Europa League 2018/2019, Matchday 6 (R)
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Werner Pichler
2018-12-18 02:05:03 UTC
December 13

* = qualified to the Round of 32


Group A

AEK Larnaca FC - Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-5 (1-2)
(Català 26'; Kohr 28', 68', Alario 41' (pen), 86', Paulinho 78')

At 38 years and seven months, David Català became the second oldest goal
scorer of the competition (behind Molde's skipper Daniel Berg Hestad) when
he headed in Facunda García's cross. Leverkusen were level just two minutes
later though, Dominic Kohr and Isaac Kiese Thelin played two one-twos that
created a clean path on goal for the former and he beat AEK's second keeper
Christodoulou with a precise finish. Joan Truyols then stupidly first lost
the ball to Kohr in the box and then slid into him, and Lucas Alario
despatched the ensuing penalty. After the break, Kohr capped off a great
match by heading in Leon Bailey's corner kick, and Leverkusen's 18-year-old
Brazilian hope Paulinho got his first goal for the Germans by running onto
Aleksandar Dragović's long ball over the top and slotting past
Christodoulou. Alario finished the rout with a great shot from just outside
the box.

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PFC Ludogorets Razgrad - FC Zürich 1-1 (1-1)
(Świerczok 45'+1; Forster 21' (og))

Under pressure from Stephen Odey, Ludogorets's Brazilian defender Rafael
Forster headed Benjamin Kololli's free-kick into his own net. The Bulgarians
then hit the crossbar with a free-kick of their own through Marcelinho, and
they got a deserved equaliser just before the break when Jakub Świerczok
volleyed in a loose ball following Mirlind Kryeziu's botched clearance

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1 Leverkusen 4-1-1 16-9 13*
2 Zürich 3-1-2 7-6 10*
3 AEK Larnaca 1-2-3 6-12 5
4 Ludogorets 0-4-2 5-7 4


Group B

Celtic FC - RB Salzburg 1-2 (0-0)
(Ntcham 90'+5; Dabbur 67', Gulbrandsen 78')

Salzburg dominated the first half in a way that even Celtic fans admitted
doesn't happen regularly in Parkhead, and the only thing that wasn't up to
par was their finishing - Craig Gordon did well to tip Junuzović's header
over the crossbar, Samassékou's header came off the woodwork, and Gordon
also saved one-on-one against Hannes Wolf. But as has become usual for them,
Salzburg managed to calmly control the match until an opportunity presented
itself, which happened when Munas Dabbur headed in Stefan Lainer's cross.
Dabbur seemed to have a score to settle with Glasgow following Israel's
defeat against Scotland in the Nations League, and his provocative goal
celebration angered the crowd into throwing (harmless) stuff at poor
Ramalho, who had had nothing to do with it but was closest. Calamity struck
for Celtic when Gordon, who up until that point had shown an impeccable
performance, pulled a Karius and threw the ball straight onto the feet of
Fredrik Gulbrandsen for an empty-netter. Salzburg's cryptonite, 2-0 leads,
then resurfaced when out of nowhere Celtic should have scored, but from a
metre out Kristoffer Ajer hooked Filip Benković's header, which might have
gone in regardless, over the bar. The attention of the Celtic fans was then
shifting towards the other game, and while they were loudly celebrating
their love for Rosenborg and all things Norwegian, a clumsy challenge by
Jérôme Onguéné on Benković resulted in a penalty. Walke parried Olivier
Ntcham's spot kick onto the post, but was helpless against the Frenchman's

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RB Leipzig - Rosenborg BK 1-1 (0-0)
(Cunha 47'; Reginiussen 86')

The match was basically one-way football towards the Norwegian net for the
most part, but Leipzig's finishing left to desire, and they were also
unlucky when Orban's header came back off the crossbar. Still, German RB
took the lead soon after the break when Matheus Cunha's shot was deflected
in by Tore Reginiussen. Leipzig continued to have a ton of chances, such as
when Rosenborg keeper André Hansen brilliantly turned Yussuf Poulsen's shot
onto the post, but a first warning sign came twenty minutes from time when
Mvogo had to pull off a great save to deny Samuel Adegbenro, and Birger
Meling sent the rebound just wide. Still, it came as a shock to the Germans
when, just after Poulsen had wasted another one-on-one with Hansen, a simple
back-heel by the Serbian substitute Denić exposed Leipzig's defense, and
Reginiussen made amends for his earlier mistake by beating his marker Bruma
to head in Meling's cross.

