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Ventspils hit prime form

Published: Thursday 15 August 2002, 19.50CET
FK Ventspils 3-0 FC Lugano
Latvian champions produce a fine attacking display.

Match statistics

VentspilsLugano

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 15 August 2002, 19.50CET

Ventspils hit prime form

FK Ventspils 3-0 FC Lugano
Latvian champions produce a fine attacking display.

FK Ventspils 3-0 FC Lugano
Latvian champions FK Ventspils produced a splendid performance to send UEFA Cup qualifying round visitors FC Lugano back to Switzerland on the wrong end of a three-goal first-leg scoreline.

In control
Two goals after the interval put the home side in control of their destiny, as they look to make progress to the UEFA Cup first round.

Even first half
In an even first half, Evgueni Landyrev had an early chance, forcing an excellent save from Stefano Razzetti in the Lugano goal. However, Ventspils were eventually to tilt the balance their way.

Close-range finish
They took the lead when Sergey Zangareev's run down the right produced a cross, and Landyrev popped up to finish from close range. Vits Rimkus went agonisingly close soon afterwards for the home side, while Ventspils goalkeeper Deniss Romanovs pulled off a fine save to deny Alberto Regazzoni at the other end.

Two more made by Zangareev
Having created the opener, Zangareev continued to look dangerous, and he also made Ventspils' second goal, crossing for Rimkus to head home. The Latvians' third goal also emerged from Zangareev, when another of his fine crosses found the tall Landyrev to find the target with a header.

Happy Ashworth
Delighted Ventspils coach Paul Ashworth said after the match: "It is a fantastic result. We played a great match, but it does not guarantee our passage through to the next round. I would be OK with a 2-0 defeat in Lugano, but we will be going there to win."

'Still a hope'
Lugano coach Pierluigi Tami was a disappointed man, but he has not conceded the tie yet. "We should have at least scored a goal," he said. "We did not take our chances. But we will do everything possible to deal with this deficit at home. There is still a hope."

Last updated: 15/08/02 23.14CET

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Lineups

ventspils

Ventspils

lugano

Lugano

1
RomanovsDeniss Romanovs
18
RazzettiStefano Razzetti
3
TroickisIgors Troickis
3
AndreoliChristian Andreoli
Yellow Card83
12
SmirnovsMāris Smirnovs
Substitution86
2
MorfRené Morf
9
RimkusVīts Rimkus
Goal58
6
MaricMijat Maric
6
ŽavoronkovsVladimirs Žavoronkovs
5
BrunnerMarkus Brunner
11
LandyrevEvgeni Landyrev
Goal40
Goal67
Substitution84
20
DarbellayRaphael Darbellay
14
Igors V StepanovsIgors V Stepanovs
9
RegazzoniAlberto Regazzoni
22
BičkaDeimantas Bička
22
MoresiLudovico Moresi
15
StukalinasIgors Stukalinas
14
MaglioglioMarco Maglioglio
Substitution46
7
ZangareevSergei Zangareev
Substitution76
10
GonzalesEseban Gonzales
Substitution64
18
KorabļovsIgors Korabļovs
26
ShalaRijat Shala
Substitution74

Substitutes

16
VaņinsAndris Vaņins
1
VailatiGermano Vailati
21
LukaševicsViktors Lukaševics
Substitution86
15
FeniniDaniele Fenini
Substitution74
4
GospodinovGospodin Gospodinov
17
DiogoVitor Diogo
Substitution46
25
ZiziļevsMihails Ziziļevs
Substitution76
8
MartinsSamuel Martins
19
AgafonovAndrei Agafonov
11
NjankeAchille Njanke
Substitution64
23
ButriksAndrejs Butriks
27
GeorgisAntonio Georgis
17
LuchiancicovAnatolii Luchiancicov
Substitution84

Coach

Paul Anthony Ashworth (LVA) Pierluigi Tami (SUI)

Referee

Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Assistant referees

Ingemar Larsson (SWE), Henrik Andren (SWE)

Fourth official

Leif Sundell (SWE)

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