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Elfsborg hit form in Latvia to cruise through

Daugava Daugavpils 0-4 IF Elfsborg (agg: 1-11 )
Jörgen Lennartsson's side eased into the third qualifying round as they completed a comprehensive victory with four goals in Latvia.

Elfsborg hit eleven goals across the two legs
Elfsborg hit eleven goals across the two legs ©Bildbyrån

IF Elfsborg cruised into the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round after completing a crushing aggregate win over FC Daugava Daugavpils in Latvia.

The Swedish champions, currently sitting fifth midway through their domestic league campaign, will meet Celtic FC or Cliftonville FC at the next stage, with the Scottish team 3-0 up after the first leg. James Keene, Viktor Claesson, Niklas Hult and Martin Andersson were all on target as Jörgen Lennartsson's side added four to the seven they scored at home last week.

It would have taken a miracle for Daugava Daugavpils to have overturned last Wednesday's demoralising 7-1 defeat in Sweden, but, aided by a torrential downpour, they managed to keep the visitors quiet during the early periods. Hult had the first sight of goal 25 minutes in, heading straight at home keeper Aleksandrs Vlasovs from close range before Marcus Rohdén, who netted two a week ago, was denied from 25 metres.

Stanley Ibe threatened for the hosts but Elfsborg got the breakthrough four minutes before the interval as Keene was presented with the simplest of chances, tapping in Simon Hedlund's low cross.

After the restart Claesson was the swiftest to pounce, driving into the roof of the net after Keene had struck the crossbar, before Hult followed up to finish neatly once Vlasovs had saved his initial effort.

Substitute Andersson rounded off the scoring with four minutes remaining, driving in from the spot after the keeper had brought down Hedlund. This made it 11-1 on aggregate and left Di Gule (Yellows) full of confidence as they aim to advance beyond the third qualifying round for the first time in their history.

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