Leipzig's sporting director might want a word with the manager. Those
groundbreaking squad rotation ideas he has could perhaps still need some


1 Salzburg 6-0-0 17-6 18*
2 Celtic 3-0-3 6-8 9*
3 Leipzig 2-1-3 9-8 7
4 Rosenborg 0-1-5 4-14 1

The third time in their history that Salzburg win their Europa League group
with six wins out of six. There was also a season in which they had five
wins and one draw.

Plutarch reports that when Julius Caesar was once passing by a remote little
town in the Alps, his friends jokingly raised the question whether even
here, far from the Champions League, there were contests for first place.
Caesar stopped, downed a can of Red Bull, and becoming thoughtful said, 'I
had rather be the first here, than the second in Madrid.'


Group C

FC København - FC Girondins de Bordeaux 0-1 (0-0)
(Briand 73')

At the end of an otherwise uneventful first half, Dame N'Doye's volley
crashed off the left post, and Copenhagen's bad luck continued into the
second 45 minutes as Robert Skov's too precise shot also went off that post,
and danced across the goal line instead of going in. The Danes also should
have had a penalty when Otávio went through the back of N'Doye. Bordeaux had
had hardly any opportunities up to that point - albeit a penalty shout of
their own when Papagiannopoulos clattered into Briand in the box -, but they
still got the winner when Yann Karamoh schooled Zeca and Bengtsson on the
right wing and centred for Briand to back-heel the ball in. In stoppage time
the Danes hit the woodwork for the third time, and again it was Skov who
sent the rebound onto the upright after Bordeaux keeper Costil had done well
to save against Thomsen.

But unfortunately for Bordeaux, Zenit aren't the most reliable team when it
comes to performing in meaningless matches.

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SK Slavia Praha - FC Zenit 2-0 (2-0)
(Zmrhal 32', Stoch 41')

Slavia controlled the match from the start against Zenit's B team, and
already in the first half they got the unassailable lead they needed -
Jaromír Zmrhal tapped in following good work by Peter Olayinka and Josef
Hušbauer, and Miroslav Stoch beat Zenit's reserve keeper Kerzhakov with a
great curled shot from the edge of the box. In the second half, another
excellent shot by Stoch clipped the crossbar.

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1 Zenit 3-2-1 6-5 11*
2 Slavia Praha 3-1-2 4-3 10*
3 Girondins Bordeaux 2-1-3 6-6 7
4 København 1-2-3 3-5 5


Group D

FC Spartak Trnava - Fenerbahçe SK 1-0 (1-0)
(Yilmaz 41')

Spartak are currently eighth out of twelve in the Slovakian league, with
less than half the points of leaders Slovan Bratislava, but they were still
good enough to win against a Fener side deep deep in crisis. The sole goal
came courtesy of the young Austrian-Turkish forward Kubilay Yilmaz who
volleyed in Erik Grendel's corner kick.

Today, a last-minute goal by forgotten man Lennart Thy, now plying his trade
in deepest Anatolia, means that practically halfway through the Turkish
season Fenerbahçe are now on their third coach but still in the relegation
zone. This is getting awkward.

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GNK Dinamo Zagreb - RSC Anderlecht 0-0 (0-0)

The most exciting thing that happened was Anderlecht's Croatian defender
Antonio Milić and Izet Hajrović getting in each other's faces, which means
that the former Werder winger will miss the first knock-out round due to
accumulated yellow cards.

This Europa League campaign combined with a lacklustre domestic season has
now cost Anderlecht manager Vanhaezebrouck his job.


1 Dinamo Zagreb 4-2-0 11-3 14*
2 Fenerbahçe 2-2-2 7-7 8*
3 Spartak Trnava 2-1-3 4-7 7
4 Anderlecht 0-3-3 2-7 3


Group E

Arsenal FC - Qarabağ FK 1-0 (1-0)
(Lacazette 17')

Laurent Koscielny's much-applauded return from injury was the most
important thing about this game for Arsenal, and their experimental line-up
also got the job done, albeit in a less convincing and definitely less
exciting fashion than in previous Europa League matches. Alexandre
Lacazette got the early winner from Özil's feed, controlling the ball well
before dancing past his marker Hüseynov and beating Qarabağ keeper Vagner
with an angled shot. 17-year-old Bukayo Saka was the most noticeable among
Arsenal youngsters, with calmer finishing he could have scored a brace.

