Hibernians secured a place in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa Conference League thanks to a 1-1 draw in the second leg of the second qualifying round at the A Le Coq Arena – Lillekula Stadium in Tallinn on Thursday for a 4-3 aggregate score.
This is the second time, the Paolites made it to the third qualifying round and ironically, their opponents were another team from Latvia – Riga FC. This time, Hibs will be facing FK Rigas Futbola Skola with the first leg scheduled to be played in Riga next week.
After missing a couple of good opportunities during the first half, Hibernians managed to take the lead on the 78th minute when off a Jurgen Degabriele corner from the left, Ferdinando Apap rose high to head home.
Levadia equalised a minute later when former Birkirkara striker Liliu gained possession on the right and served Karl Rudolf Oigus who tapped the ball home from close range.
LEVADIA Karl Andre Vallner, Milan Mitrovic, Maximiliano Ugge, Brent Lepistu, Ernest Agyiri, Robert Kirss, Artur Pikk (73′ Karl Rudolf Oigus), Murad Velijev (73’ Liliu), Zakaria Beglarishvili (64’ Mark Oliver Roosnupp), Ilja Antonov (82’ Rasmus Peetson), Marko Putincanin.
HIBS Ibrahim Kone, Ferdinando Apap, Gonzalo Llerena, Jake Grech (85’ Gabriel Mensah), Terence Groothusen (54’ Yunusa Muritala), Jurgen Degabriele, Dunstan Vella, Thaylor Aldama (80’ Zachary Grech), Gabriel Izquier Artiles, Ali Diakite, Rodolfo Soares.
Referee: Henrik Nalbandyan ARM
Assistant Referees: Artur Gdlyan, Vanik Simonyan ARM
Fourth Official: Zaven Hovhannisyan ARM