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Ventspils vanquished by Raffael winner

Published: Friday 4 December 2009, 0.50CET
FK Ventspils 0-1 Hertha BSC Berlin
Raffael scored the winning goal, but was also sent off as the German side eliminated their hosts from Group D contention.
Ventspils vanquished by Raffael winner
Cícero and Raffael were an integral part of Hertha's success ©Getty Images

Match statistics

VentspilsHertha

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target12
 
19
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners2
 
3
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed16
 
13
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
1

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Published: Friday 4 December 2009, 0.50CET

Ventspils vanquished by Raffael winner

FK Ventspils 0-1 Hertha BSC Berlin
Raffael scored the winning goal, but was also sent off as the German side eliminated their hosts from Group D contention.

Raffael's early strike proved sufficient for Hertha BSC Berlin to claim a 1-0 victory in Riga against FK Ventspils, remain second in Group D and eliminate the Latvian outfit.

Point required
The first-half dominance of Friedhelm Funkel's men was rewarded 12 minutes in with an accomplished finish by Raffael, who was also sent off late in the contest. SC Heerenveen's draw at Sporting Clube de Portugal denied the German side a passage through to the last 32, although they require only a point from their final match against the Portuguese team to join them in the next stage.

Midfield partnership
The hosts spurned an early gift when Christoph Janker dallied on the edge of his own area and was dispossessed by João Martins, but the Portuguese striker could only curl his effort straight at Jaroslav Drobný. The profligacy proved costly as Raffael burst through the left channel on to Cícero's header – the pair had been pulling the strings since the opening exchanges – and the Brazilian rolled in a near-post finish. Hertha nearly strengthened their hand as Cícero struck the post after Aleksandrs Kolinko failed to deal with Raffael's free-kick.

Home response
Edgars Gauračs, scorer in the 1-1 reverse fixture on Matchday 1, entered the fray at half-time as Nunzio Zavettieri injected further options up front but it was the industrious Martins who made the next significant inroad, heading into the path of substitute Aleksejs Višņakovs only for the boot of Drobný to repel his drive. Gauračs went closer still moments later, heading against the bar with the goal gaping after Drobný parried Višņakovs's strike. Hertha regrouped and rarely appeared likely to relinquish their narrow lead, even after Raffael received his second yellow card for dissent with three minutes remaining.

Last updated: 04/12/09 0.35CET

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Lineups

ventspils

Ventspils

hertha

Hertha

16
KoļinkoAleksandrs Koļinko (GK)
1
DrobnýJaroslav Drobný (GK)
5
KosmačovsJevgēņijs Kosmačovs (C)
4
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
10
LaizānsJuris Laizāns
Yellow Card35
Substitution83
6
JankerChristoph Janker
15
ChirkinGrigori Chirkin
7
CíceroCícero
17
NdekiJean-Paul Ndeki
9
RamosAdrián Ramos
Substitution68
21
ZamperiniAlessandro Zamperini
Yellow Card81
10
RaffaelRaffael (C)
Goal12
Yellow Card73
Red Card87
22
ŢîgîrlaşIgor Ţîgîrlaş
Yellow Card72
18
WichniarekArtur Wichniarek
28
E. VišņakovsEduards Višņakovs
Substitution56
25
NicuMaximilian Nicu
31
HodelRonny Hodel
Substitution46
26
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
33
João MartinsJoão Martins
28
LustenbergerFabian Lustenberger
34
SolovjovsAleksandrs Solovjovs
35
Radjabali FardiShervin Radjabali Fardi

Substitutes

1
ChesnovskiPavel Chesnovski (GK)
40
BurchertSascha Burchert (GK)
4
ŽigajevsJurijs Žigajevs
2
KakáKaká
11
A. VišņakovsAleksejs Višņakovs
Substitution56
5
PejčinovićNemanja Pejčinović
18
MihadjuksPāvels Mihadjuks
20
EbertPatrick Ebert
25
RuginsRitvars Rugins
23
DomovchiyskiValeri Domovchiyski
27
GauračsEdgars Gauračs
Substitution46
Yellow Card83
29
BigalkeSascha Bigalke
32
ButriksAndrejs Butriks
Substitution83
44
KačarGojko Kačar
Substitution68

Coach

Nunzio Zavettieri (ITA) Friedhelm Funkel (GER)

Referee

István Vad (HUN)

Assistant referees

György Ring (HUN), Zsolt Attila Szpisjak (HUN)

Fourth official

Zoltan Ivanyi (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Mihaly Fabian (HUN), Roland Veizer (HUN)

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