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Sporting Clube de Portugal - FC Vorskla Poltava 3-0 (3-0)
(Montero 17', Luís 35', Dallku 44' (og))

Fredy Montero opened the scoring when he instinctively headed in Artur's
misdirected clearance. Miguel Luís swept the ball into the empty net
following nice interplay between Montero, Carlos Mané and Bruno Fernandes
for Sporting's second, and Vorskla's Kosovar defender Ardin Dallku turned
another Fernandes cross into his own net for the third. Sporting had a ton
more chances to score, but they let the Ukrainians off the hook in the
second half.

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1 Arsenal 5-1-0 12-2 16*
2 Sporting 4-1-1 13-3 13*
3 Vorskla Poltava 1-0-5 4-13 3
4 Qarabağ 1-0-5 2-13 3


Group F

Olympiacos FC - AC Milan 3-1 (0-0)
(Cissé 60', Zapata 70' (og), Fortounis 81' (pen); Zapata 72')

What would become the most dramatic game of the matchday was quite
uneventful in the first half, and for a long time it didn't really look as
if Olympiacos could get the two-goal win they needed as it was Milan who
had the better chances. The Greeks were markedly improved after the break
though, and a comical goal gave them the lead - Pepe Reina was way out of
of position doing who knows what when Olympiacos surprised the Milan
defence by playing a corner quick and short, and in the end Pape Abou Cissé
nodded home after Jagoš Vuković's initial header had been blocked by
Higuaín. Goal opportunities came thick and fast on both sides after that,
and while shots by Cutrone and Higuaín went just wide, at the other end
Reina had to save against Fortounis, and with the empty net gaping Miguel
Ángel Guerrero sent the rebound against Cristián Zapata's rear end. The
Colombian was less lucky when his attempt to block Guilherme's long-distance
drive made the ball curve over a helpless Reina. At this point, Milan were
out, but Zapata soon made amends by bundling Çalhanoğlu's corner kick over
the line, with Goal Line Technology confirming that Olympiacos keeper José
Sá hadn't managed to parry the ball in time. Disaster only struck for Milan
when on occasion of a corner kick Abate's loving embrace of Torosidis was
adjudged by the French referee Bastien to have been worthy of a penalty
foul. Very soft call if you ask me, but Fortounis left Reina no chance from
the spot. Despite some frantic pressure in the last minutes, Milan failed to
trouble the Greek net and find the goal that would have prevented their

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F91 Dudelange - Real Betis Balompié 0-0 (0-0)

I had kind of hoped that Betis would take this match lightly enough for the
Luxembourgers to get their first point out of it, and so it indeed happened.
Düdelingen keeper Bonnefoi was also back to his best, keeping out two close-
range efforts by Loren as well as Joaquín's free-kick, and two minutes from
time he pushed Javi García's point-blank header over the crossbar.

This year no Europa League team finished the group stage with six defeats.


1 Betis 3-3-0 7-2 12*
2 Olympiacos 3-1-2 11-6 10*
3 Milan 3-1-2 12-9 10
4 Dudelange 0-1-5 3-16 1

With head-to-head between Olympiacos and Milan even, one can reasonably
argue that Düdelingen's two goals in San Siro in the end played a crucial
role in eliminating the rossoneri.


Group G

SK Rapid Wien - Rangers FC 1-0 (0-0)
(Ljubičić 84')

A hard-fought match between two hard-fighting teams brought precious little
flair and a lot of, well, hard fights. The only danger either side created
came from set-pieces, and on occasion of James Tavernier's free-kick Connor
Goldson headed against the crossbar. A scoreless draw would have been
enough for Rapid in any case, but late on they even got the win thanks to
one good move - a simple one-two between the two substitutes Knasmüllner and
Ljubičić left the latter with a simple finish.

