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Sukru Saracoglu Stadium (ATT 45,000) 8th November 2012 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: K Jakobsson

Fenerbahce Fenerbahce vs AEL AEL

Fenerbahce 2

D Kuyt (11)
M Sow (41)

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AEL 0

E Ouon (S/O 70)

Fenerbahce ease to comfortable victory over AEL Limassol in Europa League

Last Updated: 08/11/12 8:52pm

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Michalis Konstantinou in action for AEL

Michalis Konstantinou in action for AEL

Fenerbahce are almost assured of reaching the Europa League knockout stages following a comfortable 2-0 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 Group C of the Europa League as summer signing Raul Meireles returned 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.

Controlled

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.

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Tables

Europa League Group A

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Villarreal 3 7
2 Borussia Monchengladbach 3 5
3 Apollon Limassol 3 3
4 FC Zurich 3 1

Europa League Group B

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Torino 3 7
2 Club Brugge 3 5
3 FC Copenhagen 3 4
4 HJK Helsinki 3 0

Europa League Group C

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Besiktas 3 5
2 Tottenham Hotspur 3 5
3 Asteras Tripoli 3 4
4 Partizan Belgrade 3 1

Europa League Group D

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 3 7
2 Red Bull Salzburg 3 7
3 Dinamo Zagreb 3 3
4 FC Astra Giurgiu 3 0

Europa League Group E

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dynamo Moscow 3 9
2 PSV Eindhoven 3 4
3 Estoril 3 3
4 Panathinaikos 3 1

Europa League Group F

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Inter Milan 3 7
2 Karabakh-Azersun 3 4
3 St Etienne 3 3
4 Dnipro 3 1

Europa League Group G

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sevilla 3 5
2 Standard Liege 3 4
3 Rijeka 3 4
4 Feyenoord 3 3

Europa League Group H

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Everton 3 5
2 Wolfsburg 3 4
3 Lille 3 3
4 Krasnodar 3 2

Europa League Group I

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sparta Prague 3 6
2 BSC Young Boys Bern 3 6
3 Napoli 3 6
4 SK Slovan Bratislava 3 0

Europa League Group J

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 FC Steaua Bucuresti 3 6
2 Dynamo Kiev 3 6
3 Aalborg BK 3 6
4 Rio Ave 3 0

Europa League Group K

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Fiorentina 3 9
2 Guingamp 3 4
3 PAOK Salonika 3 3
4 Dinamo Minsk 3 1

Europa League Group L

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Legia Warsaw 3 9
2 Trabzonspor 3 6
3 Lokeren SNW 3 3
4 Metalist Kharkiv 3 0

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