The official website for European football

Dedura heads Ekranas into third qualifying round

Published: Tuesday 19 July 2011, 20.50CET
FK Ekranas 1-0 Valletta FC (agg: 4-2)
Captain Ignas Dedura's fifth-minute effort ended the Maltese champions' European hopes and kept Lithuania's flag flying high.
by Dmitrijs Portnovs
from Aukštaitija Stadium
Dedura heads Ekranas into third qualifying round
Ekranas captain Ignas Dedura celebrates scoring early on against Valletta ©Valdas Knyzelis
Published: Tuesday 19 July 2011, 20.50CET

Dedura heads Ekranas into third qualifying round

FK Ekranas 1-0 Valletta FC (agg: 4-2)
Captain Ignas Dedura's fifth-minute effort ended the Maltese champions' European hopes and kept Lithuania's flag flying high.

A fifth-minute goal by FK Ekranas captain Ignas Dedura ensured that the Lithuanian champions progressed to the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round without undue concern.

Valletta FC had high hopes of continuing a recovery that had begun after going 3-0 behind in the first leg in Malta; two second-half goals in that match had offered hope of a reprieve. However, once Dedura headed Ramūnas Radavičius's free-kick past Andrew Hogg in this second leg the challenge of again scoring twice proved too much.

Backed by a near full-house at the Aukštaitija stadium, Ekranas started strongly and stand-in captain Dedura set the perfect example when he rose above two defenders to head in early on. It could have been 2-0 after another five minutes when Dušan Matović was presented with a similar chance only to head Marko Andjelković's free-kick wide.

As in the first leg, after absorbing the early pressure Valletta came into the game more, Alfred Effiong causing problems with his direct running, but goalkeeper Emilijus Zubas was well protected by his obdurate back four. Team-mates Uchenna Umeh and Andrius Velička might have doubled the hosts' lead in the second half but both were denied by Hogg, while Zubas thwarted Ryan Fenech with eight minutes left before Michael Mifsud squandered an even later chance.

Ekranas will host FC BATE Borisov on 26/27 July, with the third qualifying round second leg scheduled for the following week.

Last updated: 20/07/11 0.45CET

Related information

Player profiles
Team profiles
Related match
  • SSI Err

http://www.uefa.com/news/newsid=1650647.html#dedura+heads+ekranas+into+third+qualifying+round

UEFA.com features

What teams need to get through
  • What teams need to get through
  • Watch the five best acrobatic Champions League goals
  • Ones to watch in the group stage
  • Masterclass: Xavi on passing and control
  • Newcomers ready for Champions League debuts
  • Pick of the Week of Football
  • Berezovski and Frick join Europe's 40-somethings
  • Europe's all-time top international goalscorers
  • Introducing football in Gibraltar ...
  • Given has 'unfinished business' with Ireland
1 of 10
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.