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Esbjerg edge Elfsborg thanks to Andreasen double

Published: Thursday 24 October 2013, 23.00CET
IF Elfsborg 1-2 Esbjerg fB
Captain Hans Henrik Andreasen scored in each half to earn the Danish visitors victory and a five-point cushion in second spot in Group C.
Esbjerg edge Elfsborg thanks to Andreasen double
Hans Henrik Andreasen is congratulated after the first of his two goals against Elfsborg ©AFP/Getty Images
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Published: Thursday 24 October 2013, 23.00CET

Esbjerg edge Elfsborg thanks to Andreasen double

IF Elfsborg 1-2 Esbjerg fB
Captain Hans Henrik Andreasen scored in each half to earn the Danish visitors victory and a five-point cushion in second spot in Group C.

Esbjerg fB now enjoy a five-point cushion in second spot in Group C following a 2-1 victory at IF Elfsborg.

Elfsborg had got the better of another Danish side, FC Nordsjælland, in this season's play-offs, but Esbjerg proved too strong. A header from captain Hans Henrik Andreasen in each half proved sufficient, though Jon Jönsson's fearsome free-kick made for a nervy closing period.

Much of the game may have been punctuated by clear openings for Elfsborg, but it was the visitors who constantly showed a more clinical edge. Jonas Knudsen's cross from the left looked speculative, for example, but Andreasen climbed highest at the back post and headed past Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard.

The hosts' Lasse Nilsson had been far more profligate moments earlier, shooting over after an exquisite first touch. It was not until six minutes before the break that Esbjerg goalkeeper Frederik Rønnow was given his first real test, in fact, saving instinctively with his legs to thwart Johan Larsson's deflected free-kick.

Rønnow was then beaten by Sebastian Holmen's thumping header, but defender Magnus Lekven hooked off the line. Mushaga Bakenga's jinky run nearly resulted in Niels Frederiksen's side doubling their lead, yet he shot wide and Elfsborg were handed a reprieve. They struggled to threaten until the introduction of Mohamed Bangura, however, the Sierra Leone striker going close with a header barely a minute after coming on.

Esbjerg did not require a second warning and looked to have given themselves breathing space when Andreasen headed in Peter Ankersen's flighted free-kick. Their sense of relief did not last long, as Klas Ingesson's team halved the deficit courtesy of Jönsson's emphatic effort only two minutes later.

Bangura and Nilsson both went close to finding an equaliser with headers from corners but were denied by Rønnow and the frame of the goal respectively. Svensson then showed a lack of composure late on as Esbjerg clinched the points.

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Lineups

elfsborg

Elfsborg

esbjerg

Esbjerg

1
Stuhr-EllegaardKevin Stuhr-Ellegaard (GK)
1
RønnowFrederik Rønnow (GK)
6
Jonsson                       Jon Olafur Jonsson
Goal69
2
HansenKian Hansen
7
J. LarssonJohan Larsson
3
P. AnkersenPeter Ankersen
Yellow Card47
8
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson (C)
6
LekvenMagnus Lekven
Substitution50
9
NilssonLasse Nilsson
9
Van BurenMick Van Buren
Substitution79
12
HolmenSebastian Holmen
10
LyngEmil Lyng
15
KlarströmAndreas Klarström
Substitution75
11
BakengaMushaga Bakenga
Substitution90
16
ClaessonViktor Claesson
Yellow Card49
19
AnkersenJakob Ankersen
23
HultNiklas Hult
Yellow Card63
20
H. AndreasenHans Henrik Andreasen (C)
Goal7
Goal67
24
IshizakiStefan Ishizaki
23
KnudsenJonas Knudsen
25
RohdénMarcus Rohdén
Substitution64
33
AskouJens Berthel Askou

Substitutes

30
HassanAbbas Hassan (GK)
16
HøjbjergJeppe Højbjerg (GK)
3
S. LarssonStefan Larsson
4
Drobo-AmpemDavidson Drobo-Ampem
4
JørgensenJoackim Jørgensen
5
BergvoldMartin Bergvold
Substitution50
11
MobaeckDaniel Mobaeck
15
LaursenRyan Laursen
14
KeeneJames Keene
Substitution75
17
NielsenCasper Nielsen
18
BanguraMohamed Bangura
Substitution64
24
DioufPape Paté Diouf
Substitution90
19
HedlundSimon Hedlund
31
RasmussenJesper Rasmussen
Substitution79

Coach

Klas Ingesson (SWE) Niels Frederiksen (DEN)

Referee

Michael Oliver (ENG)

Assistant referees

Stuart Burt (ENG), Darren England (ENG)

Fourth official

Michael Mullarkey (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Andre Marriner (ENG), Jonathan Moss (ENG)

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