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Dedura heads Ekranas into third qualifying round

Published: Tuesday 19 July 2011, 20.50CET
FK Ekranas 1-0 Valletta FC (agg: 4-2)
Captain Ignas Dedura's fifth-minute effort ended the Maltese champions' European hopes and kept Lithuania's flag flying high.
by Dmitrijs Portnovs
from Aukštaitija Stadium
Dedura heads Ekranas into third qualifying round
Ekranas captain Ignas Dedura celebrates scoring early on against Valletta ©Valdas Knyzelis

Match statistics

EkranasValletta

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
7
Attempts off target5
 
10
Corners3
 
3
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed19
 
16
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 19 July 2011, 20.50CET

Dedura heads Ekranas into third qualifying round

FK Ekranas 1-0 Valletta FC (agg: 4-2)
Captain Ignas Dedura's fifth-minute effort ended the Maltese champions' European hopes and kept Lithuania's flag flying high.

A fifth-minute goal by FK Ekranas captain Ignas Dedura ensured that the Lithuanian champions progressed to the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round without undue concern.

Valletta FC had high hopes of continuing a recovery that had begun after going 3-0 behind in the first leg in Malta; two second-half goals in that match had offered hope of a reprieve. However, once Dedura headed Ramūnas Radavičius's free-kick past Andrew Hogg in this second leg the challenge of again scoring twice proved too much.

Backed by a near full-house at the Aukštaitija stadium, Ekranas started strongly and stand-in captain Dedura set the perfect example when he rose above two defenders to head in early on. It could have been 2-0 after another five minutes when Dušan Matović was presented with a similar chance only to head Marko Andjelković's free-kick wide.

As in the first leg, after absorbing the early pressure Valletta came into the game more, Alfred Effiong causing problems with his direct running, but goalkeeper Emilijus Zubas was well protected by his obdurate back four. Team-mates Uchenna Umeh and Andrius Velička might have doubled the hosts' lead in the second half but both were denied by Hogg, while Zubas thwarted Ryan Fenech with eight minutes left before Michael Mifsud squandered an even later chance.

Ekranas will host FC BATE Borisov on 26/27 July, with the third qualifying round second leg scheduled for the following week.

Last updated: 20/07/11 0.45CET

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Lineups

ekranas

Ekranas

valletta

Valletta

21
ZubasEmilijus Zubas (GK)
24
HoggAndrew Hogg (GK)
7
RadavičiusRamūnas Radavičius
3
AzzopardiIan Azzopardi
10
KučysAurimas Kučys
4
BorgSteve Borg
Yellow Card62
18
JokšasAndrius Jokšas
Yellow Card64
6
FenechRyan Fenech
20
DeduraIgnas Dedura (C)
Goal5
7
G. AgiusGilbert Agius (C)
23
Mauro AlonsoMauro Alonso
Substitution70
8
AgiusEdmond Agius
31
AndjelkovićMarko Andjelković
Yellow Card43
11
BarbosaWilliam Barbosa
32
UmehUchenna Umeh
Substitution89
20
FalzonDyson Falzon
70
VertelisAurimas Vertelis
Substitution83
21
EffiongAlfred Effiong
Substitution67
77
TomkevičiusGiedrius Tomkevičius
Yellow Card45+1
23
SammutKevin Sammut
Yellow Card13
Substitution55
81
MatovićDušan Matović
Yellow Card83
29
M. MifsudMichael Mifsud

Substitutes

12
KauneckasTadas Kauneckas (GK)
1
CiniYenz Cini (GK)
5
SkinderisMarius Skinderis
9
ZammitIan Zammit
Substitution67
8
MorozJevgenij Moroz
Substitution89
14
ZongoOusseni Zongo
9
RibokasArnas Ribokas
Substitution83
17
SciclunaKenneth Scicluna
15
SasnauskasNerijus Sasnauskas
18
PaceJamie Pace
17
VeličkaAndrius Velička
Substitution70
19
DenniDenni
Substitution55
Yellow Card90+2
28
MarkevičiusTadas Markevičius
26
FrendoCleavon Frendo

Coach

Valdas Urbonas (LTU) Leonard Farrugia (MLT)

Referee

Augustus Constantin (ROU)

Assistant referees

Ionel Popa (ROU), George Adrian Vidan (ROU)

Fourth official

Adrian Comanescu (ROU)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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