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Artmedia march on in Finland

Published: Wednesday 30 July 2008, 21.45CET
Tampere United 1-3 FC Artmedia Petržalka
The Slovakian side are firm favourites to advance after scoring a third away goal late in the first leg in Finland.
by Mikael Erävuori
Artmedia march on in Finland
Branislav Obžera (left) scored Artmedia's second ©Getty Images

Match statistics

TamperePetržalka

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target1
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 30 July 2008, 21.45CET

Artmedia march on in Finland

Tampere United 1-3 FC Artmedia Petržalka
The Slovakian side are firm favourites to advance after scoring a third away goal late in the first leg in Finland.

FC Artmedia Petržalka are firm favourites to advance in the UEFA Champions League after winning the away leg of their second qualifying round tie 3-1 against Tampere United.

Strong start
The Slovakian champions began strongly and opened the scoring on the counterattack ten minutes in through Zbyněk Pospěch. Although Jari Niemi struck a smart equaliser soon after, parity lasted just a minute as Branislav Obžera fired Artmedia back in front. Finland's finest battled gamely as they attempted to come from behind again, yet a lovely individual goal from Juraj Piroska four minutes from time settled the match – and in all likelihood the tie with the return to come next Wednesday.

Fine goal
Tampere may have produced the more attacking football at the Ratina Stadium but it was Artmedia's ability to start and finish strongly which proved decisive. The visitors had wasted a gilt-edged chance in the opening minute before Pospěch found the net, and they were also ruthless when scoring from the restart after Niemi had poked in Henri Myntti's pass in the 17th minute. Niemi and Antti Pohja missed opportunities to draw Tampere level for a second time, leaving Piroska to have the last word as he dribbled through the Tampere defence before stroking in his side's third.

Draw on Friday
The last time Artmedia reached the third qualifying round, in summer 2005, they sensationally eliminated Celtic FC to become only the second Slovakian team to contest the group stage. Whether they can repeat those heroics next month may well decide on Friday's draw for the next stage in Nyon.

Last updated: 31/07/08 1.24CET

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Lineups

tampere united

Tampere United

petržalka

Petržalka

2
JärvinenToni Järvinen
22
PospěchZbyněk Pospěch
Goal10
Substitution85
5
OjanperäAntti Ojanperä
Yellow Card78
21
UrbánekAleš Urbánek
6
KuoppalaJussi Kuoppala
17
SalátaKornel Saláta
15
MynttiHenri Myntti
2
FarkašPavol Farkaš
13
SaarinenSakari Saarinen
9
HalenárJuraj Halenár
Substitution75
7
KujalaJussi Kujala
12
ObžeraBranislav Obžera
Goal19
Substitution61
30
NiemiJari Niemi
Goal18
20
FodrekBranislav Fodrek
8
PohjaAntti Pohja
25
KozákJán Kozák (C)
1
KavénMikko Kavén (GK) (C)
19
ČišovskýMarián Čišovský
23
C. JamesChris James
Substitution82
3
VelickyStanislav Velicky
Yellow Card69
18
RafinhaRafinha
Substitution71
18
KamenárLuboš Kamenár (GK)

Substitutes

16
NwokeChimezie Daniels Nwoke
15
Pedro GonçalvesGonçalves Pedro
Substitution61
21
HjelmJonne Hjelm
Substitution71
24
BurákPeter Burák
12
SoukialaJuha Soukiala (GK)
30
HýllMiroslav Hýll (GK)
17
SavolainenVili Savolainen
Substitution82
23
HasekPavel Hasek
9
HynynenAntti Hynynen
14
OravecTomáš Oravec
Substitution85
19
AhoHeikki Aho
7
MrázPatrik Mráz
13
PiroskaJuraj Piroska
Substitution75
Goal86

Coach

Ari Hjelm (FIN) Vladimír Weiss (SVK)

Referee

Peter Sippel (GER)

Assistant referees

Thorsten Schiffner (GER), Tobias Stieler (GER)

Fourth official

Guido Winkmann (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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