Europa League 2018/2019, Matchday 4 (R)
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Werner Pichler
2018-11-11 05:16:01 UTC
November 8

* = qualified to the Round of 32


Group A

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad - AEK Larnaca FC 0-0 (0-0)

A disappointing result in a game in which only a win would have left either
side a chance to stay in the competition. Larnaca were slightly better in
the first half and the Bulgarians in the second, but Ludogorets's biggest
chance was a header by Cosmin Moţi that fell onto the crossbar.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen - FC Zürich 1-0 (0-0)
(Jedvaj 60')

Leverkusen were out to make amends for their defeat in Zürich, but they had
their difficulties breaking down the Swiss defence. Just before the break in
their best chance of the first half Lucas Alario found himself alone through
on goal but was denied by FCZ keeper Yanick Brecher. Still, Bayer broke the
deadlock and got the winner when Tin Jedvaj headed in a Brandt corner kick,
with Brecher not looking too good on the occasion.

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

One of two groups where both qualified teams are already known.


Group B

Celtic FC - RB Leipzig 2-1 (1-0)
(Tierney 11', Edouard 79'; Augustin 78')

Celtic got a somewhat surprising early lead when James Forrest dummied
Marcelo Saracchi (who pulled a muscle trying to keep up) on the right wing,
and sent a low cross across the Leipzig area that was rifled in from a tight
angle by Kieran Tierney. Rangnick's side subsequently left a lot to desire,
and things only heated up again quite late on. First Odsonne Edouard was
denied by a reaction save from RB's reserve keeper Mvogo, then Jean-Kévin
Augustin headed in Konny Laimer's excellent cross to give Leipzig a slightly
lucky equaliser, but Celtic were undaunted and from the ensuing kick-off
immediately retook the lead - with the RB defence caught napping, a free-
flowing passing move ended with Ryan Christie squaring the ball for Edouard
to tap in. Leipzig almost would have equalised a second time, but Kevin
Kampl's shot came back off the crossbar.

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Rosenborg BK - RB Salzburg 2-5 (0-4)
(Adegbenro 52', Jensen 62'; Minamino 6', 19', 45', Gulbrandsen 37',
Hovland 57' (og))

Rosenborg are close to winning the double in Norway, but they didn't stand
a chance in the first half against a visibly motivated Salzburg side. Man of
the match was Takumi Minamino, and just six minutes in the Japanese forward
scored his first, dancing past Even Hovland and Birger Meling before
drilling a precise shot past RBK keeper Hansen. Minamino's second was a bit
like a lesser version of Cristiano Ronaldo's goal the day before against Man
United as he side-footed Ramalho's ball over the top into the far corner of
the net. Then it was Fredrik Gulbrandsen's turn to score against his
compatriots, hammering Stefan Lainer's cross in underneath the crossbar.
Minamino completed his hat trick from Gulbrandsen's feed, beating Hansen at
the second attempt. After the break, a Gulbrandsen goal was wrongly
disallowed for offside, and instead Rosenborg pulled one back thanks to
Samuel Adegbenro who made Salzburg's defensive pairing of Ramalho and
Onguéné not look too good before slotting past Walke. Then it was Salzburg's
turn again, and Hovland rather put the ball into his own net before
Minamino could do so for the fourth time. But whatever their qualities,
Salzburg simply can't close up shop, and they conceded another when Mike
Jensen deflected Lord Bendtner's shot past Walke.

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1 Salzburg 4-0-0 14-5 12
2 Leipzig 2-0-2 8-6 6
3 Celtic 2-0-2 4-6 6
4 Rosenborg 0-0-4 3-12 0

I had originally thought that it would be best if Leipzig and Salzburg were
both already qualified to the next round before the second part of El Dosico
on matchday 5 to avoid any match fixing allegations, but I had forgotten
that in that case you could still level the accusation that Leipzig might
throw that match in order to help Salzburg secure a direct Champion League
spot via the UEFA ranking.

But if Salzburg won the game in Austria and dropped points in Scotland so
that Leipzig were eliminated, that would surely be OK even with the critics?


Group C

SK Slavia Praha - FC København 0-0 (0-0)

As in their first match against Slavia FCK again failed to get a single shot
on target, but as Michal Frydrych's shot went off the outside of the right
post and Stephan Andersen kept out any other attempts by the Czechs, this
time around they came away from it with a point.

