Debreceni 2-0 Levski Sofia (4-1 agg.): Debrecen Become First Hungarian Champions League Qualifiers

Levski The hosts sailed through to the group stage after their second win over the Bulgarians.

Debreceni have become the first Hungarian team to enter the Champions League group stage after a convincing home win over Levski Sofia to sail through x-x on aggregate.

The hosts held a 2-1 lead from the first leg, and as Zoltan Varga gave them an early lead on the night in Debrecen it was clear that things were going their way. Gergely Rudolf’s second shortly before the break sealed the deal for the

Debrecen were eager to delight the impressive ‘home’ crowd of 32,000 at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest – two and a half hours from Debrecen – and did so from the outset.

However, when Georgi Samrov hit the post for Levski on the break, it was up to Debreceni to fight back. They duly did so as Jozsef Varga slotted home a brilliant, chipped, floating ball into the top corner just thirteen minutes in after good work from Adamo Coulibaly.

To their credit, Levski did not give up, attempting to fight back through the likes of Georgi Hristov, who passed up a great chance.

But just as the first goal was beautiful, so too was the second. Gergely Rudolf slammed a 25-yarder past Georgi Petkov with ferocity to bring thestadium to its feet and ensure that Levski needed four goals to progress.

They could not find even one as they stretched themselves at the back for the start of the second half, and as belief ebbed away they let the game run down for an historic win for Debrecen, who enter Pot 4 of the Champions League group stage seedings.


~ by footballdirecta on August 26, 2009.

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