The official website for European football

Stabæk sweep Linfield aside

Published: Thursday 15 August 2002, 21.40CET
Stabæk IF 4-0 Linfield FC Stabæk prove too strong for their Northern Irish opponents.

Match statistics

StabækLinfield

Goals scored4
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 15 August 2002, 21.40CET

Stabæk sweep Linfield aside

Stabæk IF 4-0 Linfield FC Stabæk prove too strong for their Northern Irish opponents.

Stabæk IF 4-0 Linfield FC
Norwegian side Stabæk IF virtually guaranteed a spot in the UEFA Cup first round tonight with a 4-0 demolition of Northern Ireland's Linfield FC at the Nadderud stadium.

Change of pace
The hosts could have won the qualifying-round tie by an even wider margin but eased the pace after the interval following well-taken first-half goals from strikers Thomas Finstad, who put the hosts ahead on 12 minutes, and Tryggvi Gudmundsson.

Inspired Andersson
When Gudmundsson struck on 18 minutes, the writing was on the wall for Linfield. The Northern Irish were simply overrun by a home side inspired by their committed captain, ex-FC Wimbledon player Martin Andresen.

Dominant spell
The Irish enjoyed a spell of dominance shortly after the break but still struggled to fashion any meaningful opportunities. Nevertheless, it was just a question of time before the third goal – and there were no surprises when Marel Baldvinsson slammed past goalkeeper Alan Mannus with a raking drive.
 
Win completed
Gudmunsson completed the scoring with his second in the dying stages. His angled shot from distance capped a commanding display from Stabæk, who have little to fear in the away leg.

Last updated: 16/08/02 0.31CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2002/matches/round=1625/match=69742/postmatch/report/index.html#stabæk+sweep+linfield+aside

  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE word, the UEFA Europa League logo and the UEFA Europa League trophy 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.