Linfield beaten by two in Champions League Home Leg

Linfield v Rosenborg

Linfield hosted Norwegian giants Rosenborg at Windsor Park last night in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier .

The hosts made a bright start with the first goal attempt in the game coming from a  Chris Casement’s cross which was headed just over the crossbar by Niall Quinn. 

Rosenborg werent long making their presence felt when midfielfer Lundemo drilled a drive from the edge of the box which just missed the net. This was just the start of the pressure the visitors exerted and just thirteen minutes in, the visitors were denied for a second time when their centre half Reginiuessen hit the post from a thirty yard strike.

Rosenborg broke the deadlock in the 21st minute when Mike Jensen slotted a goal into the net from a Gjermund Asen’s right-wing cross after beating a couple of Linfield defenders to get the space he needed to execute the strike.

Linfield werent deterred and new signing Hery set up a great opportunity for Niall Quinn which was unfortunately saved well by the Norwegian keeper Hansen. The Blues held their own in the first half but went into the break 0-1.

Rosenborg came out fighting in the second half and were denied a doubling of their lead when Mark Stafford cleared Alexsander Soderland’s header off the line. Undeterred Rosenborg continued to press the hosts and nabbed their second goal of the night when Alex Konradsen nipped in ahead of Mark Stafford before sliding the ball across to striker Sotherlund who struck from close range to go two ahead in the 69th minute.

 Linfield pushed further forward in the closing stages as they went in search of a goal but new signing Shayne Lavery’s long-range shot drifted wide and Waterworth’s goal was disallowed for being offside.

Linfield goalkeeper Gareth Deane produced a superb save ten minutes from time, diverting tricky winger Helland’s low strike wide with an outstretched leg. The visitors left with a comfortable 0-2 win albeit through two preventable goals but all in all Linfield put on a great performance but progressing to the next round may be nigh on impossible.

Linfield manager praised his squads’ performance after the game saying; “All credit to the players.

“We need the same attitude and application next week. It will be tougher. Maybe in the back of Rosenborg’s mind they are thinking the job is done. Hopefully that’s the case.”

We wish Linfield the best of luck in the return leg in Trondheim next week!

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