Tom Huddlestone had a penalty saved as Hull City drew against AS Trencin in Slovakia on their European debut.
The Tigers joined the Europa League third qualifying round after finishing runners-up in the FA Cup and were pushed all the way by the hosts.
But they will be disappointed not to have won the first leg with Huddlestone compounding his penalty miss by hitting the crossbar with the rebound.
The second leg will be played at Hull’s KC Stadium on Thursday, 7 August.
Hull, celebrating their 110th anniversary this year, had never qualified for European competition before reaching last season’s FA Cup final,which they lost 3-2 to Arsenal.
In order to qualify for the group stages, they will now have to beat Trencin at home – and then win the play-off round.
Steve Bruce picked a strong team, with three at the back, and they started well in Zilina’s Stadion Pod Dubnom, 50 miles from Trencin’s stadium, which does not meet Uefa requirements.