Hannover 96 recorded a 2-0 win over St Patrick's Athletic in Germany to qualify for the Playoff Round of the Europa LeagueAfter a 3-0 defeat at the Tallaght Stadium, St Patrick's Athletic faced a difficult challenge at the Hannover Arena, attempting to stage a comeback against Hannover 96. However, a goals in both halves from the Bundesliga side saw Pat's exit the Europa League with a 5-0 aggregate defeat.
Pat's had an early chance to get themselves back into the tie, but Conor Kenna spurned an excellent opportunity, volleying over when bearing down on Hannover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler after just ten minutes. Hannover moved the ball well through the midfield and looked confident and comfortable before opening the scoring on 32 minutes. Hungarian midfielder Szabolcs Huszti was fouled by Ger O'Brien in a dangerous position, and was on hand to deliver in a flighted free-kick which was headed in by Karim Haggui to make it 4-0 on aggregate.
The Germans went two ahead after half-time, with Konstantin Rausch crossing for Swiss defender Mario Eggimann to crack in a header. The game petered out after Hannover's second goal, with Pat's having few chances on goal and Hannover only testing Brendan Clarke from distance. In fact, a long-range effort from Norweigan international forward Mohammed Abdellaoue forced Clarke into a stretch which saw the goalkeeper pick up a slight knock.
Anthony Flood came on as a late sub for the Saints, but was never likely to change the outcome, and picked up a booking while working hard to make an impression. The result was never in doubt as the game wore on, and Hannover qualified easily for the Playoff Round with a 5-0 aggregate victory.