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Levski get the better of group winners Sporting

Published: Thursday 16 December 2010, 20.54CET
PFC Lesvki Sofia 1-0 Sporting Clube de Portugal
Eliminated Lesvki ended their campaign on a high by defeating the Group C winners at a snowy Georgi Asparuhov Stadion.
by Sam Crompton
Levski get the better of group winners Sporting
Levski celebrate their winner against Sporting ©Getty Images

Match statistics

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Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
3
Attempts off target7
 
4
Corners6
 
11
Offsides4
 
5
Fouls committed12
 
9
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 16 December 2010, 20.54CET

Levski get the better of group winners Sporting

PFC Lesvki Sofia 1-0 Sporting Clube de Portugal
Eliminated Lesvki ended their campaign on a high by defeating the Group C winners at a snowy Georgi Asparuhov Stadion.

PFC Levski Sofia restored some pride by defeating UEFA Europa League Group C winners Sporting Clube de Portugal in a game of few chances.

LOSC Lille Métropole's victory against KAA Gent condemned Levski to a bottom-placed finish, but a single goal from Daniel Mladenov ensured that the Bulgarian club signed off on a high and went some way towards avenging their 5-0 defeat in Lisbon on Matchday 2.

With both clubs' fate determined prior to kick-off, the opening stages proved to be unsurprisingly placid, with wintry conditions not conducive to a free-flowing contest. Sporting saw plenty of the ball, although their methodical approach failed to trouble the hosts' resolute back line.

However, just as it seemed both sides would go into the break all square, Levski managed to get behind the Sporting defence for the first time. Garra Dembélé used his pace and strength to shrug off Nuno Coelho before cutting back for the onrushing Mladenov to slide the ball into an unguarded net.

The second half began with both sides showing invention and a willingness to throw men forward. Sporting nearly levelled the scores when Jamie Valdés's corner fell invitingly to Maniche, whose rasping volley was bravely blocked on the line by Dembélé.

Levski were centimetres away from increasing their lead moments later when Darko Tasevski nonchalantly curled the ball just wide following some slick passing, and Yasen Petrov's side comfortably saw the game out, only threatened when Yannick Djaló's drilled shot forced a fine save from Bozhidar Mitrev at his near post.

Last updated: 18/12/10 0.08CET

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Lineups

levski

Levski

sporting

Sporting

12
MitrevBozhidar Mitrev (GK)
16
TiagoTiago (GK)
2
MulderDustley Mulder
2
TorsiglieriMarco Torsiglieri
3
GreeneSerginho Greene
5
EvaldoEvaldo
5
Ivo IvanovIvo Ivanov
8
ManicheManiche
17
MladenovDaniel Mladenov
Goal45
Substitution89
15
ValdésJaime Valdés
Substitution70
20
JoãozinhoJoãozinho
20
Yannick DjalóYannick Djaló
22
TasevskiDarko Tasevski
Substitution77
21
ZapaterAlberto Zapater
Substitution46
26
ShtarkovKalin Shtarkov
Yellow Card40
23
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
39
DembéléGarra Dembélé
26
André SantosAndré Santos
45
GadzhevVladimir Gadzhev (C)
Substitution90+3
Yellow Card90+3
44
Nuno André CoelhoNuno André Coelho
Substitution76
55
MilievYordan Miliev
78
AbelAbel (C)

Substitutes

85
AkalskiKiril Akalski (GK)
30
HildebrandTimo Hildebrand (GK)
4
StanchevStefan Stanchev
4
PolgaAnderson Polga
7
AleksandrovAleksandar Aleksandrov
9
SaleiroCarlos Saleiro
Substitution70
16
OgnyanovMarian Ognyanov
Substitution77
33
Diogo SalomãoDiogo Salomão
Substitution46
28
KirovAlexandar Kirov
Substitution89
41
CédricCédric
Substitution76
29
IsaIsmail Isa
47
João PereiraJoão Pereira
30
BaltanovLachezar Baltanov
Substitution90+3
55
TalesTales

Coach

Yasen Petrov (BUL) Paulo Sérgio (POR)

Referee

Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER)

Assistant referees

Detlef Scheppe (GER), Christian Fischer (GER)

Fourth official

Markus Schmidt (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Marc Seemann (GER), Markus Wingenbach (GER)

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