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November 29

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Group A


Bayer 04 Leverkusen - PFC Ludogorets Razgrad 1-1 (0-0)
(Weiser 85'; Marcelinho 69')

With the outcome of the group already having been decided before this match,
the Bulgarian champions at least were out to leave a better impression than
in previous rounds, and they succeeded at least in part, as just during
Leverkusen's best spell of the game they managed to take the lead when
Marcelinho and Dyakov played a one-two that saw the Brazilian Bulgarian
through on goal and chipping over Bayer's Austrian reserve keeper Özcan.
Leverkusen still got a deserved equaliser thanks to a miracle goal - after
Ludogorets keeper Renan had flapped at Bailey's corner, Mitchell Weiser
met the loose ball almost on the by-line, and he unleashed a fierce volley
that curved into the top far corner of the net. After the match, Weiser
sheepishly admitted that his effort was supposed to have been a cross.

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FC Zürich - AEK Larnaca FC 1-2 (0-1)
(Khelifi 74'; Giannou 38', Tričkovski 85')

Just as in the other group match, neither team had anything to play for, and
it was the Cypriots who appeared to be the more motivated, or at least less
error-prone team. Larnaca took the lead when Zürich's young right-back Fabio
Dixon in his second match for the senior team failed to cut out Acorán's
cross, and the ball went in off the Australian international Apostolos
Giannou. Zürich were a bit better after the break, and they equalised thanks
to Salim Khelifi's nicely struck free-kick, but another defensive lapse
gave Larnaca the win - on occasion of Joan Tomàs's corner kick, Victor
Pálsson lost track of Ivan Tričkovski, and at the second attempt the
Macedonian striker bent in a shot past FCZ keeper Brecher.

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Table

1 Leverkusen 3-1-1 11-8 10*
2 Zürich 3-0-2 6-5 9*
3 AEK Larnaca 1-2-2 5-7 5
4 Ludogorets 0-3-2 4-6 3

Zürich can still become group winners if Leverkusen don't win on Cyprus.


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Group B


Rosenborg BK - Celtic FC 0-1 (0-1)
(Sinclair 42')

Celtic really have Rosenborg's number in Europe - the sixth match between
the two under Rodgers ended just as the previous ones, with the Scottish
champions prevailing. This time it was thanks to Scott Sinclair who headed
in James Forrest's cross for the winner, and Rosenborg generally seemed to
be more concerned about their upcoming cup final against Strømsgodset
(which they would go on to win for a domestic double). The Norwegian fans
took it in stride, unrolling a banner that said 'See you next year'.

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RB Salzburg - RB Leipzig 1-0 (0-0)
(Gulbrandsen 74')

El Dosico Part Deux was just as intense an affair as the first edition, and
Leipzig needed about twenty minutes, and a wake-up call in the form of
Gulbrandsen's free volley that was parried by Mvogo, until they managed to
contain Salzburg's energy. After the Germans had settled into their
defensive rhythm goal opportunities dried up, but just when it looked as if
Salzburg would tire, a moment of brilliance by Zlatko Junuzović was enough
to still secure them the win - his no-look volley released Andi Ulmer down
the left wing, and Salzburg's captain centred for Gulbrandsen who swept the
ball in. Leipzig could have got the equaliser immediately afterwards, as
following an innocuous-looking long throw-in Timo Werner managed to get off
a great volley, but the shot was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Walke.
Werner gave Salzburg's keeper the finger for his troubles, but I'll give the
guy the benefit of doubt and rather interpret the gesture as one of
frustrated appreciation, as soon afterwards the two could be seen shaking
hands.

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Table

1 Salzburg 5-0-0 15-5 15*
2 Celtic 3-0-2 5-6 9
3 Leipzig 2-0-3 8-7 6
4 Rosenborg 0-0-5 3-13 0

Leipzig have to hope for their little big brothers winning in Glasgow in
order to still have a shot at qualification for the Round of 32.


