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  • 23 November 2012
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Europa League Results: Groups G-L - Sporting & Athletic crash out

Europa League Results: Groups G-L - Sporting & Athletic crash out

With only one round of matches left, Metalist sealed top spot in Group K with victory over Leverkusen, while Videoton and Basel must fight for progression in a fortnight's time



Europa League:
Matchday Five

Groups G-L


Fixtures/Results
GROUP G
VIDEOTON 0 1 GENK BASEL
3 0 SPORTING
Genk booked their place in the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday by beating Videton 1-0 and inflicting a major blow on the Hungarians' hopes of progression.

The winning goal came on 19 minutes through Elyaniv Barda, who rose highest in the box to head a corner past hosts' goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic.

Sporting Lisbon, meanwhile, saw their ambitions of making the knockout stages crash and burn as they fell to a 3-0 defeat at Basel.

The floodgates opened on 23 minutes via Fabian Schar, who capitalised on a failed clearance from Xandao to slide the ball home, but Cabral's second yellow card on the hour mark posed a momentary scare for the Swiss side.

However, it took them just eight minutes to react to going a man down. Valentin Stocker combined with Mohamad Salah to great effect before firing the finish to double Basel's lead, and David Degen rounded off a quick-fire break to complete the rout late on.

The Swiss team move into second place and can secure their progression with a draw at Genk, in what promises to be a group decider. Videoton, on the other hand, must overcome Sporting at all costs.
GROUP H
RUBIN KAZAN
3 0 INTER
NEFTCHI BAKU
1 1 PARTIZAN
Inter's younger players were taught a harsh footballing lesson by Rubin Kazan, who confirmed their status as winners of Group H with a 3-0 victory on Thursday (see full report here).

In the battle of the basement boys, nothing could separate Neftchi Baku and Partizan Belgrade, who fought out a 1-1 draw in the Azeri capital.

Flavinho struck an unstoppable drive from 30 yards out inside the first 10 minutes to hand the hosts the lead, but almost an hour later, Sasa Ilic slipped through Aleksandar Markovic for the equaliser. The striker, however, was soon dismissed as the game finished in a stalemate.
GROUP I
KIRYAT SHMONA
P P ATHLETIC BILBAO
SPARTA PRAGUE 1 1 LYON
Ironi Kiryat Shmona's match with Athletic Bilbao was postponed due to violence in the host city of Haifa (see full story here). 

However, Sparta Prague's 1-1 draw with Olympique Lyonnais on Thursday means the Basques have been eliminated from the competition without kicking a ball.

Yoann Gourcuff's recent upturn in form was highlighted again as he supplied the ball which found Yassine Benzia, and Les Gones starlet's shot cannoned in off the crossbar to give the French side the initiative.

But Sparta were not to be denied of a place in the round of 32. Tomas Prikyl's diagonal pass was slotted in by Josef Husbauer, rendering the outcome of the clash in Israel obsolete.
GROUP J
LAZIO 0 0 TOTTENHAM PANATHINAIKOS 1 0 MARIBOR
Lazio sealed their place in the last 32 of the Europa League thanks to a goalless draw with Tottenham (see full report here).

Panathinaikos's 1-0 victory over Maribor means the fight for second place in Group J will be taken to the last matchday.

Ales Mejac was sent off on the cusp of half-time for a pair of bookable offences to give the Greeks a numerical advantage, while Arghus' foul in the box was penalised.

Vitolo failed to take full advantage of the first spot kick, but the Spanish midfielder was handed a reprieve as he was hacked down by Ales Mertelj later on. This time, he duly converted, sending Jasmin Handanovic the wrong way.
GROUP K
ROSENBORG 3 2 RAPID VIENNA
METALIST 2 0 LEVERKUSEN
Rosenborg were denied entry to the round of 32 a fortnight ago but nonetheless starred in a 3-2 success over Rapid Vienna on Thursday.

On 28 minutes, John Chibuike's mazy run ended in the deadlock being broken, but Thomas Schrammel restored parity with a flying effort from the edge of the box shortly after half-time.

Not long after the hour mark, Rapid doubled their lead through Terrence Boyd, who applied the rebound from Harald Pichler's initial shot which was parried away by Alexander Lund Hansen.

However, Tarik Elyounoussi levelled terms with 15 minutes remaining, and Rade Prica mopped up Jonas Svensson's square pass to win the tie for the Norwegians.

Elsewhere, Metalist Kharkiv maintained their unbeaten Europa League campaign with a comprehensive 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen, who suffered their first loss in the competition.

Moments after the restart, the Germans conceded their first goal in the group stage following Jonathan Cristaldo's crisp half-volley. And with just five minutes remaining, Cleiton Xavier's deft turn allowed him to finish off an intricate, sweeping move.
GROUP L
HANNOVER 0 0 TWENTE
HELSINGBORG 1 3 LEVANTE
With Hannover and Twente's respective fates already sealed, a stalemate was unsurprisingly played out in Germany. Rasmus Bengtsson's red card with five minutes left proved the most noteworthy piece of action.

However, it was a different story in Sweden, where a clinical Levante ran out 3-1 winners at Helsingborg to set up a table-topping decider with Hannover in two weeks' time.

Ruben Garcia's through ball was coolly finished by Angel inside eight minutes, and Papa Diop doubled the Liga side's lead with half-time looming, climbing highest to head home Pedro Rios' cross.

The hosts looked to work themselves back into the match, but they were made to feel hard done by as Vicente Iborra tucked in Jose Barkero's cut-back with 10 minutes left, despite Thomas Sorum's consolation soon after.

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