Heavy defeat sees Linfield crash out of Champions League

Linfield’s Champions League dream is over after an 8-0 hammering in Norway by Bodo/Glimt.

The Northern Irishmen had prevailed 1-0 in the home clash of the two-legged qualification battle.

But the south Belfast side were outclassed on the road, losing out 8-1 on aggregate to drop into the third stage of Europa League qualifying.

Kirk Millar netted the only goal in the first leg to embolden Linfield ahead of the away trip – but he was sent off 20 minutes into the tie in Norway.

Kirk Millar was sent off in the first half

Amahl Pellegrino bagged a brace, the second a penalty, with Hugo Vetlesen and Ulrik Saltnes also on target.

Victor Boniface also converted a penalty, while Runar Espejord and Alfons Sampsted rounded off the rout.

Bodo will now face either Malmo or Lithuanians FK Zalgiris Vilnius in the third round of Champions League qualifying.

Linfield will take on either Qarabag or FC Zurich in the Europa League qualification process.