PLUCK OF THE IRISH

IRISH minnows Shamrock Rovers created history by becoming the first part-time team to reach the Europa League group stages after they knocked out Partizan Belgrade. Stephen O’Donnell’s extra-time penalty earned a 2-1 win in Belgrade to take them through 3-2 on aggregate after last week’s draw in Dublin. The achievement was put into perspective by the failure of any Scottish teams to get through.