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Brann undone by fine Kompany

Published: Thursday 25 October 2007, 23.46CET
SK Brann 0-1 Hamburger SV Vincent Kompany's strike earned the visitors the points as only heroics from Håkon Opdal limited the damage.

Match statistics

BrannHamburg

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
9
Attempts off target4
 
3
Corners1
 
2
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed11
 
13
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 25 October 2007, 23.46CET

Brann undone by fine Kompany

SK Brann 0-1 Hamburger SV Vincent Kompany's strike earned the visitors the points as only heroics from Håkon Opdal limited the damage.

Vincent Kompany's second-half strike earned Hamburger SV three points from their UEFA Cup Group D opener to dampen the title celebrations of newly-crowned Norwegian champions SK Brann.

Opdal heroics
The German side scored three times in the opening 34 minutes against Bundesliga champions VfB Stuttgart at the weekend, but with Håkon Opdal in sublime form in the home goal the visitors really had to earn their breakthrough. That finally arrived two minutes past the hour when Kompany found the bottom-left corner with a shot from distance, and there was no way back for Brann, who trudged off the Bergen pitch empty-handed.

Missed chances
It had all been very different on Monday, when Stabaek IF's 2-1 defeat by Viking FK handed Brann an unassailable lead at the Norwegian summit and a first Tippeligaen title in 44 years. Yet coach Mons Ivar Mjelde insisted the champagne would be left on ice until after the Hamburg match and it may now leave a bitter taste after his side were resolutely outclassed. Opdal had already denied Piotr Trochowski and Mohamed Zidan before pulling off a stunning save on 27 minutes to keep out Trochowski again.

No way back
Brann could not escape their own half. Zidan and Ivica Olić forced Opdal into further saves while only a last-ditch Ólafur Örn Bjarnason block denied David Jarolím; but a Hamburg goal was a matter of time. It finally came when Kompany, who had skied two earlier efforts, made it third-time lucky. The onus fell to Brann but having mustered a solitary Thorstein Helstad shot before then, it was a tough ask. Petter Vaagan Moen and Helstad tried their luck but it was Huub Stevens' side that looked the most likely scorers, and only further Opdal heroics prevented Jarolím, Guy Demel and then Olić from making it 2-0.

Last updated: 26/10/07 1.04CET

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Lineups

brann

Brann

hamburg

Hamburg

12
OpdalHåkon Opdal (GK)
1
RostFrank Rost (GK) (C)
3
DahlBjørn Dahl
20
DemelGuy Demel
18
BjarnasonÓlafur Örn Bjarnason
19
BoatengJérôme Boateng
21
K. SigurdssonKristján Sigurdsson
3
AtoubaThimothée Atouba
15
HanstveitErlend Hanstveit (C)
4
ReinhardtBastian Reinhardt
9
SolliJan Gunnar Solli
5
MathijsenJoris Mathijsen
7
El-FakiriHassan El-Fakiri
10
KompanyVincent Kompany
Goal62
14
JaitehTijan Jaiteh
Substitution47
14
JarolímDavid Jarolím
11
Vaagan MoenPetter Vaagan Moen
Substitution85
15
TrochowskiPiotr Trochowski
Substitution88
17
BakkeEirik Bakke
Substitution47
11
OlićIvica Olić
22
HelstadThorstein Helstad
7
ZidanMohamed Zidan
Yellow Card14
Substitution90

Substitutes

1
ThorbjørnsenJohan Thorbjørnsen (GK)
12
HeslWolfgang Hesl (GK)
4
GuntveitCato Guntveit
22
Choupo-MotingEric Choupo-Moting
Substitution90
5
CorralesRamiro Corrales
24
BrečkoMišo Brečko
13
HusekleppErik Huseklepp
Substitution47
28
AddoOtto Addo
16
SjöhageJoakim Sjöhage
30
BenjaminCollin Benjamin
Substitution88
6
KaradasAzar Karadas
Substitution47
32
Ben-HatiraÄnis Ben-Hatira
28
Ar. BjörnssonÁrmann Björnsson
Substitution85
34
SamSidney Sam

Coach

Mons Ivar Mjelde (NOR) Huub Stevens (NED)

Referee

Georgios Kasnaferis (GRE)

Assistant referees

Konstantinos Dalas (GRE), Dimitrios Bersis (GRE)

Fourth official

Anastassios Kakos (GRE)

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