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Brann squeeze past Ventspils

Published: Tuesday 5 August 2008, 20.45CET
FK Ventspils 2-1 SK Brann (agg: 2-2, Brann win on away goals) The Norwegian champions narrowly won through to set up a tie versus Olympique de Marseille.
Brann squeeze past Ventspils
Ármann Björnsson (left) scored the decisive away goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

VentspilsBrann

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 5 August 2008, 20.45CET

Brann squeeze past Ventspils

FK Ventspils 2-1 SK Brann (agg: 2-2, Brann win on away goals) The Norwegian champions narrowly won through to set up a tie versus Olympique de Marseille.

SK Brann squeezed past FK Ventspils on away goals to secure a tie with Olympique de Marseille despite losing the deciding leg 2-1 against the Latvian champions.

Crucial away goal
All was going well for Ventspils as they took a two-goal lead into the break following strikes from Zurab Menteshashvili – who was subsequently sent off – and Vits Rimkus which put them ahead on aggregate after Brann's 1-0 home win. However, Ármann Björnsson's effort five minutes after half-time put the Norwegian side back in charge and they held on to progress into the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round for the first time.

Hosts dominant
The home side were fastest out of the blocks as Andrejs Butriks found Menteshashvili after six minutes and the Georgian midfielder fired into the far corner. The same player was then dismissed after receiving two cautions in the space of 60 seconds just nine minutes later but despite the setback, the home side continued to dominate. After a succession of chances, Butriks again supplied the assist as Rimkus beat away goalkeeper Håkon Opdal just before half-time.

Second-half fightback
Ventspils were forced on to the back foot in the second half and Brann were soon ahead in the tie as Björnsson struck. The hosts redoubled their efforts, the best opportunity to put them back in control falling to Rimkus but he failed to connect properly with Sergei Zangareev's cross on 69 minutes and Brann prevailed.

Last updated: 06/08/08 11.54CET

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Lineups

ventspils

Ventspils

brann

Brann

77
CilinšekSaša Cilinšek
18
BjarnasonÓlafur Örn Bjarnason
7
ZangareevSergei Zangareev
Yellow Card38
17
BakkeEirik Bakke (C)
22
ŢîgîrlaşIgor Ţîgîrlaş
Substitution84
7
El-FakiriHassan El-Fakiri
Yellow Card36
Substitution46
4
DubenskiyZakhar Dubenskiy (C)
Yellow Card53
4
GuntveitCato Guntveit
10
MenteshashviliZurab Menteshashvili
Goal6
Yellow Card15
Red Card15
15
HanstveitErlend Hanstveit
12
SavčenkovsIgors Savčenkovs
6
KaradasAzar Karadas
5
KosmačovsJevgēņijs Kosmačovs
12
OpdalHåkon Opdal (GK)
23
ButriksAndrejs Butriks
3
DahlBjørn Dahl
Substitution79
9
RimkusVīts Rimkus
Goal44
11
Vaagan MoenPetter Vaagan Moen
8
KačanovsDeniss Kačanovs
77
WintersRobbie Winters
16
VaņinsAndris Vaņins (GK)
10
Demba-NyrénNjogu Demba-Nyrén
Substitution46

Substitutes

27
MihadjuksPāvels Mihadjuks
14
JaitehTijan Jaiteh
Substitution46
14
ZiziļevsMihails Ziziļevs
Substitution84
8
Gylfi EinarssonGylfi Einarsson
6
MysikovAleksandr Mysikov
28
Ar. BjörnssonÁrmann Björnsson
Substitution46
Goal49
25
RuginsRitvars Rugins
20
LudvigsenTrond Fredrik Ludvigsen
24
LazdiņšArtis Lazdiņš
13
HusekleppErik Huseklepp
Substitution79
11
KolesničenkoVladimirs Kolesničenko
25
AmankwahYaw Ihle Amankwah
30
PavlovsAndrejs Pavlovs (GK)
1
ThorbjørnsenJohan Thorbjørnsen (GK)

Coach

Roman Grygorchuk (UKR) Mons Ivar Mjelde (NOR)

Referee

Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Assistant referees

Andreas Fellinger (AUT), Alain Hoxha (AUT)

Fourth official

Harald Lechner (AUT)

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