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Villarreal CF - FC Spartak Moskva 2-0 (1-0)
(Chukwueze 11', Toko Ekambi 48'; Red Card: Costa (Vil) 90')

Spartak needed a win in Spain to have any chance of progressing, but things
started badly for them when eleven minutes in a deflected shot by Gerard
fell kindly for Samuel Chukwueze, and the youngster, who just recently made
his debut for the Nigerian NT, fired in through the legs of Melgarejo.
The Russians had several chances to equalise, but Villarreal keeper Andrés
Fernández clawed out Zé Luis's header, and Luiz Adriano and Glushakov both
closely missed the target. Spartak's biggest chance fell to Sofiane Hanni
who from short range fired straight at Fernández. With their first
dangerous attack of the second half, Villarreal put paid to any Russian
hopes - Karl Toko Ekambi played a one-two with Pablo Fornals, and the
Cameroonian beat Spartak keeper Maksimenko from a tight angle. Just minutes
later the unlucky Russians saw Zé Luis's header going off the post, but at
the other end Cáseres repaid the favour with an incredible double miss,
being denied first by Maksimenko and then by the crossbar. To their credit,
Spartak kept trying to the end, and when trying to break up one of their
attacks Jaume Costa got himself sent off for recklessly catching Jano
Ananidze's ankle studs up. This got tempers flaring a bit, as the Georgian
had just returned from a season-long injury, and by right there should have
been some more cards for the tussle, but in the end nobody got hurt and
everybody apologized.

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1 Villarreal 2-4-0 12-5 10*
2 Rapid Wien 3-1-2 6-9 10*
3 Rangers 1-3-2 8-8 6
4 Spartak Moskva 1-2-3 8-12 5

Considering the at times abysmal performances by Rapid in the Austrian
League (the low point a 1-6 defeat yesterday in the Viennese derby against
Austria), their Europa League campaign has been miraculous. For someone like
me, who roots for all Austrian teams in Europe but domestically cultivates
a hearty dislike for Rapid and their obnoxious fanbase, this is the perfect


Group H

Olympique de Marseille - Apollon Limassol FC 1-3 (1-2)
(Thauvin 11'; Maglica 8' (pen), 30', Stylianou 56';
Red Cards: Kamara (OM) 8', Ocampos (OM) 90'+3)

In front of a practically empty Vélodrome, Marseille got off the worst
possible start when after six minutes Saša Marković's through ball wrong-
footed the Marseille defence, and Boubacar Kamara's tug on André Schembri's
jersey was punished with a red card and a penalty kick, despatched by
Anton Maglica. Ten-man OM were soon level though as Florian Thauvin headed
in a precise cross by Maxime Lopez. The Cypriots then were lucky that when
their goalkeeper Bruno Vale parried Luiz Gustavo's cross against Lucas
Ocampos the ricochet went off the post, but soon after a well-worked move
down the right wing ended with Maglica heading in Marios Stylianou's
hanging cross. The Cypriot right-back got the third himself, a great volley
from the edge of the box that flew perfectly into the top far corner of the
net. A dismal European season for last year's Europa League finalists
fittingly ended with a second sending off, a frustrated Ocampos saw a second
booking for an absolutely pointless Rugby League-style tackle on Marković.

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SS Lazio - Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 (0-0)
(Correa 56'; Gaćinović 65', Haller 71')

It's easier in a match in which there's nothing at stake anymore, but
Joaquín Correa should still be commended for how he broke off a promising
attack and instead signalled that his opponent Makoto Hasebe had just pulled
a muscle. That display of Fair Play unfortunately stood in stark contrast
with some trouble in the stands between sets of Lazio and Eintracht fans.
Correa also was the first to score, finishing off a move started by Iron Man
Francesco Acerbi by running onto Luis Alberto's through ball and slotting
past Eintracht's reserve keeper Rønnow. Mijat Gaćinović levelled the score
with a quality goal, collecting the ball, side-stepping Luis Felipe and
Valon Berisha, and unleashing a shot into the top corner of the net. Riza
Durmisi in one of his few starts for Lazio could have given them the lead
again but was denied one-on-one by his fellow Dane Rønnow, and instead
Sébastien Haller scored the winner, stabbing home a great feed by man of the
match Gaćinović. Lazio argued, not without merit, that there had been both
a handball and an offside in the build-up.

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1 Eintracht Frankfurt 6-0-0 17-5 18*
2 Lazio 3-0-3 9-11 9*
3 Apollon Limassol 2-1-3 10-10 7
4 Olympique Marseille 0-1-5 6-16 1

Eintracht become the first German team to go through their Europa League
group with six wins, something their coach Hütter had already almost
accomplished previously with Salzburg (back then with one draw).