FC Girondins de Bordeaux - FC Zenit 1-1 (1-0)
(Kamano 35' (pen); Zabolotny 72')

Bordeaux's main problem in this competition has been that they simply need
too many chances to score, and it was the same in this match - Andreas
Cornelius headed over the bar, and François Kamano first volleyed against
the post, then sent the rebound well wide of the empty net. Still, a sloppy
Zenit side soon afterwards gave away a penalty when Emanuel Mammana's tackle
on Youssouf Sabaly came a split second too late, and Kamano converted from
the spot, a chance even he couldn't miss. Zenit only woke up late in the
first half, and Bordeaux keeper Costil had to do well to slap away Anton
Zabolotny's close-range header. After the break, Jimmy Briand should have
done better when he was presented with a free header, and Zenit got the
equaliser thanks to a nice piece of individual skill from Daler Kuzyayev -
he nutmegged Pablo, who just recently won his first cap for Brazil, with a
cheeky little flick to break through on the left wing and from the by-line
centred for Zabolotniy who had no problems volleying in. Bordeaux played
well around the Russian box but failed to get into really dangerous
positions and all their shots were blocked or went wide.

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1 Zenit 2-2-0 5-3 8
2 Slavia Praha 2-1-1 2-1 7
3 København 1-2-1 3-3 5
4 Girondins Bordeaux 0-1-3 3-6 1


Group D

GNK Dinamo Zagreb - FC Spartak Trnava 3-1 (2-0)
(Gojak 22', Kadlec 36' (og), Oršić 79'; Chanturishvili 63')

Heavy November fog had settled over the Stadion Maksimir, so I can only
guess that it was indeed left-back Petar Stojanović who provided the cross
that Mario Gavranović volleyed back across goal, and the young Bosnian Amer
Gojak rolled the ball in with a quite outrageous back-heel finish.
Visibility got a bit better when near the half-hour mark an orange ball was
introduced, but who knows if that really helped Andrej Kadlec when he slid
into Stojanović's low cross and thereby steered it into his own net. Trnava
pulled one back thanks to a great run and finish into the top far corner by
their Georgian winger Vakhtang Chanturishvili, too bad that the Spartak
away fans sat at the other end of the stadium and only realised what had
happened when their team returned celebrating to the centre circle. Mislav
Oršić booked Dinamo's place in the knock-out stages for good by tapping in a
cross by the substitute Bruno Petković.

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Fenerbahçe SK - RSC Anderlecht 2-0 (0-0)
(Valbuena 71', Frey 74'; Red Card: Bakkali (And) 79')

Fenerbahçe under new interim coach Erwin Koeman started out the better team,
but André Ayew, Islam Slimani and Hasan Ali Kaldırım all missed the target
from promising positions. At the other end, just before the half-time
whistle Adrien Trebel's well-struck free-kick only skimmed the Fenerbahçe
crossbar. Even though the Turks continued to be the more active team in the
second half, they needed a stroke of luck to break the deadlock - Valbuena's
insidious inswinging cross wasn't met by anybody (although it initially
appeared as if Ayew had got a touch) and curled into the far corner of the
net. Minutes later, it was again Valbuena who took advantage of terrible
Anderlecht defending, he pushed the ball past the hapless Vranješ to break
into the box and centred for Michael Frey to roll it in. Zakaria Bakkali,
who had scored a brace against Fenerbahçe two weeks ago, this time around
only made himself noticed by earning a second yellow for a blatant shirt
pull on young Macedonian international Elif Elmas.

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1 Dinamo Zagreb 4-0-0 11-3 12*
2 Fenerbahçe 2-1-1 7-6 7
3 Spartak Trnava 1-0-3 3-7 3
4 Anderlecht 0-1-3 2-7 1

An almost 50-year streak has ended, and Zagreb continue to play in Europe
next year. Anderlecht are eliminated.


