The opening round of Europa League qualifying concluded on Thursday with 48-----------yes, folks, count 'em-------48 games.
At Tirana, Albania:
Aaron Schoenfeld (50'), Barak Yitzhaki (80'), and Avi Rikan (86') each scored once in the second half as Maccabi Tel Aviv dominated KR Tirana 3-0 on the road in game two and finished off the Albanian second division club 5-0 on aggregate.
At Baku, Azerbaijan:
Inter Baku, with goals from Denis Silva (23') and Nizami Hajiyev (74'), blanked visiting Mladost Lucani 2-0 in game two and finished off the Serbian club 5-0 on aggregate.
At Nova Gorica, Slovenia:
Marko Prljevic (OG-13') and Bede Osuji (90'+2) provided the scoring as ND Gorica blanked gained a 2-2 game-two home draw with Shirak and won their series with the Armenian club 4-2 on aggregate.
At Speia, Moldova:
Armend Alimi (32'), Stenio Junior (44'), Arbin Zejnullahi (81'), and Ferhan Hasani (PK-89') each scored once as Shkendija demolished Dacia Chisinau 4-0 on the road in game two and completed their two-game beat-down of the Moldovan club 7-0 on aggregate.
At Kutaisi, Georgia:
Hilary Gong scored twice (21', 64') as Trencin dominated Torpedo Kutaisi 3-0 on the road in game two and won their series with the Georgian club 8-1 on aggregate.
At Klaipeda, Lithuania:
Kairat, with goals from Ivo Ilicevic (PK-35') and Gerard Gohou (39'), defeated Atlantas 2-1 on the road in game two and won their series 8-1 on aggregate.
At Altach, Austria:
Stefan Nutz scored the series-winning goal in the 29th minute as Rheindorf Altach gained a 1-1 game-two home draw with Chikhura Sachkhere and took out the Georgian club 2-1 on aggregate.
At Differdange, Luxembourg:
David Manga (64') and Richard Gadze (68') each scored a second-half goal as Zira defeated Differdange 03 on the road by a score of 2-1 on game two and won their series 4-1 on aggregate.
At Niksic, Montenegro:
A 0-0 game-two road deadlock with Sutjeska Niksic was good enough for Levski Sofia as the Bulgarian club won their series 3-1 on aggregate.
At Strumica, Macedonia:
Lukasz Tralka (39'), Darko Jevtic (66'), and Kamil Jozwiak (77') each delivered a goal as Lech Poznan dominated Pelister 3-0 on the road in game two and finished off the Macedonian club 7-0 on aggregate.
At Budapest, Hungary:
Hen Ezra scored twice (10', 61') as Beitar Jerusalem dominated Vasas 3-0 on the road in game two and won their series 7-3 on aggregate.
At Chisinau, Moldova:
Jakob Dallevedove's goal in the 58th minute carried Fola Esch to a 1-1 game-two road draw with Milsami Orhei and a 2-1 aggregate series victory.
At Ruzomberok, Slovakia:
Nikola Kovacevic (OG-67') and Jan Maslo (87') scored once apiece as Ruzomberok outlasted visiting Vojvodina 2-0 in game two and took out the Serbian club 3-2 on aggregate.
At Ruse, Bulgaria:
Mario Maslac (6') and Aslan Darabayev (88') produced the goals as Irtysh Pavlodar blanked Dunav Ruse 2-0 on the road in game two and finished off the Bulgarian club 3-0 on aggregate.
At Yerevan, Armenia:
Zoran Petrovic (68'), Andrija Kaluderovic (90'+2), and Mirko Raicevic (90'+4) each scored a second-half goal as Mladost Podgorica dominated Gandzasar Kapan 3-0 on the road in game two and won their series 4-0 on aggregate.
At Almaty, Kazakhstan:
A 0-0 game-two road stalemate with Ordabasy was good enough for NK Siroki Brijeg as the Bosnian club won their series 2-0 on aggregate.
At Burgas, Bulgaria:
Felipe Brisola scored the only goal of the 22nd minute as Botev Plovdiv defeated visiting Partizani Tirana 1-0 in game two and ousted the Albanian club 4-1 on aggregate.
At Bratislava, Slovakia:
Jakob Mares produced a hat trick (10', 23', 64') as Slovan Bratislava destroyed visiting Pyunik 5-0 in game two and completed their two-match frontier-styled fist-beating of the Armenian club 9-1 on aggregate.
At Bialystok, Poland:
Gutieri Tomelin (58'), Fiodor Cernych (81'), Ivan Runje (88'), and Lukasz Sekulski (90'+3) each scored a goal in the second half as Jagiellonia Bialystok demolished visitinjg Dinamo Batumi 4-0 in game two and won their series 5-0 on aggregate.
At Paola, Malta:
Richmond Boakye scored twice (13', 70') as Red Star Belgrade gained a 3-3 game-two road draw with Floriana and eliminated the Maltese club 6-3 on aggregate.
At Osijek, Croatia:
Petar Bockaj scored twice (56', 62') as Osijek demolished visiting UE Santa Coloma 4-0 and won their series 6-0 on aggregate.
At Skopje, Macedonia:
Bojan Najdenov (43', 59') and Stojancho Velinov (82', 83') each scored twice as Rabotnicki destroyed visiting Tre Penne 6-0 in game two and handily won their series 7-0 on aggregate.
At Podgorica, Montenegro:
Goran Zakaric (32') and Ivan Lendric (61') each scored once as Zeljeznicar Sarajevo gained a 2-2 game-two road draw with Zeta, good enough for the Bosnian club to win their series with the Montenegrin club 3-2 on aggregate.
