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Gekas scores as Levante progress to Europa League group stage
- Updated: August 31, 2012
Theofanis Gekas’ second half strike was enough to confirm Levante’s berth in the UEFA Europa League group stage after the Spanish side defeated Motherwell 1-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate.
Having suffered a tough 2-0 loss against Valladolid in La Liga action on Monday, Levante rebounded well despite several changes to the the starting squad. Most notably, Greek defender Nikos Karabelas was left out of the squad that featured against Motherwell in Scotland last week as the former AEK player looks to recover from an injury he suffered in the first leg.
Gekas was the hero on Thursday night, however, as the Greek international opened his scoring account with the Granotes. Gekas made sure he beat Adam Cummins to Juanlu’s cross inside the box, setting himself up nicely to receive the Spaniards cross before tucking home a finish inside Darren Randolph’s near post.
Levante’s next action comes in La Liga against Espanyol on Sunday.