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Helsingborg bank on top scorers

Published: Friday 15 February 2008, 3.41CET
Helsingborgs IF will need their top scorers to be on song if they are to overturn a 2-0 first-leg defeat against PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Cup Round of 32.
Helsingborg bank on top scorers
Razak Omotoyossi (centre) in action for Helsingborg ©Getty Images

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HelsingborgPSV

Goals scored17
 
6
Attempts on target44
 
25
Attempts off target23
 
28
Corners35
 
26
Offsides7
 
17
Fouls committed85
 
100
Yellow cards15
 
7
Red cards1
 
0

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Published: Friday 15 February 2008, 3.41CET

Helsingborg bank on top scorers

Helsingborgs IF will need their top scorers to be on song if they are to overturn a 2-0 first-leg defeat against PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Cup Round of 32.

Helsingborgs IF will need their top scorers to get back on song if they are to overturn a 2-0 first-leg defeat at PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Cup Round of 32.

• A Timmy Simons penalty and a goal from Danko Lazović saw Sef Vergoossen's PSV wrap up a first-leg victory before half-time. The result matched Helsingborg's largest margin of defeat in the UEFA Cup.

• Helsingborg boast two of the top scorers in the UEFA Cup this season in Henrik Larsson and Razak Omotoyossi, who have scored six goals each since the first round. If goals in the qualifying rounds were added in, Omotoyossi would have eight and Larsson nine.

• PSV have now played three games against Swedish opponents, having previously lost to IFK Göteborg both home and away in the 1992/93 UEFA Champions League group stage.

• Helsingborg's English coach Stuart Baxter resigned at the end of the UEFA Cup group stage, with the club saying he felt he had taken them as far as he could. "I don't want to go into detail about why I have resigned," said Baxter. "I've done my very best and now I will have a chat with the players, and after that I will take a holiday with my family for the first time in ages. After that I don't know what will happen." He was subsequently named as the new coach of the Finland national team.

• Helsingborg sporting director Bo Nilsson has taken temporary charge of the club. He coached Helsingborg between 1987 and 1994, leading them into the top division in 1992 after 34 years in the lower tiers.

• Helsingborg received great news in the winter break with veteran striker Larsson and midfielder Andreas Jakobsson both agreeing to stay on at the club despite being due to retire.

• Larsson, 36, has agreed a new one-year contract, saying: "I took the decision because I feel motivated. If you don't have the motivation it's not worth continuing. I feel I can still deliver at the top level."

• Jakobsson, now 35, was due to become the player-coach of lower league Svalövs BK but has agreed to extend his deal to 21 February, the day of the second leg against PSV. He said: "I feel that I can still perform at the highest level and therefore I've decided to continue playing for Helsingborg."

• PSV qualified for the Round of 32 after finishing third in UEFA Champions League Group G. Helsingborg finished second in UEFA Cup Group H.

• The aggregate winners will meet the victors of the tie between SK Slavia Praha and Tottenham Hotspur FC in the Round of 16 on 6 and 12/13 March, playing the second leg at home. Tottenham won the first leg 2-1 in Prague.

• PSV's Danko Lazović and Dirk Marcellis are within a booking of a suspension, as are Helsingborg's Christoffer Andersson, Marcus Lantz, Omotoyossi and Ólafur Ingi Skúlason. Adama Tamboura is available again after being suspended for the first leg.

• Winter UEFA Cup registrations
PSV: In – Balázs Dzsudsák.
Out – Manuel Da Costa, Kenneth Perez.
Helsingborg: In – Mike Sserumaga, Tobias Holmqvist.
Out – Andreas Dahl, Olivier Karakezi.

Last updated: 19/02/08 12.01CET

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