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Laursen leaves it late

Published: Thursday 19 September 2002, 20.00CET
FC Midtjylland 1-0 NK Varteks Mogens Laursen's late goal seals win for Danish side.

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Published: Thursday 19 September 2002, 20.00CET

Laursen leaves it late

FC Midtjylland 1-0 NK Varteks Mogens Laursen's late goal seals win for Danish side.

FC Midtjylland 1-0 NK Varteks
A last-gasp header from Mogens Laursen gave FC Midtjylland a 1-0 first-leg victory against NK Varteks as they met in the first round of the UEFA Cup.

Gifted visitors
Chances were few and far between in the first half as Midtjylland failed to seize the early initiative and struggled to make an impact against a technically gifted Varteks side who deserved to be ahead by the break.

Hrman chance
Daniel Hrman had the first chance of the match when he twisted and turned past two defenders before unleashing a terrific shot that was just tipped over the bar by Peter Skov-Jensen. Veldin Karic also could have broken the deadlock but his 24th-minute shot from a tight angle hit the side-netting and Skov-Jensen was again on hand to keep the game goalless when he blocked a shot from Miljenko Mumlek four minutes before half-time.

Rathe rises
The Danish side seized the initiative from the start of the second half as they pressed forward and should have taken the lead after 65 minutes when Thomas Rathe rose above the Croatian defence to send a bullet header just wide of the target.

Laursen delivers
Thomas Thomasberg also came close with a stinging free-kick before Laursen's close-range header stole the honours for the hosts with seconds left on the clock.

Last updated: 20/09/02 13.23CET

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Lineups

midtjylland

Midtjylland

varaždin

Varaždin

1
Skov-JensenPeter Skov-Jensen
12
RumbakŽeljko Rumbak
9
Kenneth FromKenneth From
3
FumicIvan Fumic
2
NielsenMartin Nielsen
14
GranićGoran Granić
4
RatheThomas Rathe
Substitution85
2
ToplakSamir Toplak
6
SkriverSøren Skriver
9
KarićVeldin Karić
12
MikkelsenJesper Mikkelsen
5
HrmanDanijel Hrman
8
ThomasbergThomas Thomasberg
10
MumlekMiljenko Mumlek
13
JessenJens Jessen
Substitution80
20
ŠafarićNikola Šafarić
19
JensenMikkel Jensen
11
HuljevIvica Huljev
23
KristensenFrank Kristensen
Substitution59
24
SabolckiSilvestar Sabolcki
Substitution61
27
PimpongRazak Pimpong
29
HalilovićNedim Halilović
Substitution77

Substitutes

16
RasmussenAnders Rasmussen
21
SimunicZankarlo Simunic
11
MaglebyChristian Magleby
Substitution85
7
Ivan RezićIvan Rezić
Substitution61
17
OlsenKim Olsen
15
JancevskiIgor Jancevski
18
LaursenMogens Laursen
Substitution80
Goal88
17
GregoricKrunoslav Gregoric
26
SallLasse Sall
18
PetričevićFrane Petričević
Substitution77
31
LindkvistUlrik Lindkvist
Substitution59
19
SklepicHrvoje Sklepic
32
Bak NielsenKristian Bak Nielsen
28
HalimiIlami Halimi

Coach

Troels Bech (DEN) Dražen Besek (CRO)

Referee

Asim Khudiyev (AZE)

Assistant referees

Ilham Aliyev (AZE), Munis Abdullayev (AZE)

Fourth official

Khagani Mammadov (AZE)

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