Baltic clubs out of UEFA Europa League

VILNIUS — The Baltic clubs did not fare well in the second round of UEFA Europa League competition, with only Jelgava winning out of six teams playing on Thursday.

The Baltic states have never been football powerhouses, and this was readily apparent this week. Ventspils lost to Teteks 3-1, Sillamäe was crushed 5-0 by Dinamo Minsk, Tauras lost 3-1 to APOEL and Šiauliai pummeled by Wisła Kraków 5-0.

Plucky Jelgava managed to keeping six Molde attempts out of the goal box while convering on a full 50 percent of their shots at goal.

Both teams scored only in the first half, as teh second half of the match was seemingly one penalty after another as the match roughened up, including two Jelgeva yellows in the final 12 minutes of regular time.

However, due to the Norwegians’ aggregate of goals from the previous game, Jelgeva will not advance, meaning that participation from the Baltics in the 2009-10 Europa League is finished.

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