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Group C


FC Girondins de Bordeaux - SK Slavia Praha 2-0 (0-0)
(De Préville 49', Koundé 90'+5)

Bordeaux absolutely needed to win this one, and they were the better team
from the start, with Zaydou Youssouf testing Slavia keeper Kolář already
early on. The deserved opening goal arrived shortly after the break - Samuel
Kalu's free-kick wasn't cleared by the Slavia defence, and Nicolas de
Préville was on hand to fire in the loose ball. The Czechs had one big
chance to equalise eleven minutes from time, but Jan Sýkora's header was
blocked by Youssouf Sabaly in front of his goal line. Bordeaux continued
to search for the second goal that would give them the head-to-head
advantage over Slavia (even though it's of no consequence in this group),
and they got it in the last second of stoppage time - after Kamano had hit
the post from close range, on the follow up Sabaly ran across the entire
penalty area before centring for Jules Koundé who beat Kolář with a turn-
and-shot.

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FC Zenit - FC København 1-0 (0-0)
(Mak 59')

Zenit had he biggest chance of the first half seconds before the break when
Sebastián Driussi suddenly found himself alone in front of FCK keeper
Andersen, but a last-gasp intervention by Pierre Bengtsson prevented the
Argentine from getting off a shot. For once, Copenhagen dared to venture
forward quite a bit in the second half, and promptly they fell to a counter-
attack at the end of which Daler Kuzyaev teed up Róbert Mak, and the
Slovakian's shot was deflected by Andreas Bjelland past a helpless Andersen.
Zenit then shakily held on to the win despite some serious late Danish
pressure.

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Table

1 Zenit 3-2-0 6-3 11*
2 Slavia Praha 2-1-2 2-3 7
3 København 1-2-2 3-4 5
4 Girondins Bordeaux 1-1-3 5-6 4

If Slavia don't get at least a point at home against Zenit, the winner of
FCK against Girondins can still pip them to second place.


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Group D


Fenerbahçe SK - GNK Dinamo Zagreb 0-0 (0-0)

Even though this game didn't matter much anymore, Dinamo could still feel
rightfully aggrieved as in the second half the Austrian referee
Schörgenhofer denied Amer Gojak a perfectly good goal for an alleged push on
Mauricio Isla. Late on, the Croatians also hit the post through Petar
Stojanović.


RSC Anderlecht - FC Spartak Trnava 0-0 (0-0)

Spartak had one big chance in the first half through Marek Bakoš who from
point-blank range volleyed straight at Anderlecht keeper Didillon, but apart
from that the Belgians dominated the match even though they showed too
little precision in the final third - or too much, such as when Mohammed
Dauda's finely placed shot came off the near post.


Table

1 Dinamo Zagreb 4-1-0 11-3 13*
2 Fenerbahçe 2-2-1 7-6 8*
3 Spartak Trnava 1-1-3 3-7 4
4 Anderlecht 0-2-3 2-7 2

Despite their domestic troubles, Fenerbahçe are through to the Round of 32.


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Group E


FC Vorskla Poltava - Arsenal FC 0-3 (0-3)
(Smith Rowe 11', Ramsey 27' (pen), Willock 41')

Because of the current volatile situation in Ukraine the match was hastily
relocated from Poltava to Kiev, an inconvenience to both teams and their
supporters. Still, Arsenal's youngsters again got the job done in admirable
fashion - following a one-two between Ramsey and Eddy Nketiah Vorskla keeper
Shust tried to smother the ball, but Artur's untimely intervention meant
that it instead fell to Emile Smith Rowe who fired into the empty net for
his third goal in his sixth senior Arsenal match. Ramsey then ran into Ihor
Perduta and for his troubles was rewarded with a penalty kick which he
despatched himself. Another youngster, Joe Willock, got his first ever
senior goal with a well-placed effort into the far corner of the net
after having been played in by Elneny on the break. Arsenal took it a bit
easier in the second half, and understandably so as even the referee's
free-kick spray froze solid, but Smith Rowe still should have got his second
of the night, but his tap-in was controversially disallowed for Nketiah's
mainly passive offside position.