At Limassol, Cyprus:
Marios Elia scored twice (37', 45'+6) as AEL Limassol clobbered visiting St. Joseph's 6-0 and finished off the club from Gibraltar 10-0 on aggregate.
At Serravalle, San Marino:
Santiago Malano scored the only goal of the match in the 65th minute as Valletta defeated Folgore 1-0 on the road in game two and ousted the Sammarinese club 3-0 on aggregate.
At Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina:
After FK Sarajevo outscored visiting Zaria Balti 2-1 in regulation of game two to square the series at 3-3 on aggregate, 30 minutes of scoreless overtime followed, then, Andriy Slinkin, Alexandru Suvurov, Victor Golovatenco, Serhiy Zahynaylov, Maxim Mihaliov, and Maxim Focsa all converted their spot kicks as the visitors from Moldova outlasted the hosts 6-5 in the penalty-kick shootout to advance to the second qualifying round.
At Faro-Loule, Portugal:
Jorge Larena converted a penalty kick in the 78th minute as AEK Larnaca gained a 1-1 game-two road draw with Lincoln Red Imps and took out the club from Gibraltar 6-1 on aggregate.
At Andorra la Vella, Andorra:
Liridon Latifi scored twice (79', 90'+3) Skenderbeu Korce dismantled Sant Julia 5-0 on the road in game two and finished off the Andorran club 6-0 on aggregate.
At Reykjavik, Iceland:
Sigurdor Egill Larusson scored the only goal of both the match and the series in the 71st minute as Valur defeated visiting Ventspils 1-0 in game two and won the series on aggregate by that same score.
At Vaduz, Liechtenstein:
Aldin Turkes scored twice (22', 39') as FC Vaduz, the only club from Liechtenstein to take part in any European club tournament this year, defeated visiting Bala Town 3-0 in game two and ousted the Welsh club 5-1 on aggregate.
At Tallinn, Estonia:
Ivan Firer (40'), Senijbad Ibricic (PK-86'), and Jure Balkovec (89') each scored once as Domzale defeated FC Flora 3-2 on the road in game two and took their series 5-2 on aggregate.
At Sligo, Ireland:
Paul Onuachu produced a hat trick (7', 38', 69') as FC Midtjylland manhandled Derry City 4-1 on the road in game two and completed their two-game brass-knuckling of the club from Northern Ireland that plays in the Irish Republic's top flight 10-2 on aggregate.
At Coleraine, Northern Ireland:
A 0-0 game-two road stalemate with Coleraine was way more than good enough for Haugesund as the Norwegian club easily won their two-game series 7-0 on aggregate.
At Vilnius, Lithuania:
Maksim Maksimov scored the only goal of the match in the 88th minute as Trakai defeated visiting Saint Johnstone 1-0 in game two and ousted the Scottish club 3-1 on aggregate.
At Ljubljana, Slovenia:
VPS produced a second 1-0 victory over Olimpija Ljubljana, this time on the road, and ousted the Slovenian club 2-0 on aggregate.
At Liepaja, Latvia:
Giorgi Eristavi (PK-33') and Arturs Karasausks (90'+4) each scored once as FK Liepaja blanked visiting Crusaders FC 2-0 in game two, and, with the aggregate score at 3-3, advanced on away goals.
At Toftir, Faroe Islands:
Anton Saroka scored twice (32', 90'+5) as Dinamo Minsk blanked NSI Runavik 2-0 in game two and won their series with the Faroese club 4-1 on aggregate.
At Dublin, Ireland:
Graham Burke scored the only goal of the match in the 20th minute as Shamrock Rovers delivered a second 1-0 victory over Stjarnan (Iceland), this time at home, and eliminated the Icelandic club 2-0 on aggregage.
At Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Leroy Millar (OG-79') and Sigurd Haugen (88') each scored once as Odds BK blanked Ballymena United 2-0 on the road in game two and won their series 5-0 on aggregate.
At Helsinki, Finland:
Akseli Pelvas scored twice (31', 55') as HJK Helsinki overturned their series-opening defeat in Wales with a 3-0 home domination of Connah's Quay Nomads and won their series 3-1 on aggregate.
At Torshavn, Faroe Islands:
Estonia's Nomme Kalju delivered a second 2-1 victory over B36 Torshavn, this time on the road, and eliminated the Faroese club 4-2 on aggregate. Ellinton Antonio Costa Morais (a.k.a. Liliu) scored in the 18th minute while Artur Valikaev tallied in the 88th minute for the Estonian club.
At Jelgava, Latvia:
Tamas Priskin scored the only goal of the match in the 37th minute as Ferencvaros defeated Jelgava 1-0 on the road in game two and won their series 3-0 on aggregate.
At Mitrovica, Kosovo:
Sebastian Andersson scored the game's lone goal in the 71st minute as IFK Norrkoping defeated Prishtina 1-0 on the road in game two and won their series 6-0 on aggregate.
At Marijampole, Lithuania:
Povilas Leimonas (34') and Algis Jankauskas (90'+1) each scored once as Suduva Marijampole defeated visiting Shakhtyor Soligorsk 2-1 in game two and ousted the Belarusian club by that same score on aggregate.
At Cork, Ireland:
Sean Maguire produced a hat trick (46', 86', 90') as Cork City doubled up visiting Lavadia Tallinn 4-2 in game two and won their series 6-2 on aggregate.
At Bangor, Wales:
Kristoffer Larsen scored twice (3', 44') as Lyngby dominated Bangor City 3-0 on the road in game two and won their series 4-0 on aggregate.
At Solna, Sweden:
Eero Markkanen produced a first-half hat trick (3', 6', 42') as AIK Solna smothered visiting KI 5-0 in game two and eliminated the Faroese club by that same score on aggregate.