Europa League - Group B
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Europa League: Molde step it up in second-half to beat hosts Dundalk in group stage opener

Patrick Huban
Dundalk striker Patrick Hoban had a goal disallowed for a foul before his side took the lead

Molde produced a strong second-half performance to come back from a goal down and beat Dundalk in the Europa League group stage opener.

The hosts were ahead at the break thanks to a fine Sean Murray header, but Etzaz Hussain equalised with a deflected effort just after the hour.

Ohi Omoijuanfo scored the winner with a penalty on 72 minutes after Sean Gannon brought Erling Knudtzon down.

The Lilywhites' next match in Group B is away to Arsenal next Thursday.

With Dundalk's Oriel Park ground unable to host Europa League group games, Thursday evening's encounter took place in Dublin's Tallaght Stadium, home of Shamrock Rovers,

The Aviva Stadium was not available because of the Ireland rugby team's preparations for Saturday's Six Nations match against Italy, but the League of Ireland side's next two homes games in the group, Rapid Vienna and Arsenal on 26 November and 10 December. will be played there.

Both sides started the match in cautious fashion, committing very few men forward and creating hardly any goalscoring opportunities.

Ohi Omoijuanfo
Omoijuanfo gave Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rodgers no chance with his penalty winner

The first major incident came in the 24th minute when the Lilywhites thought they had taken the lead. Patrick Hoban squeezed a header inside the post but it was disallowed for a foul on Martin Bjornbak as he rose for the header.

Murray's goal arrived in the 35th minute thanks to a fine move down the right, which saw Mountney play a neat one-two with Gannon before delivering an excellent cross.

Murray, who also scored in Dundalk's play-off victory over KI Klaksvík to qualify for the group stage, found space to meet the ball in the air and guide a well-placed header into the far bottom corner past goalkeeper Andreas Linde.

The visitors had almost gone ahead just a few minutes before the opening goal when a cleared corner fell to Stian Gregersen, but his long-range shot grazed the outside of the post as it sailed wide.

Molde, previously managed by Ole Gunnar Solskjær before he took over at Manchester United, were vastly improved after the break as they took control of the game from early in the second half.

Their equaliser came on 62 minutes when Pedersen cut the ball back from the right and Hussain met it with a shot from the edge of the box that deflected in off Darragh Leahy.

Ten minutes later, Knudtzon got in behind Gannon, who brought the substitute down, and Omoijuanfo, who had a quiet game, produced an assured finish into the corner to hand the visitors a deserved win.

Line-ups

Dundalk

  • 1Rogers
  • 2GannonSubstituted forMcMillanat 77'minutes
  • 3Gartland
  • 21Cleary
  • 15LeahySubstituted forDummiganat 77'minutes
  • 5Shields
  • 8Mountney
  • 10SloggettSubstituted forMcEleneyat 64'minutes
  • 16MurraySubstituted forBoyleat 77'minutes
  • 7DuffySubstituted forColovicat 80'minutes
  • 9Hoban

Substitutes

  • 4Hoare
  • 6Flores
  • 11McEleney
  • 20McCarey
  • 22Colovic
  • 23Dummigan
  • 24Wynne
  • 27Kelly
  • 29McMillan
  • 44Boyle

Molde

  • 1Linde
  • 27Holmgren Pedersen
  • 2Bjørnbak
  • 6GregersenBooked at 20mins
  • 28Haugen
  • 17Aursnes
  • 16Hussain
  • 7Wolff EikremSubstituted forEllingsenat 82'minutes
  • 19Hestad
  • 99OmoijuanfoSubstituted forBrynhildsenat 90+4'minutes
  • 30BollySubstituted forKnudtzonat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Risa
  • 5Sinyan
  • 9Moström
  • 11Ellingsen
  • 12Craninx
  • 14Knudtzon
  • 15Christensen
  • 22Brynhildsen
  • 23Ulland Andersen
  • 26Ranmark
Referee:
Petri Viljanen

Match Stats

Home TeamDundalkAway TeamMolde
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home1
Away10
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dundalk 1, Molde 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dundalk 1, Molde 2.

  3. Post update

    Martin Ellingsen (Molde) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Brian Gartland (Dundalk).

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cameron Dummigan (Dundalk) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Stian Rode Gregersen (Molde).

  7. Post update

    Patrick Hoban (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Molde. Conceded by John Mountney.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Molde. Ola Brynhildsen replaces Ohi Omoijuanfo.

  10. Post update

    Kristoffer Haugen (Molde) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Stefan Colovic (Dundalk).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Cleary (Dundalk) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by John Mountney with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Fredrik Aursnes (Molde).

  14. Post update

    Chris Shields (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. John Mountney (Dundalk) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Dundalk. Conceded by Eirik Hestad.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Molde. Conceded by Andrew Boyle.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Etzaz Hussain (Molde).

  19. Post update

    Daniel Cleary (Dundalk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ohi Omoijuanfo (Molde).

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