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Qarabağ FK - Sporting Clube de Portugal 1-6 (1-3)
(Zoubir 14'; Dost 5' (pen), Fernandes 20', 75', Nani 33', Diaby 65', 82')

The match started badly for the Azeri when Jakub Rzeźniczak pulled back
Bas Dost in the area, and the Dutchman sent the ensuing penalty down the
middle. Still, Qarabağ were soon level thanks to good work by Haitian
international Wilde-Donald Guerrier who cleverly chested down a cross into
the path of Abdellah Zoubir and the French journeyman winger volleyed past
Sporting's reserve keeper Renan Ribeiro. That was it as far as Azeri hopes
went though, as just six minutes later their keeper Halldórsson, in my view
one of Iceland's weak links at the Euro and the World Cup, didn't cover
himself in glory on occasion of Bruno Fernandes' shot from distance which he
let squirm over his palms. To be fair, Halldórsson didn't get much help from
his defence either, as five players couldn't prevent Nani's run into the
box, and Sporting's prodigal son got the third with a simple finish.
Qarabağ had had a couple of chances in the first half, such as when Bruno
Fernandes scraped a Míchel shot off his goal line, but they fell apart
after the break - first Abdoulay Diaby beat Halldórsson in a race to
Guerrier's too short back pass header, rounded the Icelandic keeper and
fired into the empty net, then Bruno Fernandes got his second of the night
after having been sent clear by Wendel's great assist, and finally Diaby
volleyed in a cross by the substitute Carlos Mané.

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Table

1 Arsenal 4-1-0 11-2 13*
2 Sporting 3-1-1 10-3 10*
3 Vorskla Poltava 1-0-4 4-10 3
4 Qarabağ 1-0-4 2-12 3

Arsenal are group winners. No home final for Qarabağ.


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Group F


AC Milan - F91 Dudelange 5-2 (1-1)
(Cutrone 24', Stélvio 66' (og), Çalhanoğlu 70', Schnell 78' (og),
Borini 81'; Stolz 39', Turpel 49')

Things appeared to be going according to plan when Patrick Cutrone's turn-
and-shot squirmed in underneath Dudelange keeper Bonnefoi, but noone can
ever take away from the Luxembourgers what happened then - first their
captain Tom Schnell flicked on a corner kick by former Dortmunder Marc-André
Kruska and Dominik Stolz rifled in the loose ball, and after the break they
even went in front - Dave Turpel collected another loose ball in the box,
and he beat Pepe Reina with an angled shot. Memories of six years ago when I
actually attended Salzburg's elimination against the Luxembourgers came to
my mind then, but Milan and Lady Luck unfortunately worked in tandem to
prevent an even bigger shock result - a Çalhanoğlu cross was awkwardly
headed into the ground by the Angolan Stélvio and the ball bounced past
Bonnefoi and into the far corner of the net to give the Rossoneri the
equaliser, and just four minutes later Bonnefoi failed to get a hand to
Çalhanoğlu's grass-cutter. If they had defended as well as in most of their
previous Europa League matches, Düdelingen could really have entertained
hopes of getting something out of this match, but this time around they
simply gave away too many cheap goals, like in the case of Milan's fourth
which was almost a carbon copy of the second, only this time it was Schnell
who deflected the Çalhanoğlu cross into his own net. Fabio Borini capped off
the game when he smashed in the rebound after man of the match Çalhanoğlu
had shinned the ball onto the crossbar.

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Real Betis Balompié - Olympiacos FC 1-0 (1-0)
(Canales 39')

Betis were awarded an early penalty when Pape Abou Cissé pulled down Aïssa
Mandi on occasion of a Canales free-kick, but both Sergio Leon's spot kick
and his rebound were fabulously saved by Porto loanee José Sá. Olympiacos
then missed a great chance of their own through Andreas Bouchalakis whose
header flashed just wide of the far post, and Betis scored what would turn
out to be the winner thanks to Canales's perfectly placed shot from the
edge of the area. The Greeks continued to miss their chances - Mandi scraped
Fortounis's weak volley off his goal line, and Robles kept out a Fortounis
free-kick - but in the second half Betis had things perfectly under control,
and were even unlucky that Sanabria's volley crashed off the crossbar. Late
on, José Sá had to pull off another great double save against Sanabria and
Inui on the break.

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1 Betis 3-2-0 7-2 11*
2 Milan 3-1-1 11-6 10
3 Olympiacos 2-1-2 8-5 7
4 Dudelange 0-0-5 3-16 0

Olympiacos need to win 2-0, 3-1, or by more than two goals at home against
Milan in order to still take second spot at the Italians' expense.
Düdelingen just need to avoid a six-goal home defeat against Betis in order
not to become the worst ever Europa League participant.


