Hateley (far left) gave Motherwell hope of reaching the group stages
By Alasdair Lamont
BBC Scotland in Denmark
Tom Hateley's last-gasp strike boosted Motherwell's chances of reaching the Europa League group stages, despite a rather harsh defeat to Odense BK.
Chris Sorensen's free kick evaded everyone to give the Danes the lead.
Motherwell still looked comfortable but were undone with 12 minutes to go by the pace of Peter Utaka, who broke away to score a terrific solo goal.
Steve Jennings was sent off for the visitors but Hateley's free-kick registered a crucial away goal.
Having eliminated Breidablik and Aalesund in the previous rounds, Motherwell were aiming to extend their four-match unbeaten run in the tournament.
And they were presented with a wonderful opportunity to open the scoring inside the first 60 seconds when slackness from Espen Ruud allowed Jamie Murphy a sight of goal, but the striker dragged his shot just wide of the target.
Within a couple of minutes though, Odense should have been in front. Sorensen swung in a ball from the left, met by the head of Alte Haaland, but the defender's effort flew inches over.
Motherwell goalkeeper Darren Randolph was called into action for the first time midway through the first half when Johan Absalonsen was allowed space to turn and fire in a powerful shot from 10 yards, but the stopper was well positioned to push it away.
Hateley flashed a free kick just wide of Roy Carroll's right-hand post, but it was from a set piece at the other end that the home side broke the deadlock.
Sorensen whipped the ball in from the right and, though no-one could get on the end of the full-back's delivery, it slipped past Randolph and nestled in the back of the net.
Odense captain Sorensen (right) gave the home side the lead
Motherwell consolidated well, however, and though they were unable to trouble Roy Carroll, Randolph was similarly unperturbed for the remainder of the first half.
But he was scrambling just a couple of minutes into the second period when Rurik Gislason cut in from the right to flash a shot across goal, but fortunately for Motherwell it flew a yard wide.
Odense had shown signs of slackness in defence early in the match and they did so again when Alte Haaland was short with a headed passback, forcing Carroll into a diving punch to clear, and Murphy was unable to pick up on the scraps.
John Sutton's aerial prowess was causing the Danish defence a few problems and he beat his marker to a Saunders cross to test Carroll, who got down well to his near post to save.
Motherwell, if anything, were having marginally the better of the game and could consider themselves unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty with just under 20 minutes remaining.
Murphy went down under the challenge of Ruud, but to the disgust of the striker, the referee waved play on.
That decision took on even greater significance when, on 78 minutes, Utaka's pace took him clear of the Motherwell defence. He remained composed as he took the ball round Randolph, and though three defenders had got back onto the line, the Nigerian hammered the ball high into the net from 12 yards.
Three minutes from time, Motherwell's woes were added to when Jennings was ordered off for his second booking of the evening, but then came Hateley's intervention.
He hit one effort straight at Carroll, but the referee ordered a retake having spotted something amiss in the box.
Hateley took full advantage as he curled a peach of a strike into Carroll's top corner, to set up a fascinating match next Thursday at Fir Park.
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Thursday, 19 August 2010
Europa Lge qualifying
04 Andreasen yellow card
17 Caca (Hansen 46)
21 Gislason (Johansson 74)
02 Saunders yellow card
04 Reynolds yellow card
08 Jennings two yellow cards, red card
14 Lasley (Forbes 73)
09 Murphy (Blackman 73)
11 Sutton (McHugh 85)
Ref: SzaboAtt: 14,911
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
94:41 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
90:00+3:42 Assist on the goal came from Tom Hateley.
90:00+3:42 GOAL - Tom Hateley:Odense BK 2 - 1 Motherwell Tom Hateley finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the area to the top left corner of the goal.
Odense BK 2-1 Motherwell.
90:00+2:21 Booking Hans Henrik Andreasen booked.
90:00+2:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Hateley by Hans Henrik Andreasen.
90:00+0:45 Nick Blackman produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
90:00 The referee signals the end of the game.
89:59 Henrik Hansen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Saunders. Steven Saunders takes the free kick.
87:31 Free kick taken by Espen Ruud.
87:31 Sent off Red card for Steve Jennings.
86:58 Steve Jennings challenges Espen Ruud unfairly and gives away a free kick.
85:41 Unfair challenge on Nick Blackman by Anders Moller Christensen results in a free kick. Tom Hateley produces a shot on goal
direct from the free kick, Roy Carroll makes a save.
84:50 Substitution (Motherwell) makes a substitution, with Robert McHugh coming on for John Sutton.
83:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stevie Hammell on Eric Djemba-Djemba. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Sorensen from
right wing, save by Darren Randolph.
