Shamrock, Rabotnicki eye Juve, Liverpool shocks

Republic of Ireland's Shamrock Rovers and FYR Macedonia's Rabotnicki set-up money-spinning UEFA Europa League ties against former European champions Juventus and Liverpool respectively on Thursday.

Juventus will head to Dublin next week for the third qualifying round tie to face Shamrock, who triumphed 1-0 against Bnei Yehuda in humid Tel-Aviv to prevail 2-1 over two legs.  Thomas Stewart scored the only goal 20 minutes from the end.

"It's something wonderful for our fans and players to play against them at our home stadium and in Italy," Shamrock boss Michael O'Neill told "We will try to do our best against Juventus and maybe the luck will be with us."

Rabotnicki won their opener against FC Mika 1-0 last week and booked a dream clash with Liverpool by battling to a goalless draw in the return leg in Armenia on Thursday. "We played very bravely," said coach Zoran Stratev. "We ensured that football fans in Skopje can see one of the best clubs in the world next week.

"This is a great success for Rabotnicki and for Macedonian football. We know that even in Skopje Liverpool are 99 per cent likely to win, but I can promise that we will do ourselves justice."

In other matches, Portadown are out after a 1-1 draw at Qarabag saw them eliminated 3-2 on aggregate. Kevin Braniff had put them ahead but an equaliser from Afran Ismayilov put the Azerbaijan side through.

Northern Ireland's Cliftonville also advanced thanks to a goalless draw in Croatia against Cibalia, Ciaran Caldwell's first-leg goal proving the difference across the two legs. They will now meet CSKA Sofia.

Bangor City of Wales also secured their passage through as Chris Jones' injury-time strike gave them a 3-2 aggregate win over Honka of Finland, who had knocked them out at this stage of last season's competition. Sampo Koskinen had put the visitors 1-0 ahead on the night, and 2-1 up on aggregate, before David Morley levelled matters five minutes from time and Jones struck to send them through to a meeting with Maritimo.

Motherwell eased through to the third qualifying round after a 1-0 victory over Breidablik at the Kopavogsvollur stadium gave them a 2-0 win on aggregate. Striker Jamie Murphy grabbed the crucial goal for the visitors three minutes from the break when he latched on to a long Stephen Craigan free-kick to slide the ball past home keeper Ingvar Thor Kale from around 12 yards.