Group I

Beşiktaş JK - Malmö FF 0-1 (0-0)
(Antonsson 51'; Red Card: Quaresma (BJK) 65')

Perhaps indeed due to Malmö's rustiness during their off-season Beşiktaş
had the better start, and the Turks really should have taken the lead after
ten minutes, but Necip Uysal stabbed a low cross against the post and Vágner
Love's rebound crashed back off the underside of the crossbar thanks to
Lasse Nielsen's crucial last-second block. Mustafa Pektemek later in the
half one-on-one with MFF keeper Dahlin hooked his shot wide, but the Swedes
slowly managed to get a better hold on the game, and they started to become
dangerous themselves, mostly through crosses. Rasmus Bengtsson headed over
the empty net after Karius had flapped at a corner kick. After the break,
and just after Karius had done well to parry Rosenberg's deflected shot,
Malmö got the goal that would send them through to the Round of 32 -
Rosenberg's simple but effective ball over the top saw Marcus Antonsson
clean through on goal, and he left Karius no chance. Facing elimination
Beşiktaş lost their nerve, and Ricardo Quaresma, who has never struck me as
the most reflective of footballers, was sent off for a vicious stomp on the
shin of Franz Brorsson. Malmö could have spared themselves some tense
minutes if Rieks's volley had gone in, and so they had to survive some
scares as the Canadian substitute Cyle Larin could have become Beşiktaş's
hero, but he was first denied by Dahlin, and in stoppage time saw his lob
over the Malmö keeper bounce onto the crossbar and out.

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KRC Genk - Sarpsborg 08 FF 4-0 (2-0)
(Gano 3', Paintsil 5', Berge 64', Aidoo 67')

The Norwegian dream was over after five minutes. A young Norwegian, Sander
Berge, sent in the cross that Zinho Gano stabbed in for Genk's opener, and
following a quick break Joseph Paintsil made it two by running onto
Alejandro Pozuelo's assist and beating Sarpsborg keeper Vasyutin at his near
post. The Ghanaian later also hit the post. All the Norwegians had to offer
were long throw-ins, Iceland-style, and in the second half they conceded two
more - Berge inadvertently met Pozuelo's flicked-on corner kick with his
belly and the ball trickled over the line wrong-footing Vasyutin, and Joseph
Aidoo also headed in a Malinovskyi corner.


1 Genk 3-2-1 14-8 11*
2 Malmö 2-3-1 7-6 9*
3 Beşiktaş 2-1-3 9-11 7
4 Sarpsborg 1-2-3 8-13 5

Malmö repeat Östersund's run from last season, and they, too, will now face
an English opponent for their efforts.


Group J

Sevilla FC - FC Krasnodar 3-0 (2-0)
(Ben Yedder 5', 10', Banega 49' (pen); Red Card: Ramírez (Kra) 48')

A defeat by four goals would have put the Russians on the brink of
elimination, and they already conceded twice inside the first ten minutes -
first a bad punt by Krasnodar keeper Kritsyuk resulted in an even worse
back pass by Charles Kaboré, and Wissam Ben Yedder was ready to pounce from
what would otherwise have been an offside position. The Frenchman made it
two by beating Icelandic defender Jón Guðni Fjóluson to Sergi Gómez's
hopeful long ball out of defence and slotting past Kritsyuk. The match was
more open after that, and both sides had their chances until just after
the break a quick Sevilla break ended with Ben Yedder clean through on goal,
his shot was parried by Kritsyuk, but the rebound was headed into the
empty net by André Silva - or would have been, since Cristian Ramírez pulled
a Suárez and punched the header off his own goal line. Following some
initial confusion the Ecuadorian was sent off and Sevilla were awarded a
penalty that Éver Banega converted despite Kritsyuk getting a hand onto the
shot. At this point Krasnodar were one goal in either group match away from
being eliminated, but Sevilla took it very easy against ten Russians, and
the result in the other match meant this listlessness didn't matter anyway.

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Akhisar Belediyespor - Royal Standard de Liège 0-0 (0-0)

An away win against the up to then pointless Turkish bottom feeders would
have given Standard a fighting chance in this group, but it was Akhisarspor
who had more and better chances. The biggest ones fell to Hélder Barbosa,
but the Portuguese winger from a metre out only managed to sky the ball high
over the bar before clattering into the goalpost. Standard's best chance was
wasted by Orlando Sá who likewise failed to get the ball on target from
short range.


