Champions League - Qualifying First Round - 1st Leg
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Champions League qualifiers: Rosenborg strike twice to beat Linfield

Linfield's Andy Waterworth with Rosenborg's Tore Reginiussen
Rosenborg will have home advantage for the return leg on 17 July

Linfield face a daunting trip to Rosenborg next week where they must overturn a 2-0 first-leg defeat in their Champions League qualifier.

David Healy's side failed to make use of home advantage at Windsor Park and will need a more attacking edge if they are to spring an upset.

Mike Jensen and Alexander Soederlund both scored to leave the Norweigan side in control of their first round tie.

Andy Waterworth's disallowed strike was as close as the Blues came to a goal.

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'We tried to go toe to toe with Rosenborg' - Linfield boss Healy

Jensen's deflected strike in the 22nd minute gave the visitors a deserved lead at the break before Soederlund slotted home a second goal in the 69th minute to secure the win.

But the Blues can take some confidence from an improved second-half showing with substitute Shayne Lavery impressing after his introduction.

The two sides will meet again at Rosenborg's Lerkendal Stadium for the return leg on 17 July with the winners advancing to the second-round of qualifiers where they will face either BATE Borisov or Piast Gliwice, who played out a 1-1 first-leg draw in Belarus.

Battle-hardened Rosenborg show cohesion

Rosenborg had lost just one of their previous five away matches before their visit to Belfast and they showed greater cohesion during the opening half at Windsor Park.

Eirik Horneland's side are mid-way through the defence of their Eliteserien title and quickly settled to their task when Marius Lundemo fired a shot narrowly wide before powerful centre-back Tore Reginiussen tested Gareth Deane with a rasping 25-yard strike that the Linfield keeper touched onto his post at full stretch.

The visitors were dominating possession, pinning their hosts deep inside their own half, and deservedly broke the deadlock midway through the first half.

Birger Meling's deep cross from the left found Jensen at the back post and the Rosenborg captain showed good skill to control the ball before his low shot took a slight deflection to beat Deane at his near post.

Rosenborg celebrate Alexander Soederlund's goal
Alexander Soederlund's goal leaves Linfield facing an uphill battle to reach the second round

The Blues showed greater endeavour in the second half but any hopes of snatching a draw were dashed with just over 20 minutes remaining when Soederlund finished off a flowing attack.

The striker produced a cool first-time finish after Anders Konradsen's low cross found him unmarked on the edge of the six-yard box.

Linfield pushed further forward in the closing stages as they went in search of a goal but Lavery's long-range shot drifted wide and Waterworth's goal was correctly ruled out for offside as Rosenborg held out for a comfortable victory.

Linfield newcomers lead the way

Linfield handed a full debut to new signing Bastien Hery just a day after his arrival in Belfast but the French midfielder and fellow summer signing Lavery were the two major positives on a disappointing night for the home side.

Hery was subdued during the opening half but the 27-year-old became increasingly influential after the restart.

Bastien Hery in action for Linfield
New signing Bastien Hery started for Linfield just 24 hours after his arrival at the club

The former Waterford player showed good footwork in midfield, where he attempted to link up with Linfield captain Jamie Mulgrew, and he shut down a number of promising Rosenborg attacks with his work rate and excellent positional sense.

Linfield stormed to the Premiership title last season on the strength of their defensive solidity but the introduction of Lavery just before Soederlund's goal hinted at an extra attacking dimension for the Blues this campaign.

The former Everton player immediately produced a powerful run and shot and looked threatening every time he got on the ball, which will give Healy some encouragement ahead of the return leg in Norway.

Line-ups

Linfield

  • 35Deane
  • 10StewartBooked at 60minsSubstituted forFallonat 89'minutes
  • 8Héry
  • 2StaffordBooked at 34mins
  • 6Callacher
  • 12MillarSubstituted forLaveryat 68'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 16Clarke
  • 7WaterworthBooked at 90mins
  • 47Casement
  • 22MulgrewBooked at 67mins
  • 31Quinn

Substitutes

  • 14Lavery
  • 15Forde
  • 17Kearns
  • 20Fallon
  • 26McGuinness
  • 27Mitchell
  • 40Moore

Rosenborg

  • 1Hansen
  • 3Meling
  • 8KonradsenSubstituted forTrondsenat 72'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 2Eggen Hedenstad
  • 7Jensen
  • 14SøderlundBooked at 90mins
  • 25LundemoBooked at 37mins
  • 4Reginiussen
  • 16Hovland
  • 17AkintolaSubstituted forde Lanlayat 61'minutes
  • 22ÅsenSubstituted forHellandat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Denic
  • 10Helland
  • 11de Lanlay
  • 15Trondsen
  • 19Valsvik
  • 24Østbø
  • 35Konradsen Ceide
Referee:
Ivaylo Stoyanov
Attendance:
2,710

Live Text

Match ends, Linfield 0, Rosenborg 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Linfield 0, Rosenborg 2.

Booking

Andrew Waterworth (Linfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Alexander Søderlund (Rosenborg) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Linfield. Stephen Fallon replaces Jordan Stewart.

Booking

Anders Trondsen (Rosenborg) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Rosenborg. Anders Trondsen replaces Anders Ågnes Konradsen.

Booking

Shayne Lavery (Linfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Rosenborg. Pål André Helland replaces Gjermund Åsen.

Goal!

Goal! Linfield 0, Rosenborg 2. Alexander Søderlund (Rosenborg) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Linfield. Shayne Lavery replaces Kirk Millar.

Booking

Jamie Mulgrew (Linfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Rosenborg. Yann-Erik de Lanlay replaces Babajide David Akintola.

Booking

Jordan Stewart (Linfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Second Half

Second Half begins Linfield 0, Rosenborg 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Linfield 0, Rosenborg 1.

Booking

Marius Lundemo (Rosenborg) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Booking

Mark Stafford (Linfield) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Linfield 0, Rosenborg 1. Mike Jensen (Rosenborg) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Kick Off

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

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H

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