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Tampere finish off Levski

Published: Tuesday 7 August 2007, 23.52CET
PFC Levski Sofia 0-1 Tampere United (agg: 0-2)
Jari Niemi scored the only goal as the Finnish side eliminated last season's group stage participants.

Match statistics

LevskiTampere

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 7 August 2007, 23.52CET

Tampere finish off Levski

PFC Levski Sofia 0-1 Tampere United (agg: 0-2)
Jari Niemi scored the only goal as the Finnish side eliminated last season's group stage participants.

Tampere United of Finland will compete in the third and final qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League for the first time after completing 1-0 home and away victories against PFC Levski Sofia in the Bulgarian capital.

Niemi winner
Having reached the group stage last season, Levski were strongly fancied to eliminate a Tampere side whose two-legged success against San Marino's S.S. Murata in the previous round had been their first in the competition. Instead, Jari Niemi struck in the 40th minute at the Vasil Levski National Stadium to leave Levski needing three goals to advance, a feat they never looked like achieving. Tampere's reward is a tie against fellow Scandinavians Rosenborg BK, who defeated FC Astana.

Clinical finish
Levski started with Borislav Hristov in central defence following injuries to the captain Elin Topuzakov and Igor Tomašić, and the home side had the better of a quiet opening half-hour. Opportunities were created soon after, Hristo Yovov forcing Mikko Kavén into a save and Miroslav Ivanov fizzing a shot over, although when the goal came it went the way of Tampere. A quick free-kick found its way to Tomi Petrescu out on the right and the first-leg scorer whipped in a cross which Niemi collected near the penalty spot before beating goalkeeper Georgi Petkov with a clinical drive.

In-form Kavén
Home coach Stanimir Stoilov reacted immediately by replacing Hristov with the experienced, but not fully fit, Daniel Borimirov, and also brought on forward Ekundayo Jaiyeoba after half-time. The Nigerian almost made an immediate impact, forcing Kavén into a fine save before seeing a goal chalked out for offside. Kavén also denied Valeri Domovchiyski and Lucio Wagner, although Levski soon ran out of ideas as their European hopes ended for another year.

Last updated: 09/08/07 0.32CET

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Lineups

levski

Levski

tampere united

Tampere United

27
BardonCédric Bardon
Yellow Card75
Substitution75
2
JärvinenToni Järvinen
17
DomovchiyskiValeri Domovchiyski
1
KavénMikko Kavén (GK) (C)
6
EromoigbeRichard Eromoigbe
7
KujalaJussi Kujala
25
Lucio WagnerLucio Wagner
3
LindströmMathias Lindström
5
HristovBorislav Hristov
Substitution42
30
NiemiJari Niemi
Goal40
Substitution64
18
IvanovMiroslav Ivanov
5
OjanperäAntti Ojanperä
Yellow Card60
3
MilanovZhivko Milanov
Substitution46
10
PetrescuTomi Petrescu
1
G. PetkovGeorgi Petkov (GK)
8
PohjaAntti Pohja
21
TelkiyskiDimitar Telkiyski (C)
Yellow Card83
13
SaarinenSakari Saarinen
Substitution78
10
YovovHristo Yovov
20
Juska SavolainenJuska Savolainen
Yellow Card21
15
BenzoukaneChakib Benzoukane
14
WissJarkko Wiss

Substitutes

7
BorimirovDaniel Borimirov
Substitution42
19
AhoHeikki Aho
77
KoprivarovMilan Koprivarov
Substitution75
Yellow Card83
21
HjelmJonne Hjelm
8
SarmovGeorgi Sarmov
9
HynynenAntti Hynynen
Substitution78
22
TasevskiDarko Tasevski
31
MäkeläJussi Mäkelä (GK)
23
JaiyeobaEkundayo Jaiyeoba
Substitution46
16
NwokeChimezie Daniels Nwoke
Substitution64
24
N. DimitrovNikolay Dimitrov
12
MitrevBozhidar Mitrev (GK)

Coach

Stanimir Stoilov (BUL) Ari Hjelm (FIN)

Referee

Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER)

Assistant referees

Detlef Scheppe (GER), Dirk Margenberg (GER)

Fourth official

Jochen Drees (GER)

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