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Malmö and Ventspils play out goalless draw

Published: Wednesday 16 July 2014, 21.20CET
Malmö FF 0-0 FK Ventspils
Ahmed Abdultaofik hit the post for the Latvian champions but ultimately neither side could find a breakthrough.
by Ulf Nilsson
from Malmö New Stadium
Malmö and Ventspils play out goalless draw
There were no goals for the home fans to cheer at Malmö New Stadium ©Getty Images

Match statistics

MalmöVentspils

Goals scored0
 
0
Total attempts16
 
4
on target5
 
0
off target10
 
3
blocked1
 
1
against woodwork0
1
Corners7
 
2
Offsides2
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed12
 
13
Fouls suffered11
 
11

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 16 July 2014, 21.20CET

Malmö and Ventspils play out goalless draw

Malmö FF 0-0 FK Ventspils
Ahmed Abdultaofik hit the post for the Latvian champions but ultimately neither side could find a breakthrough.

Malmö FF played out a goalless draw with FK Ventspils in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League second round qualifier.

In a game of very few chances, Ventspils came closest to securing a second-leg advantage, but ultimately forward Ahmed Abdultaofik was left to rue striking the frame of the goal when clean through early in the second half.

Malmö's Markus Rosenberg had the best opportunity of a tight opening 45 minutes, yet his header could not beat an alert Maksims Uvarenko in the Ventspils goal. Just 60 seconds into the second period, Ventspils came within a whisker of punishing that miss when Abdultaofik was presented with the clearest chance of the match. The Nigerian was played through on goal, but with only Malmö keeper Robin Olsen to beat, he fired against the post.

The Swedish side responded with their standout opportunity when Emil Forsberg – a menace throughout – picked out Magnus Eriksson. The midfielder had plenty of space just inside the penalty area but sent his shot wide.

With no away goals scored, Malmö would need a score draw in the second leg in Latvia next Wednesday to reach the third qualifying round.

Last updated: 31/05/15 3.22CET

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