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Helsingborg find no way past TNS

Published: Tuesday 17 July 2012, 23.00CET
The New Saints FC 0-0 Helsingborgs IF
Given a stern test throughout, Åge Hareide's side were forced to settle for a goalless draw in an entertaining encounter.
by Craig Nance
from Park Hall
Helsingborg find no way past TNS
TNS have made Park Hall a fortress ©The New Saints FC

Match statistics

TNSHelsingborg

Goals scored0
 
0
on target3
 
4
off target5
 
3
Corners4
 
7
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed11
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)0
100

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 17 July 2012, 23.00CET

Helsingborg find no way past TNS

The New Saints FC 0-0 Helsingborgs IF
Given a stern test throughout, Åge Hareide's side were forced to settle for a goalless draw in an entertaining encounter.

Helsingborgs IF were given a stern examination throughout, as they were made to work hard for a UEFA Champions League second qualifying round draw against The New Saints FC at Park Hall.

The Welsh champions had the better of the early exchanges but as time went on the visitors took control. However, some heroics from TNS goalkeeper Paul Harrison ensured the tie remained level for next Wednesday's return in Sweden.

TNS began with intent and optimism as Craig Jones beguiled Helsingborg's back line before clipping the post with a delicate strike from an acute angle. The midfielder came to the fore 16 minutes later, latching on to a loose clearance and thundering an effort narrowly over. Evidently buoyed, the home side were dictating the tempo but found goalkeeper Pär Hansson in inspired form as he pounced to deny Chris Jones' goal-bound shot.

Midfielder Ardian Gashi offered some respite but his fierce effort was deflected wide. Gashi's initiative proved Helsingborg's catalyst as they sought to tighten their grip on proceedings. Livewire Alfred Finnbogason's powerful header was tipped over, before the Icelandic striker almost snatched an unlikely victory when his side-footed effort was superbly tipped round the far post by Harrison.

"TNS are quite good and strong at home," said Helsingborg coach Åge Hareide. "They are a decent footballing side, they score in most of their home games in Europe and have good players. They are no pushover and we will have to be on our guard in the second leg."

Last updated: 17/07/12 23.29CET

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Lineups

tns

TNS

helsingborg

Helsingborg

1
HarrisonPaul Harrison (GK) (C)
30
HanssonPär Hansson (GK) (C)
2
SpenderSimon Spender
3
SadikuLoret Sadiku
3
MarriottChris Marriott
4
AttaWalid Atta
4
BakerPhil Baker
6
MahlanguMay Mahlangu
5
EvansSteve Evans
8
GashiArdian Gashi
9
DraperGregory Draper
Substitution89
11
SørumThomas Sørum
Substitution79
12
SeargeantChristian Seargeant
Substitution68
13
BouaouzanRachid Bouaouzan
Substitution46
14
Craig JonesCraig Jones
14
EdmanErik Edman
19
Chris JonesChris Jones
Substitution86
19
FinnbogasonAlfred Finnbogason
20
DarlingtonAlex Darlington
21
C. AnderssonChristoffer Andersson
23
A. EdwardsAeron Edwards
24
HanstveitErlend Hanstveit

Substitutes

21
A. RamsayAlex Ramsay (GK)
1
D. AnderssonDaniel Andersson (GK)
6
K. EdwardsKai Edwards
5
NordmarkDaniel Nordmark
Substitution46
7
RuscoeScott Ruscoe
Substitution86
9
SundinErik Sundin
Substitution79
8
WardNicholas Ward
Substitution89
10
ÁlvaroÁlvaro
16
RawlinsonConnell Rawlinson
16
BaffoJoseph Baffo
17
FinleySam Finley
Substitution68
Yellow Card90+2
23
WahlstedtErik Wahlstedt
22
QuigleyScott Quigley
28
UronenJere Uronen

Coach

Carl Darlington (WAL) Åge Hareide (NOR)

Referee

Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Frank Bleyen (BEL), Cédric Waroux (BEL)

Fourth official

Christof Dierick (BEL)

Legend:

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