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Ventspils do Latvia proud in Berlin

Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 21.45CET
Hertha BSC Berlin 1-1 FK Ventspils
Latvia's first game in the group stage of UEFA club competition saw
a first point courtesy of Edgars Gauračs's second-half equaliser.
Ventspils do Latvia proud in Berlin
Edgars Gauračs jumps for joy after equalising ©Getty Images

Match statistics

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Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target15
 
11
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners3
 
5
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed6
 
9
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 17 September 2009, 21.45CET

Ventspils do Latvia proud in Berlin

Hertha BSC Berlin 1-1 FK Ventspils
Latvia's first game in the group stage of UEFA club competition saw
a first point courtesy of Edgars Gauračs's second-half equaliser.

Latvia's first appearance in the group stage of UEFA club competition brought a first point as FK Ventspils secured a draw at Hertha BSC Berlin.

Gauračs heroics
Hertha, missing several players through injury including the pivotal Gojko Kačar, had led at the break through Łukasz Piszczek's 34th-minute strike. But early in the second half Edgars Gauračs fired past substitute goalkeeper Sascha Burchert to ensure a share of the UEFA Europa League Group D points.

Drobný injured
Although the lively Piszczek came close with an early header, Hertha were kept quiet in the formative stages by a Ventspils defence including debutant Alessandro Zamperini. The visitors even ventured upfield and though Igor Ţîgîrlaş's 19th-minute shot failed to beat Jaroslav Drobný, the Hertha goalkeeper hurt his knee as he sought to collect his parry, and was replaced by teenager Burchert for an unexpected senior bow.

Piszczek strikes
At the other end Pavel Chesnovski kept out a Piszczek effort but he was soon beaten. The Ventspils goalkeeper could only parry a long-range shot from 18-year-old midfielder Lennart Hartmann, a surprise starter, and Piszczek smashed in the rebound. Ventspils nearly levelled on the stroke of half-time but, after beating Hertha's offside trap, Gauračs volleyed wide.

Ventspils level
Gauračs, who hit a hat-trick for Latvia Under-21s last week, had better luck three minutes into the second half, receiving Ţîgîrlaş's pass on the edge of the box and shooting between the legs of Arne Friedrich and past the wrong-footed Burchert. Hertha were stung and Chesnovski had to tip Cícero's free-kick round the post and Valeri Domovchiyski headed Friedrich's cross over. But as time ran out Ventspils looked increasingly comfortable, introducing Latvia captain Vitālijs Astafjevs with 15 minutes left as they ease him back after injury.

Last updated: 18/09/09 1.25CET

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Lineups

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Hertha

ventspils

Ventspils

1
DrobnýJaroslav Drobný (GK)
Substitution21
1
ChesnovskiPavel Chesnovski (GK)
3
FriedrichArne Friedrich (C)
4
ŽigajevsJurijs Žigajevs
Yellow Card41
Substitution86
6
JankerChristoph Janker
5
KosmačovsJevgēņijs Kosmačovs (C)
7
CíceroCícero
10
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
9
RamosAdrián Ramos
11
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
Substitution72
13
SteinMarc Stein
Yellow Card83
15
ChirkinGrigori Chirkin
22
BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
Yellow Card45+3
18
MihadjuksPāvels Mihadjuks
23
DomovchiyskiValeri Domovchiyski
21
ZamperiniAlessandro Zamperini
25
NicuMaximilian Nicu
22
ŢîgîrlaşIgor Ţîgîrlaş
Substitution75
26
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
Goal34
Substitution67
27
GauračsEdgars Gauračs
Goal48
36
HartmannLennart Hartmann
Substitution77
34
SolovjovsAleksandrs Solovjovs

Substitutes

40
BurchertSascha Burchert (GK)
Substitution21
16
KoļinkoAleksandrs Koļinko (GK)
4
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
3
AstafjevsVitālijs Astafjevs
Substitution75
5
PejčinovićNemanja Pejčinović
17
NdekiJean-Paul Ndeki
Substitution86
8
DárdaiPál Dárdai
Substitution77
20
DedovAlexandru Dedov
10
RaffaelRaffael
24
BaimatovAzamat Baimatov
27
CésarCésar
Substitution67
28
E. VišņakovsEduards Višņakovs
32
ButriksAndrejs Butriks
Substitution72

Coach

Lucien Favre (SUI) Nunzio Zavettieri (ITA)

Referee

Alan Kelly (IRL)

Assistant referees

Marc Douglas (IRL), Damien MacGraith (IRL)

Fourth official

Richie Winter (IRL)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Buttimer (IRL), Neil Doyle (IRL)

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