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Dominant Zurich make history

Published: Tuesday 25 August 2009, 23.30CET
FC Zurich 2-1 FK Ventspils (Zurich win 5-1 on aggregate)
Zurich made sure of a first group-stage appearance with a comfortable victory in their temporary home of St Gallen.
by Adrian Harte
from St Gallen
Dominant Zurich make history
Johan Vonlanthen celebrates with his team-mates after hitting Zürich's opener ©Getty Images

Match statistics

ZürichVentspils

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
2
Attempts off target12
 
3
Corners9
 
2
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
21
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 25 August 2009, 23.30CET

Dominant Zurich make history

FC Zurich 2-1 FK Ventspils (Zurich win 5-1 on aggregate)
Zurich made sure of a first group-stage appearance with a comfortable victory in their temporary home of St Gallen.

Goals from Almen Abdi and Johan Vonlanthen ensured FC Zurich their first-ever UEFA Champions League group stage participation as a straightforward 2-1 victory over FK Ventspils confirmed a 5-1 aggregate play-off triumph.

Speedy start
Zürich, playing in St Gallen due to the fact that a Golden League athletics meeting – the famed Weltklasse event – is taking place in their home stadium on Friday, were quickly out of the blocks and extended their already unassailable-looking aggregate advantage to 4-0 after just six minutes.

Tîgîrlas reply
Vonlanthen pulled slightly wide of his marker and Xavier Margairaz spotted the run and played a pinpoint pass across the pitch to the Swiss international striker. His first touch came back off the keeper but his second rebounded into the net. Perhaps lulled by their lead, Zürich were caught out at the back within two minutes. Igor Tîgîrlas was left completely unmarked on the edge of the penalty area and the Moldova midfield player made no mistake with a drive into the bottom corner to offer the visitors a sliver of hope.

Zurich pressure
Zürich almost restored their lead after 12 minutes but Pavel Chesnovski dived bravely at the feet of Margairaz to deny him, then a minute later Vonlanthen had an effort cleared off the line. After 31 minutes, as the hosts continued to press, Chesnovski did well to beat away Alexandre Alphonse's fierce shot. Ventspils were not conceding defeat, though, and saw Grigori Chirkin's shot deflected narrowly wide after 38 minutes.

Historic night
Dušan Djurić brought another fine save from Chesnovski, Margairaz shot over and Alphonse glanced a header wide as Zurich dominated possession and territory again after the break. However, they were unable to add to their solitary strike until injury time when substitute Abdi headed home from Vonlanthen's cross. The goal brought further cheer to the thousands of Zurich fans who made the Arena St Gallen their home for the night. They held banners boasting of future challenges against FC Bayern München and Real Madrid CF as they celebrated arguably the greatest night in their history since they reached the European Champion Clubs' Cup semi-finals in 1964 and 1977.

Last updated: 25/08/09 23.58CET

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Lineups

zürich

Zürich

ventspils

Ventspils

1
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK)
1
ChesnovskiPavel Chesnovski (GK)
2
LampiVeli Lampi
5
KosmačovsJevgēņijs Kosmačovs (C)
5
MargairazXavier Margairaz
Substitution64
8
KačanovsDeniss Kačanovs
7
AegerterSilvan Aegerter
9
RimkusVīts Rimkus
8
VonlanthenJohan Vonlanthen
Goal6
11
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
Substitution55
10
OkonkwoOnyekachi Okonkwo
12
SavčenkovsIgors Savčenkovs
12
AlphonseAlexandre Alphonse
Substitution84
15
ChirkinGrigori Chirkin
13
StahelFlorian Stahel
17
NdekiJean-Paul Ndeki
14
DjurićDušan Djurić
Substitution78
22
ŢîgîrlaşIgor Ţîgîrlaş
Goal8
19
RochatAlain Rochat
24
BaimatovAzamat Baimatov
Yellow Card51
Substitution62
30
TihinenHannu Tihinen (C)
32
ButriksAndrejs Butriks
Substitution72

Substitutes

32
GuatelliAndrea Guatelli (GK)
30
PavlovsAndrejs Pavlovs (GK)
11
NikciAdrian Nikci
6
LazdiņšArtis Lazdiņš
16
P. KochPhilippe Koch
14
ShpakovIvan Shpakov
Substitution62
20
GajićMilan Gajić
Substitution78
19
MysikovAleksandr Mysikov
23
AbdiAlmen Abdi
Substitution64
Goal90+2
20
DedovAlexandru Dedov
Substitution72
25
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
25
RuginsRitvars Rugins
Substitution55
29
HassliEric Hassli
Substitution84
28
E. VišņakovsEduards Višņakovs

Coach

Bernard Challandes (SUI) Nunzio Zavettieri (ITA)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

Assistant referees

Steinar Holvik (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)

Fourth official

Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

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