Group E

Arsenal FC - Sporting Clube de Portugal 0-0 (0-0)
(Red Card: Mathieu (Spo) 87')

As has become usual in their Europa League matches, Arsenal again started
the match well, but all the positivity was sucked out of their game when
Danny Welbeck suffered what appears to be a broken ankle following an
awkward landing, and his teammates watched in distress as he was being
stretchered off visibly in pain, with his former Man United teammate Nani
offering moral support. There weren't too many clear-cut chances afterwards,
the biggest one a volley by Welbeck's substitute Aubameyang from a
Mkhitaryan cross that grazed the outside of the post. Late on Jérémy Mathieu
earned himself a sending-off for a last-man foul on Aubameyang just outside
the box, but Sporting still got the scoreless draw they came to London for.

Mathieu Red Card: https://gfycat.com/UnequaledFlusteredAmberpenshell

FC Vorskla Poltava - Qarabağ FK 0-1 (0-1)
(Abdullayev 13' (pen))

A back-pass by Vorskla's Brazilian left-back Artur fell way too short and
forced his keeper Shust into a desperate lunge that had Maksim Medvedev
flying high through the Ukrainian air, partly of his own volition. Araz
Abdullayev converted from the spot to give Qarabağ their first goal of the
competition, and since Vorskla didn't get anything going in this match
except a couple of interruptions due to crowd trouble, it was also enough
for the Azeris to get their first points.

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1 Arsenal 3-1-1 8-2 10*
2 Sporting 2-1-1 4-2 7
3 Vorskla Poltava 1-0-3 4-7 3
4 Qarabağ 1-0-3 1-6 3


Group F

Olympiacos FC - F91 Dudelange 5-1 (4-0)
(Torosidis 6', Fortounis 15', 36', Christodoulopoulos 26', Hassan 71';
Sinani 69')

This time around the Luxembourgers didn't stand a chance from the start, and
it was a mistake by their so far excellent keeper Bonnefoi that paved the
way to defeat already early on - he failed to decisively punch out Daniel
Podence's cross, and Mohamed Camara's follow-up shot was deflected in by
Vasilis Torosidis. The Dudelange defence then equally failed to cut out a
Tsimikas cross from the other side, and Kostas Fortounis was on hand to
rifle in. The Greeks' third goal also came from a cross, this time around it
was Fortounis who provided the delivery that Lazaros Christodoulopoulos met
with a great scissor-kick. Number four resulted from, you guessed it, a
cross, with Fortounis heading in another Podence assist. The second half
gave more joy to Düdelingen as they managed to score their historic first
goal of the competition, a fine individual effort by Danel Sinani who
profited from lax defending to beat Olympiacos keeper José Sá with a precise
shot. Then it was again crossing time, Tsimikas providing the cut-back that
Giannis Fetfatzidis sent towards goal, and Ahmed Hassan gave the shot the
slightest of touches to make sure it went in.

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Real Betis Balompié - AC Milan 1-1 (1-0)
(Lo Celso 12'; Suso 62')

Following some slick passing, Giovani Lo Celso volleyed in Junior's cross to
give Betis an early lead. Junior also provided the cross that Toni Sanabria
almost turned in for what would have been their second. Milan only really
turned up in the second half, but there weren't too many chances until
Suso's inswinging free-kick/cross from near the corner of the penalty area
went directly in. Both sides then didn't seem too disappointed with the

BTW I find it a bit incredible that Joaquín is still going strong for Betis
in 2018 when I mostly associate him with the 2002 World Cup, the match
against South Korea, the disallowed goal and the missed penalty. There can't
be too many survivors left from that World Cup, at least at the top level -
Buffon, Iker, Emre, (Ibra),...?

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1 Betis 2-2-0 6-2 8
2 Milan 2-1-1 6-4 7
3 Olympiacos 2-1-1 8-4 7
4 Dudelange 0-0-4 1-11 0

That both Betis and Milan will have something to play for in their last two
matches is not good news for Düdelingen.


Group G

SK Rapid Wien - Villarreal CF 0-0 (0-0)

Rapid were improved compared to their demolition at Villarreal's hands in
Spain, but still not very good, and especially in the first half their
keeper Strebinger had to pull off a string of excellent saves to deny the
Spaniards. In the second half though it was actually Rapid who had the
better goal opportunities, most notably when Andrija Pavlović's effort
trickled just millimetres wide of the post, but in the last minute of
stoppage time only an absolute last-gasp intervention by Mert Müldür and
Marvin Potzmann prevented Villarreal from scoring the winner, so I'll take
the goalless draw gladly.

