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Redmond shines as Birmingham tumble out

Published: Thursday 15 December 2011, 23.11CET
Birmingham City FC 1-0 NK Maribor
A Nathan Redmond-inspired Birmingham did their bit, but SC Braga's draw with Club Brugge KV ensured Chris Hughton's men finished third in Group H.
Redmond shines as Birmingham tumble out
Adam Rooney celebrates heading in what proved to be the only goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

BirminghamMaribor

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners9
 
4
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed10
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:51 CET

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Published: Thursday 15 December 2011, 23.11CET

Redmond shines as Birmingham tumble out

Birmingham City FC 1-0 NK Maribor
A Nathan Redmond-inspired Birmingham did their bit, but SC Braga's draw with Club Brugge KV ensured Chris Hughton's men finished third in Group H.

Birmingham City FC did what was required of them, beating NK Maribor 1-0, but a draw in the other Group H fixture knocked the Blues out of the UEFA Europa League.

The hosts controlled the game from start to finish thanks to a man-of-the-match display from Nathan Redmond, and after taking the lead through Adam Rooney's 24th-minute header, they never looked back. It was ultimately not enough, though, as Club Brugge KV avoided defeat against already-qualified SC Braga.

Birmingham had to win and began with purpose, lively winger Redmond giving Arghus and Goran Cvijanovič a torrid time in the opening exchanges, albeit without an end product.

Maribor had the first chance on 19 minutes, when Jovan Vidovič outjumped Pablo Ibáñez but headed Dejan Mezga's corner just wide. It was a miss that the visitors would soon regret. Five minutes later Redmond again tricked his way past Arghus on the right, but this time the 17-year-old produced an inviting back-post cross which Rooney gratefully nodded in.

Maribor charged out of the blocks in the second half, and only a timely Ibáñez tackle prevented the visitors from drawing level. Birmingham soon picked up where they left off, though, with Jasmin Handanovič beating away a Redmond effort after the winger's one-two with Jonathan Spector.

Nikola Žigić nodded over and Rooney headed at Handanovič as Birmingham piled on the pressure − Redmond the unsurprising architect of both chances − and the youngster almost got the goal his performance deserved when he cracked a volley against a post with five minutes left.

Birmingham held on to end their campaign on a positive note, but news of a winning goal for Braga was not forthcoming, and the Blues joined fellow English club Tottenham Hotspur FC in being eliminated on ten points.

Last updated: 17/12/11 0.10CET

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Lineups

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Birmingham

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Maribor

13
DoyleColin Doyle (GK)
33
J. HandanovičJasmin Handanovič (GK)
3
MurphyDavid Murphy
Yellow Card70
4
VidovičJovan Vidovič
Yellow Card51
5
Pablo IbáñezPablo Ibáñez
5
Z. FilipovićŽeljko Filipović
11
BeausejourJean Beausejour
8
MezgaDejan Mezga
14
GomisMorgaro Gomis
Yellow Card11
Substitution73
9
TavaresTavares (C)
Substitution71
17
RooneyAdam Rooney
Goal24
Substitution80
17
VolašDalibor Volaš
18
FaheyKeith Fahey
20
CvijanovičGoran Cvijanovič
Substitution68
19
ŽigićNikola Žigić
22
PotokarNejc Potokar
22
RedmondNathan Redmond
Substitution88
26
RajčevičAleksander Rajčevič
23
SpectorJonathan Spector
44
ArghusArghus
Yellow Card60
Substitution75
24
DaviesCurtis Davies (C)
70
MerteljAleš Mertelj

Substitutes

1
MyhillBoaz Myhill (GK)
13
RadanMatej Radan (GK)
4
CaldwellSteven Caldwell
6
MilecMartin Milec
7
BurkeChris Burke
Substitution88
10
IbraimiAgim Ibraimi
Substitution68
8
N'dawGuirane N'daw
Substitution73
11
VelikonjaEtien Velikonja
Substitution71
12
MutchJordon Mutch
Substitution80
24
TrajkovskiDejan Trajkovski
Substitution75
15
ElliottWade Elliott
31
LesjakZoran Lesjak
39
WoodChris Wood
32
BeričRobert Berič

Coach

Chris Hughton (IRL) Darko Milanič (SVN)

Referee

Sascha Kever (SUI)

Assistant referees

Matthias Arnet (SUI), Francesco Buragina (SUI)

Fourth official

Stephan Klossner (SUI)

Additional assistant referees

Cyril Zimmermann (SUI), Daniel Wermelinger (SUI)

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