Celta de Vigo 2-0 Odense BK
RC Celta de Vigo struggled to break down a determined Odense BK side in their UEFA Cup first round first-leg tie before second-half goals from Brazilian striker Catanha and South African forward Benni McCarthy gave the Galician team a welcome advantage for the away leg.
Nothing to fear
The Spanish team will nevertheless travel to Denmark full of confidence, as their visitors showed precious little threat in attack and were restricted to long-range efforts for the majority of the encounter.
Celta dominated the first half but the ball would just not go in for them, with Aleksandr Mostovoi and Peter Luccin both spurning several chances to give their side the lead. Odense threatened briefly when Jan Sønksen headed wide from Andrew Tembo's cross, but it was one of few moments of danger.
Celta, who beat RCD Mallorca in the Primera División at the weekend, came out after the interval determined to break their duck, putting pressure on the Odense goal from the outset. Midfield player Jesuli hit the woodwork with a right-footed shot on 48 minutes and then set up Catanha for the decisive goal, the Brazilian burying a precise centre from 15 metres.
McCarthy doubles lead
And McCarthy, on as a substitute for Catanha, doubled the Vigo team’s lead four minutes later with a header from Gustavo López's cross. The former FC Porto player almost added a third in stoppage-time, but his left-foot shot was saved by goalkeeper Karim Zaza.