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Fenerbahçe on the brink with AEL scalp

Published: Thursday 8 November 2012, 21.45CET
Fenerbahçe SK 2-0 AEL Limassol FC
First-half goals from Dirk Kuyt and Moussa Sow moved the home side to within touching distance of a place in the round of 32.
Fenerbahçe on the brink with AEL scalp
Moussa Sow celebrates with Raul Meireles after doubling Fenerbahçe's lead ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

FenerbahçeAEL

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
2
Attempts off target4
 
3
Corners4
 
3
Offsides3
 
2
Fouls committed19
 
16
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
1

Standings

Last updated: 16/11/2012 00:43 CET

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Published: Thursday 8 November 2012, 21.45CET

Fenerbahçe on the brink with AEL scalp

Fenerbahçe SK 2-0 AEL Limassol FC
First-half goals from Dirk Kuyt and Moussa Sow moved the home side to within touching distance of a place in the round of 32.

Fenerbahçe SK further strengthened their UEFA Europa League credentials with a comfortable 2-0 victory against ten-man AEL Limassol FC, who remain rooted to the foot of Group C.

Aykut Kocaman's charges had yet to win at home in Europe this term, but they lay that ghost to rest with a commanding performance in Istanbul. Dirk Kuyt lifted the pressure after 11 minutes, before Moussa Sow completed the formalities. Edwin Ouon's second-half red card made life even more comfortable for the Turkish hosts, who stretched their lead at the section summit to five points.

On the back foot for long stretches, it was the visitors who showed early sparkle, veteran forward Michalis Konstantinou accepting a measured return from Luciano Bebê before firing into the side netting. With that reprieve, Fenerbahçe stepped up a gear as visiting goalkeeper Matias Degra turned Miroslav Stoch's venomous shot behind. Effervescent forward Kuyt latched on to the resulting corner, displaying fleet of foot to round Degra and sweep in.

The AEL riposte was bullish and seldom lacked ambition, while Fenerbahçe's cutting edge was comparatively explosive. A constant wave of beautifully crafted moves soon led to a second, with flamboyant midfielder Cristian leading the charge. Sow was the beneficiary, feigning to shoot inside the area before curling a sumptuous effort inside the far corner four minutes before the break.

The hosts showed no signs of letting up the pressure after the interval, while AEL boss Jorge Costa attempted to stem the flow with the introduction of Edmar and Chris Dickson on the hour. It was a decision which almost bore fruit as the two substitutes immediately combined, Edmar falling centimetres short of turning in the latter's teasing cross. Any hopes of a comeback were quashed, however, when defender Ouon was sent off for a last-man challenge on Sow 20 minutes from time.

Last updated: 10/11/12 0.08CET

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Lineups

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Fenerbahçe

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AEL

1
Volkan DemirelVolkan Demirel (GK) (C)
32
DegraMatias Degra (GK)
3
Hasan Ali KaldırımHasan Ali Kaldırım
Substitution73
5
ParpasStelios Parpas
4
Bekir İrtegünBekir İrtegün
7
MonteiroMonteiro
Substitution60
5
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
10
Rui MiguelRui Miguel
6
YoboJoseph Yobo
12
NikolaouMarios Nikolaou (C)
7
SowMoussa Sow
Goal41
17
Paulo SérgioPaulo Sérgio
Substitution60
9
StochMiroslav Stoch
19
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
Yellow Card55
Substitution73
11
KuytDirk Kuyt
Goal11
20
Luciano BebêLuciano Bebê
14
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Yellow Card64
Substitution83
23
CarlitosCarlitos
Yellow Card51
16
CristianCristian
Substitution73
29
OuonEdwin Ouon
Red Card70
77
Gökhan GönülGökhan Gönül
77
DédéDédé

Substitutes

34
Mert GünokMert Günok (GK)
22
HidiIsli Hidi (GK)
17
Recep NiyazRecep Niyaz
Substitution83
9
Orlando SáOrlando Sá
21
Selçuk ŞahinSelçuk Şahin
Substitution73
11
EdmarEdmar
Substitution60
23
Semih ŞentürkSemih Şentürk
15
TheophilouChristis Theophilou
27
KrasićMiloš Krasić
21
Marcos AirosaMarcos Airosa
53
Serdar KesimalSerdar Kesimal
84
DicksonChris Dickson
Substitution60
88
Caner ErkinCaner Erkin
Substitution73
Yellow Card89
99
VouhoVouho
Substitution73

Coach

Aykut Kocaman (TUR) Jorge Paulo Costa Almeida (POR)

Referee

Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Assistant referees

Johann Gudmundsson (ISL), Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL)

Fourth official

Sigurdur Oli Thorleifsson (ISL)

Additional assistant referees

Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL), Erlendur Eiriksson (ISL)

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