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Salzburg keep perfect record at Elfsborg

Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 23.09CET
IF Elfsborg 0-1 FC Salzburg
Marco Meilinger's goal ensured his side held onto their 100% record but even with 15 points they are not yet certain to finish top of Group C.
Salzburg keep perfect record at Elfsborg
Elfsborg's Henning Hauger tries to dispossess Salzburg goalscorer Marco Meilinger ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 23.09CET

Salzburg keep perfect record at Elfsborg

IF Elfsborg 0-1 FC Salzburg
Marco Meilinger's goal ensured his side held onto their 100% record but even with 15 points they are not yet certain to finish top of Group C.

Marco Meilinger scored the only goal at IF Elfsborg but a fifth successive UEFA Europa League victory was not enough to secure top spot in Group C for FC Salzburg.  

The visitors were rewarded for their endeavour with a well-worked strike six minutes before the interval, Meilinger finishing off a fine move by stroking the ball into the net to open the scoring. Salzburg now host second-placed Esbjerg fB on the final matchday, knowing a point will suffice to win Group C and be guaranteed a home game in the second leg of their round of 32 tie.

The Austrian Bundesliga leaders rested key players for the trip to Sweden, including influential captain Jonatan Soriano. Regardless, Roger Schmidt's side dominated proceedings from the kick-off. Meilinger stung the hands of Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard from distance after five minutes, an effort which was followed almost immediately by Martin Hinteregger's header hitting the crossbar.

Sadio Mané passed up a superb chance to break the deadlock after half an hour: his shot was cleared off the line by Jon Jönsson before the Senegalese midfielder fired the rebound into the side netting. However, Meilinger's goal came soon afterwards to steady any nerves.

Elfsborg were forced into a change of goalkeeper at the start of the second half, with Abbas Hassan taking up the position between the posts. Klas Ingesson's team were much improved after the restart, and almost equalised when Jönsson had a header cleared off the line by Florian Klein.

Mané went close to doubling Salzburg's advantage, only to be denied by Hassan's brilliant one-handed stop, shortly before visiting forward Håvard Nielsen blazed wide with the goal gaping.

Last updated: 03/12/13 17.48CET

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Lineups

elfsborg

Elfsborg

salzburg

Salzburg

1
Stuhr-EllegaardKevin Stuhr-Ellegaard (GK)
Substitution46
31
GulácsiPéter Gulácsi (GK)
3
S. LarssonStefan Larsson
Substitution51
6
SchweglerChristian Schwegler
Yellow Card83
6
JönssonJon Jönsson
Yellow Card16
8
KleinFlorian Klein
7
LarssonJohan Larsson
10
ManéSadio Mané
Substitution81
8
A. SvenssonAnders Svensson (C)
11
MeilingerMarco Meilinger
Goal39
Substitution70
11
MobaeckDaniel Mobaeck
13
IlsankerStefan Ilsanker
14
KeeneJames Keene
14
Val. BerishaValon Berisha
Substitution90
21
HaugerHenning Hauger
15
SchiemerFranz Schiemer (C)
23
HultNiklas Hult
Yellow Card38
16
NielsenHåvard Nielsen
24
IshizakiStefan Ishizaki
Yellow Card81
17
UlmerAndreas Ulmer
25
RohdénMarcus Rohdén
Substitution78
36
HintereggerMartin Hinteregger

Substitutes

30
HassanAbbas Hassan (GK)
Substitution46
33
WalkeAlexander Walke (GK)
9
NilssonLasse Nilsson
18
ŠventoDušan Švento
12
HolmenSebastian Holmen
19
ReynaYordy Reyna
Substitution90
Yellow Card90+3
15
KlarströmAndreas Klarström
24
LeitgebChristoph Leitgeb
16
ClaessonViktor Claesson
Substitution78
27
AlanAlan
Substitution81
19
HedlundSimon Hedlund
Substitution51
39
TeiglGeorg Teigl
Substitution70
26
BeckmannMikkel Beckmann

Coach

Klas Ingesson (SWE) Roger Schmidt (GER)

Referee

Kristo Tohver (EST)

Assistant referees

Jaanus Mutli (EST), Dmitri Vinogradov (EST)

Fourth official

Jaan Roos (EST)

Additional assistant referees

Eiko Saar (EST), Roomer Tarajev (EST)

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