It was déja vu all over again for Shamrock Rovers as a 4-0 defeat to Hungarian champions Ferencvaros all but ended their Europa League group stage hopes.
An brace from Malian international Adam Traoré and one apiece for Carlos Auzqui and Eidar Civic saw the hosts to a simple victory over an injury-hit Hoops squad.
Rovers went into the game without captain Ronan Finn and top European goalscorer Graham Burke and, in 36-degree heat, they saw their challenge wilt away.
The Hoops began the game brightly but were always liable to the slickness and pace of the Ferencvaros front three.
There were just eight minutes gone when Moroccan striker Ryan Mmaee, a target for Celtic, cut in on his right foot and bent a shot onto the post.
Aaron Greene earned Rovers a free kick 30 yards out but the visitors could take advantage as Dylan Watts' tame effort was easily gathered by keeper Denes Dibusz.
And the hosts hit the front shortly after as Mats Knoester beat Dan Cleary and Lee Grace to a low cross and it was smashed home from close range by Auzqui.
The Hoops continued to pose a threat on their rare forays forward but Andy Lyons’ cross was a touch too high for Greene.
Mmaee hit the post once more 11 minutes before the break as Watts was caught in possession by Auzqui, Mmaee hitting the opposite post after shifting past two challenges.
The wideman’s luck had diverted him in front of goal but Mmaee managed to lay on the second for Traoré moments later as he teed up the striker to smash home from five yards.
34 mins: Ferencvaros 2-0 Shamrock Rovers - A minute after hitting the post for a second time, the livewire Ryan Mmaee lays it on a plate for Adama Traoré to double the hosts' lead#rtesoccer— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) August 18, 2022
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Rovers were up against it but they almost produce something on half time as Greene rolled Lorans Paszka, but the defender recovered well to block his shot.
The visitors came out with intent in the second half but disaster struck within three minutes as the home side went three up.
47 mins: Ferencvaros 3-0 Shamrock Rovers - A disastrous third goal after a fine Mannus save as Sean Gannon's lazy clearance is passed straight down the throat of Adama Traoré who slots home from close range #rtesoccer— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) August 18, 2022
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Mannus did well to save from Mmaee but a panicked Seán Gannon stabbed the ball into the path of Traoré to notch an easy double.
The keeper would have a busy second half as he saved again from Mmaee and then sub Marquinhos.
The Hoops benefitted from the arrival of Jack Byrne in the second half and he set up a fellow sub in Neil Farrugia, but he blasted over when debutant Gideon Tetteh was better placed.
And the injury-time curse struck once more as a floated corner found sub Ediar Civic, and he volleyed into the ground to send the ball bouncing past Mannus into the bottom corner.
Ferencvaros: Denes Dibusz; Lorand Paszka (Eldar Civic 83), Mats Knoester, Endre Botka, Henry Wingo; Muhamed Besic (Balint Vecsei 69), Aissa Laidouni; Carlos Auzqui (Marquinhos 63), Nguen Tokmac (Xavier Mercier 83), Adama Traore; Ryan Mmaee (Franck Boli 63)
Shamrock Rovers: Alan Mannus; Daniel Cleary, Lee Grace, Sean Hoare; Sean Gannon (Neil Farrugia 60), Sean Kavanagh (Richie Towell 60), Andy Lyons, Gary O'Neill, Dylan Watts (Justin Ferizaj 69); Rory Gaffney (Jack Byrne 60), Aaron Greene (Gideon Tetteh 78).
Subs not used: Leon Pohls, Toms Leitis, Michael Leddy.