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Elfsborg eliminated after stalemate

Published: Thursday 30 September 2004, 20.00CET
IF Elfsborg 0-0 NK Dinamo Zagreb (agg: 0-2) The Croatian team produce a solid second-leg display to qualify.

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Published: Thursday 30 September 2004, 20.00CET

Elfsborg eliminated after stalemate

IF Elfsborg 0-0 NK Dinamo Zagreb (agg: 0-2) The Croatian team produce a solid second-leg display to qualify.

A disciplined display by NK Dinamo Zagreb in Boras allowed the Croatian side to book their place in the UEFA Cup group stage at the expense of Swedish outfit IF Elfsborg.

First-leg advantage
Goals from Veldin Karic and Ivan Bošnjak in the first leg at the Masimir stadium a fortnight ago, proved decisive as the visitors held firm to subdue their hosts. Elfsborg coach Magnus Haglund was hopeful of overturning that two-goal deficit at the Ryavallen stadium, but his players were unable to offer any real attacking threat throughout the whole 90 minutes.

Goalscoring form
Elfsborg striker Lars Nilsson, who had been in fine goalscoring form of late, was included after recovering from a heel injury, but was unable to unbalance Dinamo. Indeed, the visitors dominated possession and carved out the better chances, not least when Edin Mujcin's clever chip from the edge of the box bounced off the crossbar on 75 minutes.

Hardly unsettled
It proved to be the best chance of the game, despite Haglund having introduced an extra forward in the shape of Daniel Nils Alexandersson after just 27 minutes. Nevertheless, the attacking alteration hardly unsettled Dinamo who defended with purpose and attacked with poise.

Flash of inspiration
Elfsborg were scarcely able to get out of their half in the opening stages, but a rare flash of inspiration came on 24 minutes when Samuel Holmén saw his shot well saved by visiting goalkeeper Vladimir Vasilj, after good work from Andreas Nilsson.

Attacking threat
Just moments later, Dinamo - who always looked in control - demonstrated their attacking threat when Mujcin's free-kick eluded everyone and had to be scrambled to safety by Elfsborg goalkeeper Johan Wiland.

Dominate proceedings
The visitors, efficiently organised by coach Nenad Gracan, continued to dominate proceedings in the second half. Despite Elfsborg needing to score, it was Dinamo who always looked the more likely to find the net, as the visitors provided the moment of the match 15 minutes before the final whistle.

Tiring resistance
Mujcin danced his way around Elfsborg's tiring defence and dragged the ball back before cleverly chipping over Wiland. With the goalkeeper stranded, the ball bounced off the top of the crossbar and Ivan Bošnjak was unable to capitalise on the rebound.

Shot on target
Still the threat kept coming from the Croatian team as substitute Dario Zahora failed to match his fine run with a shot on target, flashing his effort across the face on goal in the closing moments. It matter little, however, with Dinamo already safely through.

Last updated: 01/10/04 13.45CET

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Lineups

elfsborg

Elfsborg

dinamo zagreb

Dinamo Zagreb

30
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
20
VasiljVladimir Vasilj (GK)
3
SjöbergJohan Sjöberg
4
MilinovićDamir Milinović
5
AnderssonMartin Andersson
6
JešeVedran Ješe
7
IlolaJari Ilola
8
AgićJasmin Agić
8
HolménSamuel Holmén
Substitution27
10
MujčinEdin Mujčin
Substitution85
10
NilssonLasse Nilsson
12
BošnjakIvan Bošnjak
13
BerggrenHans Berggren
14
LučićMario Lučić
15
KlarströmAndreas Klarström
15
KarićVeldin Karić
16
SamuelssonMagnus Samuelsson
Substitution77
16
PoldrugacDalibor Poldrugac
23
StrömbergMartin Strömberg
Substitution68
23
PranjićDanijel Pranjić
25
Andreas NilssonAndreas Nilsson
24
EduardoEduardo

Substitutes

1
JonssonAnders Jonsson (GK)
1
TurinaIvan Turina (GK)
6
AlexanderssonDaniel Alexandersson
Substitution27
2
M. BuljatMarijan Buljat
Substitution85
12
BacklundEmil Backlund
7
ŠtrokHrvoje Štrok
18
SnyggPatric Snygg
9
LjubojevićGoran Ljubojević
20
DruggeAndreas Drugge
Substitution68
11
ZahoraDario Zahora
21
NicklassonAndreas Nicklasson
Substitution77
18
HrmanDanijel Hrman
19
KranjčarNiko Kranjčar

Coach

Magnus Haglund (SWE) Nenad Gracan (CRO)

Referee

Jaroslav Jara (CZE)

Assistant referees

Miroslav Zlamal (CZE), Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

Fourth official

Milan Sedivy (SVK)

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