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FC Spartak Moskva - Rangers FC 4-3 (2-3)
(Melgarejo 22', Goldson 35' (og), Luiz Adriano 58', Hanni 59';
Eremenko 5' (og), Candeias 27', Middleton 41')

One of those Europa League matches that make it worthwhile following the
competition. Rangers took the lead before they even had their first shot on
goal, Roman Eremenko under pressure from Lassana Coulibaly dived low and
headed Glenn Middleton's corner kick into his own net. Rangers keeper
McGregor then saved against Salvatore Bocchetti's long-range drive, and that
should remain the only save either goalie would make in the first half.
Lorenzo Melgarejo from close range headed in Ivelin Popov's cross to
equalise, but Daniel Candeias did well to beat Spartak's off-side trap and
collect former Liverpudlian Flanagan's excellent long ball and fire past
Spartak keeper Maksimenko for Rangers' second. The Russians equalised again
when Connor Goldson repaid Eremenko's earlier favour and sliced Nikolai
Rasskazov's cross into his own net, but Rangers took the lead for the third
time thanks to Middleton who ran onto Bocchetti's inadvertent assist and
fired in underneath Maksimenko. Things might have turned out differently
for Rangers if just seconds later a fourth goal hadn't wrongly been
disallowed for offside, as after the break Spartak came out of the dressing
rooms with renewed purpose, and even though McGregor pulled off two great
saves against Sofiane Hanni, the second time around the Scottish keeper was
helpless when Luiz Adriano headed the rebound into the empty net. Little
more than a minute later, Hanni finally got his goal when the unlucky
Goldson deflected his long-range shot into the far corner. The goals dried
up after that, but not the goal opportunities - Bocchetti was denied twice
in short succession, first by the crossbar and then by McGregor's miraculous
intervention, and at the other end in stoppage time Rangers almost got the
eighth goal that they and this game frankly deserved, but following another
Middleton corner Nikola Katić turned the ball only onto the left post.

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


Group H

SS Lazio - Olympique de Marseille 2-1 (1-0)
(Parolo 45'+1, Correa 55'; Thauvin 60')

Five minutes in, following a long throw-in Hiroki Sakai suddenly found
himself alone in front of Strakosha but he just couldn't push the ball past
Lazio's Albanian keeper. Marseille were the more active team in the first
half, but they still fell behind with the last action of the first half -
neither Immobile's awkwardly looping cross nor Parolo's header looked
particularly dangerous until Marseille keeper Pelé had to collect it from
the back of his net. Lazio's second was nicer, but again the OM defence
should be asked some questions as a simple one-two between Immobile and
Joaquín Correa was enough get the Argentinian through on goal and he beat
Pelé with a simple finish. The French pulled one back immediately, a bad
pass by Parolo was intercepted by Morgan Sanson, and he teed up Florian
Thauvin who beat Strakosha with an angled shot. An equaliser for Marseille
wouldn't have been undeserved, and they came close when Strootman's shot
from distance was deflected just wide of the post, but in the end they were
even lucky that Lazio squandered some good opportunities on the break.

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Apollon Limassol FC - Eintracht Frankfurt 2-3 (0-1)
(Zelaya 71', 90'+4 (pen); Jović 17', Haller 55', Gaćinović 58';
Red Card: Stendera (Fra) 81')

Frankfurt got an early opening goal through Luka Jović who ran onto Jetro
Willems's well-played through ball and beat Apollon keeper Kissas at his
near post. The Germans controlled the match and took a comfortable lead
early in the second half when first Sébastien Haller tapped in Mijat
Gaćinović's inviting cross, then the Serbian stole the ball off Apollon
left-back Marios Stylianou and beat Kissas with a low drive. Eintracht then
perhaps took things a bit too easy, and they allowed Emiliano Zelaya to head
in João Pedro's free-kick, Marc Stendera needlessly earned himself a second
booking for clattering into Esteban Sacchetti, and in the last action of the
match they gave away a soft penalty when Willems grabbed the shirt of João
Pedro. Zelaya converted from the spot and at least got his fourth goal of
the competition.

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1 Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0-0 11-4 12*
2 Lazio 3-0-1 8-7 9*
3 Olympique Marseille 0-1-3 5-9 1
4 Apollon Limassol 0-1-3 5-9 1

Everything decided here except the group winner. Last year's finalists are
already out.


