B36 Tórshavn lose 2-1 away to
FC Midtjylland in the UEFA Cup

August 11, 2005: UEFA Cup, 2nd qualifying round, 1st leg:

FC Midtjylland (Denmark)- B36 Tórshavn 2-1 (1-1)
1-0 Frank Kristensen 38'
2-0 Frank Kristensen 71'
2-1 Ingi Højsted 77’

B36 lost 2-1 against Danish Superliga team FC Midtjylland in the first leg of the second qualifying round of the UEFA Cup, but with an important away goal, B36 is not out of it yet. The second leg will be played on August 25, in Tórsvøllur Stadium in Tórshavn.

B36 managed to hold the Danes from scoring for 38 minutes of the first half. Then FC Midtjylland got a corner on the right, which Svenne Poulsen took, and he aimed for the head of an unmarked Frank Kristensen in front of goal who was allowed to head the ball into the net. Sloppy defending from B36. Such things are maybe not punished that severely in Faroese league games, but in European football there is no mercy.

But overall, B36 played a fine first half, although they mostly were on the defensive, but they managed to keep FC Midtjylland from creating clear scoring opportunities.

B36 had one decent effort in the first half, when Alex dos Santos tried his luck from long range, but the FC Midtjylland’s keeper saved.

26 minutes into the second half FC Midtjylland made it 2-0. The goal was an exact replica of the first goal. Svenne Poulsen takes a corner from the right and in front of goal Frank Poulsen climbs highest and heads the ball into the goal. 2-0!

After this, it seemed that the B36 players were getting tired, as they started to make more and more unprovoked mistakes, but however, FC Midtjylland weren’t able to capitalize on it.

Instead it was B36 who scored a very surprising and very valuable away goal, when Allan Mørkøre played Ingi Højsted clear, who then fired the ball into the goal! 2-1. This was after 77 minutes.

B36 held on for the rest of the match and with a 2-1 score-line and with a valuable away-goal, B36 will surely fancy their chances in the return leg at home. 1-0 will be enough… But, FC Midtjylland will still be odds on favorite to go through, but in soccer, you never know. Stranger things have happened…

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