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Metalist wrap up top spot with Leverkusen win

Published: Thursday 22 November 2012, 20.55CET
FC Metalist Kharkiv 2-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Goals from Jonathan Cristaldo and Cleiton Xavier earned Metalist victory and secured top spot ahead of their fellow Group H qualifiers.
Metalist wrap up top spot with Leverkusen win
Metalist celebrate Jonathan Cristaldo's opening goal against Leverkusen ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

MetalistLeverkusen

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
7
Corners4
 
3
Offsides6
 
1
Fouls committed11
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 17/11/2012 00:29 CET

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Published: Thursday 22 November 2012, 20.55CET

Metalist wrap up top spot with Leverkusen win

FC Metalist Kharkiv 2-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Goals from Jonathan Cristaldo and Cleiton Xavier earned Metalist victory and secured top spot ahead of their fellow Group H qualifiers.

FC Metalist Kharkiv got the better of a much-changed Bayer 04 Leverkusen side to rubber-stamp first place in UEFA Europa League Group H.

Although both teams had secured a berth in the last 32 on matchday four, top spot in the section remained up for grabs. Metalist are now assured of that honour thanks to second-half goals from Jonathan Cristaldo and Cleiton Xavier, the first the visitors had conceded in this season's group stage.

Such was their confidence, the Bundesliga outfit handed first starts to four players. Right-back Carlinhos, aged 18, was particularly vibrant and could have had the first goal after 19 minutes but, having exchanged passes with Junior Fernándes, lost his balance and dragged wide.

Junior was again to the fore after Renato Augusto had dispossessed Cleiton, raced forward and played in his team-mate. The impressive No7's rasping shot from the right channel looked destined for the net but Olexandr Goryainov did splendidly well to tip it onto the bar.

Bernd Leno had to be equally aware just before half-time, showing fine instincts to turn over Cleiton's diving header. However, he could do nothing to preserve his team's fine record 25 seconds after the interval, Cristaldo finishing first time on the half-volley after latching onto Fininho's long ball over the top.

Not even top scorer Stefan Kiessling could inspire Leverkusen after coming off the bench, and it was Myron Markevich's side who remained the greater threat. They got their just reward five minutes from time, Taison squaring for Cleiton, who bought himself space with a delightful first-time turn before finishing coolly past Leno.

Last updated: 24/11/12 0.08CET

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Lineups

metalist

Metalist

leverkusen

Leverkusen

29
GoryainovOlexandr Goryainov (GK)
1
LenoBernd Leno (GK)
3
VillagraCristian Villagra
3
ReinartzStefan Reinartz
Substitution65
6
TorsiglieriMarco Torsiglieri
4
WollscheidPhilipp Wollscheid
Yellow Card74
7
TaisonTaison
Substitution88
5
M. FriedrichManuel Friedrich (C)
Yellow Card74
8
EdmarEdmar (C)
Yellow Card32
7
FernándesJunior Fernándes
Substitution78
10
Cleiton XavierCleiton Xavier
Goal85
10
Renato AugustoRenato Augusto
15
FininhoFininho
13
HegelerJens Hegeler
19
TorresChaco Torres
23
CarlinhosCarlinhos
21
CristaldoJonathan Cristaldo
Goal46
Substitution82
30
PuschKolja Pusch
30
GueyePapa Gueye
31
KohrDominik Kohr
86
WillianWillian
Substitution71
37
SteffenTobias Steffen
Substitution46

Substitutes

75
DenchukArtur Denchuk (GK)
33
RensingMichael Rensing (GK)
13
SharparVyacheslav Sharpar
Substitution88
11
KiesslingStefan Kiessling
Substitution78
17
PshenychnykhSerhiy Pshenychnykh
19
Okan AydınOkan Aydın
Substitution46
22
ObradovićMilan Obradović
20
CarvajalDani Carvajal
23
BlancoSebastián Blanco
Substitution82
28
ZengaErik Zenga
25
MarlosMarlos
Substitution71
29
DürholtzLuca Dürholtz
82
RebenokPavlo Rebenok
32
MeffertJonas Meffert
Substitution65

Coach

Myron Markevich (UKR) Sascha Lewandowski (GER)

Referee

Cristian Balaj (ROU)

Assistant referees

Zoltán Székely (ROU), Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)

Fourth official

Aurel Oniţă (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Marius Avram (ROU), István Kovács (ROU)

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