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Twente held by stubborn Levante

Published: Thursday 8 November 2012, 23.50CET
FC Twente 0-0 Levante UD
The home side face an uphill task to qualify from UEFA Europa League Group L after being held to a goalless draw in Enschede.
Twente held by stubborn Levante
Levante's Papa Diop vies with Dušan Tadić of Twente ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

TwenteLevante

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target4
 
3
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners11
 
3
Offsides3
 
4
Fouls committed13
 
16
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 15/11/2012 19:52 CET

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Published: Thursday 8 November 2012, 23.50CET

Twente held by stubborn Levante

FC Twente 0-0 Levante UD
The home side face an uphill task to qualify from UEFA Europa League Group L after being held to a goalless draw in Enschede.

FC Twente failed to close the gap on second-placed Levante UD as the two teams contested a hard-fought goalless draw in UEFA Europa League Group L.

Twente could afford no further slip-ups after their chastening 3-0 defeat in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago left them four points adrift of the Spanish side. Despite relentless pressure, however, Levante offered a stubborn rearguard and were able to maintain their healthy grip on second place.

The hosts' intentions were clear in the opening exchanges as they opted for a high-tempo approach, which almost paid dividends seven minutes in. Douglas' cushioned header released Luc Castaignos, but the forward eschewed the obvious and took an extra touch, inviting visiting goalkeeper Keylor Navas to smother. A swashbuckling run and deftly curled centre from Willem Janssen then ended in midfielder Robbert Schilder heading wide at the front post as Twente went through the gears.

Levante had suffered defeat in five of their last seven away games and their stubborn quest to avoid another loss made for a cagey opening 45 minutes. Only midfielder Papa Diop broke free from his defensive shackles, stinging the fingertips of Twente goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov with a long-range piledriver on the half-hour mark.

The start of the second half bore an uncanny resemblance to the first. Steven McClaren's charges dictated possession, while Levante held their shape with military-like precision. It took a cunning flick from Castaignos to prise an opening, but Navas was equal to Roberto Rosales' driven effort.

With intricacy proving fruitless, the home side sought a breakthrough via a string of set-piece moves. Their refined approach almost prevailed, as Douglas twice went close from consecutive Dušan Tadić corners. The action proceeded to switch ends at dizzying pace in a frantic finale, and Twente were nearly hit with a sucker punch when substitute Ángel drew a fine reflex from Mihaylov.

Last updated: 10/11/12 0.15CET

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Lineups

twente

Twente

levante

Levante

13
MihaylovNikolay Mihaylov (GK)
13
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
5
SchilderRobbert Schilder
Substitution62
5
RodasHéctor Rodas
6
BramaWout Brama (C)
10
IborraVicente Iborra
10
TadićDušan Tadić
Yellow Card90+2
15
KarabelasNikos Karabelas
14
JanssenWillem Janssen
16
RíosPedro Ríos
15
RosalesRoberto Rosales
17
GekasFanis Gekas
Substitution74
17
BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
18
BallesterosSergio Ballesteros (C)
Yellow Card78
19
DouglasDouglas
21
MíchelMíchel
Yellow Card63
Substitution84
28
CabralJerson Cabral
Substitution77
22
LellChristian Lell
29
BraafheidEdson Braafheid
23
DiopPapa Diop
Yellow Card82
30
CastaignosLuc Castaignos
29
Rubén GarcíaRubén García
Substitution77

Substitutes

1
BoschkerSander Boschker (GK)
1
MunúaGustavo Munúa (GK)
4
WisgerhofPeter Wisgerhof
6
PallardóMiguel Pallardó
7
LandzaatDenny Landzaat
7
BarkeroJosé Barkero
Substitution84
16
BreukersTim Breukers
9
ÁngelÁngel
Substitution74
21
Gutiérrez               Felipe Gutiérrez
Substitution77
12
JuanfranJuanfran
31
BulykinDmitri Bulykin
Substitution62
19
Pedro LópezPedro López
39
PelupessyJoey Pelupessy
20
Juanlu GómezJuanlu Gómez
Substitution77

Coach

Steve McClaren (ENG) Juan Ignacio Martínez (ESP)

Referee

Tony Chapron (FRA)

Assistant referees

Fredji Harchay (FRA), Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA)

Fourth official

Frédéric Cano (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Nicolas Rainville (FRA), Alexandre Castro (FRA)

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