Hull City were held to a scoreless draw in their inaugural foray into European Competition, with the 0-0 result coming against Slovakian side AS Trencin in the Third Round of Europa League qualification. Hull City earned this spot in the Europa League qualification after their FA Cup Final appearance this year, losing that Final to Arsenal by a 3-2 score at Wembley Stadium many moons ago. The game itself, played in the city of Zilina (50 miles from Trencin) drew a capacity crowd at the Stadion Pod Dubnom, which isn’t the home of Trencin as their actual home ground does not meet UEFA requirements. Hull brought a large contingent of supporters with them for the match, with many of them undoubtedly enjoying a nice Summer vacation in Slovakia in the meantime.
Football-wise, Hull were the superior side right from the off and had numerous chances to secure a precious away goal in this first leg, with Shane Long heading wide on 28 minutes and Tom Huddlestone inexplicably missing from both the penalty spot and about three feet on 63 minutes after Long was toppled over in the penalty area. Indeed, it was easier for Huddlestone to score as the former Tottenham man saw his spot kick saved by Milos Volesak before smashing the rebound off the crossbar as the Hull fans behind the goal cued up to get footage of their side’s first European goal. It wasn’t to be for Huddlestone or Hull on the day though, as the Tigers will bank the 0-0 draw and gear up for the second leg in a few days time at the KC Stadium, where a win for either side will see them through to the playoff round of qualification while any scoring draw puts the Slovakians into the final qualification round. A 0-0 draw would of course require extra time and then penalties if need be, let’s hope for Hull’s sake that it doesn’t come to that.