillips.

TPS: Moisander, Nyberg, Rahmonen, Heinikangas, Manninen, Riku Riski, Aaritalo, Kolehmainen, Johansson, Cleaver, Babatunde. Subs: Tuomala, Liespuu, Jovanovic, Milsom, Roope Riski, Makinen, Virtanen.

Referee: Petur Reinert (Faroe Islands).



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