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Clinical Zürich put paid to Ventspils

Published: Wednesday 19 August 2009, 21.30CET
FK Ventspils 0-3 FC Zürich
The Swiss champions look well set to make the group stage after a comprehensive away victory over their Latvian counterparts in Riga.
by Denis Novitsky
from Skonto Stadium
Clinical Zürich put paid to Ventspils
Johan Vonlanthen curls in the opening goal for Zürich ©Getty Images

Match statistics

VentspilsZürich

Goals scored0
3
Attempts on target1
 
5
Attempts off target6
 
9
Corners2
 
3
Offsides4
 
1
Fouls committed13
 
18
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 19 August 2009, 21.30CET

Clinical Zürich put paid to Ventspils

FK Ventspils 0-3 FC Zürich
The Swiss champions look well set to make the group stage after a comprehensive away victory over their Latvian counterparts in Riga.

FC Zürich took a giant stride to qualifying for the UEFA Champions League group stage as they won 3-0 at FK Ventspils.

Impressive win
Johan Vonlanthen set Zürich on their way in the 12th minute with further goals coming from Silvan Aegerter and Dušan Djurić after the break. The result leaves Ventspils with a monumental task on their hands if they want to become the first Latvian side to dine at Europe's top table.

Vonlanthen opener
Playing at the Skonto Stadium in Riga, Ventspils' new Italian coach Nunzio Zavettieri stamped his mark on the side by changing the club's usual 3-5-2 formation to a 4-4-2 set-up. It was the Swiss champions, though, who started on the front foot, Vonlanthen heading Philippe Koch's cross wide when well placed in the seventh minute. The visitors did not have to wait too much longer to open the scoring as Vonlanthen beat two defenders and curled into corner from the edge of the area. The goal did nothing to curb Zürich's attacking bent, but it was the hosts who threatened next, Aleksejs Višņakovs somehow missing from five metres out.

Ventspils pressure
Ventspils were beginning to create chances and six minutes before the break Višņakovs's intelligent pass just eluded a sliding Vits Rimkus at the back post. The second half started as the first ended – the Latvian side pushing for an equaliser against the massed ranks of the Zürich defence. However, Bernard Challandes' charges were proving a dangerous proposition on the counterattack and extended their lead when Aegerter headed in a 55th-minute corner.

Late third
Zavettieri sent on striker Andrejs Butriks to try and turn the match around, but with 15 minutes remaining Djurić made it three from the edge of the area after home goalkeeper Andrejs Pavlovs spilled the ball at his feet. Zürich substitute Adrian Nikci almost added to Ventspils' misery when he hit the post in added time, a minor disappointment for the Swiss side, who are very well placed to progress in next Tuesday's home decider.

Last updated: 19/08/09 23.53CET

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Lineups

ventspils

Ventspils

zürich

Zürich

30
PavlovsAndrejs Pavlovs (GK)
1
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK)
3
AstafjevsVitālijs Astafjevs
Yellow Card26
5
MargairazXavier Margairaz
Substitution79
4
ŽigajevsJurijs Žigajevs
Substitution69
7
AegerterSilvan Aegerter
Goal55
5
KosmačovsJevgēņijs Kosmačovs (C)
8
VonlanthenJohan Vonlanthen
Goal12
Substitution84
8
KačanovsDeniss Kačanovs
10
OkonkwoOnyekachi Okonkwo
9
RimkusVīts Rimkus
13
StahelFlorian Stahel
11
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
Substitution74
14
DjurićDušan Djurić
Goal75
17
NdekiJean-Paul Ndeki
16
P. KochPhilippe Koch
18
MihadjuksPāvels Mihadjuks
19
RochatAlain Rochat
20
DedovAlexandru Dedov
Substitution60
29
HassliEric Hassli
Substitution73
22
ŢîgîrlaşIgor Ţîgîrlaş
30
TihinenHannu Tihinen (C)

Substitutes

1
ChesnovskiPavel Chesnovski (GK)
32
GuatelliAndrea Guatelli (GK)
6
LazdiņšArtis Lazdiņš
2
LampiVeli Lampi
7
CilinšekSaša Cilinšek
Substitution69
Yellow Card90+2
11
NikciAdrian Nikci
Substitution84
12
SavčenkovsIgors Savčenkovs
12
AlphonseAlexandre Alphonse
Substitution73
14
ShpakovIvan Shpakov
23
AbdiAlmen Abdi
Substitution79
32
ButriksAndrejs Butriks
Substitution60
26
M. BüchelMartin Büchel
33
João MartinsJoão Martins
Substitution74
27
SchönbächlerMarco Schönbächler

Coach

Nunzio Zavettieri (ITA) Bernard Challandes (SUI)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Geir Åge Holen (NOR), Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)

Fourth official

Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

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