A late header from Paulo José De Oliveira sent BK Häcken of Sweden through to the UEFA Cup second qualifying round, where they will be joined in Friday's draw by Finland's FC Haka and Danish side FC Midtjylland, who both came through on away goals. Odense BK had no such problems during their 5-0 defeat of Saint Patrick's Athletic FC as uefa.com rounds up the results from the Northern European section.
Odense BK 5-0 Saint Patrick's Athletic FC (agg: 5-0)
Danish side Odense swept St Patrick's aside with a convincing performance. The hosts took the lead on 19 minutes when Hans Henrik Adreasen connected with Jonas Borring's cross and they were 3-0 up by half-time thanks to two headers from as many Chris Sørensen corners. The first was scored by Kim Christensen on 29 minutes, the second went to Borring (44). Christensen then scored his second and Odense's fourth of the night on 73 minutes while substitute Peter Nymann slotted a fifth two minutes from time.
KR Reykjavík 0-1 BK Häcken (agg: 1-2)
KR's away goal in Sweden was not enough to see the Icelandic outfit through to the next stage of the competition as a late header by Paulo José De Oliviera booked Häcken's place in the second qualifying round. Both sides pressed in search of the breakthrough but as time went on it seemed that the home team would pull through on the away goals rule. Indeed, KR held firm until seven minutes from time but that was when Oliviera eluded his markers to head the winning goal past goalkeeper Stefán Logi Magnússon.
JK Trans Narva 0-3 Helsingborgs IF (agg: 0-9)
Despite missing a number of first-team regulars, Helsingborg completed a routine 3-0 win in Tallinn to add to their six goals from the first leg. The opening goal came via right-back Erik Wahlstedt, who headed in a curling cross by Fredrik Svanbäck after 17 minutes and Svanbäck was himself on target (32) when he unleashed a powerful strike to double the second-leg lead. After the break 19-year-old Mathias Unkuri added a third goal 16 minutes from time.
AIK Solna 4-0 Glentoran FC (agg: 9-0)
AIK had no problems seeing off a Glentoran side already five goals down after the first leg. It took Gabriel Özkan just seven minutes to put paid to any slight hopes Glentoran may have had of turning the game around and when Patrik Karlsson doubled the advantage on 23 minutes the game was effectively over as a contest. Alexander Gerndt made it 3-0 with three minutes left before Dulee Johnson rounded things off in the last minute. "It was a case of getting the job done and we did that in style," said AIK coach Rikard Norling.
FK Ekranas 3-2 B36 Tórshavn (agg: 6-3)
Ekranas repeated their feat of the first leg as they again scored three times against B36. The hosts broke the deadlock three minutes after the interval when Andrius Sidiauskas's intended cross curled fortuitously into the net. Povilas Lukšys doubled the Lithuanian side's lead after dribbling his way past two defenders but the visitors from the Faroe Islands hit back to make it 2-2 on the night as Bergur Midjord converted a low cross from Alex and Fródi Benjaminsen scored a penalty (86). However, B36 were again undone a minute later when Lukšys scored his second of the night.
Drogheda United FC 3-0 SP Libertas (agg: 4-1)
Two goals by Paul Keegan and a Stuart Byrne header ensured Drogheda will be in the draw on Friday after a convincing performance at Dalymount Park. Keegan eased home nerves when he struck from 23 metres out after 12 minutes and the midfielder was on target again four minutes after the break when he finished off a fine team move. Byrne made it 4-1 on aggregate when he powered in a header from close range on the hour to put the match beyond the reach of the side from San Marino.
FC Haka 2-0 Rhyl FC (agg: 3-3, Haka win on away goals)
Haka did just enough to reach the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup after clawing back the two-goal deficit from the first leg to knock out their Welsh opponents on away goals. Haka had cause for optimism when Mikko Innanen fired a shot into the top corner on 63 minutes and, two minutes later, the tie had swung in their favour as Valeri Popovits followed suit with an accurate strike. "The match went just as we planned," said coach Olli Huttunen afterwards.
