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Ventspils hold firm

Published: Friday 30 August 2002, 0.41CET
FC Lugano 1-0 FK Ventspils (Agg: 1-3) Lugano's win is not enough to overturn deficit.

Match statistics

LuganoVentspils

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 30 August 2002, 0.41CET

Ventspils hold firm

FC Lugano 1-0 FK Ventspils (Agg: 1-3) Lugano's win is not enough to overturn deficit.

FC Lugano 1-0 FK Ventspils (Ventspils win 3-1 on aggregate)
Swiss club FC Lugano emerged victorious from the home second leg of their UEFA Cup qualifying round tie against FK Ventspils, but it was not enough to prevent the Latvian side from progressing in the competition.

Goalkeeper on form
With a three-goal deficit to make up in order to enter tomorrow's first-round draw, the home team made an aggressive start, but failed to unlock a confident Ventspils defence, with Deniss Romanovs showing great form in goal for the visitors.

Razzetti makes vital saves
Alberto Regazzoni and Raphael Darbellay both went close for the home side early on, though, while at the other end Deimantas Bicka forced a good save from Stefano Razzetti on 18 minutes, who also superbly denied Vits Rimkus just after the half-hour.

Andreoli on target
After the break, Lugano poured forward in search of a vital first goal, Marco Maglioglio just off target with a chance early in the half. And on 55 minutes, the pressure told, as Christian Andreoli's header finally put Lugano ahead.

No comeback
However, despite frantic Lugano efforts, the away side held on to their aggregate lead, and could even have equalised on the night late on, when Mihails Zizilevs through ball found Igoris Stukalinas, only for the midfield player's shot to go wide.

'A shock'
After the match, Lugano coach Pierluigi Tami admitted: "Our exit from UEFA Cup is a shock for the team. We played well, but took only one chance. Our inability to take our chances is what ruined this tie for us in the end. Ventspils were lucky, but the fought well to get into first round."

Ventspils make history
Tami's opposite number Paul Ashworth was unsurprisingly delighted at the result. "I am very happy, as this is the only the second time in Latvian history that a club has advanced past the [UEFA Cup] qualifying round", he said. "Lugano were better than us today, but our goalkeeper Deniss Romanovs was excellent. I am also happy about how we defended the result that suited us. We lost, but we won."

Last updated: 29/08/02 23.44CET

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Lineups

lugano

Lugano

ventspils

Ventspils

18
RazzettiStefano Razzetti
1
RomanovsDeniss Romanovs
2
MorfRené Morf
3
TroickisIgors Troickis
3
AndreoliChristian Andreoli
Goal56
12
SmirnovsMāris Smirnovs
5
BrunnerMarkus Brunner
18
KorabļovsIgors Korabļovs
17
DiogoVitor Diogo
6
ŽavoronkovsVladimirs Žavoronkovs
24
BugnardYane Bugnard
14
Igors V StepanovsIgors V Stepanovs
20
DarbellayRaphael Darbellay
15
StukalinasIgors Stukalinas
Yellow Card53
26
ShalaRijat Shala
Substitution79
Yellow Card79
22
BičkaDeimantas Bička
14
MaglioglioMarco Maglioglio
Substitution58
7
ZangareevSergei Zangareev
Substitution59
9
RegazzoniAlberto Regazzoni
Yellow Card87
11
LandyrevEvgeni Landyrev
Yellow Card28
Substitution87
10
GonzalesEseban Gonzales
Substitution87
9
RimkusVīts Rimkus
Yellow Card54
Substitution77

Substitutes

1
VailatiGermano Vailati
16
VaņinsAndris Vaņins
11
NjankeAchille Njanke
Substitution58
4
GospodinovGospodin Gospodinov
8
MartinsSamuel Martins
5
KvasninsEdgars Kvasnins
15
FeniniDaniele Fenini
19
AgafonovAndrei Agafonov
6
MaricMijat Maric
Substitution79
23
ButriksAndrejs Butriks
Substitution77
22
MoresiLudovico Moresi
25
ZiziļevsMihails Ziziļevs
Substitution59
25
PadalinoMarco Padalino
Substitution87
17
LuchiancicovAnatolii Luchiancicov
Substitution87

Coach

Pierluigi Tami (SUI) Paul Anthony Ashworth (LVA)

Referee

Dejan Stanisic (SRB)

Assistant referees

Strecko Sljukic (SRB), Stevan Cetnik (SRB)

Fourth official

Bozidar Corsovic (SRB)

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