1 Sevilla 4-0-2 18-6 12*
2 Krasnodar 4-0-2 7-8 12*
3 Standard Liège 3-1-2 7-9 10
4 Akhisarspor 0-1-5 4-14 1


Group K

Stade Rennais FC - FC Astana 2-0 (0-0)
(Sarr 68', 73')

A draw would have been enough for Astana to repeat their feat from last year
and go through to the round of 32, but they were second best to the
French from the start, and only Rennes's profligacy in front of net and
their goalkeeper Erić kept Astana in it at least until the second half.
Rennes finally got the breakthrough they needed when Baktiyor Zainutdinov
arrived late to Hamari Traoré's through ball, and he clipped Ismaïla Sarr in
the penalty area. Erić brilliantly parried Benjamin Bourigeaud's spot kick
onto the post, but Sarr was on hand to slot in the rebound. Only minutes
later the Senegalese put the result out of reach with a great rising shot
from outside the box.

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FC Dynamo Kyiv - FK Jablonec 0-1 (0-1)
(Doležal 10')

Jablonec's maiden Europa League campaign wasn't actually that bad, and they
came away from the Kiev cold with their deserved first victory against not
terribly interested Ukrainians. Martin Doležal scored the early winner when
he headed Trávník's corner kick past Dynamo's dithering reserve keeper
Bushchan. A minute later Bushchan also caused a penalty when he arrived too
late to Tomasz Kędziora's terrible back pass and instead kicked Doležal full
on the shin - or at least that's what should have happened, because the
Icelandic referee instead bizarrely showed Doležal a yellow. Jablonec
additionally wasted several excellent chances to extend their lead, so they
had to ride their luck a bit in the second half, such as when Artem Besedin
stabbed Tsitaishvili's cross onto the upright.

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1 Dynamo Kyiv 3-2-1 10-7 11*
2 Rennes 3-0-3 7-8 9*
3 Astana 2-2-2 7-7 8
4 Jablonec 1-2-3 6-8 5


Group L

PAOK FC - FC BATE Borisov 1-3 (0-3)
(Prijović 59'; Skavysh 18', Signevich 42' (pen), 45'+1;
Red Card: Signevich (BATE) 61')

PAOK must see this season as a unique opportunity to win the Greek title
again after more than thirty years, and they threw their Europa League
campaign under the bus for it. We'll see if they will not come to regret
that when because of their results they should find themselves unseeded in
next season's Champions League qualifiers. BATE took the lead when Maksim
Skavysh somehow deflected Igor Stasevich's wicked cross past PAOK keeper
Paschalakis, and following a row of further chances they made it two from
the spot after Léo Matos had needlessly bowled over Stasevich when going for
a cross. Stasevich also created BATE's third, drawing the PAOK defenders
towards him before slipping a pass to Signevich who alone in front of
Paschalakis made no mistake. PAOK, roundly booed by their excitable fan
base at half-time, pulled one back after the break through Aleksandar
Prijović who tapped in Léo Jába's cross, and it appeared as if they might
even come back into the match when Signevich was sent off for an off-the-
ball altercation with Fernando Varela, but despite forcing BATE keeper
Scherbitski into a couple of good saves a further goal eluded them.

Vidi FC - Chelsea FC 2-2 (1-1)
(Ampadu 32' (og), Nego 56'; Willian 30', Giroud 75')

Willian gave Chelsea the lead with a fine free-kick, but the Hungarians
were soon level after Loïc Nego flicked on Huszti's corner kick, and the
young Welshman Ethan Ampadu headed the ball into his own net. Chelsea's
makeshift defence didn't appear up to the task once in a while, and when
Emerson Palmieri lost sight of Nego on occasion of Milanov's long cross
the Frenchman punished that with a sumptuous volley. Having grown wise to
Chelsea's prowess at free-kicks, Vidi placed a defender on the goal line
when Giroud lined up to take one, but unfortunately for the Hungarians it
was to no avail.

Had BATE not won in Thessaloniki, this creditable draw would have qualified
Vidi to the Round of 32, but as it was not even a win would have helped

0-1: https://gfycat.com/PowerfulDisastrousAustraliancurlew
1-1: https://gfycat.com/ConsiderateAngelicAsiaticgreaterfreshwaterclam
2-1: https://gfycat.com/TerribleInsignificantAfricanfisheagle
2-2: https://gfycat.com/FittingCaringAllensbigearedbat


1 Chelsea 5-1-0 12-3 16*
2 BATE Borisov 3-0-3 9-9 9*
3 Vidi 2-1-3 5-8 7
4 PAOK 1-0-5 6-11 3

BATE reach the round of 32 for already the third time in their history.


