Aluko Fires Hull Into Europa League Play-Offs

Nigeria international, Sone Aluko, came off the bench to help Hull City progress to the Uefa Europa League play-offs on Thursday, in a 2-1 aggregate win over Slovakian club Trencin.

The 25-year-old scored a dramatic late winner to earn a deserved victory for his club in their first-ever home game in Europe.

‘The Tigers’ advanced into an European competition for the first time, following their second-place finish behind Arsenal in the English FA Cup last season.

Steve Bruce’s men needed an outright win in Thursday’s return leg at the KC Stadium, having ended last week’s first leg in western Slovakia in stalemate.

Sone Aluko Scored a dramatic Late Goal to Project Hull City to the Uefa Europa Cup Play-Offs Draw on Friday.
Sone Aluko Scored a dramatic Late Goal to Project Hull City to the Uefa Europa Cup Play-Offs Draw on Friday.

But it was Trencin, runners-up in the 2013/14 Solvakian top-flight, who took the first bite with a crucial away goal within two minutes of action, as big forward Tomas Malec opened scoring.

It left the Premier League side needing to score twice without any reply and Egyptian Ahmed Elmohamady equalised just before the half-hour mark.

One-cap Nigerian forward, Aluko, then volleyed home from close range an incisive match-winner on 80 minutes, just six minutes after coming on for Shane Long.

Hull will realise their play-offs round opponent when the draw is made on Friday, as fellow English club Tottenham Hotspur enters the competition; both teams hoping to join Everton in the group stage.

Elsewhere, PSV Eindhoven, Torino and Lyon were among the teams to progress

The play-offs round will be played over two legs, with the opening tie slated for Thursday, 21 August, and the second leg a week later.

Europa League Selected Results

Aberdeen 2-3 Real Sociedad (5-3 agg.)

Spartak Trnava 1-1 St. Johnstone (3-2 agg.)

Greek club Asteras 3-1 Mainz (3-2 agg.)

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