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Dembinski sends Amica through

Thursday, 30 September 2004

By Slawomir Gerej at the Amica stadium

[1] KS Amica Wronki recorded one of the most significant victories in their history as they qualified for the UEFA Cup group stage with a 1-0 victory at home against FK Ventspils , securing a 2-1 aggregate success.

Dembinski denied

[2] With the sides level after the first leg, both teams were understandably cautious in the opening minutes. Indeed, the only early opportunity of note came when Jacek Dembinski unleashed a powerful shot from 20 metres after 18 minutes, but Ventspils goalkeeper Deniss Romanovs did well to push the ball away for a corner.

Deflected winner

[3] The visitors failed to heed that warning and were made to pay on the stroke of half-time when Dembinski was more fortunate with an identical effort, his shot taking a wicked deflection off a Ventspils defender to leave Romanovs with no chance.

Chances missed

[4] The visitors fought valiantly to get back on terms after the break, but Vits Rimkus squandered their first real opening. At the other end, Karol Gregorek missed a great chance to seal the tie for Amica after 67 minutes but the Polish side held on, with Arkadiusz Malarz denying the Latvian team an equaliser with a fine reflex save from Deimantas Bicka three minutes from time.

Pawel Kryszalowicz and Amica moved through to the group stage