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Ventspils' dream dashed by Malmö

Published: Wednesday 23 July 2014, 21.15CET
FK Ventspils 0-1 Malmö FF (agg: 0-1)
Isaac Kiese Thelin scored the only goal of the game on 19 minutes in Latvia to settle the tie in favour of the Swedish champions.
by Denis Novitsky
from Ventspils Olimpiskais Centrs
Ventspils' dream dashed by Malmö
Malmö celebrate Isaac Kiese Thelin's decisive strike at Ventspils ©Roman Koksharov

Match statistics

VentspilsMalmö

Goals scored0
1
Total attempts4
 
12
on target0
3
off target2
 
4
blocked2
 
5
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
9
Offsides6
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
16
Fouls suffered14
 
14

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 23 July 2014, 21.15CET

Ventspils' dream dashed by Malmö

FK Ventspils 0-1 Malmö FF (agg: 0-1)
Isaac Kiese Thelin scored the only goal of the game on 19 minutes in Latvia to settle the tie in favour of the Swedish champions.

One goal proved decisive as Malmö FF edged past FK Ventspils 1-0 to set up a UEFA Champions League third qualifying round tie against AC Sparta Praha.

Ventspils impressed in the first leg by holding Malmö to a goalless draw but their dream of an upset was dashed after 19 minutes of the return when Isaac Kiese Thelin put Malmö in control of the tie. The strike proved a body blow to the hosts who, in need of two goals to progress, never recovered.

Bright young winger Emil Forsberg was instrumental in Malmö's victory. Indeed it was his endeavour which created the goal, driving to the byline and providing the looping cross that Kiese Thelin tucked away from close range. Ventspils were lucky to go in at half-time just the one goal down as Malmö pinned them back before the interval.

It was a long way back for the Latvian outfit, who lacked a cutting edge in attack and ultimately relied on goalkeeper Maksims Uvarenko to keep the visitors at bay. As the game neared its conclusion, the Ventspils No1 produced a fine double-save to deny Forsberg a deserved goal from a fierce shot and then impressively block Simon Kroon's goalbound follow-up.

Malmö travel to Sparta for the first leg of their third qualifying round tie next week.

Last updated: 31/05/15 2.48CET

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Lineups

ventspils

Ventspils

malmö

Malmö

30
UvarenkoMaksims Uvarenko (GK) (C)
25
OlsenRobin Olsen (GK)
2
DubraKaspars Dubra
2
ConchaMatias Concha
3
KurakinsAntons Kurakins
Yellow Card11
6
HalstiMarkus Halsti
5
BarinovsVitālijs Barinovs
9
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg (C)
Substitution90+3
7
TarkhnishviliTornike Tarkhnishvili
14
KroonSimon Kroon
Substitution83
17
UlimbaševsDaniils Ulimbaševs
Substitution72
18
HammarJohan Hammar
20
KarlsonsĢirts Karlsons
20
RicardinhoRicardinho
22
AbdultaofikAhmed Abdultaofik
Substitution86
21
E. JohanssonErik Johansson
27
FreidgeimasRobertas Freidgeimas
Substitution72
22
NazariAmin Nazari
32
TimofejevsOļegs Timofejevs
24
Kiese ThelinIsaac Kiese Thelin
Goal19
Substitution62
77
RečickisVitālijs Rečickis
Yellow Card78
33
ForsbergEmil Forsberg

Substitutes

16
RaļkevičsValentins Raļkevičs (GK)
27
AzinovicZlatan Azinovic (GK)
4
BezuščonoksDeniss Bezuščonoks
7
ErikssonMagnus Eriksson
Substitution62
Yellow Card78
6
IndrānsDāvis Indrāns
15
CibickiPaweł Cibicki
Substitution83
10
ŽigajevsJurijs Žigajevs
Substitution72
17
PetrovićPetar Petrović
14
TīdenbergsEduards Tīdenbergs
Substitution86
31
RakipErdal Rakip
18
MujeciNdue Mujeci
Substitution72
35
P. JohanssonPiotr Johansson
Substitution90+3
28
MukinsVladimirs Mukins
36
WernerssonVictor Wernersson

Coach

Jurģis Pučinskas (LVA) Åge Hareide (NOR)

Referee

Kristo Tohver (EST)

Assistant referees

Sten Klaasen (EST), Neeme Neemlaid (EST)

Fourth official

Roomer Tarajev (EST)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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