Brann Bergen 2 - Deportivo La Coruña 0
Brann: Udjus; Dahl,
Sigurdsson, Bjarnasson, Hanstveit; Austin, Einarsson (Jaiteh 73'), Solli
(Guntveit 88'), Vaagan Moen; Huseklepp (Winters 92'), Bjornsson. 4-4-2.
Deportivo have an uphill battle ahead of them if they are to reach the league stage of the competition after a surprising 2-0 defeat against Brann in Bergen. Lotina decided to revert to his three man central defence for this game, with Colotto making his debut and Omar Bravo a first start up front. But on a cold, rainy evening they were caught out by a fitter Norwegian side, who took the lead from the penalty spot in the twentieth minute after Colotto grabbed hold of Hanstveit's shirt as he ran in to the area.
Bravo had a shot blocked by the keeper and Lafita and Juan Rodríguez tried their luck, but Aranzubia had to be on his toes to keep out Bjarnasson, and an excellent Huseklepp could have scored a couple of times before a long shot from Solli went through the hands of the keeper and in to the net.
Depor had no reply, and in the first minute of the second half Huseklepp hit the post. Austin and Bjornsson also fired efforts just wide, and the Galicians didn't get in to the game until the last quarter of an hour or so, when Udjus did well to tip over a header from substitute Bodipo and to save a couple of shots from Valerón and Sergio. Nothing else though, and Depor's early start to the season to win through the Intertoto Cup may come to nothing if they can't turn things around in the Riazor in two weeks' time.