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Helsingborg go through with goal rush

Helsingborgs IF 3-0 FK Austria Wien
The Swedish side became the first team to progress past the group stage with three second-half strikes.

Helsingborg's Andreas Jakobsson (left) challenges Rubin Okotie
Helsingborg's Andreas Jakobsson (left) challenges Rubin Okotie ©Getty Images

Helsingborgs IF are the first team through to the UEFA Cup Round of 32 after they climbed to the top of Group H with a commanding victory against FK Austria Wien.

Second-half glut
Two second-half goals from Razak Omotoyossi and another from Ólafur Ingi Skúlason took Helsingborg on to seven points from three games. Neither Austria nor Galatasaray AS can now catch them, so the Swedish side will go into December's draw regardless of their last result at FC Girondins de Bordeaux, where a win would ensure top spot.

Austria chances
Helsingborg applied pressure from the off and visiting goalkeeper Sašo Fornezzi kept the scores level after two reflex saves from Adama Tamboura and Christoffer Andersson. The Vienna club then came into the contest when Joachim Standfest shot over the bar while Helsingborg keeper Daniel Andersson was tested by Rubin Okotie's header moments later.

The Austrian team had further openings through Ronald Gercaliu and Milenko Ačimovič and they finished the first half the stronger as Florian Metz was unfortunate not to give them the lead when he hit the crossbar. The untaken chances came back to haunt them a minute after the restart when Skúlason struck following a pass from Henrik Larsson.

Goal rush
The opener galvanised Helsingborg and they doubled their advantage midway through the second period as René Makondele's cross was missed by Larsson but Omotoyossi was on hand to volley beyond Fornezzi. The away defence was breached again four minutes later when Omotoyossi headed home Andreas Dahl's centre.

Visiting coach Georg Zellhofer responded with a spate of substitutions, but they could not find a way through the home rearguard. The loss marked a second successive defeat for Austria Wien, who now need victories against Panionios GSS and Galatasaray on Matchdays 4 and 5.