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Brøndby hold their nerve

Published: Thursday 27 November 2003, 19.36CET
Brøndby IF 2-1 FC Schalke 04 (agg: 3-3, 3-1 on pens)Danish side edge a dramatic encounter on spot-kicks.

Match statistics

BrøndbySchalke

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target2
 
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 27 November 2003, 19.36CET

Brøndby hold their nerve

Brøndby IF 2-1 FC Schalke 04 (agg: 3-3, 3-1 on pens)Danish side edge a dramatic encounter on spot-kicks.

On a dramatic night Brøndby IF held their nerve to beat FC Schalke 04 3-1 on penalties and secure a place in the UEFA Cup third round.

First-leg defeat
After losing the first leg 2-1, Brøndby took a first-half lead through an Andreas Jakobsson penalty, before Victor Agali equalised after the break. Mattias Jonson then made the game level over two legs with a low finish and Brøndby eventually prevailed.

Jonson pace
In the first half, Schalke struggled against a disciplined Brøndby defence, and began to look vulnerable to Michael Laudrup’s counterattacking ploy. On 16 minutes the home team broke through. Swedish international Jonson showed pace as he got a toe to the ball in the Schalke area ahead of Tomasz Waldoch.

Penalty converted
Central defender Jakobsson, who had scored Brøndby's goal in the first leg, stepped up and calmly sent Frank Rost the wrong way with his side-footed finish. The Brøndby stadium erupted, with the hosts now in control of the tie.

Brøndby momentum
The momentum was certainly with Brøndby and on 27 minutes they should have scored a second. Jonson again showed real pace, racing past Tomasz Hajto to the by-line. The Swedish striker pulled the ball back for Karsten Johansen, who seemed to have done the hard work by teeing himself up, only to curl the ball the wrong side of the far post.

Agali strikes
After the break Schalke took control. The visitors had obviously decided to exploit Sergio Pinto's pace, and the diminutive winger soon carved out an equaliser. Having deceived his marker, Pinto picked out Agali with a perfectly weighted cross that the Nigerian international headed in.

Jonson goal
Schalke had a number of chances to finish the game, with Mike Hanke squandering two of the best. But Brøndby refused to be beaten, and on 71 minutes they were back in it. Dan Johansen sent a powerful drive against the bar, and the rebound fell to substitute Peter Foldgast. He in turn squared to Jonson, who shot across Rost and in at the far post.

Penalty drama
Neither side was content to sit back and both poured forward in search of a winning goal. The intensity and tempo increased in extra time, as the silver goal rule placed the emphasis on attack. Chances came and went, but penalties seemed inevitable. It was Moroccan goalkeeper Karim Zaza's turn to play hero in the shoot-out, saving from Hajto to send Brøndby through.

Coaches 'proud'
Following the drama both coaches declared themselves "proud" of their teams. Brøndby's Michael Laudrup said: "I thought it was a very even match. Over both legs you can always discuss if we deserved to win as we could easily have been knocked out rather than Schalke."

'A great experience'
Schalke coach Jupp Heynckes said: "I think both teams contributed to giving the crowd a great experience and great drama. The reason why we are out now is that we did not take our scoring opportunities in normal time."

Last updated: 28/11/03 10.15CET

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Lineups

brøndby

Brøndby

schalke

Schalke

1
ZazaKarim Zaza (GK)
1
RostFrank Rost (GK)
4
NielsenPer Nielsen
Yellow Card89
6
HajtoTomasz Hajto
3
WeighorstMorten Weighorst
Yellow Card53
15
WałdochTomasz Wałdoch
6
JakobssonAndreas Jakobsson
Goal16
18
Oude-KamphuisNiels Oude-Kamphuis
5
JohansenDan Anton Johansen
3
MatellanAnibal Matellan
Yellow Card41
9
RetovMartin Retov
Yellow Card52
7
KobiashviliLevan Kobiashvili
7
KahlenbergThomas Kahlenberg
20
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
Substitution83
8
DaugaardKim Daugaard
Substitution59
22
AgaliVictor Agali
Goal55
10
JonsonMattias Jonson
Goal71
9
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
12
KamperJonas Kamper
Substitution108 ET
26
HankeMike Hanke
Yellow Card90
Substitution91 ET
19
JohansenKarsten Johansen
Substitution56
31
Sérgio PintoSérgio Pinto
Yellow Card67
Substitution73

Substitutes

21
ZimlingNiki Zimling
Substitution108 ET
14
AsamoahGerald Asamoah
Substitution73
35
LorentzenKasper Lorentzen
11
SandEbbe Sand
Substitution91 ET
17
FoldgastPeter Foldgast
Substitution56
Yellow Card90+4
17
VermantSven Vermant
Substitution83
18
SkarbaliusAurelius Skarbalius
35
TrojanFilip Trojan
2
OlesenAllan Olesen
Substitution59
39
KläsenerThomas Kläsener
14
HansenThomas Hansen
2
Van KerckhovenNico Van Kerckhoven
16
AnkergreenCasper Ankergreen (GK)
29
Volkan ÜnlüVolkan Ünlü (GK)

Coach

Michael Laudrup (DEN) Jupp Heynckes (GER)

Referee

Michal Benes (CZE)

Assistant referees

Evzen Amler (CZE), Miroslav Zlamal (CZE)

Fourth official

Miroslav Liba (CZE)

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