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Larne have crashed to a 4-0 defeat against Paços de Ferreira in Portugal, leaving them with a mountain to climb to progress in the UEFA Europa Conference League qualifiers.
Paços started off on the front foot and might have taken an early lead when, on three minutes, Denilson tested Rohan Ferguson with a stunning volley but the save was as good as the effort itself.
The Brazilian had another chance soon after, albeit finishing poorly, before Luis Carlos was thwarted by Dean Jarvis's timely intervention just as he was about to tap home.
However, after this early onslaught, Larne began to settle into the game and as the first progressed started to craft the occasional half chance and enjoy more possession.
They even had the ball in the net on 40 minutes thanks to the lively Davy McDaid - but it was ruled out for Cian Bolger's foul on the keeper.
However, right on the stroke of half-time, Larne were dealt a sucker punch when Denilson made the most of an error by Ferguson in dealing with a back pass to stab the ball over the line.
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Unfortunately, three goals in the second half saw the home side end with a commanding lead going into next week's return at Inver Park.
On 70 minutes Denilson doubled his tally for the evening after another defensive error - then, three minutes after that, Eustáquio extended Paços' lead with a strong finish into the bottom corner after doing well to control the ball on the edge of the box.
Then, right at the end, substitute Zé Uilton bagged a fourth after beating the offside trap to slot home from ten yards.
Denilson struck twice
Paços de Ferreira: André Ferreira, Marco Baixinho, Maracás, Denílson, Delgado, Jorge Silva, Luíz Carlos, Lucas Silva, João Vigário, Eustáquio, Nuno Santos subs Jeimes, Antunes, Hélder Ferreira, Ibrahim, Zé Uilton, Matchoi Djaló, Adriano Castanheira, Rui Pires, Fernando Fonseca, Flávio Ramos, Pedro Martelo, Douglas Tanque
Larne: Ferguson, Balmer, Watson, Herron, Sule, Randall, McDaid, Bolger, Cosgrove, Hughes, Jarvis subs Argyrides, Kelly, Robinson, Hale, Scott, Lynch, Mitchell, Lusty
Larne boss Tiernan Lynch in Porto. He'd earlier signed a three-year contract extension.