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Olympia Stadion (ATT 4,453) 22nd November 2012 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: A Kelly

Helsingborgs Helsingborgs IF vs Levante Levante

Helsingborgs 1

T Sorum (89)

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Levante 3

Angel (8)
P Diop (37)
V Iborra (81)

Levante claim last 32 spot

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Last Updated: 22/11/12 9:10pm

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Pape Diop: On target

Pape Diop: On target

Levante ensured their first adventure into European football will continue into the New Year as they comfortably saw off Helsingborg 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.

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Tables

Europa League Group A

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Apollon Limassol 1 3
2 Villarreal 1 1
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 1 1
4 FC Zurich 1 0

Europa League Group B

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

Europa League Group C

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

Europa League Group D

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

Europa League Group E

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Dynamo Moscow 1 3
2 PSV Eindhoven 1 3
3 Panathinaikos 1 0
4 Estoril 1 0

Europa League Group F

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Inter Milan 1 3
2 Karabakh-Azersun 1 1
3 St Etienne 1 1
4 Dnipro 1 0

Europa League Group G

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sevilla 1 3
2 Standard Liege 1 3
3 Feyenoord 1 0
4 Rijeka 1 0

Europa League Group H

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Everton 1 3
2 Krasnodar 1 1
3 Lille 1 1
4 Wolfsburg 1 0

Europa League Group I

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

Europa League Group J

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

Europa League Group K

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 PAOK Salonika 1 3
2 Fiorentina 1 3
3 Guingamp 1 0
4 Dinamo Minsk 1 0

Europa League Group L

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