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Group G


FC Spartak Moskva - SK Rapid Wien 1-2 (1-0)
(Zé Luis 20'; Müldür 80', Schobesberger 90'+1)

Rapid needed at least a point in this match to keep their qualification
hopes alive, and in freezing temperatures they started surprisingly well
considering their current difficulties in the Austrian League, but Spartak
still got the opener thanks to a Route One attack that ended with Melgarejo
sending Zé Luis clear through on goal, and the Cape Verdean striker fired in
underneath Rapid keeper Strebinger. Spartak then had one more big chance
shortly after the break when Strebinger didn't punch Kombarov's free-kick
away far enough, and Mateo Barać had to scrape Sofiane Hanni's rebound off
the goal line, but overall the match was an open if quite scrappy affair.
Half-way through the second half a Spartak ultrà that looked a bit like a
homeless Messi entered the pitch and confronted Glushakov, whom they
apparently accuse of conspiring to get previous coach Carrera sacked (and,
more generally, for having committed the unforgivable sin of having played
eight years for Lokomotiv Moscow), and was himself immediately swarmed by
Spartak players defending their captain. This might well have left a mark
on the Russians' focus, and ten minutes from time 19-year-old right-back
Mert Müldür, who just recently earned his first caps for Turkey, was left
all alone to head in Philipp Schobesberger's corner kick. The Miracle of
Moscow was completed in stoppage time when a simple pass by Stefan Schwab
wrong-footed the entire Russian defence, and Schobesberger (starting in a
borderline offside position, it has to be admitted) chipped the ball past
Spartak keeper Rebrov and rolled it into the empty net.

Rapid's European record against Russian teams is quite remarkable - 9 wins,
6 draws and just one loss.

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Rangers FC - Villarreal CF 0-0 (0-0)
(Red Card: Candeias (Ran) 45'+1)

Rangers were the more active team in the first half, but after Daniel
Candeias had been wrongly sent off with a second yellow - on occasion of the
second booking it hadn't been him, but his teammate Morelos who had
clattered into Santiago Cáseres - they had to fight a rearguard action, a
feat in which they succeeded also thanks to Gerard's last-minute miss.


Table

1 Villarreal 1-4-0 10-5 7
2 Rapid 2-1-2 5-9 7
3 Rangers 1-3-1 8-7 6
4 Spartak Moskva 1-2-2 8-10 5

Everything still open on the last matchday, but both Spartak (in Spain) and
Rangers (in Vienna) need to win away in order to qualify.


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Group H


Apollon Limassol FC - SS Lazio 2-0 (1-0)
(Faupala 31', Marković 82')

An Italian team giving away a meaningless Europa League match is practically
unheard of, but incredibly enough it happened on Cyprus as Simone Inzaghi
made ten changes to his regular team, with only the indefatigable Francesco
Acerbi - 140 consecutive starts and running - a mainstay in the line-up.
Former Manchester City youth product David Faupala - one match under
Pellegrini in the FA Cup - scored Apollon's opener with a great overhead
kick from João Pedro's cross, and despite some Lazio pressure in the second
half they got another on the break - Anton Maglica sent a through ball
towards Fotis Papoulis, one of the few Cypriots in the squad, and he laid
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Eintracht Frankfurt - Olympique de Marseille 4-0 (2-0)
(Jović 2', 67', Luiz Gustavo 17' (og), Sarr 62' (og))

Eintracht and their fans relish playing in this competition, and less than
a minute in Willems and Gaćinović worked a short corner, the Marseille
defence was fast asleep as the Serbian burst into the box, and although his
shot was saved by OM keeper Pelé the rebound fell to Luka Jović who fired in
underneath the crossbar. Luiz Gustavo, who had a shocking game, then must
have forgotten (or skipped altogether) the lesson in football school where
they tell you where to aim your back-passes - Pelé waited next to his net
where he should, but the Brazilian instead sent the ball straight on goal.
Frankfurt had a ton of chances after that, but Jović alone in front of the
net dragged his shot wide, Marco Russ headed over the empty net, and
Gaćinović was denied by Pelé in two attempts. Just when it appeared as if
Marseille had recovered somewhat from the onslaught, and after Trapp had had
to save one-on-one against Radonjić, Bouna Sarr turned in Danny da Costa's
cross for the second own goal of the night. Jović compounded Marseille's
misery soon after, stealing in behind his marker Rolando to chip Haller's
headed assist over Pelé.

