Irish sides Derry City FC and Drogheda United FC enjoyed famous victories against Scandinavian opposition, eliminating IFK Göteborg and HJK Helsinki in the UEFA Cup first qualifying round on an absorbing evening of second-leg action which also saw FC Flora cause an upset against FC Lyn Olso. uefa.com rounds up the action from the Northern section.
Derry City FC 1-0 IFK Göteborg (agg: 2-0)
Derry eliminated two-time UEFA Cup winners Göteborg at the Brandywell stadium thanks to Stephen O'Flynn's goal from the penalty spot shortly after the half hour. The Irish side survived a scare when the referee almost awarded the visitors a spot-kick too before waving claims away after consulting his assistants. Göteborg continued to press for a way back into the tie but Derry held on to progress in Europe for the first time since 1965.
Drogheda United FC 3-1 HJK Helsinki (agg: 4-2 aet)
Two penalties from midfield player Damien Lynch in extra time sent Drogheda through at Dalymount Park in Dublin. The game had ended 1-1 on the night and 2-2 on aggregate after a 58th-minute header from defender Graham Gartland equalised Algerian forward Farid Ghazi's volleyed opener for HJK on 36 minutes. With no further goals in normal time, Lynch gave the Irish side the advantage five minutes into the additional 30 after Tuomas Aho had handled in the penalty area. A foul by Markus Halsti on Shane Barrett 15 minutes later gave Lynch a chance to make it 3-1 and he made no mistake.
FC Flora 0-0 FC Lyn Oslo (agg: 1-1)
The seven-time Estonian champions made club history as a goalless draw saw them finally win a UEFA club competition tie at the 13th attempt. Having been held to a 1-1 draw by Pasi Rautiainen's relatively inexperienced side at home in Norway a fortnight ago, Lyn set about making amends from the start but for all their possession only worked a couple of real openings. Flora goalkeeper Pavel Londak had to be alert to tip over a clever first-half free-kick from Kevin Larsen, while efforts after the break from Espen Hoff, Erik Powell, Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke and Ezekiel Bala all came to nothing.
Llanelli AFC 0-0 Gefle IF (agg: 2-1)
Llanelli eliminated Gefle after this second-leg encounter at Stradey Park finished goalless. The visitors' hopes of overturning the loss in Sweden took a blow midway through the first half when defender Thomas Hedlund was sent off for a foul on Jacob Mingorance. The decision put the visitors on the back foot and goalkeeper Mattias Hugosson had to be on top of his game to deny both Mingorance and winger Craig Williams.
FC Etzella Ettelbrück 0-3 Åtvidabergs FF (agg: 0-7)
Swedish side Åtvidaberg completed a comprehensive aggregate victory in Luxembourg as two second-half penalties saw them overwhelm Etzella. Having lost the first leg 4-0 in Norrkoping, this was a damage-limitation exercise for the home team and it looked promising as the sides went in at half-time locked at 0-0. Martin Jönsson finally broke the deadlock ten minutes after the restart and having been breached, Etzella imploded. Claudio Da Luz conceded a penalty on 71 minutes which Daniel Johansson tucked away and Christoffer Karlsson (80) added another spot-kick to seal a 7-0 aggregate triumph.
FC Haka 1-0 FC Levadia Tallinn (agg: 1-2)
An early Mikko Innanen goal in Valkeakoski gave Haka hopes of coming back from two goals down against Levadia but the Estonian outfit held on to go through. Innanen scored on four minutes but could not continue the momentum as Levadia had the better of the remainder of the first period. Haka came back and controlled the match after the break but good Levadia defending kept scoring chances at a premium. Haka's final chance went by in the dying seconds as Jarno Mattila missed from close range.
SK Brann 1-0 Glentoran FC (agg: 2-0)
The Norwegian league leaders left it late to complete a pair of 1-0 wins against their Northern Irish opponents as Ólafur Örn Bjarnason stroked in a penalty with five minutes to go after Erik Huseklepp was felled in the area. The defeat means Glentoran have now won only once in 27 away matches in Europe.
FK Sūduva 2-1 Rhyl FC (agg: 2-1)
Goalless after the first leg, Sūduva gained the initiative in the 18th minute when they were awarded a penalty for a foul by Timothy Edwards on Andrius Urbsys. Darius Maciulevicius converted and within seven minutes the Lithuanian team were two goals ahead when Tomas Mikuckis headed in from a corner. The visitors from Wales showed good resilience and Lee Hunt missed two good opportunities before Andrew Moran scored a consolation goal from a parried Conall Murtagh free-kick nine minutes from time.
GÍ Gøta 0-2 FK Ventspils (agg: 1-4)
Ventspils' experience told as they took their chances in the Faroe Islands to seal a place in Friday's draw. Vits Rimkus scored both goals for the Latvian side, the first a cool finish after a one-on-one with the GÍ goalkeeper in the 75th minute. The second arrived just three minutes later, as the No9 picked up the ball on the edge of the area and curled a delightful shot into the far corner. Ventpils also twice hit the woodwork, while GÍ passed by a couple of presentable openings of their own.
Valur Reykjavík 0-0 Brøndby IF (agg: 1-3)
Brøndby played a cautious game at the National stadium in Reykjavik as the lead they carried over from the first leg proved decisive. Allowing Valur little of the ball and playing with just one striker, Brøndby were determined not to give their opponents even a glimmer of hope - tactics which saw them through.
FBK Kaunas 1-0 Portadown FC (agg: 4-1)
Kaunas proved too strong in Lithuania as Kestutis Ivaskevicius's first-half goal sealed comfortable progress. Leading 3-1 after the first leg, Kaunus poured forward from the kick-off and only a fine stop from Michael Doherty denied Andrius Velička. It did not stem the tide, however, and Ivaskevicius broke the deadlock two minutes before the interval from long range. It was the cue for the home team to ease off but they could have added to their lead as Velička and substitute Arkadiusz Klimek missed decent openings.
Skonto FC 3-0 AS Jeunesse Esch (agg: 5-0)
Mihails Miholaps scored twice as Skonto eased through. Already 2-0 ahead from the first leg in Luxembourg, Miholaps opened the scoring on 21 minutes, tapping in a Vladimirs Žavoronkovs cross. The striker doubled his tally six minutes later, confidently scoring from the penalty spot, although Skonto were reduced to ten men when Jozef Piaček was sent off before half-time. The visitors could not take advantage of the extra man, however, and Andrejs Štolcers rounded off the win for Skonto ten minutes from time.
ÍA Akranes 2-1 Randers FC (agg: 2-2, Randers win on away goals)
Danish side Randers survived a scare before making it past ÍA on away goals at the Akranesvöllur stadium. Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Hjörtur Hjartarson put the Icelandic team on level terms in the 27th minute only for Rangers to regain the initiative two minutes later when Bulgarian midfielder Todor Yanchev turned the ball in from a corner. In a frantic finale, home goalkeeper Bjarki Gudmundsson came forward and saw a header saved on the goalline before Bjarni Gudjónsson did finally score. It was not enough though as ÍA, who had Hafthór Vilhjálmsson sent off in the final minute, bowed out.
IK Start 3-0 Skála Ítróttarfelag (agg: 4-0)
Caretaker coach Bård Wiggen will have been delighted with Start's routine victory after he chose to rest six regulars following the 1-0 first-leg win in the Faroe Islands. Alex Valencia was involved in a neat approach to Stefan Bärlin's 41st-minute opener, and the result was never in doubt after Steinar Pedersen touched in a header from his brother Kjetil in the 50th. Englishman Ben Wright completed the scoring with eleven minutes remaining after being teed up by Todi Jónsson.
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