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Blue Water Arena (ATT 10,049) 7th November 2013 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: Sergiy Boiko

Esbjerg Esbjerg vs IF Elfsborg Elfsborg

Esbjerg 1

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Elfsborg 0

Europa League: Esbjerg qualify for knockout stages after 1-0 win over Elfsborg

Last Updated: 07/11/13 8:39pm

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Mick van Buren: Scored for the hosts

Mick van Buren: Scored for the hosts

Esbjerg qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League thanks to a 1-0 win over Elfsborg on Thursday night.

Mick van Buren scored the only goal of the game in the 71st minute to give Esbjerg an eight-point cushion over their Scandinavian rivals in third with just two matches remaining.

It was a deserved win for Esbjerg, who will now battle leaders Salzburg for top spot in Group C.

Elfsborg goalkeeper Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard was called upon with less than a minute gone when he was forced to punch clear Peter Ankersen's corner.

Esbjerg had the better of the opening exchanges without creating any clear chances.

Mikkel Beckmann's drilled 20-yard shot was comfortable for Esbjerg goalkeeper Frederik Ronnow before Emil Lyng volleyed wide for the hosts.

Mushaga Bakenga's close-range header was easily held by Stuhr-Ellegaard before the same player forced the keeper into a superb parry with a headed effort from the centre of the area.

All the hosts' best chances were going through Bakenga, Stuhr-Ellegaard again called on to make a fine block from the striker's shot from the centre of the area shortly before half-time.

There was little of note at the start of the second half with both teams hitting weak efforts until Emil Lyng almost put the hosts ahead with a 25-yard drilled shot that hit the post.

Ankersen's shot was parried by Stuhr-Ellegaard but the midfielder could only send his follow-up effort weakly over the bar.

At long last Esbjerg got the goal their domination deserved.

Ankersen's cross from the left of the area found Van Buren in the six-yard box and the substitute slotted home into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal.

Elfsborg almost levelled minutes later and the hosts were grateful to Ronnow who tipped over Mikkel Beckmann's 20-yard curling free-kick.

Another long-range effort by Beckmann was easily held by the keeper and Claesson fired over as the visitors sought an equaliser with Ronnow forced to parry Simon Hedlund's drilled close-range shot.

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Tables

Europa League Group A

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Valencia 6 13
2 Swansea City 6 8
3 Kuban 6 6
4 St Gallen 6 6

Europa League Group B

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Ludogorets 6 16
2 Chernomorets Odessa 6 10
3 PSV Eindhoven 6 7
4 Dinamo Zagreb 6 1

Europa League Group C

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Red Bull Salzburg 6 18
2 Esbjerg 6 12
3 IF Elfsborg 6 4
4 Standard Liege 6 1

Europa League Group D

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Rubin Kazan 6 14
2 Maribor 6 7
3 Zulte-Waregem 6 7
4 Wigan Athletic 6 5

Europa League Group E

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Fiorentina 6 16
2 Dnipro 6 12
3 Pacos Ferreira 6 3
4 Pandurii Targu-Jiu 6 2

Europa League Group F

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Eintracht Frankfurt 6 15
2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 6 11
3 Apoel Nicosia 6 5
4 Bordeaux 6 3

Europa League Group G

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Genk 6 14
2 Dynamo Kiev 6 10
3 Rapid Vienna 6 6
4 FC Thun 6 3

Europa League Group H

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Sevilla 6 12
2 Slovan Liberec 6 9
3 SC Freiburg 6 6
4 Estoril 6 3

Europa League Group I

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Lyon 6 12
2 Real Betis 6 9
3 Vitoria de Guimaraes 6 5
4 Rijeka 6 4

Europa League Group J

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Trabzonspor 6 14
2 Lazio 6 12
3 Apollon Limassol 6 4
4 Legia Warsaw 6 3

Europa League Group K

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur 6 18
2 Anzhi Makhachkala 6 8
3 Sheriff Tiraspol (Mol) 6 6
4 Tromso 6 1

Europa League Group L

Europa League
Pos Team P Pts
1 AZ Alkmaar 6 12
2 PAOK Salonika 6 12
3 Maccabi Haifa (Isr) 6 5
4 Shakhtyor Karaganda 6 2