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Dunfermline failed to reach the first round of the Uefa Cup after losing out to BK Hacken in Gothenburg.

Stevie Crawford wasted a great chance for the Pars, shooting wide from 12 yards, before Ari Skulason slotted the Swedes in front after 27 minutes.

Jim Hamilton missed with a close range header before getting sent off, picking up two foolish bookings for dissent.

The Fife side continued to press but the 10-men could not find a way through the home defence.

A tiny crowd, including around 1,000 travelling fans, scattered across the 43,000-seater Ullevi stadium to watch a scrappy match unfold.

Hacken carved out a decent opportunity when Paulo Jose Oliviera crossed from the byline but Sol Bamba did superbly to block Daniel Larsson's effort.

Two minutes later Dunfermline passed up a gilt-edged chance.

Paul Gallacher's long kick was flicked on by Hamilton into the path of the on-rushing Crawford but he planted his drive just wide, with the goal gaping.

Hacken broke the deadlock when Daniel Larsson's cross from the right drifted over to the unmarked Skulason and he struck a left-foot shot into the ground across Gallacher.

Five minutes later, the Fifers missed another glorious opportunity, Hamilton nodding wide at the far post from Owen Morrison's cross.

Crawford then fired past on the turn after another Hamilton flick on.

After 50 minutes, it was Bamba's turn to threaten, when he just failed to touch in Stephen Glass' free-kick.

But Dunfermline's cause was hampered with Hamilton's bizarre 57th-minute red card.

Booked in the first half for dissent, the forward picked up another yellow card when he kicked the ball away after being adjudged offside.

Strikers Tam McManus and Mark Burchill were thrown on, but being a man down prevented the Pars from really testing their hosts.

And Oliviera should have added a second goal for the Swedes on the break but Gallacher palmed his shot into the side-netting.

They won't be helping the Scottish co-efficient much :rolleyes:

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without us and celtic imagine the laughing stock scotland would be -.-

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Listened to the game on the radio. Same as the first leg, they had enough chances to win by 2 or 3. Shite finishing, Jim Hamilton talking himself into a red card tonight and that horrible mistake by the keeper in the first leg cost them.

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Embarrasment for Scottish football.

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ummm? Maybe I'm an idot, but how did they even get this far....didn't they get relagated from the SPL last year???

how did they get even close to UEFA Cup?

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ummm? Maybe I'm an idot, but how did they even get this far....didn't they get relagated from the SPL last year???

how did they get even close to UEFA Cup?

Runner-up in the Scottish cup final gets the European place if the winner already qualified for Europe via the league.

The team Dumfernline played were also relegated last season and only qualified for Europe through a fair play award, so there was a European tie between 2 clubs not in their respective countries top divisions, quality.

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