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2014/15 UEFA Europa League, 2014 First Round
  • Marek Saganowski (29')
  • Ondrej Duda (84')
  • Vasili Kobin (22')

Legia Warsaw 2-1 FC Metalist Kharkiv

The status quo remains at the top and bottom of Europa League Group L after Legia Warsaw beat Metalist Kharkiv 2-1 to qualify for the knockout stages, but the unbeaten home side were pushed all the way by their visitors.
Victory means the home side are on 12 points with four wins from four, with third-placed Lokeren on four after drawing with Trabzonspor. The result in Belgium also means Metalist cannot go through.
Coming into the match at the Pepsi Arena Legia were heavy favourites, however, it was the home side who took the lead through Vasili Kobin's first-half overhead kick.
Legia did not really get going throughout the contest but were level before the break through Marek Saganowski, with Ondrej Duda, the matchwinner in the first encounter, netting the winner six minutes from time.
The result was harsh on the Ukrainian side who had the better chances in Poland, but they now cannot qualify for the knockout stages after second-placed Trabzonspor moved on to seven points after drawing at Lokeren with two matches remaining.
Legia made a bright start with Michal Kucharczyk twice having efforts on target inside the opening five minutes.
However they fell behind after 22 minutes in spectacular fashion. Kobin was quick to react to a bouncing ball in the box and the 29-year-old produced a tremendous overhead kick which flew into the top corner of Dusan Kuciak's net.
Michael Zyro tried to find an instant response but his 20-yard effort was held by Vladimir Disljenkovic.
But, just seven minutes after the opener the hosts were level when Kucharczyk's inswinging corner from the left was headed home by Saganowski from close range.
After the break, Disljenkovic once again showed safe hands by denying Saganowski, but both sides struggled to create clear cut chances.
Metalist forced a couple of corners as the match came to a conclusion, but against the run of play the home side took the lead when Duda drilled a shot into the corner of the net in the 84th minute.
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