Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Nate Weiss and Jelgava are headed to the Europa League after winning the Latvian Cup in dramatic fashion on Wednesday evening at Skonto Stadium in Riga.

Weiss was a second half substitute coming on in the 78th minute to play left back.

Both teams began the match playing fairly conservative until Jumala forward Dmitrijs Paplavskis opened things up with his goal in the 16th minute.

With his back to the goal, Paplavskis received in a corner kick, spun past a Jelgava defender and rockted in a shot from eight meters out.

It would take nearly 40 minutes for Jelgava to respond as Igor Lapkovskis scored when Jumala was unable to clear a corner kick in front of their net.

But then 14 minutes from time, Jumala midfielder Valērijs Čistjakovs put his team ahead when he scored off a deflected shot.

With all hope almost lost, Jelgava's team captain Valērijs Redjko rode to the rescue in the 84th minute when he scored off a pass from forward Oļegs Malašenoks to send the match to extra time.

Thirty minutes came and went without a goal so matters were settled by goalkeepers Marks Bogdanovs of Jelgava and Artūrs Biezais of Jumala.

Jumala got a break when Jelgava's second penalty taker, Ēriks Pelcis, rung one off the crossbar, however three kicks later, Jumala's Roman Nagumanov missed a chance to give his team the title when he too hit the woodwork.

Jelgava then converted their next penalty kick putting the pressure on Jumala.

Nagumanov and company could only watch on helplessly as their teammate, Gatis Kalniņš, fired his effort off the crossbar to give Jelgava their third consecutive shootout victory in the Cup competition and a spot in the second qualifying round of next season's Europa League.

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