Hearts or Birkirkara to face Krasnodar in Europa League

Hearts and Birkirkara played to a 0-0 draw in Malta last night. Picture: SNS
Hearts and Birkirkara played to a 0-0 draw in Malta last night. Picture: SNS
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Hearts will face Krasnodar in the next round of the Europa League if they are able to see off Maltese side Birkirkara in the second leg of their second qualifying round tie.

Robbie Neilson’s men were held to a goalless draw at Hibernians Ground last next, but dominated most of the match and had a Conor Sammon goal disallowed for offside.

They are favourites to advance when the sides meet again at Tynecastle next Thursday.

Krasnodar are only eight years old but quickly rose to the Russian Premier League and finished in the top four each of the past two seasons. They defeated Dortmund in the Europa League group stages last season.

The first leg takes place on 28 July, with the return fixture coming exactly one week later.

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