Round of 32 (February 14/21)
(unseeded teams play first leg at home)

Unless otherwise noted, these ties are being played for the first time.

FC Viktoria Plzeň - GNK Dinamo Zagreb

Club Brugge KV - RB Salzburg

SK Rapid Wien - FC Internazionale Milano
- Met once in the first round of the 1990/91 UEFA Cup. Inter prevailed after
extra time on their way to the title.

SK Slavia Praha - KRC Genk

FC Krasnodar - Bayer 04 Leverkusen

FC Zürich - SSC Napoli

Malmö FF - Chelsea FC

FC Shakhtar Donetsk - Eintracht Frankfurt
- In the first round of the 1980/81 UEFA Cup Eintracht won 3-0 at home and
could afford a 0-1 away defeat.

Celtic FC - Valencia CF
- Disregarding the 1962/63 Fairs Cup, one previous encounter in the 2001/02
UEFA Cup where Valencia went through on penalties.

Stade Rennais FC - Real Betis Balompié

Olympiacos FC - FC Dynamo Kyiv
- Have met once before in the first round of the 1975/76 European Cup.
Dynamo went through with a 2-2 draw in Greece following a 1-0 home win.

SS Lazio - Sevilla FC

Fenerbahçe SK - FC Zenit

Sporting Clube de Portugal - Villarreal CF

Arsenal FC - FC BATE Borisov
- Met last year in Europa League Group H. Arsenal won 6-0 at home and 4-2

Galatarasay SK - SL Benfica
- Three previous matches, two in the Champions League group stage three
years ago (with both sides winning their home match 2-1), and one in the
UEFA Cup group phase 2008/09, when Galatasaray won 2-0 in Portugal.

4 teams:
Spain (4 seeded/0 unseeded)

3 teams:
Italy (2/1)

2 teams:
Austria (1/1), Belgium (1/1), Czech Republic (0/2), England (2/0),
Germany (2/0), Portugal (1/1), Russia (1/1), Ukraine (1/1), Turkey (0/2)

1 team:
Belarus (0/1), Croatia (1/0), France (0/1), Greece (0/1), Scotland (0/1),
Sweden (0/1), Switzerland (0/1)

As in the last two seasons, 18 different countries are represented in the
Round of 32. Compared to last year, Serbia, Bulgaria, Denmark, Kazakhstan
and Romania are out while Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey, Belarus, and for
the first time Croatia are in.


Top Scorers:

* = still in the competition

Munas Dabbur (ISR/Salzburg) 6*

Luka Jović (SRB/Eintracht Frankfurt) 5*

Lucas Alario (ARG/Leverkusen) 4*
Éver Banega (ARG/Sevilla) 4*
Wissam Ben Yedder (FRA/Sevilla) 4*
Patrick Cutrone (ITA/Milan) 4
Olivier Giroud (FRA/Chelsea) 4*
Fredrik Gulbrandsen (NOR/Salzburg) 4*
Takumi Minamino (JAP/Salzburg) 4
Emilio Zelaya (ARG/Apollon Limassol) 4


Most fouls committed: Pieros Sotiriou (CYP/København) 22
Most fouls suffered: Zé Luís (CPV/Spartak Moskva), Cicinho (BRA/Razgrad) 21
Most passes completed: Cesc Fàbregas (ESP/Chelsea) 499


Comparison of goal average:

CL group stage 2009/2010: 2,48
EL group stage 2009/2010: 2,56

CL group stage 2010/2011: 2,88
EL group stage 2010/2011: 2,71

CL group stage 2011/2012: 2,65
EL group stage 2011/2012: 2,91

CL group stage 2012/2013: 2,96
EL group stage 2012/2013: 2,65

CL group stage 2013/2014: 2,89
EL group stage 2013/2014: 2,34

CL group stage 2014/2015: 2,91
EL group stage 2014/2015: 2,68

CL group stage 2015/2016: 2,92
EL group stage 2015/2016: 2,60

CL group stage 2016/2017: 2,90
EL group stage 2016/2017: 2,76

CL group stage 2017/2018: 3,19
EL group stage 2017/2018: 2,65

CL group stage 2018/2019: 2,86
EL group stage 2018/2019: 2,70


Current UEFA ranking

Season 2018/19

1 Spain 13.571 (7/7 still qualified)
2 Germany 13.071 (5/7)
3 England 12.785 (6/7)
4 Italy 10.071 (5/7)
5 France 9.250 (3/6)
6 Portugal 8.500 (3/5)
7 Belgium 6.200 (2/5)
8 Netherlands 6.800 (1/5)
9 Scotland 6.750 (1/4)
10 Russia 6.750 (2/6)


