Josh Gatt's first foray into the UEFA Champions League was a rousing success.
Gatt's Molde FK topped Latvian side FK Ventspils 3-0 in the first leg of their second qualifying round tie, taking a big advantage heading into next Tuesday's road leg.
Gatt, who scored his fourth league goal of the season over the weekend, started and went the distance for Molde, which coasted courtesy of two goals by Davy Claude Agnan and a penalty kick from Vegard Forren.
For Gatt and Molde to reach the group stage of the Champions League, they would need to get by Ventspils and two more qualifying rounds.
Here are a couple of more stories from around the soccer world:
SPAIN TOPS MEXICO IN PRE-OLYMPIC FRIENDLY
Two of the top contenders for Olympic soccer glory got a glimpse at what the other is bringing to the table in a high-profile friendly Wednesday.
Spain's Under-23 national team defeated Mexico's 1-0 at Estadio Ramon de Carranza in Cadiz, Spain, in a tune-up match for both sides that have medal aspirations.
Javi Martinez scored the lone goal off a header from a 13th-minute corner kick, and David de Gea earned the clean sheet for Spain, which is looking for Olympic gold on the heels of winning the U-21 and senior European championships in the last year. Mexico, meanwhile, is looking to continue its success on the youth level, winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup and finishing third in the U-20 World Cup last year.
MANCHESTER UNITED WINS FRIENDLY
Manchester United kicked off its preseason in South Africa, getting a goal from 2010 MLS All-Star Game MVP Federico Macheda in a 1-0 victory over AmaZulu.
Macheda finished off a through ball from Dimitar Berbatov, who is playing with the club despite rampant reports that he is going to be transferred elsewhere. The two were some of the more notable starters for the Red Devils, along with Javier Hernandez, Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand and goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard.
How much damage do you think Molde can do in the Champions League? Do you think Spain will win the Olympic gold? How do you see Mexico faring in the Olympics? Think Macheda could be an impact player if given the playing time in the Premier League?
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