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EL round-up: Wins for Molde, Lyon, Plzen, Hapoel, AEL, Maritimo, Rapid, Bayer & Helsingborg; Neftchi notch Inter draw
Stuttgart 0 – Molde 1 (Europa League, December 6, 2012) Davy Claude Angan scored the only goal of the game as Molde restored some pride in Germany.
Partizan Belgrade 1 – Rubin Kazan 1 (Europa League, December 6, 2012) It was essentially a dead rubber and that showed in a poor game which rose from its stupor for five minutes after half-time when Sasa Markovic put the hosts ahead before Jose Salomon Rondon levelled.
Lyon 2 – Kiryat Shmona 0 (Europa League, December 6, 2012) With first place in the section already wrapped up, Lyon gave a number of youthful faces a chance, and it was teenagers Mahamadou-Naby Sarr and Yassine Benzia who did the damage with goals in either half.
Plzen 1 – Atletico Madrid 0 (Europa League, December 6, 2012) Vaclav Prochazka scored the only goal of the game in the 26th minute as Viktoria Plzen beat holders Atletico Madrid 1-0 to qualify.
Hapoel Tel Aviv 2 – Academica Coimbra 0 (Europa League, December 6, 2012) Hapoel Tel Aviv ended their fruitless Europa League campaign in style with a 2-0 win over Academica.
AEL Limassol 3 – Marseille 0 (Europa League, December 6, 2012) Late goals from Edmar and Dossa Junior confirmed a night to remember for the Cypriots after Orlando Sa fired them into a 41st-minute lead.
Maritimo 2 – Club Brugge 1 (Europa League, December 6, 2012) A late Heldon header earned the Portuguese club a first Group D victory and consigned Juan Carlos Garrido’s men to a bottom-place finish.
FC Copenhagen 1 – Steaua Bucuresti 1 (Europa League, December 6, 2012) Steaua shrugged off the 49th-minute dismissal of Cristian Tanase to claim the point they needed to reach the Europa League knockout stages with a 1-1 draw at FC Copenhagen.
Genk 0 – Basel 0 (Europa League, December 6, 2012) Genk and Basel played out a dire goalless draw as the pair progressed to the Europa League knockout stage.
Inter Milan 2 – FK Neftchi 2 (Europa League, December 6, 2012) Teenage striker Marko Livaja struck twice but a youthful Inter Milan signed off from the Europa League group stage with a 2-2 home draw against Neftchi at the San Siro tonight. Nicolas Canales stole a share of the points for the Azerbaijan side two minutes from the end to punish Inter’s profligacy.
Rapid Vienna 1 – Metalist Kharkiv 0 (Europa League, December 6, 2012) Deni Alar’s early goal ensured that eliminated ten-man Rapid had the consolation of ending their run of defeats against the Group K winners.
Bayer Leverkusen 1 – Rosenborg 0 (Europa League, December 6, 2012) Sascha Lewandowski’s youthful team ended the group campaign on a high, debutant left-back Julian Riedel scoring the only goal.
FC Twente 1 – Helsingborg 3 (Europa League, December 6, 2012) Early goals from Nikola Djurdić and Alejandro Bedoya put the visitors in the driving seat, before Thomas Sørum added a third in the second period. Dušan Tadić pulled one back for Twente, but Steve McClaren’s side could not prevent a result that lifted Helsingborg into third place in Group L at their expense.
Levante 2 – Hannover 2 (Europa League, December 6, 2012) The hosts needed a victory to overhaul the Bundesliga side at the top of the group, but had a mountain to climb after just 26 minutes as goals from Lars Stindl and Didier Ya Konan put Hannover in a commanding position. Hannover could have been even further in front by half-time had it not been for some sensational goalkeeping by Keylor Navas, but Levante were given a lifeline four minutes after the break when Angel volleyed home from Vicente Iborra’s knockdown. However, Juan Ignacio Martinez’s men couldn’t find the second goal they really needed to make the Germans sweat until deep into stoppage time when Iborra rose highest to head Jose Barkero’s corner into the bottom corner.
- Updated: December 6, 2012