81:55 Henrik Hansen has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
79:12 Chris Sorensen takes the direct free kick.
79:12 Booking Steven Saunders is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
78:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Saunders on Johan Absalonsen.
77:40 Andreas Johansson provided the assist for the goal.
77:40 GOAL - Peter Utaka:Odense BK 2 - 0 Motherwell Peter Utaka scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Odense BK 2-0 Motherwell.
77:02 The official flags Peter Utaka offside. Darren Randolph takes the indirect free kick.
74:41 Henrik Hansen takes a long range shot clearing the bar.
74:00 Substitution (Odense BK) makes a substitution, with Andreas Johansson coming on for Rurik Gislason.
72:48 Substitution Jamie Murphy goes off and Nick Blackman comes on.
72:25 Substitution Ross Forbes is brought on as a substitute for Keith Lasley.
71:36 Headed effort from inside the area by Rurik Gislason misses to the right of the target.
69:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anders Moller Christensen by John Sutton. Hans Henrik Andreasen restarts play
with the free kick.
66:50 John Sutton takes a shot. Save made by Roy Carroll.
63:57 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Sorensen, Steven Saunders manages to make a clearance.
62:47 Steven Saunders concedes a free kick for a foul on Henrik Hansen. Free kick taken by Henrik Hansen.
59:40 Eric Djemba-Djemba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Hateley. Free kick taken by Tom Hateley.
57:35 Foul by John Sutton on Anders Moller Christensen, free kick awarded. Roy Carroll restarts play with the free kick.
56:53 Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley.
54:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jennings on Henrik Hansen. Free kick taken by Chris Sorensen.
53:34 Corner taken by Tom Hateley.
51:18 Keith Lasley fouled by Eric Djemba-Djemba, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Hateley restarts play with the free kick.
49:39 Free kick taken by Roy Carroll.
49:39 Booking Booking for Steve Jennings for unsporting behaviour.
49:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Jennings on Henrik Hansen.
46:15 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Sorensen.
45:01 Substitution Henrik Hansen comes on in place of Lucas Caca.
45:01 The referee starts the second half.
45:00 The ref blows to end the first period.
44:22 Jamie Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lucas Caca. Lucas Caca restarts play with the free kick.
43:38 Espen Ruud gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Randolph. Darren Randolph takes the direct free kick.
42:45 Chris Sorensen takes a inswinging corner.
40:29 Tom Hateley takes a inswinging corner.
35:54 Unfair challenge on Hans Henrik Andreasen by Keith Lasley results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Chris Sorensen, Tom
Hateley makes a clearance.
30:28 GOAL - Chris Sorensen:Odense BK 1 - 0 Motherwell Chris Sorensen grabs a goal from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Odense BK 1-0 Motherwell.
Correction - 30:16 Tom Hateley concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Sorensen.
30:16 Tom Hateley challenges Chris Sorensen unfairly and gives away a free kick.
27:14 Shot from just outside the box by Johan Absalonsen goes over the bar.
26:56 Corner taken by Chris Sorensen, clearance by Tom Hateley.
25:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Murphy on Atle Roar Haland. Free kick taken by Roy Carroll.
24:26 Peter Utaka challenges Jamie Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
22:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Sutton by Anders Moller Christensen. Shot comes in from Tom Hateley from
the free kick.
22:08 Johan Absalonsen takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
21:32 Chris Sorensen takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.
20:28 The referee penalises Jamie Murphy for handball. Roy Carroll takes the free kick.
18:33 Mark Reynolds fouled by Peter Utaka, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Reynolds takes the direct free kick.
18:11 John Sutton produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
13:40 Peter Utaka challenges Jamie Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Tom Hateley from the
12:12 Jamie Murphy takes the inswinging corner, Steven Saunders concedes a free kick for a foul on Rurik Gislason. Direct free kick
taken by Roy Carroll.
11:55 Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Blocked by Atle Roar Haland.
11:24 Peter Utaka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Keith Lasley. Tom Hateley restarts play with the free kick.
10:24 Corner taken by Chris Humphrey from the right by-line, Chris Sorensen manages to make a clearance.
7:42 Corner taken right-footed by Jamie Murphy.
7:27 Jamie Murphy takes a shot. Blocked by Eric Djemba-Djemba.
5:15 Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Sorensen.
5:15 Booking Mark Reynolds is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
5:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lucas Caca by Mark Reynolds.
Correction - 1:25 Corner taken right-footed by Lucas Caca, Header on goal by Atle Roar Haland from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
1:25 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Lucas Caca, Header on goal by Anders Moller Christensen from inside the box
goes harmlessly over the target.
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