Red Bull Salzburg 0 – KKS Lech Poznan 1

Belarus international midfielder SERGEI KRIVETS of KKS Lech Poznan is taken down by the sliding tackle of Red Bull Salzburg’s 18-year-old defender MARTIN HINTEREGGER at the Red Bull Arena in Wals-Siezenheim, Austria. (Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters)

UEFA Europa League
Group Stage

0 – Red Bull Salzburg (AUT)
1 – KKS Lech Poznan (POL) ———— Stilic 30′

A goal a half hour into the match was more than enough for visiting Polish club KKS LECH POZNAN to see off a punchless Austrian Bundesliga side RED BULL SALZBURG 1-0 to conclude Group A play in the UEFA Europa League.

After controlling a ball from Serbian defensive midfielder IVAN DJURDJEVIC in the box on the left, Poland international midfielder SLAWOMIR PESZKO cut back and provided a square ball for Bosnia / Herzegovina international midfielder SEMIR STILIC to shoot past Red Bull Salzburg’s German reserve goalkeeper ALEXANDER WALKE in the 30th minute.

A dismal European campaign comes to a merciful conclusion for Dutch head coach HUUB STEVENS’ charges. The defending Austrian Bundesliga titlists, Red Bull Salzburg were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League at the final hurdle before the group stage and failed to record a win in their final eight European matches this term. Red Bull Salzburg also managed just one goal in six games in Group A of the UEFA Europa League.

Surprising Polish outfit KKS Lech Poznan finished level on 11 points with English Premier League club Manchester City but take second place in the group on goal differential.


KKS Lech Poznan defender MARCIN KIKUT (right), who made his international debut for Poland in the 2-2 draw with Bosnia / Herzegovina on December 10, sticks in a foot to foil the progress of Red Bull Salzburg’s Argentine striker GONZALO ZARATE (11) at the Red Bull Arena in Wals-Siezenheim, Austria. (Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters)

RED BULL SALZBURG : Walke – Schiemer, Sekagya, Afolabi, Hinteregger – Cziommer, Mendes da Silva, Jantscher (Hierlaender 68′), Offenbacher (Alan 58′) – Boghossian (Wallner 74′), Zarate

KKS LECH POZNAN : Kotorowski – Kikut, Bosacki, Arboleda, Henriquez (Wilk 36′) – Injac, Djurdjevic (Wojtkowiak 46′) – Peszko, Stilic (Bandrowski 77′), Krivets – Rudnevs


Poland international midfielder SLAWOMIR PESZKO (17) of KKS Lech Poznan prepares to cut back and provide a square ball for the only goal of the match by the not-pictured Bosnia / Herzegovina international midfielder Semir Stilic against Red Bull Salzburg at the Red Bull Arena. (Lukas Barth/AP)


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