Hibernians were leading 2-1 but ended losing 5-2 to FK Sarajevo at the Asim Ferhatovi? Hase Stadion in the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round first leg after having a player sent off early in the second half.
This result hardly leaves any chances for Michael Woods’ side to reach the second qualifying round.
Hibernians lacked Footballer of the Year Clayton Failla after he was granted permission not to travel with the squad as he will be getting married on Saturday.
FK Sarajevo had an excellent start, taking the lead after just two minutes through Asmir Sulji?.
Hibernians equalised thanks to a goal by Jean Paul Farrugis and Rodolfo Soares put the Paolites ahead.
However one minute in added time, before the end of the first half, Sedin Torlak restored equilibrium for Sarajevo.
Seven minutes in the second half, Rodolfo Soares floored Husejinovi? inside the area. Referee Goran Spirkoski ordered a penalty and sent off the Hibs defender. From the penalty spot, Žarko Karamati? made it 3-2.
Sarajevo increased the lead further on 79 minutes thanks to Emir Hadži? and Ivan Tatomirovi? sealed the issue with a fifth goal on the 90th.
The second leg will be played at the Hibernians Stadium on Thursday.
SARAJEVO Adi Adilovi?, Ivan Sesar, Sedin Torlak, Said Husejinovi?, Ivan Tatomirovi?, Boris Guji? (84′ Radan Sunjevari?), Nermin Haski?, Mario Tadejevi? (46′ Žarko Karamati?), Nemanja Zlatkovi?, Denis ?omor (68′ Emir Hadži?), Asmir Sulji?.
HIBERNIANS Mario Muscat, Edward Herrera, Adrian Pulis, Ryan Camilleri, Rodolfo Soares, Marcelo Dias (77′ Steve Pisani), Andrew Cohen (85′ Triston Caruana), Bjorn Kristensen, Jackson Lima, Jason Vandelannoite, Jean Paul Farrugia.
Referee: Goran Spirkoski (MKD)
Assistant referees: Kiril Negrieski (MKD), Isa Emurli (MKD)
Fourth official: Faton Mustafi (MKD)
Yellow Cards: Herrera