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Late headers give AaB advantage

Published: Wednesday 13 August 2008, 22.50CET
Aalborg BK 2-0 FBK Kaunas
Substitute Caca and striker Jeppe Curth headed goals in the last 19 minutes to increase AaB's hopes of a group stage return.
by Peter Bruun
Late headers give AaB advantage
Jeppe Curth scored AaB's second goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

AalborgKaunas

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 13 August 2008, 22.50CET

Late headers give AaB advantage

Aalborg BK 2-0 FBK Kaunas
Substitute Caca and striker Jeppe Curth headed goals in the last 19 minutes to increase AaB's hopes of a group stage return.

Aalborg BK's dream of becoming the first Danish team to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage twice is a step nearer reality after two goals in the last 19 minutes gave them the edge against FBK Kanuas.

Late goals
Fresh from their impressive elimination of Rangers FC in the second qualifying round, the Lithuanian visitors looked on course to repeat the first-leg goalless draw in that tie, having even threatened to go ahead in the opening half. But two minutes after his introduction, Brazilian midfielder Caca made the breakthrough and Jeppe Curth's late header left the Danish champions, who previously reached the competition proper nine years ago, in control of the tie.

Headers decisive
AaB dominated the first quarter of an hour but chances were not forthcoming and Kaunas began to wrest control. Striker Mindaugas Grigalevičius started the rearguard when he came close for the visitors on 15 minutes but AaB proved able to soak up the pressure and after the interval began to reimpose themselves. The breakthrough finally came when 69th-minute substitute Caca headed in, and Curth used the same method to double the lead with four minutes left and increase the size of Kaunas's task in two weeks' time.

Last updated: 13/08/08 23.43CET

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Lineups

aab

AaB

kaunas

Kaunas

1
ZazaKarim Zaza (GK)
32
KelloMarián Kello (GK)
2
JakobsenMichael Jakobsen
2
RadžiusNerijus Radžius (C)
3
Martin PedersenMartin Pedersen
3
MrowiecAdrian Mrowiec
6
OlfersSteve Olfers
4
MendyPascal Mendy
8
JohanssonAndreas Johansson
6
ManchkhavaNukri Manchkhava
9
AugustinussenThomas Augustinussen (C)
7
PilibaitisLinas Pilibaitis
10
SaganowskiMarek Saganowski
Yellow Card28
Substitution69
10
GrigalevičiusMindaugas Grigalevičius
Substitution65
14
CurthJeppe Curth
Goal86
13
LukšaVytautas Lukša
Yellow Card28
Substitution46
16
BøgelundKasper Bøgelund
18
BagužisMindaugas Bagužis
21
RisgårdKasper Risgård
Yellow Card67
25
FridrikasMantas Fridrikas
Substitution80
23
EnevoldsenThomas Enevoldsen
Yellow Card67
Substitution72
26
ČinikasMarius Činikas
Yellow Card26

Substitutes

30
K. NielsenKenneth Stenild (GK)
12
DreerEsteban Javier Dreer (GK)
4
BeauchampMichael Beauchamp
11
LedesmaRafael Ledesma
Substitution46
7
DueAnders Due
Substitution72
14
ZubavičiusVygantas Zubavičius
Substitution80
18
CacaCaca
Substitution69
Goal71
17
ValskisNerijus Valskis
20
BræmerSimon Bræmer
21
RimkevičiusArturas Rimkevičius
31
L. NielsenLasse Nielsen
24
MiklinevičiusTomas Miklinevičius
32
SchwartzRonnie Schwartz
27
MamićBojan Mamić
Substitution65

Coach

Bruce Rioch (SCO) José Couceiro (POR)

Referee

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

Assistant referees

Tomislav Petrović (CRO), Tomislav Setka (CRO)

Fourth official

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

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