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Leuven closes in on UEL spot

5 May 2013-PA Sport

Leuven moved a step closer to securing European football with a 1-0 win at Waasland-Beveren which ensured it finished top of Group B and will face Group A winner Gent for a place in the UEFA Europa League.

Bjorn Ruytinx netted the only goal of the game for Leuven 17 minutes from time against a Waasland-Beveren side which had been a man down since the 37th-minute dismissal of Cedric D'Ulivo.

The result was enough to secure top spot in the pool for Leuven - by virtue of goals scored - from Mechelen, which rounded off its campaign with a 2-1 triumph at Charleroi.

Maxim Biset's last-gasp winner restored the visitor's lead after home substitute Jamal Thiare had cancelled out Nicklas Pedersen's opener.

In Group A, Gent - already assured of top spot - had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Mons. Christophe Lepoint put the visitor ahead after 54 minutes but the lead lasted only four minutes before Tim Matthys equalised.

Leuven now faces a play-off against Gent to determine which team will go head to head with the side finishing fourth in the Championship play-off for the final Europa League berth.

Also in Group A, Lierse prevailed 3-0 at KV Kortrijk thanks to second-half goals from Salahdin Ahmed, Baptiste Martin (own goal) and Julien Vercauteren.

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