Motherwell suffered a European exit at the hands of Hapoel Beer-Sheva at the third qualifying round stage.
Goals from Miguel Vitor, Joseu and Elton-Ofoi Acolatse did the damage in a 3-0 win, with Declan Gallagher seeing red in the incident which gave the Israelis a penalty to go two up.
But the Steelmen were more than a match for their illustrious opposition for the most part in humid conditions and, on a different night, would have seen their chances pay.
On a humid evening in Petah Tikva, Motherwell started brightly, finding joy on the right side with O’Donnell and working balls into the opposition box.
Long then had the golden chance with 20 minutes played. Spinning clear of his marker on the right side, his shot flashed across the face of goal and came within centimetres of dropping in at the left post.
Watt then also had a close range effort denied, with the ball getting caught under his feet on the first attempt, and his second being blocked by the defence.
Beer-Sheva’s opener came after Motherwell were denied a drop ball after being in possession after a clash of heads in the box.
The hosts went up the other end and won a free-kick on the left. Joseu swung it in, with Vitor breaking clear to head home with four minutes left in the half.
Soon after, there were fierce calls for a dismissal. Watt was smashed in the back of the head by an irate Beer-Sheva player, after a coming together just before.
Instead, the referee chose to book both, before blowing the half-time whistle.
Motherwell came out of the blocks at pace again in the second period and had a host of chances to pull level.
First, O’Hara saw a near post header from Polworth’s corner kept out by the ‘keeper, and Gallagher headed over soon after from another great Polworth set play.
Motherwell were in the ascendancy but were to be dealt a blow with 20 minutes to go.
Gallagher was booked for giving away a free-kick on the right and from the resulting delivery, his wrestle with the forward saw a penalty awarded and a second yellow shown.
Joseu made no mistake from the spot, slotting into the bottom right corner.
Lang and White were introduced as ‘Well went chasing but the hosts would kill the game with 10 minutes to go.
Acolatse found room on the left, cut inside and sent a low powerful drive past Carson into the net.
Motherwell: Carson, O’Donnell, Gallagher, Lamie, McGinley, Grimshaw, O’Hara, Campbell, Polworth (Maguire), Watt (White), Long (Lang).
Subs not used: Morrison, Hastie, Cornelius, Seedorf.