SK Brann 6-3 Carmarthen Town AFC (Agg: 14-3)
Brann's berth in the next stage was already secure after the 8-0 win in Wales, but there was no respite for the Carmarthen defence in the return leg. Petter Vaagan Moen opened the scoring on nine minutes, and the Norwegian hosts soon had a four-goal after further strikes by Armann Björnsson (18) and Robbie Winters (27 and 32). Although the Welsh side responded with two goals from Danny Thomas (36) and Tim Hicks (47), Brann scored twice in a minute through Kristjan Örn Sigurdsson (56) and Erlend Hanstveit (57) before Hicks contributed a late consolation strike (90).
Vålerenga IF 1-0 FC Flora (agg: 2-0)
A late strike by Morten Berre ensured Vålerenga their place in Friday's draw. The home side had the upper hand after winning in Tallinn, but this match proved a tight and nervous affair, with chances few and far between. Berre pounced almost on full time, reacting quickest when a Freddy Dos Santos lob from the halfway line hit the crossbar. Berre also had the game's best chance before the goal, but was unable to finish after superb approach play by Dos Santos on 87 minutes.
EB/Streymur 1-1 Myllykosken Pallo-47 (agg: 1-2)
The result of this match could have been very different had MyPa goalkeeper Janne Korhonen not saved Hans Pauli Samuelsen's penalty on the hour. However, it was the Finnish visitors, who had seen Hugo Miranda's first-half free-kick come back off the post, who eventually doubled their aggregate lead on 71 minutes through Tuomas Kuparinen. Karoly Potemkin headed an equaliser for the Faroese hosts three minutes from time but it was too little too late to deny Ilkka Mäkelä's side.
FK Sūduva 4-0 Dungannon Swifts FC (agg: 4-1)
Sūduva overcame their 1-0 deficit from the first leg thanks to a superb second-half performance by striker Andrius Urbsys. The hosts were in total control for the entire match despite Willer Souza Oliveira's sending-off a minute before half-time. The Lithuanian side were already in the lead by that point after Gvidas Grigas had tapped in on 23 minutes. The second half showcased Urbsys's fine individual display. First the 20-year-old beat the offside trap and and rounded Dwayne Nelson (51) to score; five minutes later he again outwitted Nelson, this time with a low shot; and seven minutes from the end Urbsys completed his hat-trick from the edge of the area.
FC Dinamo Brest 1-2 FHK Liepájas Metalurgs (agg: 1-3)
A fine away win by Metalurgs saw the Latvian visitors soak up a good deal of early pressure before scoring against the run of play four minutes before the interval when Andriy Kruglyak found the top corner from 18 metres. Dinamo were back on level terms almost immediately after the restart as Viktar Sokal managed to score directly from a corner but Metalurgs responded well and Girts Karlsons scored a spectacular overhead kick to convert Kruglyak's cross within five minutes of the setback. Although Sokal missed the hosts' best chance when hitting the crossbar they lost their discipline as Roman Kots and Aleksey Shichigolev were both dismissed late on.
FC Midtjylland 2-1 Keflavík (agg: 4-4, FC Midtjylland win on away goals)
Midtjylland will accompany fellow Danish sides Aalborg BK and Odense BK into the second qualifying round after edging out Keflavík on away goals. The visitors took the lead against the run of play on 24 minutes through Baldur Sigurdsson but Simon Poulsen equalised midway through the second half and six minutes later Serghei Dadu scored the winning goal for the home side.
FC Etzella Ettelbrück 0-1 HJK Helsinki (agg: 0-3)
A first-half penalty by Vili Sovolainen was enough to take the Finnish visitors through to the second qualifying round. Etzella began the match well but were undone by a defensive error as Hermanni Vuorinen was brought down in the area and Sovolainen took his chance. Kabba Samura and Vuorinen both missed chances to make it 2-0, but in the end settled for the three-goal aggregate victory against their opponents from Luxembourg.
FC Dinamo Minsk 2-0 Skonto FC (agg: 3-1)
Two second-half goals by Róbert Rák ended a close encounter which had produced a 1-1 draw in Latvia two weeks ago. Dinamo were deserving of their win but the Belarussian side only took control on 56 minutes when the Slovakian striker met a delightful through ball from player-coach Aliaksandr Khatskevich. Rák doubled Dinamo's lead 14 minutes from time after Anton Putilo played him in on goal.
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