Europa League

November 22, 2012



1 - 3


Group L

13:00 EST, November 22, 2012

Olympia Stadion, Sweden

Referee: Alan Kelly

Levante loving life after win

Levante ensured their first adventure into European football will continue into the new year as they comfortably saw off Helsingborg 3-1 to progress through to the last-32 of the Europa League.

Angel got the visitors off to the perfect start with a neat finish on eight minutes and there was no way back for the Swedish champions once Pape Diop had bulleted in Pedro Rios' cross at the back post 10 minutes before the break.

The hosts continued to probe after the break but Levante never looked in trouble of throwing away their lead and further extended it 10 minutes from time when Vicente Iborra volleyed in from Jose Barkero's cut-back before Thomas Sorum reduced the deficit for the hosts in the final minute.

However, following Hannover's 0-0 draw with FC Twente in the night's other game, Levante still need to beat the Germans at home in their final game if they are to finish top of the group.

Levante coach Juan Ignacio Martinez continued his policy of rotating certain players for European games as he made eight changes to the side that started Sunday's 2-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna, but it was two of those coming in who combined to give the Spaniards the lead.

Ruben Garcia picked out a lovely ball through the middle that released Angel clear on goal and he made no mistake with a low right-footed shot beyond Par Hansson.

Helsingborg then went on to have the lion's share of possession in the first period but struggled to create much with it and were very lucky not to be 2-0 down on the half-hour as Rios was played in by Diop and after his initial effort came back off the post, Ruben somehow fired over with the goal at his mercy.

Diop spared his team-mate's blushes five minutes later though as he rose highest inside the area to perfectly place his header into the top right-hand corner from Rios' pinpoint cross.

Keylor Navas made a brave stop early in the second half to prevent May Mahlangu giving the home side some hope and they were eventually killed off by a third Levante goal 10 minutes from the end.

Good play between Rios and Barkero down the left saw the latter pick out Iborra perfectly and he fired home into the far corner.

Despite that, the Swedish side continued to attack and after Navas had made his best save of the evening to deny David Accam they did get a consolation goal as Sorum showed great touch to control inside the area before shooting into the roof of the net.

Scoring Summary

Helsingborg Levante
Thomas Sorum (89')Rodriguez Luis Diaz Angel (8')
 Pape Diop (37')
 Vicente Iborra de la Fuente (81')


Helsingborg Levante
30 Pär Hansson13 Keylor Navas
24 Erlend Hanstveit18 Sergio Ballesteros
6 May Mahlangu22 Christian Lell
16 Joseph Baffo15 Nikos Karabelas
28 Jere UronenHector Rodas
7 Mattias Lindstrom23 Pape Diop
21 Christoffer Andersson16 Pedro Ríos
Ardian Gashi21 Michel
20 Alejandro Bedoya29 Rubén García
10 Alvaro Marcio Dos SantosRodriguez Luis Diaz Angel
18 Nikola Djurdjic10 Vicente Iborra de la Fuente
Daniel AnderssonGustavo Munua 1
14 Erik EdmanJuanfran 12
15 Emil KrafthPedro López 19
5 Daniel NordmarkJose Barkero 7
29 Jesper BjorkmanJuanlu 20
25 David AccamMiguel Pallardó 6
11 Thomas SorumNabil El Zhar 8
Emil Krafth for Christoffer Andersson (25)
Jose Barkero for Rubén García (73)
David Accam for Mattias Lindstrom (68)
Miguel Pallardó for Vicente Iborra de la Fuente (83)
Thomas Sorum for Alvaro Marcio Dos Santos (77)
Pedro López for Michel (86)
Yellow Cards
Ardian Gashi (27)
Rubén García (17)
 Pape Diop (75)
 Sergio Ballesteros (90)
· Rosters: Helsingborg | Levante