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Slovakian stalemate for Hull

Tom Huddlestone missed a penalty as Hull City drew 0-0 away to AS Trencin of Slovakia in Europa League qualifying.

In their first-ever European assignment, Steve Bruce's Tigers were presented with a golden opportunity to snatch an away goal when Shane Long was brought down in the box on the hour mark at the Stadion pod Dubnom in Zilina.

But Huddlestone's spot-kick was saved by goalkeeper Milos Volesak, and the midfielder could have scored from the rebound only to see his follow-up effort clip the top of the crossbar on its way over.

The sides will now meet again for the second leg at the KC Stadium next Thursday as they battle to reach the playoff round.

Bruce selected a familiar starting XI for his side's first taste of European football, with summer signings Robert Snodgrass and Tom Ince on the bench.

Injury doubts Allan McGregor, Curtis Davies and David Meyler all started, with Sone Aluko partnering Long in attack and Nikica Jelavic among the substitutes.

Liam Rosenior and Ahmed Elmohamady were selected in the wide positions of a 3-5-2, leaving the 15million pair of Snodgrass and Ince to bide their time for a debut.

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