Conquerors of Polish champions Wisla Krakow in the previous round, Levadia Tallinn have it all to do to produce another upset after suffering a narrow home defeat by Debreceni VSC.
Leandro’s 70th-minute goal was enough to put the Hungarian titleholders in command at the midway point of this UEFA Champions League third qualifying round contest.
Andras Herczeg’s team had travelled to Estonia without the influential pair of Jozsef Varga and Peter Mate, yet after surviving some early scares, they took control in the second period and got their reward through Leandro.
Although Debrecen started positively, it was Igor Prins’ Levadia — featuring the same XI that defeated Wisla — who created the first chances of note.
After 16 minutes Levadia captain Konstantin Nahk hit the post with a 20-metre shot and the same player then drew a diving save from Debrecen goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic.
Leandro follows up
The visitors gave a warning of their goal threat close to half-time, however, with a Peter Czvitkovics free-kick just over the crossbar and the booking Nakh received in the prelude to that set-piece rules him out of the return.
Debrecen will be favorites to advance having gained their advantage when substitute Adamo Coulibaly broke through on the Levadia goal and though keeper Martin Kaalma saved his shot, Leandro followed up to score.