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1 Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0-0 15-4 15*
2 Lazio 3-0-2 8-9 9*
3 Apollon Limassol 1-1-3 7-9 4
4 Olympique Marseille 0-1-4 5-13 1


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Group I


Malmö FF - KRC Genk 2-2 (0-1)
(Lewicki 65', Antonsson 67'; Pozuelo 42', Paintsil 53')

The Belgians appeared to have things under control for a long time, and
they went in front when Leandro Trossard stole the ball off Anders
Christiansen, and on the break he played in Alejandro Pozuelo who from a
tight angle chipped over Malmö keeper Dahlin. Another quick break resulted
in Genk's second, and this time around Pozuelo turned provider for Joseph
Paintsil who had no problems firing past Dahlin. The Swedes nevertheless
got back into the game with two goals in two minutes - first the substitute
Antonsson beat Sebastien Dewaest to a long ball on the right wing, and
his cut-back cross was swept in by Oscar Lewicki, then a mistake by Joseph
Aidoo allowed Søren Rieks to race clear, and he splayed the ball out to
Antonsson who left Genk's Australian keeper Vukovic no chance. Genk had a
couple of good opportunities after that to still get the win, but in the end
they have noone but themselves to blame for the two lost points.

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Sarpsborg 08 FF - Beşiktaş JK 2-3 (2-0)
(Muhammed 1', Heintz 6'; Lens 62', 90', Vágner Love 66')

Heartbreak in Norway. Sarpsborg came out of the gates guns blazing, and
just 46 seconds in Rashad Muhammed beat Karius, who had unwisely left his
net, to Tobias Heintz's long ball and rolled it in. Karius really can't
catch a break these days, and five minutes later he was beaten again, this
time by Heintz's fabulous long-distance lob that curved over him. Sarpsborg
subsequently had a ton of chances to extend their lead, but Karius redeemed
himself against Heintz's header, Halvorsen's long-distance drive and
Mortensen's shot. Halvorsen also headed wide from point-blank range. All
those misses came back to bite the Norwegians in the second half, as first
Jeremain Lens from the edge of the box bent a great shot into the top far
corner, and four minutes later Vágner Love tapped in a Lens cross for the
equaliser. Sarpsborg then saw a goal controversially chalked off for offside
- Mortensen appeared to be level with the last defender - and agonisingly,
in the last minute it was Sarpsborg's Russian keeper Vasyutin who needlessly
left his goal to chase down a long ball, and from twenty metres out man of
the match Lens lobbed over him for the winner.

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1 Genk 2-2-1 10-8 8
2 Beşiktaş 2-1-2 9-10 7
3 Malmö 1-3-1 6-6 6
4 Sarpsborg 1-2-2 8-9 5

Similar to Group G, everthing's still open, but both Sarpsborg (in Belgium)
and Malmö (in Istanbul) need to win away.


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Group J


FC Krasnodar - Akhisar Belediyespor 2-1 (0-1)
(Gazinski 49', Ari 57'; Serginho 24')

Akhisarspor are most likely a better team than their current position in
the Turkish League or their Europa League results indicate, but they are
also a not very lucky one. Following their good performance against Sevilla,
they also took the lead in Russia through their Brazilian midfielder
Serginho who volleyed in after Hélder Barbosa had flicked on Güray Vural's
corner kick, and the Turkish cup winners soon after almost added a second,
but Elvis Manu alone through on goal only got off a tame finish. At the
other end, Dmitri Stotski could have given Krasnodar a spectacular
equaliser, but his overhead kick came off the post. The Russians still got
their goal soon after the break when Yuri Gazinski met Sergei Petrov's cross
with an absolute bullet header, and the winner came courtesy of a great chip
by Ari following Wanderson's assist.

