The official website for European football

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

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2015/matches/round=2000545/match=2014156/postmatch/report/index.html#malmo+vanquish+ventspils

  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE words, the UEFA Champions League logo and trophy and the UEFA Champions League Final logos are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.