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Greene sends Gent home with nothing

Published: Thursday 16 September 2010, 20.49CET
PFC Levski Sofia 3-2 KAA Gent
Dutchman Serginho Greene was the hosts' match-winner as he headed in Joãozinho's 84th-minute cross to settle a topsy-turvy affair in Sofia.
Greene sends Gent home with nothing
Joãozinho (left) celebrates scoring a screamer against Gent ©Getty Images

Match statistics

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Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
4
Attempts off target4
 
5
Corners4
 
10
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed14
 
19
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 16 September 2010, 20.49CET

Greene sends Gent home with nothing

PFC Levski Sofia 3-2 KAA Gent
Dutchman Serginho Greene was the hosts' match-winner as he headed in Joãozinho's 84th-minute cross to settle a topsy-turvy affair in Sofia.

Serginho Greene headed in Joãozinho's 84th-minute cross to hand PFC Levski Sofia an opening-night UEFA Europa League victory, but they twice trailed KAA Gent in this Group C tie.

The Dutchman flashed his effort past Bojan Jorgačević after outpacing his marker to deny the group stage debutants a point, with the Bulgarian side having marginally shaded the later stages of a back-and-forth fixture in Sofia.

Levski looked to be in charge midway through the first half, with Daniel Mladenov and Garra Dembélé testing Jorgačević's nerves. However, it was Randall Azofeifa who opened the scoring against the run of play, trying his luck from 35 metres with a low drive that skidded into the net off Georgi Petkov's left-hand post.

The Costa Rican was barely a metre wide with a near identical effort a few minutes later, but Levski's redemption came with another bolt from the blue, Joãozinho sending a dipping shot over Jorgačević as Yasen Petrov's men poured forward.

The tide turned again just after the restart, Marko Šuler turning in Stijn De Smet's shot when a poorly defended corner was fended into his path. However, it was all square again on the hour, with Dembélé wrong-footing Jorgačević to slip a trundling effort past him from a tight angle after racing through on the right.

Jorgačević looked to have salvaged a point for Gent as he denied Dembélé ten minutes from the end, but Greene – a summer signing from Vitesse – had the final word.

Last updated: 28/05/11 0.14CET

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Lineups

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Levski

gent

Gent

1
G. PetkovGeorgi Petkov (GK) (C)
29
JorgačevićBojan Jorgačević (GK)
2
MulderDustley Mulder
3
ŠulerMarko Šuler
Goal48
3
GreeneSerginho Greene
Goal84
6
WilsStef Wils
5
Ivo IvanovIvo Ivanov
Yellow Card52
8
ThijsBernd Thijs (C)
Yellow Card90
7
AleksandrovAleksandar Aleksandrov
Substitution76
10
AzofeifaRandall Azofeifa
Goal23
14
MinevVeselin Minev
14
BarićMario Barić
15
BenzoukaneChakib Benzoukane
19
De SmetStijn De Smet
Substitution68
17
MladenovDaniel Mladenov
Substitution90+2
24
SoumahoroYaya Soumahoro
Yellow Card64
Substitution66
20
JoãozinhoJoãozinho
Goal42
25
WallaceWallace
22
TasevskiDarko Tasevski
Substitution69
30
LjubijankičZlatan Ljubijankič
39
DembéléGarra Dembélé
Goal60
31
GrondinChristophe Grondin
Yellow Card13
Substitution78

Substitutes

12
MitrevBozhidar Mitrev (GK)
20
BruzzeseSébastien Bruzzese (GK)
4
StanchevStefan Stanchev
5
HanstveitErlend Hanstveit
16
OgnyanovMarian Ognyanov
Substitution76
7
SmoldersTim Smolders
Substitution78
28
KirovAlexandar Kirov
Substitution90+2
11
El GhanassyYassine El Ghanassy
Substitution66
29
IsaIsmail Isa
Substitution69
16
CoulibalyElimane Coulibaly
30
BaltanovLachezar Baltanov
23
ArbeitmanShlomi Arbeitman
Substitution68
41
GeorgievAsen Georgiev
28
ContéIbrahima Conté

Coach

Yasen Petrov (BUL) Francky Dury (BEL)

Referee

Zsolt Szabó (HUN)

Assistant referees

Robert Kispal (HUN), Zsolt Varga (HUN)

Fourth official

Zoltan Ivanyi (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Sandor Szabo (HUN), Ádám Németh (HUN)

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