Swedes steal show for Stabæk

Stabæk IF 4-0 KF Tirana (agg:5-1)
Four goals from Swedish players proved the difference between the Norwegian side and the Albanian champions.

Fredrik Berglund could face former club FC København in the next round
Fredrik Berglund could face former club FC København in the next round ©Getty Images

Stabæk IF made home advantage count as four goals from Swedish players proved the difference between the Norwegian side and KF Tirana after the sides played out a 1-1 draw in Albania six days ago.

Segerström double
Two strikes in three first-half minutes from Pontus Segerström gave the home side a platform and their path was all but sealed when Fredrik Berglund made it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time. Pontus Farnerud finished the scoring after the break and set up a tie with Danish outfit FC København or FK Mogren.

Nerves settled
Any nerves in the home ranks were laid to rest when defender Segerström pounced on 15 and 17 minutes – both goals coming from free-kicks from wide areas. Striker Berglund latched on to a pass from Daniel Nannskog one minute before the break to underline Stabæk's superiority and there were still 35 minutes remaining when Farnerud concluded the night's scoring with a thunderous shot from 20 metres. Tirana were second best throughout and their evening was soured further when substitute Laurent Mohellebi was sent off 17 minutes from time.