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Rijeka and Guimarães depart after stalemate

Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 20.54CET
HNK Rijeka 0-0 Vitória SC
The Group I challengers played out a stalemate in Croatia but both crashed out after Olympique Lyonnais' victory in the other game.
Rijeka and Guimarães depart after stalemate
Leon Benko (right) was unable to convert a number of chances for Rijeka ©Getty Images
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Published: Thursday 28 November 2013, 20.54CET

Rijeka and Guimarães depart after stalemate

HNK Rijeka 0-0 Vitória SC
The Group I challengers played out a stalemate in Croatia but both crashed out after Olympique Lyonnais' victory in the other game.

HNK Rijeka and Vitória SC could not be separated in Croatia but results elsewhere in Group I condemned both to an early UEFA Europa League exit.

Needing a win to keep their hopes alive, the hosts showed more going forward but neither side possessed the required cutting edge to break the deadlock. The result cost both dear as Olympique Lyonnais' 1-0 success against Real Betis Balompié ensures it is those two clubs who head into the round of 32. 

Out for revenge after their 4-0 mauling in Portugal on matchday one, Rijeka started with purpose and might have gone ahead in the 13th minute when Mehmed Alispahić sent a looping effort at goal from 25 metres which crashed against the bar. The teams then proceeded to exchange chances as André Santos blasted over the home bar before Leon Benko saw his header prevented from crossing the line by the legs of Guimarães keeper Douglas in the best opening of the first period.

Knowing only three points could save them, Matjaž Kek's men tried to up the ante after the interval. Benko's curling free-kick was well saved before the forward fired wide after showing impressive strength to hold off two Vitória defenders as he chased a long ball. The same man then wasted the game's outstanding opportunity after being sent clean through with eight minutes left, only to be denied by Douglas. The duo's inability to convert would cost them when Lyon grabbed the winner against Betis to sew up the qualification spots.

Last updated: 30/11/13 0.05CET

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Lineups

rijeka

Rijeka

guimarães

Guimarães

25
VargićIvan Vargić (GK)
1
DouglasDouglas (GK)
5
KneževićDario Knežević (C)
Yellow Card90+2
9
Tomané Tomané
7
AlispahićMehmed Alispahić
Substitution79
10
BarrientosJean Barrientos
Substitution78
11
TomečakIvan Tomečak
11
André AndréAndré André
16
MočinićIvan Močinić
15
Paulo OliveiraPaulo Oliveira
19
BenkoLeon Benko
Substitution86
18
Leonel OlimpioLeonel Olimpio (C)
Yellow Card50
20
KvržićZoran Kvržić
20
João AmorimJoão Amorim
23
MarićLuka Marić
22
MaazouMoussa Maazou
24
BertošaMateo Bertoša
28
André SantosAndré Santos
Substitution68
26
MalešMate Maleš
30
AddyDavid Addy
91
KramarićAndrej Kramarić
Substitution71
53
BaAbdoulaye Ba

Substitutes

1
ManceIvan Mance (GK)
13
AssisGiovanaz Assis (GK)
6
DatkovićNiko Datković
2
FreireFreire
8
MujanovićGoran Mujanović
7
Marco MatiasMarco Matias
Substitution68
10
SharbiniAnas Sharbini
Substitution71
16
PlangeNii Plange
30
BrezovecJosip Brezovec
Substitution79
29
Fernando RussiFernando Russi
Substitution78
33
KrstanovićIvan Krstanović
Substitution86
38
Tiago RodriguesTiago Rodrigues
89
JugovićVedran Jugović
50
CrivellaroRafael Crivellaro

Coach

Matjaž Kek (SVN) Rui Vitória (POR)

Referee

Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Assistant referees

Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL), Áskell Thór Gíslason (ISL)

Fourth official

Sigurdur Oli Thorleifsson (ISL)

Additional assistant referees

Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL), Thorvaldur Árnason (ISL)

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