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Clinical Levante make Twente pay

Published: Thursday 25 October 2012, 21.45CET
Levante UD 3-0 FC Twente
Míchel's penalty and two late goals from Pedro Ríos made the Dutch league leaders rue their lack of a cutting edge on a damp night in Spain.

Match statistics

LevanteTwente

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
1
Attempts off target6
 
1
Corners3
 
6
Offsides1
 
5
Fouls committed15
 
10
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 14/11/2012 00:33 CET

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Published: Thursday 25 October 2012, 21.45CET

Clinical Levante make Twente pay

Levante UD 3-0 FC Twente
Míchel's penalty and two late goals from Pedro Ríos made the Dutch league leaders rue their lack of a cutting edge on a damp night in Spain.

Levante UD consolidated second place in UEFA Europa League Group L with a 3-0 home win against FC Twente which served as a finishing lesson for their vanquished opponents.

Juan Ignacio Martínez's team, sixth in Spain last season, took advantage of the platform given them by Míchel's 59th-minute penalty to run away with the game in the closing exchanges. With Pedro Ríos's two close-range goals finally seeing off Steve McClaren's Dutch league leaders, Twente now risk a first failure to progress from the group stage in this, their fourth campaign.

In truth, there was little to separate the sides for nearly an hour on a wet night in Valencia, with the opening forays largely played out in home territory – but spiced by the Liga side's counterattacking threat. That menace was underlined when Fanis Gekas turned the ball narrowly wide of Nikolay Mihaylov's goal after Ríos had found him free in the Twente box.

Meanwhile, from Míchel's pass, Papa Diop wriggled free but had his attempt rebuffed by Mihaylov. The Enschede outfit replied when Nacer Chadli rattled the crossbar with a swerving shot, before Dušan Tadić had the ball in the net with a brilliant left-footed effort from 30 metres – only to have it ruled out for offside against a team-mate.

If the first half fizzled out under a continuous downpour, the second almost began with a bang. Twente right-back Roberto Rosales raided from midfield and exchanged passes with Tadić, before warming goalkeeper Keylor Navas's hands.

Yet the breakthrough arrived at the other end as Douglas was adjudged to have handled Nikos Karabelas's strike on goal. Midfielder Míchel's subsequent penalty had too much power for Mihaylov, and the same player was then prominent in Levante's second strike on 78 minutes as his first-time cross was tapped in by Ríos.

Ríos struck again ten minutes later, once more in predatory fashion, when he followed up Rubén García's shot after it had been parried by Mihaylov. The result leaves a four-point gap between Levante, on six, and third-placed Twente.

Last updated: 25/09/14 4.23CET

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Lineups

levante

Levante

twente

Twente

13
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
5
RodasHéctor Rodas
6
BramaWout Brama (C)
10
IborraVicente Iborra
7
LandzaatDenny Landzaat
Substitution69
15
KarabelasNikos Karabelas
Yellow Card41
10
TadićDušan Tadić
16
RíosPedro Ríos
Goal78
Goal88
15
RosalesRoberto Rosales
17
GekasFanis Gekas
Substitution63
17
BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
Yellow Card90+3
18
BallesterosSergio Ballesteros (C)
Yellow Card90+3
19
DouglasDouglas
Yellow Card44
20
Juanlu GómezJuanlu Gómez
Yellow Card58
Substitution73
21
Gutiérrez               Felipe Gutiérrez
Substitution62
21
MíchelMíchel
Goal59
Substitution87
22
ChadliNacer Chadli
22
LellChristian Lell
29
BraafheidEdson Braafheid
Substitution62
23
DiopPapa Diop
30
CastaignosLuc Castaignos

Substitutes

1
MunúaGustavo Munúa (GK)
1
BoschkerSander Boschker (GK)
6
PallardóMiguel Pallardó
4
WisgerhofPeter Wisgerhof
7
BarkeroJosé Barkero
Substitution87
5
SchilderRobbert Schilder
Substitution62
Yellow Card68
9
ÁngelÁngel
Substitution63
Yellow Card75
14
JanssenWillem Janssen
Substitution69
12
JuanfranJuanfran
16
BreukersTim Breukers
19
Pedro LópezPedro López
28
CabralJerson Cabral
Substitution62
29
Rubén GarcíaRubén García
Substitution73
32
BoyataDedryck Boyata

Coach

Juan Ignacio Martínez (ESP) Steve McClaren (ENG)

Referee

Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)

Assistant referees

Nikolai Golubev (RUS), Vyacheslav Semenov (RUS)

Fourth official

Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Aleksei Eskov (RUS), Vladimir Kazmenko (RUS)

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