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Royal Standard de Liège - Sevilla FC 1-0 (0-0)
(Djenepo 62'; Red Card: Sarabia (Sev) 68')

Sevilla might be forgiven for focusing on the Spanish League, and credit to
Standard for exploiting that even though they were lucky halfway through
the first half when Franco Vázquez's shot came back off the crossbar.
The Walloons' pressing paid off in the second half when Christian Luyindama
won the ball in midfield, and with the Sevilla defence frozen, Moussa
Djenepo and Mehdi Carcela exchanged passes leaving the former with a simple
finish. Pablo Sarabia also did his teams no favours, collecting two bookings
in four minutes, the second for a nasty stomp on Djenepo's ankle which led
to him being sent off just sixteen minutes after having come on as a
substitute. The last few minutes of the game showed an incredible array of
misses by the Belgians - Djenepo failed to tap into the empty net, missing
the ball and instead clattering into the post himself at full speed, then a
misunderstanding between Kjær and his keeper Vaclík resulted in the Dane's
header hobbling towards goal but coming off the post, and on the follow-up
Orlando Sá wrong-footed Vaclík and was poised to fire into the empty net,
but instead his teammate Djenepo barged in from behind him and fired the
ball against the crossbar. Orlando Sá showed admirable restraint in his
remonstrations.

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Table

1 Krasnodar 4-0-1 7-5 12
2 Sevilla 3-0-2 15-6 9
3 Standard Liège 3-0-2 7-9 9
4 Akhisarspor 0-0-5 4-14 0

Standard's heavy away defeat against Sevilla on Matchday 1 still puts them
at a disadvantage in case of a three-way tie, but with an away win against
Akhisarspor they can at least put on the pressure on the Andalucians to
deliver at home against Krasnodar. The Russians only need to fear a defeat
by at least four goals, otherwise they're through.


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Group K


FC Astana - FC Dynamo Kyiv 0-1 (0-1)
(Verbič 29')

Not a good performance by Dynamo by any means, but they scored with what was
basically their only good opportunity - Kiev captain Tsygankov got the ball
through to Benjamin Verbič with a great back-heel, and the Slovenian striker
beat Astana keeper Erić with an angled ahot. The Kazakhs on the other hand
wasted a ton of promising chances, the biggest one Antonio Rukavina's
curving shot from distance that crashed off the crossbar ten minutes from
time.

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FK Jablonec - Stade Rennais FC 0-1 (0-0)
(Grenier 55')

The biggest chances of the first half fell to the Czechs, but Martin Doležal
from close range fired against the crossbar, and Eduard Sobol's point-blank
header was punched out by Rennes's Czech keeper Koubek. Things changed after
the break, and the Bretons got the winner through Clément Grenier who from
the edge of the box curled a shot into the top far corner of the net. In
stoppage time, Adrien Hunou could have settled French nerves but alone in
front of Hrubý he was denied by the Jablonec keeper, and so they had to
survive one more scare, but Koubek was up to the task against Doležal's
shot.

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1 Dynamo Kyiv 3-2-0 10-6 11*
2 Astana 2-2-1 7-5 8
3 Rennes 2-0-3 5-8 6
4 Jablonec 0-2-3 5-8 2

Rennes host Astana on the last matchday.


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Group L


FC BATE Borisov - Vidi FC 2-0 (1-0)
(Signevich 22', Ivanić 85')

Coming off their thirteenth consecutive Belarusian title, BATE were the
better team against the Hungarians champions as well, and they went in
front when Nikolai Signevich headed in a corner kick by BATE captain
Stasevich. Late on, Stasevich also provided the ball over the top that was
collected by Mirko Ivanić near the edge of the area, and the Montenegrin got
off a shot that beat Kovácsik at his near post, the Vidi keeper really
should have done better there.

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Chelsea FC - PAOK FC 4-0 (2-0)
(Giroud 27', 37', Hudson-Odoi 60', Morata 78';
Red Card: Khacheridi (PAOK) 7')

PAOK basically already raised the white flag six minutes into the game when
Léo Matos's terrible back-pass forced his teammate Yevhen Khacheridi into
committing a last-man foul on Olivier Giroud. He would have escaped the red
card if it had happened inside the box, and that might have been the better
outcome, for Chelsea had fun with 10-man PAOK. Among a plethora of chances
Giroud, his duck broken for good, scored a brace with two quality goals,
first side-footing into the far corner of the net from Pedro's assist, then
volleying in Fàbregas's ball over the top. In between those goals Callum
Hudson-Odoi had hit the crossbar with a shot, but the youngster still got
his first goal for the senior team after the break when he beat PAOK keeper
Paschalakis at his near post with a cheeky finish. Álvaro Morata came on as
a substitute for Giroud, and with his first touch also got a goal, heading
in Hudson-Odoi's pin-point cross.

