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HNK Cibalia 0-0 Cliftonville

Cliftonville celebrations in Croatia
Reds players celebrate with manager Eddie Patterson after the final whistle in Croatia

Cliftonville progressed to the third qualifying round of the Europa League after a scoreless draw secured a 1-0 aggregate win over HNK Cibalia.

The Croatian hosts created several chances through Zelkjo Malcic, Tomislav Mazalovic, Ivan Baraban, Mario Lucic, Ninoslav Parmakovic and Petar Tomic.

George McMullan had a couple of chances for the visitors, while Liam Boyce and Mark Patterson had late opportunities.

Cliftonville will now play CSKA Sofia over two legs in the next round.

The Reds had taken a one-goal lead into the second leg thanks to a Ciaran Caldwell strike at Windsor Park last week.

"It was backs to the wall for a lot of the game and we had a few scary moments but defending is part and parcel of the game when you play away from home in Europe," said Cliftonville manager Eddie Patterson after the game.

"The heat was stifling but we had some chances late in the game that could have put us out of sight.

"I'm delighted with the draw and I have nothing but praise for a bunch of part-time players who came up against a full-time outfit and matched them," he added.



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Reds stun Croats in Europa League
23 Jul 10 |  Northern Ireland
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23 Jul 10 |  Northern Ireland
Cliftonville may face CSKA Sofia
16 Jul 10 |  Irish
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15 Jul 10 |  Irish


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