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Confident Hibernians look for clincher over hosts Tallinn

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Hibernians handled FCI Tallinn very well in the first leg of their first qualifying-round meeting in the Champions League.

The squad from Malta scored a 2-0 win at home and will aim to advance with another victory in the second leg.

But that will be held at Tallin’s home – A. Le Coq Arena – and everyone wants to find out if the visiting team are for real.

Surely, coach Mark Miller’s side are out to dispel the doubts. They want to show that the first-leg triumph was no fluke.

In their last five matches, Hibernians had two away matches, winning once and losing the other.

On the other hand, FCI Tallinn had two home wins in the same number of games, including a 7-0 mauling of FCI Tallinn II in the Estonia Cup.

Hibernians leaned on goals from forward Jorge Pereira in the 62nd minute and midfielder Bjorn Kristensen to win in front of home fans in the opening leg.

However, the team of coach Aleksandr Pustov can be a tougher side to bring down, due to their familiarity with the pitch.

Back home in the Maltese Premier League, Hibernians are the current champions, winning the tournament by seven points.

They also won the Maltese FA Trophy in back-to-back style in 2012 and 2013, and were crowned Maltese Super Cup champions in 2015.

Aside from Pereira and Kristensen, Miller will also bank on the services of captain Andrew Cohen, as well as forward Jurgen Degabriele, midfielder Jackson Lim and goalkeeper Andrew Hogg.

For FCI Tallinn, Pustov can count on forward Albert Prosa, as well as midfielder Pavel Domov and attacker Vladimir Voskoboinikov.