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Table

1 Chelsea 5-0-0 10-1 15*
2 BATE Borisov 2-0-3 6-8 6
3 Vidi 2-0-3 3-5 6
4 PAOK 1-0-4 4-9 3

Any home win over BATE on the last matchday would give PAOK the advantage in
case of a three-way tie, but maybe Vidi can get a result in Budapest against
Chelsea's second-stringers.


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Top Scorers:

Munas Dabbur (ISR/Salzburg) 5
Luka Jović (SRB/Eintracht Frankfurt) 5

Patrick Cutrone (ITA/Milan) 4
Takumi Minamino (JAP/Salzburg) 4
Emilio Zelaya (ARG/Apollon Limassol) 4


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Current UEFA ranking (incl. bonus points due to mathematically achieved
qualification to the CL Round of 16)

Season 2018/19

1 Spain 12.285 (7/7 still qualified)
2 Germany 11.642 (7/7)
3 England 10.214 (6/7)
4 Italy 9.928 (6/7)
5 Portugal 7.300 (3/5)
6 Scotland 6.750 (2/4)
7 France 6.416 (6/6)
Russia 6.416 (5/6)
9 Netherlands 6.400 (2/5)
10 Belgium 6.200 (4/5)


Total

------------ (4 CL participants)
1 Spain 96.283
2 England 73.034
3 Italy 72.011
4 Germany 68.355
------------ (3 CL participants if EL Title holder qualifies through league)
5 France 54.331
------------ (2 CL participants)
6 Russia 49.382
------------ (1 CL participant)
7 Portugal 44.632
8 Belgium 38.300
9 Ukraine 37.900
10 Turkey 33.800
------------ (1 CL participant if CL Title holder qualifies through league)
11 Netherlands 30.233
------------ (no CL participant, 2 assured EL participants)
12 Austria 29.650
------------ (5 teams in Europe - 2 CLQ, 3 ELQ)
13 Denmark 27.025
14 Greece 27.000
15 Switzerland 26.300
------------ (4 teams in Europe - 1 CLQ, 3 ELQ)
16 Croatia 26.125
17 Czech Republic 25.675
18 Cyprus 24.425
19 Serbia 22.250
20 Scotland 22.125

Ajax's qualification to the CL Round of 16 gives the Netherlands a full
extra bonus point that puts them back into 11th place, but thanks to Rapid's
surprising win Austria isn't letting up just yet. Denmark, Greece and
Switzerland all didn't pick up a single point on this matchday, so at least
12th spot seems secure for us now. 15th place will probably be decided by
who does better in the EL knock-out rounds, Dinamo Zagreb or FC Zürich.


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Werner
vedran
2018-12-02 23:08:44 UTC
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Fenerbahçe SK - GNK Dinamo Zagreb 0-0 (0-0)
Even though this game didn't matter much anymore, Dinamo could still feel
rightfully aggrieved as in the second half the Austrian referee
Schörgenhofer denied Amer Gojak a perfectly good goal for an alleged push on
Mauricio Isla. Late on, the Croatians also hit the post through Petar
Stojanović.
"Austrian villain" part 2 :)

Quoted phrase Zdravko Mamic used after Dinamo got called a
dubious penalty in 2004 vs Heerenveen in the last minutes of the match

Situation starts at 7:45.

Fritz Stuchlik was a referee in that match.

Schörgenhofer also didn't call a penalty on Olmo.

At 1:40.
vedran
2018-12-05 17:05:59 UTC
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Schörgenhofer also didn't call a penalty on Olmo.
http://youtu.be/NR2sTKDzXLI
At 1:40.
This link died, but Mamic crying after that penalty
will forever be online, this is priceless :)



Funniest part is when he said "I'm telling our referees to
never help Dinamo or any other Croatian club..."

