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Hull City's competitive European debut ends in goalless draw

Hull had to settle for a goalless draw on their competitive European debut as Tom Huddlestone missed a penalty and a point-blank follow-up against Slovakia's AS Trencin.

The Tigers, having qualified for a first ever campaign at Europa League level by finishing runners-up in the FA Cup, were hoping to come away from their third qualifying round first leg with a victory, but will now need a result in East Yorkshire next Thursday.

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Hull City played AS Trencin in Slovakia Credit: Calendar

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Tigers to make history with European appearance

History is being made this evening as, for the first time in their 110 years, Hull City are competing in a major European competition.

The Tigers are taking on AS Trencin in Slovakia in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round.

It is another incredible landmark for the club which has been on quite a journey over the past few years.

Our sports correspondent John Shires is on tour with the Tigers and has sent us this report:

Bruce ready for Tigers' 'first step' into Europe

Hull City's players flew out to Slovakia today as the club prepares to make its debut on the European stage tomorrow. The Tigers will face AS Trenchin in the first leg of their historic Europa League tie.

This morning the players arrived at Humberside Airport before boarding a Czech Airlines plane for the game which will be played in the city of Zilina.

Manager Steve Bruce says it will not be easy because the Tigers are still preparing for the new season - but wants his players to embrace the challenge:

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Tigers off to Slovakia for Europa League tie

Hull City players and staff are jetting off this morning for the club's first ever European game against Slovakian side AS Trencin.

Hull travel to Slovakia for Thursday's game
Hull travel to Slovakia for Thursday's game

They play in the Europa League after a run to the FA Cup Final last season.

The game will be played in nearby Zilina as Trencin's ground does not meet UEFA standards.

The return leg will be at the KC Stadium next Thursday.

Hull City prepare for Slovakian tie

Hull City now know they will be making their European debut in Slovakia.

Hull set for trip to Slovakia
Hull set for trip to Slovakia

AS Trencin, who finished runners-up in their domestic league, took a 4-0 lead into last night's second leg against FK Vojvodina from Serbia, but only scrambled through 4-3 on aggregate.

Zilina's stadium, 80km away, meets UEFA regulations
Zilina's stadium, 80km away, meets UEFA regulations

The first leg of the Tigers' Europa League third qualifying round next Thursday has been moved eighty kilometers north to the city of Zilina, where the stadium meets UEFA regulations.

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