Europa League

November 8, 2012

Full-time

Fenerbahce

2 - 0

AEL

Group C

18:00 +00:00, November 8, 2012

Sukru Saracoglu Stadium , Turkey

Referee: K Jakobsson

Fenerbahce 2-0 AEL

Fenerbahce are almost assured of reaching the Europa League knockout stages following a comfortable home win against 10-man AEL Limassol.

First-half goals from Dirk Kuyt and Moussa Sow ensured the hosts were able to coast to victory in summer signing Raul Meireles' return to the first team.

Meireles had been out of action for a month with a thigh injury picked up on international duty and hardly needed to break sweat as he played 83 minutes of a win that leaves Fener needing just a point from their final two games to progress.

Defeat almost certainly eliminated AEL whose night was soured further with a straight red card for Edwin Ouon - the scorer of their only goal in the group so far - following his professional foul on Sow with 20 minutes left.

Fener took 11 minutes to take the lead thanks to some quick thinking from Kuyt.

A poor Cristian Baroni corner was mis-kicked by Gokhan Gonul at the near post but Kuyt was quickest to react to the loose ball.

The Holland international nipped in just as Matias Degra was about to gather before rounding the goalkeeper and turning the ball in.

Fener controlled the half from then on with Baroni fizzing a 25-yard free-kick wide before Sow tested Degra from the edge of the area.

AEL, who lost their only other away date so far 5-1 at Marseille, managed only an off-target Michalis Konstantinou header before they went 2-0 behind just before half-time.

Sow curled in an unstoppable finish after Baroni helped Gonul's cross on with a clever backheel.

Fener continued to dominate after the break as Degra parried a Miroslav Stoch drive before AEL's hopes were effectively ended when Ouon was given a straight red card for his foul on Sow.

The hosts failed to find a third, with Sow hitting the post late on, but it mattered not as they went five points clear of the chasing pack in Group C.

Scoring Summary

Fenerbahce AEL
Dirk Kuyt (11') 
Moussa Sow (41') 

Teams

Fenerbahce AEL
Volkan Demirel32 Matias Degra
Joseph Yobo29 Edwin Ouon
Bekir Irtegun12 Marios Nicolaou
77 Gokhan Gonul23 Emanuel Carlitos
Hasan Kaldirim77 Aderito Waldemar Dede
14 Raul Meireles10 Rui Miguel
Mehmet TopalStelios Parpas
16 Baroni Cristian20 Luciano Bebe
11 Dirk Kuyt19 Michalis Konstantinou
Moussa Sow17 Goncalves Paulo Sergio
Miroslav Stoch7 Jorge Felipe Monteiro
Substitutes
34 Fehmi Mert GunokIsli Hidi 22
53 Serdar KesimalMarcos Airosa 21
27 Milos KrasicChristos Theophilou 15
21 Selcuk SahinLacerda Edmar 11
88 Caner ErkinCarlos Braga Orlando Sa 9
17 Recep NiyazChris Dickson 84
23 Semih SenturkPatrick Vouho 99
Substitutions
Caner Erkin for Hasan Kaldirim (72)
Chris Dickson for Goncalves Paulo Sergio (60)
Selcuk Sahin for Baroni Cristian (72)
Lacerda Edmar for Jorge Felipe Monteiro (60)
Recep Niyaz for Raul Meireles (83)
Patrick Vouho for Michalis Konstantinou (73)
Yellow Cards
Raul Meireles (64)
Emanuel Carlitos (52)
Caner Erkin (89)
Michalis Konstantinou (55)
Red Cards
 Edwin Ouon (70)
· Squads: Fenerbahce | AEL