Europa League - Qualifying First Round - 1st Leg
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Europa League first qualifying round: Malmo put seven past outclassed Ballymena

Markus Rosenberg played a captain's part for Malmo as he notched a hat-trick
Former Sweden striker Markus Rosenberg hit a hat-trick for Malmo

Ballymena United were hammered 7-0 by Malmo in the Europa League first qualifying round first leg in Sweden.

David Jeffrey's Irish League runners-up held out for 31 minutes before Markus Rosenberg hit two goals in two minutes.

Erdal Rakip added a third on 44 minutes to leave Ballymena up against it at half-time in the Swedbank Stadion.

After Franz Brorsson made it 4-0 after the restart, Rosenberg completed his hat-trick with further goals coming from Guillermo Molins and Rakip.

The results leaves Ballymena with only pride to play for in next Thursday's second leg at the Showgrounds.

Ballymena went into the game in Sweden after earning their club's first ever win in a European tie as they overcame NSI Runavik of the Faroe Islands 2-0 in the preliminary round.

Malmo, managed by former Leeds and Brentford boss Uwe Rossler, went into the game as overwhelming favourites after putting together an unbeaten 13-match run in the Allsvenskan to lead the Swedish table by six points.

Ballymena keeper Ross Glendinning denied Behrang Safari early on before Molins struck United's woodwork in the 18th minute.

After Glendinning saved an Oscar Lewicki effort on 27 minutes, Jude Winchester had Ballymena's first attempt on goal on the half hour as former Sweden goalkeeper Johan Dahlin made the stop.

However, a minute later 36-year-old Rosenberg opened the scoring after being set up by Safari and the veteran striker doubled the advantage within two minutes.

Rakip's goal a minute before the interval was a sucker punch for Ballymena and it was 4-0 within a minute of the restart, with the influential Safari again the provider for Frorsson.

Lewicki set up Rosenberg to complete his hat-trick two minutes later before the hat-trick hero played in Molins for the sixth goal on 54 minutes.

With still some 36 minutes of normal time left, there would have been fears at that stage that Ballymena could be dealt a double-figures demolition but the only remaining goal was Rakip's second on 74 minutes as the hosts missed several other chances.

Line-ups

Malmö FF

  • 27Dahlin
  • 5Rieks
  • 9RosenbergSubstituted forAntonssonat 59'minutes
  • 4Safari
  • 7BachirouSubstituted forInnocentat 69'minutes
  • 19Rakip
  • 32BergetSubstituted forLarssonat 59'minutes
  • 6Lewicki
  • 11Molins
  • 24Nielsen
  • 31Brorsson

Substitutes

  • 1Melichárek
  • 2Larsson
  • 8Traustason
  • 14Christiansen
  • 20Innocent
  • 23Antonsson

Ballymena United

  • 1Glendinning
  • 17McGrory
  • 2Kane
  • 5Whiteside
  • 16CarvilleSubstituted forBurnsat 51'minutes
  • 11McCullough
  • 23Millar
  • 20WinchesterSubstituted forMcGintyat 75'minutes
  • 19BalmerBooked at 82mins
  • 22LeckySubstituted forFrielat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21Ervin

Substitutes

  • 6Mayse
  • 7McGinty
  • 8Harpur
  • 9Friel
  • 14Burns
  • 18McDermott
  • 28Lavery
Referee:
Igor Pajac
Attendance:
8,667

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 11th July 2019

As It Stood

A

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1B Leverkusen6411169713
2Zürich631276110
3AEK Larnaca6123612-65
4Ludogorets604257-24

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg66001761118
2Celtic630368-29
3RB Leipzig62139817
4Rosenborg6015414-101

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg632165111
2Slavia Prague631243110
3Bordeaux62136607
4FC Copenhagen612335-25

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Zagreb6420113814
2Fenerbahçe62227708
3Spartak Trnava621347-37
4Anderlecht603327-53

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal65101221016
2Sporting64111331013
3Vorskla Poltava6105413-93
4FK Qarabag6105213-113

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Betis633072512
2Olympiakos6312116510
3AC Milan6312129310
4F91 Dudelange6015316-131

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Villarreal6240125710
2Rapid Vienna631269-310
3Rangers61328806
4Spartak Moscow6123812-45

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Frankfurt66001751218
2Lazio6303911-29
3Apollon Limassol6213101007
4Marseille6015616-101

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KRC Genk6321148611
2Malmö FF62317619
3Besiktas6213911-27
4Sarpsborg 086123813-55

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla64021861212
2FK Krasnodar640288012
3Standard Liege631279-210
4Akhisarspor6015414-101

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kiev6321107311
2Rennes630378-19
3FC Astana62227708
4FK Jablonec612368-25

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea6510123916
2BATE Borisov63039909
3MOL Vidi621357-27
4PAOK Salonika6105512-73
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