| 14.7°C Dublin

Brady hits brace but Hull suffer Euro exit

IRELAND midfielder Robbie Brady scored both goals for Hull City but they failed to reach the Europa League group stages at the expense of Belgian side Lokeren.

With Steve Bruce's side trailing 1-0 from the first leg, the Dubliner opened the scoring after only six minutes to bring the tie level on aggregate.

As Lokeren failed to clear their lines following a cross from Maynor Figeroa, Brady (above) was on hand at the back post to fire the ball home.

Despite some Lokeren possession, Hull almost doubled their advantage in the 42nd minute when Brady's cross found his Irish compatriot David Meyler on the edge of the box, and the midfielder forced goalkeeper Velhurst into a good save from his powerful volley.

However, disaster struck for Hull just after the interval when Lokeren levelled the scores on the night to earn a 2-1 lead on aggregate. The corner which followed Alan McGregor's save was dealt with poorly by the hosts, and the ball dropped to Jordan Remacle, who found the top corner with an excellent strike.

However, Hull struck through Brady again with a penalty in the 57th minute, but it wasn't enough to progess.

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur comfortably dealt with the threat of Cypriot side Apollon Limassol to book their place in the Europa League group stages. Leading 2-1 from the first leg, Spurs enjoyed a 3-0 win at White Hart Lane with goals from Harry Kane, Paulinho and an Andros Townsend penalty.