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Surprise wins for Domzale and Spartak Trnava

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Baku, July 29, AZERTAC

Domzale were the shock winners in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg, while Shkendija's remarkable story shows no signs of stopping, according to UEFA.

Two Matic Crnic goals gave Slovenian side Domzale a 2-1 home win against West Ham, leaving the Hammers with a deficit to overturn in next week's second leg – the first game at their new stadium. Spartak Trnava, meanwhile, won 1-0 at Austria Wien thanks to Robert Tambe's goal in the first minute of the second half.

Shkendija's most successful European campaign so far continued with a 2-0 home win against Czech side Mlada Boleslav 2-0 with close-range goals from Stenio Junior and captain Feran Hasan in Skopje. A third consecutive home victory without conceding means the Red and Blacks are close to becoming only the second Macedonian club to reach the UEFA Europa League play-off, following Rabotnicki's lead from 2011/12 and 2015/16.

One fairytale that looks to be over is Birkirkara, beaten 3-0 in Malta by Krasnodar, while Gent were the night's big winners with a 5-0 home defeat of Romania's Viitorul. French sides LOSC and St-Étienne were both held at home, by Qäbälä and AEK Athens respectively, while Vedad Ibišević's 28th-minute goal proved enough for Hertha Berlin to beat Brøndby in Berlin.

Meanwhile, the game between Heracles and Arouca, who were both making their European debuts, ended all square.

AEK Larnaca 1-1 Spartak Moskva

Olexandriya 0-3 Hajduk Split

Heracles 1-1 Arouca

LOSC Lille 1-1 Qabala

Jelgava 1-1 Beitar Jerusalem

Torpedo Zhodino 0-0 Rapid Wien

Zaglębie 1-2 SonderjyskE

Slavia Praha 0-0 Rio Ave

Austria Wien 0-1 Spartak Trnava

Lokomotiva Zagreb 0-0 Vorskla

Goteborg 1-2 HJK Helsinki

Birkirkara 0-3 Krasnodar

İstanbul Basaksehir 0-0 Rijeka

Grasshoppers 2-1 Apollon

Luzern 1-1 Sassuolo

Osmanlıspor 1-0 Kalju

Genk 1-0 Cork City

Pandurii 1-3 Macaabi Tel-Aviv

Panathinaikos 1-0 AIK Solna

Vojvodina 1-1 Dinamo Minsk

Shkëndija 2-0 Mlada Boleslav

Hertha Berlin 1-0 Brondby

Gent 5-0 Viitorul

Videoton 0-1 Midtjylland

Domzale 2-1 West Ham

AZ Alkmaar 1-0 Giannina

Aberdeen 1-1 Maribor

St-Etienne 0-0 AEK Athens

Admira 1-2 Slovan Liberec

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