Bayer Leverkusen 1 - 0 Rosenborg

Match info: Europa League - Group K at BayArena Staduim

Date: 06/12/2012 KO: 20:05 Ref: L Trattou Att: 10,000

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  • Last Updated: December 5 2012, 19:32 GMT

Bayer Leverkusen's young players will take centre stage when the Germans host Rosenborg in their final Europa League Group K match on Thursday night.

Sami Hyypia: Will give his youngsters a chance
Sami Hyypia: Will give his youngsters a chance

Leverkusen are already assured of their place in the last 32 of the competition while Rosenborg will finish their season tomorrow having seen their chances of qualification slip away.

Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia will give his youngsters the chance to show what they can do, including 18-year-old midfielder Dominik Kohr.

Kohr told "All us young players are obviously motivated. Everyone wants to take the chance to show what they can do. And each game helps you develop. So we'll give 100% against Rosenborg and we want our fans to enjoy it."

Top spot in the group is out of reach, with Metalist Kharkiv guaranteed to finish in top spot courtesy of their head-to-head advantage even if both teams finish on the same number of points.

Kohr hopes that will not count against his side when the knockout stages begin, and he said: "You can see it either way.

"I think you've got less chance of facing a tough opponent if you top the group. It will definitely be interesting in the knockout rounds when the third-placed teams from the Champions League join in."

Kohr has combined his playing career with his studies and has made an impression with Leverkusen's under-23 team - although not always for the right reasons.

He said: "I've always been aggressive and perhaps a bit too exuberant at times. I need to control myself better. A couple of the bookings were unnecessary.

"But I want to win tackles and I never go into challenges half-hearted. And being aggressive can give your own players a boost."

Leverkusen won the reverse match 1-0 in Trondheim earlier this season thanks to substitute Stefan Kiessling's fortunate goal.

It was the third meeting between the two teams and, although the fourth clash will have no meaning in terms of the Europa League, Rosenborg will hope to at least find the net for the first time against the Germans.

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