Yes, they never helped Dinamo after (and before) that :)
anders t
2018-12-03 07:01:47 UTC
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Group I
Malmö FF - KRC Genk 2-2 (0-1)
(Lewicki 65', Antonsson 67'; Pozuelo 42', Paintsil 53')
The Belgians appeared to have things under control for a long time, and
they went in front when Leandro Trossard stole the ball off Anders
Christiansen, and on the break he played in Alejandro Pozuelo who from a
tight angle chipped over Malmö keeper Dahlin. Another quick break resulted
in Genk's second, and this time around Pozuelo turned provider for Joseph
Paintsil who had no problems firing past Dahlin. The Swedes nevertheless
got back into the game with two goals in two minutes - first the substitute
Antonsson beat Sebastien Dewaest to a long ball on the right wing, and
his cut-back cross was swept in by Oscar Lewicki, then a mistake by Joseph
Aidoo allowed Søren Rieks to race clear, and he splayed the ball out to
Antonsson who left Genk's Australian keeper Vukovic no chance. Genk had a
couple of good opportunities after that to still get the win, but in the end
they have noone but themselves to blame for the two lost points.
MFF looked like it was some time since they played a competitive game.
Wait! It was.
Post by Werner Pichler
0-1: https://media.giphy.com/media/46zrGU63E3CQKrJ3FN/giphy.gif
0-2: https://media.giphy.com/media/z2PLJDmjymE4baIPKZ/giphy.gif
1-2: https://media.giphy.com/media/tKycTbapAGEHviF4Rp/giphy.gif
2-2: https://media.giphy.com/media/1xnes3GgioE2FxZkiF/giphy.gif
Sarpsborg 08 FF - Be?ikta? JK 2-3 (2-0)
(Muhammed 1', Heintz 6'; Lens 62', 90', Vágner Love 66')
Heartbreak in Norway. Sarpsborg came out of the gates guns blazing, and
just 46 seconds in Rashad Muhammed beat Karius, who had unwisely left his
net, to Tobias Heintz's long ball and rolled it in. Karius really can't
catch a break these days, and five minutes later he was beaten again, this
time by Heintz's fabulous long-distance lob that curved over him. Sarpsborg
subsequently had a ton of chances to extend their lead, but Karius redeemed
himself against Heintz's header, Halvorsen's long-distance drive and
Mortensen's shot. Halvorsen also headed wide from point-blank range. All
those misses came back to bite the Norwegians in the second half, as first
Jeremain Lens from the edge of the box bent a great shot into the top far
corner, and four minutes later Vágner Love tapped in a Lens cross for the
equaliser. Sarpsborg then saw a goal controversially chalked off for offside
- Mortensen appeared to be level with the last defender - and agonisingly,
in the last minute it was Sarpsborg's Russian keeper Vasyutin who needlessly
left his goal to chase down a long ball, and from twenty metres out man of
the match Lens lobbed over him for the winner.
1-0: https://media.giphy.com/media/DqZ4yRpoWjHV2UXT0R/giphy.gif
2-0: https://media.giphy.com/media/yqfHuQSpmpxyfDHI9m/giphy.gif
2-1: https://media.giphy.com/media/oX7uSM4JbrFmLtUpvY/giphy.gif
2-2: https://media.giphy.com/media/i3KWpEmkNJC5KWb2zn/giphy.gif
2-3: https://media.giphy.com/media/2shcjtgxaWRJIQ4BKO/giphy.gif
Table
1 Genk 2-2-1 10-8 8
2 Be?ikta? 2-1-2 9-10 7
3 Malmö 1-3-1 6-6 6
4 Sarpsborg 1-2-2 8-9 5
Similar to Group G, everthing's still open, but both Sarpsborg (in Belgium)
and Malmö (in Istanbul) need to win away.
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ixion martin - GdBx
2018-12-03 21:04:06 UTC
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https://media.giphy.com/media/5WJesSECsyQuNdo7a3/giphy.gif
Never saw such a ridiculous goal in European Cup ever... What a
shame.
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Werner Pichler
2018-12-13 08:06:36 UTC
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RB Salzburg - RB Leipzig 1-0 (0-0)
(Gulbrandsen 74')
El Dosico Part Deux
Parts Trois and Quatre will quite sensationally be played in January, on ice. Both Red Bull Salzburg and Red Bull Munich reached the Champions Hockey League
semifinals, where they are going to meet each other.

Ciao,
Werner

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