------------ (4 CL participants)
1 Spain 97.569
2 England 75.605
3 Italy 72.154
4 Germany 69.784
------------ (3 CL participants if EL Title holder qualifies through league)
5 France 57.165
------------ (2 CL participants)
6 Russia 49.716
------------ (1 CL participant)
7 Portugal 45.832
8 Belgium 39.300
9 Ukraine 38.100
10 Turkey 34.000
------------ (1 CL participant if CL Title holder qualifies through league)
11 Netherlands 30.633
------------ (no CL participant, 2 assured EL participants)
12 Austria 30.450
------------ (5 teams in Europe - 2 CLQ, 3 ELQ)
13 Greece 27.400
14 Denmark 27.025 (final)
15 Switzerland 26.900
------------ (4 teams in Europe - 1 CLQ, 3 ELQ)
16 Czech Republic 26.875
17 Croatia 26.375
18 Cyprus 24.925 (final)
19 Serbia 22.250 (final)
20 Scotland 22.125

Belarus (21st) and Sweden (22nd) also still have a team alive.

A disastrous matchday 6 has probably cost Italy all hopes of snatching
second spot from the Premier League in the foreseeable future. Ajax are
playing a great European season, yet the Netherlands are now only one draw
ahead of Austria, and to be honest I expect Salzburg to make up this
difference, although of course it can all still go wrong. 15th place is also
up for grabs, with Zagreb against Plzeň a crucial match-up, and one that
guarantees that either the Croatians or the Czechs will overtake Denmark.
The only Danish hope is for Napoli to make short work of Zürich.

BTW in two years' time all this is going to be moot, with UEFA's
introduction of a third European competition with the daft name Europa
League 2. One thing that seems already certain - apart from the fact that
the big guns will of course retain their holy protected Champions League
spots, no changes there - is that the divide between 15th and 16th place
will become even more crucial, and if you should happen to find yourself on
the wrong side of it it could become a gulf.


ixion martin - GdBx
2018-12-21 07:26:56 UTC
Post by Werner Pichler
FC København - FC Girondins de Bordeaux 0-1 (0-0)
(Briand 73')
At the end of an otherwise uneventful first half, Dame
N'Doye's volley crashed off the left post, and Copenhagen's
bad luck continued into the second 45 minutes as
Funny. Bordeaux did to Copenhague what Copenhague did to
Bordeaux in the first leg.
Post by Werner Pichler
But unfortunately for Bordeaux, Zenit aren't the most
reliable team when it comes to performing in meaningless
That seems to be russian, seeing what Russia did in Euro
handball... But we didn't lost our qualification this time but
by not winning against Copenhague and Saint-Petersbourg at
Post by Werner Pichler
Olympique de Marseille - Apollon Limassol FC 1-3 (1-2)
(Thauvin 11'; Maglica 8' (pen), 30', Stylianou 56';
Red Cards: Kamara (OM) 8', Ocampos (OM) 90'+3)
Post by Werner Pichler
Offside + undeserved red card... I would say... Hmm no, lets
remind, I'm paranoiac.
Nevertheless, what did Marseille in this Europa League is an
absolute shame.
Post by Werner Pichler
Current UEFA ranking
Season 2018/19
1 Spain 13.571 (7/7 still qualified)
2 Germany 13.071 (5/7)
3 England 12.785 (6/7)
4 Italy 10.071 (5/7)
5 France 9.250 (3/6)
6 Portugal 8.500 (3/5)
7 Belgium 6.200 (2/5)
8 Netherlands 6.800 (1/5)
9 Scotland 6.750 (1/4)
10 Russia 6.750 (2/6)
The Top4 will stay on top, seeing ratio of qualified...
Post by Werner Pichler
A disastrous matchday 6 has probably cost Italy all hopes of
snatching second spot from the Premier League in the
foreseeable future.
Is it really important ? All 4 first countries have 4 teams,
why should the second place be more important than the third ?

Any way, once again, thanks for your review. I wish you merry
Christmas and Happy New Year.
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