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Late goal sees Villa crash out of Europa League

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  • Aston Villa out of Europa League after losing on away goals to Rapid Vienna
  • Nikica Jelavic scores a late goal to put the Austrians through despite 2-1 loss
  • Three German sides and three Spanish sides reach competition group stages
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(CNN) -- English Premier League Aston Villa's hopes of reaching the group stages of the Europa League were ended by a late goal from Rapid Vienna striker Nikica Jelavic in the second leg of the qualifier at Villa Park on Thursday.

Jelavic scores the goal that sees Aston Villa crash out of the Europa League at the qualifying stage.

Jelavic scores the goal that sees Aston Villa crash out of the Europa League at the qualifying stage.

Martin O'Neill's side trailed 1-0 from the first leg in Austria, and they missed a great chance to level when Ashley Young's penalty was saved by goalkeeper Helge Payer after the same player was fouled in the area.

But they drew level after 38 minutes when Young earned his side another penalty -- and this time James Milner made no mistake from the spot.

John Carew put Villa ahead in the 52nd minute with a near post drive after Milner spotted him in space on the right.

But Jelavic, who had scored Rapid's goal in the first leg, scored to put Rapid through on away goals, after keeper Brad Guzan had parried a Stefan Hoffmann shot.

England will be represented by two clubs in the group stages. Everton drew 1-1 at Czech side Sigma Olomouc for a 5-1 aggregate victory despite playing all but the first seven minutes of the match with only 10 men after full-back Tony Hibbert was sent off for a professional foul.

Meanwhile, Fulham lost 1-0 at Russian side Amkar Perm, for whom Martin Kushev headed home a late winner, but they still progressed 3-2 on aggregate.

Germany will have three representatives in the competition after Hamburg beat French side Guingamp 3-1 (8-2 on agg), Werder Bremen won 2-0 at Aktobe (3-8) and Hertha Berlin defeated Brondby 3-1 (4-3).

Scottish side Hearts have gone out 4-2 on aggregate despite a 2-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb, while Spanish sides Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao and Valencia all cruised through.

Italian Serie A side Roma were the biggest winners, beating Kosice 7-1 for a 10-4 aggregate success while, on a night of few shocks, Benfica, Genoa, Lille, Ajax, Lazio, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, FC Twente, Toulouse and Sparta Prgaue all progressed to the group stages.

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