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Freiburg win to leave Group H wide open

Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 21.27CET
FC Slovan Liberec 1-2 SC Freiburg
Matthias Ginter and Francis Coquelin scored as the German side claimed an edgy victory that takes them above their Czech hosts.
Freiburg win to leave Group H wide open
Francis Coquelin (right) beams with delight after scoring the Freiburg winner ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 21.27CET

Freiburg win to leave Group H wide open

FC Slovan Liberec 1-2 SC Freiburg
Matthias Ginter and Francis Coquelin scored as the German side claimed an edgy victory that takes them above their Czech hosts.

Goals from Matthias Ginter and Francis Coquelin earned SC Freiburg a victory that leaves Group H wide open going into matchday six.

Ginter and Coquelin struck in either half to reward an enterprising performance, though the visitors were hanging on at the end when FC Slovan Liberec's Serhiy Rybalka halved the deficit. The result means second-placed Freiburg are masters of their own destiny in two weeks' time, needing only to match whatever Liberec, in third, manage. The German side host qualified Sevilla FC while Liberec go to eliminated Estoril Praia.

After a tense start, Ginter scored from the first opening of the game on 23 minutes. Goalkeeper Přemysl Kovář misjudged a Sebastian Kerk corner and Ginter, with his back to the goal, managed to curl the ball into the top corner beyond the craning necks of two defenders. It sparked the Czech team into action but it was after the restart that the contest really opened up.

Michael Rabušic hit the woodwork with nobody quick enough to convert the rebound. Five minutes later, both Rabušic and Josef Šural narrowly failed to connect with a low centre from the right. Freiburg went quiet, a Mike Hanke half-chance the only thing of note, and an equaliser seemed a matter of time. Then, however, the Bundesliga outfit struck again.

Christian Günter brushed past three opponents on the left and his cross was met by Coquelin's head to double Freiburg's advantage. Rybalka made it 2-1 eight minutes later, turning in Jiří Pimpara's header across goal to set up a grand finale, but the away side just about hung on. The job is not done yet, though.

Last updated: 30/11/13 0.05CET

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Lineups

liberec

Liberec

freiburg

Freiburg

16
KovářPřemysl Kovář (GK)
1
BaumannOliver Baumann (GK) (C)
2
KelićRenáto Kelić
2
KrmašPavel Krmaš
Yellow Card45+3
8
PavelkaDavid Pavelka
3
DiagnéFallou Diagné
10
RybalkaSerhiy Rybalka
Goal81
4
FernandesGelson Fernandes
Yellow Card69
12
SackeyIsaac Sackey
Yellow Card29
9
HankeMike Hanke
13
KušnírOndřej Kušnír
Yellow Card41
Substitution72
20
CoquelinFrancis Coquelin
Goal73
Yellow Card90+1
15
KováčRadoslav Kováč (C)
25
SorgOliver Sorg
19
RabušicMichael Rabušic
Yellow Card54
26
LorenzoniNicolai Lorenzoni
Substitution90+1
23
ŠuralJosef Šural
Substitution77
28
GinterMatthias Ginter
Goal23
Substitution89
25
FleišmanJiří Fleišman
30
GünterChristian Günter
28
DelargeDzon Delarge
Substitution58
37
KerkSebastian Kerk
Substitution60

Substitutes

30
HroššoLukáš Hroššo (GK)
19
BatzDaniel Batz (GK)
3
KarišikMiloš Karišik
8
PilařVáclav Pilař
5
CoufalVladimír Coufal
29
AlbutatTim Albutat
Substitution89
7
HušekLuboš Hušek
35
FreisSebastian Freis
Substitution60
9
KalitvintsevVladyslav Kalitvintsev
Substitution77
36
KlausFelix Klaus
11
FrýdekMartin Frýdek
Substitution58
41
HöhnImmanuel Höhn
Substitution90+1
21
PimparaJiří Pimpara
Substitution72

Coach

Jaroslav Šilhavý (CZE) Christian Streich (GER)

Referee

Martin Hansson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Henrik Andren (SWE)

Fourth official

Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Andreas Ekberg (SWE), Bojan Pandžić (SWE)

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