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Midtjylland muscle past Varteks

Published: Thursday 3 October 2002, 21.14CET
NK Varteks 1-1 FC Midtjylland (Agg: 1-2) Away draw sends Danish side through.

Match statistics

VaraždinMidtjylland

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target1
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 3 October 2002, 21.14CET

Midtjylland muscle past Varteks

NK Varteks 1-1 FC Midtjylland (Agg: 1-2) Away draw sends Danish side through.

FC Midtjylland of Denmark secured a 1-1 draw with NK Varteks in Croatia to progress to the second round of the UEFA Cup 2-1 on aggregate.

Easy finish
The overall margin of victory could have been even greater, as the away side missed several golden opportunities to extend their lead, substitute Mogens Laursen wasting two presentable chances, but in the end, they had to be satisfied with Razak Pimpong’s 67th-minute tap-in from substitute Nikolai Jørgensen’s unselfish square pass.

Bizarre equaliser
Varteks battled bravely, and deserved their equaliser on the night, which arrived in bizarre circumstances four minutes from time. Captain Miljenko Mumlek, who was at the heart of most of his side’s attacking moves, broke down the left but overhit his cross. Midtjylland goalkeeper Peter Skov-Jensen plucked the ball out of the air only to stumble backwards over the line with the ball still in his hands.

Positive start
Midtjylland began the brighter, and missed two golden opportunities to make the home side's task even more difficult inside the first 15 minutes. In the 13th minute, Pimpong, a constant threat to the home defence, broke clear on to a pass over the top of the home defence, but the ball would not drop for him and he shot straight at Skov-Jensen.

Penalty saved
Two minutes later, Frank Kristensen burst into the area only to have his heels clipped by Silverstar Sabolcki. The referee duly awarded a penalty, but Jens Jenssen saw his spot-kick turned aside by Zeljko Rumbak diving low to his left.

Varteks take control
As the half wore on, Varteks gradually took command, and were unlucky not to be in front at half-time. Ivica Huljev and Danijel Hrman both forced saves from Skov-Jensen, and a clever free-kick from captain Miljenko Mumlek set up Nikola Šafaric but his careful shot rolled centimetres wide.

Last updated: 03/10/02 21.15CET

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Lineups

varaždin

Varaždin

midtjylland

Midtjylland

12
RumbakŽeljko Rumbak
1
Skov-JensenPeter Skov-Jensen
5
HrmanDanijel Hrman
2
NielsenMartin Nielsen (C)
6
KristićMatija Kristić
Yellow Card87
6
SkriverSøren Skriver
9
KarićVeldin Karić
8
ThomasbergThomas Thomasberg
Substitution25
10
MumlekMiljenko Mumlek (C)
Goal86
9
Kenneth FromKenneth From
11
HuljevIvica Huljev
11
MaglebyChristian Magleby
Substitution53
16
VuckovicNenad Vuckovic
12
MikkelsenJesper Mikkelsen
Yellow Card49
17
GregoricKrunoslav Gregoric
13
JessenJens Jessen
20
ŠafarićNikola Šafarić
Substitution53
19
JensenMikkel Jensen
Yellow Card72
24
SabolckiSilvestar Sabolcki
Substitution38
23
KristensenFrank Kristensen
Yellow Card75
29
HalilovićNedim Halilović
Substitution59
27
PimpongRazak Pimpong
Goal67
Substitution70

Substitutes

21
SimunicZankarlo Simunic
16
RasmussenAnders Rasmussen
3
FumicIvan Fumic
4
RatheThomas Rathe
Substitution25
7
Ivan RezićIvan Rezić
15
JørgensenNicolai Jørgensen
Substitution53
15
JancevskiIgor Jancevski
18
LaursenMogens Laursen
Substitution70
18
PetričevićFrane Petričević
Substitution59
26
SallLasse Sall
19
SklepicHrvoje Sklepic
Substitution53
31
LindkvistUlrik Lindkvist
28
HalimiIlami Halimi
Substitution38
Yellow Card40
32
Bak NielsenKristian Bak Nielsen

Coach

Dražen Besek (CRO) Troels Bech (DEN)

Referee

Stephen Graham Bennett (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Drysdale (ENG), Michael Tingey (ENG)

Fourth official

Matthew David Messias (ENG)

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