In the first round, Ventspils footballers beat the Moldovan club Tiraspol “Dinamo-Auto” 2: 1 (1: 1).
The home side worked hard to get through the middle and as a result, had a good chance of getting one back. Gradually, the guests also got into the game, who hit a little over the goal in the ninth minute, but in the 15th minute, after the error of “Ventspils”, the result of the fight was revealed in the defense. “Dinamo-Auto” footballer Dimitru Rogačs came alone against “Ventspils” goalkeeper Delhi Alampas and sent the ball into the goal.
However, seven minutes later, Lucas Villela moved the ball over the away goalkeeper with a high soaring shot and reached 1: 1. In the second half of the half, Ventspils had a couple more opportunities to score goals and take over, but they were not used.
In the second half, the people of Kurzeme continued to manage at the goal of the Tiraspol team, but the attacks with the ball did not end. The decisive turning point was in the penultimate ten minutes of regular time, when Giorgi Eristavi was knocked down in the corner of the opponent’s penalty area, earning Georgia an 11-meter penalty.
Jevgenijs Kozlovs went to the “pendulum” point, who was infallible and reached 1: 0 in favor of Ventspils club in the 75th minute. In the remaining minutes, the home team kept the minimum lead and celebrated the victory, but in the fourth minute of the second half compensation time, Guga Palavandišvili tripped the opponent in the “Ventspils” attack area and was rejected from the field.
Latvia’s currently most titled team “Ventspils” will find out their opponents in the next round in the draw that will take place on Monday.
It has already been reported that the Lotteries and Gambling Supervision Inspectorate, according to the information provided by the Latvian Football Federation, informed the bookmakers before the game not to accept the bets on these matches and not to start accepting them.
Ventspils’ biggest success in the European Cups so far is entering the European League group tournament in the 2009/2010 season, where they take the fourth place in the four-team competition with three draws in six matches.
Last year, in the qualifying for the European League, Ventspils overcame two rounds, playing for the Albanian club Duresi “Teuta” and the Maltese team Gziras “United”, and in the third round, recognizing the superiority of Guimaraes “Vitoria” from Portugal.
In the 2019 Moldovan Championship, the club took fourth place in the eight-team competition, but this year, after eight rounds of play, the Tiraspol unit is in fifth place.
The head coach of today’s opponent in Ventspils is the famous footballer Igors Dobrovoļskis. During his career, the champion of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games led with the Moldovan national team, in which the current co-pilot of “Ventspils” Viorel Frunze played with him.
“Ventspils” team has won two successes in the last five matches of the Latvian championship, while “Dinamo-Auto” in Moldova has celebrated the victory only once in the last five games. The only victory in this period was won more than a month ago.
The leader of the attack of Kurzeme club this season is currently Eugene Kozlov, who has stood out in the local championship with six “goals”.
Meanwhile, “Valmiera” and RFS will play their games away at 10 pm Latvian time.
In case the teams play in the regular time, extra time will be spent, but later there will be “pendulums” if necessary.
To enter a European League group tournament, teams must complete four qualifying rounds.