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Irish League sides Cliftonville and Crusaders have both been knocked out of the Europa League with aggregate losses to Kalmar and Rosenborg respectively

Portadown are the only Northern Irish side left in the Europa League after Crusaders and Cliftonville both suffered defeats which knocked them out at the First Qualifying Round.

Holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg at Solitude in Belfast, Cliftonville saw their advantage quickly disappear in Sweden as Kalmar FF scored twice in the first 16 minutes to go 2-1 up on aggregate. Erik Israelsson and Nenad Djordjevic found the net for the Red Brothers with Abiola Dauda adding a third before half-time.

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completed the rout from the penalty spot in the 91st minute to see Kalmar progress 4-1 on aggregate.

Crusaders had suffered a 3-0 home defeat and knew that they faced an uphill struggle in Norway against Rosenborg. The hosts seemed relaxed and confident, giving 19-year-old striker Daniel Berntsen his first European start. The youngster epitomised the Norweigan's attitude to the game with an early backheel.

Rosenborg had the majority of the possession in the first half, but could not make the breakthrough. Daniel Holm saw a 57th minute penalty saved by Sean O'Neill, but finally gave their fans something to cheer about in the 81st minute when Peter Ankersen scored from range.

It was a deserved win for Rosenborg as Crues could not muster a shot on target, and lost 4-0 on aggregate.

Portadown will enter the Europa League at the Second Qualifying Round, where they meet Croatian side Slaven Belupo.

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