Europa League 1st QR 2nd Leg - NSI Runavik 4-6 Hibs

Hibs progressed to the 2nd qualifying round of the Uefa Europa League in an incredible game in the Faroe Islands this evening

The Hibees leading 6-1 from the 1st leg ran out 4-6 winners and 5-12 on aggregate.

In almost farcical scenes of deep fog, that at times you couldn't see anything on the TV, the visitors were down 0-2 within 5 minutes, after an Ambrose own goal gave Runavik the lead within a minute. Olsen grabbed the second.

The Hibees then came storming back through John McGinn (Yes we can play him, he's still a Hibs player) on 10 minutes, knocking a David Gray cross past the keeper and an absolute rocket from 20 yards from Lewis Stevenson.

Runavik then regained the lead on 35 minutes when Marvin Bartley was robbed in midfield (it looked a free-kick to us!) and Olsen was fed the ball, which he smashed past Bogdan in the Hibs goal.

Incredibly, Hibs made it 3-3 right on the stroke of half-time, by which time a thick fog descended on the match.

David Gray coming in at the back post and finishing a John McGinn cross.

The second half started as the first finished, a huge fog blanket and goals!!!

Hibs took the lead for the first time on 50 minutes, when Efe Ambrose, knocked the ball home from point-blank range to make it 3-4.

Just as it looked like the Hibees had taken control, up popped that man Olsen to grab his hat-trick, with a clever dinked finish over Bogdan to make it 4-4 after 57 minutes!!!!

The game then turned in to the Stevie Mallan show, first he hit an absolute beauty of a free-kick past the keeper from 30 yards, to make it 4-5 on 70 minutes.

Mallan then made it 4-6 on 77 minutes, hitting a speculative shot from 35+ yards that seemed to swerve or catch a deflection, and left the goalkeeper all ends up.

Hibs will now face Greek side Asteras Tripolis in the next round.

Hibs: Bogdan; Ambrose, Porteous; Whittaker (Slivka 78), Bartley (Gullan 88); Gray, Mallan, McGinn, Stevenson; Kamberi, Shaw (Swanson 78).

Unused subs: Laidlaw, McGregor, Martin, Mackie.

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