Group I

KRC Genk - Beşiktaş JK 1-1 (0-1)
(Berge 87'; Quaresma 16')

A quick Beşiktaş break resulted in Mustafa Pektemek, who had just come on
because of an early injury to Jeremain Lens, putting Ricardo Quaresma clean
on goal, and the Portuguese veteran with a little luck managed to squeeze
the ball past Danny Vukovic. Genk's Australian keeper then did well to save
one-on-one against Pektemek, and as the game progressed Genk's opportunities
became more and more dangerous, until at last three minutes from time the
young Norwegian substitute Sander Berge beat Tolga Zengin with a precise
shot from distance to give the Belgians the deserved equaliser.

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Malmö FF - Sarpsborg 08 FF 1-1 (0-0)
(Antonsson 67'; Mortensen 63')

The two Scandinavians again weren't exactly in contention for any prizes for
entertainment value, but Sarpsborg, newly free from any relegation worries,
early into the second half hit the post through Frenchman Rashad Muhammed,
and the Norwegian mid-table team even went in front when following a classic
route one attack Patrick Mortensen headed in Ole Jørgen Halvorsen's cross.
Just four minutes later though Malmö were level - Markus Rosenberg's goal-
bound header was blocked before the goal line by Joonas Tamm, but Marcus
Antonsson was quickest to react and buried the rebound.

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


Group J

Akhisar Belediyespor - Sevilla FC 2-3 (0-2)
(Manu 52', Ayık 78'; Nolito 12', Muriel 38', Banega 87' (pen);
Red Card: Gómez (Sev) 56')

Following a win and a draw, Akhisarspor are now only one point behind
Fenerbahçe in the Turkish League, which would be good news if Fenerbahçe
themselves weren't currently in the relegation zone. The match against
Sevilla therefore started in much the same vein as their previous encounter,
with the Andalucians in attacking mode from the first minute, and they got
an early lead when Nolito all alone in the box despite not hitting the ball
cleanly still managed to sweep Luis Muriel's cross into the net. Sevilla
made it two following a great solo dribble by Quincy Promes, who to his
credit didn't go down in the box despite being held back by the arm
throughout his run, but instead managed to poke the ball over to Muriel who
tapped into the empty net. At this point though Akhisarspor deviated from
the script of the first match between the two, and they pulled one back when
Dutch-Ghanaian winger Elvis Manu irresistibly powered past Ibrahim Amadou on
the left side before cutting inside and volleying in. Just minutes later
Manu again broke through on the left wing, and this time he forced Sergi
Gómez into an ill-timed tackle that earned Akhisarspor a penalty and Gómez a
second yellow card. Güray Vural fired the spot kick against the left post.
Still, the Turkish cup winners now dominated the game, and Vural made amends
for his earlier miss by providing the cross that the substitute Onur Ayık
headed in for a deserved equaliser. But Sevilla wouldn't be the ruthless
Europa League machine they are if they hadn't found a way to still win this
even when down to ten - Franco Vázquez gladly accepted the invitation of
Miguel Lopes's outstretched leg and so procured a penalty that was calmly
despatched by Éver Banega.

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FC Krasnodar - Royal Standard de Liège 2-1 (0-1)
(Suleymanov 79', Wanderson 82'; Carcela 19')

A very entertaining match in which both sides had already missed good
chances before the Belgians took the lead when Mehdi Carcela (I think I read
somewhere he prefers to drop the 'González' part of his surname) expertly
volleyed in a Laifis cross. Maxime Lestienne then almost added a second in
CR7-style, but Krasnodar keeper Safonov clawed out his great volley with an
equally great flying save. At the other end Ochoa was tested by Wanderson
and Ari, and when Claesson would only have needed to tap into the empty net
he kicked fresh air. Krasnodar finally equalised through the 18-year-old
substitute Magomed Suleymanov who collected Wanderson's defence-splitting
pass and left Ochoa no chance. In a reversal of the previous match between
the two sides it was then Krasnodar who got the late winner, and as usual it
was the two Brazilians Wanderson and Ari who combined for the one-two, with
the former Salzburg winger one-timing his finish past Ochoa. In the last
minute of stoppage time Ari's deflected free-kick also went off the outside
of the left post.

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


Group K

FC Dynamo Kyiv - Stade Rennais FC 3-1 (1-0)
(Verbič 13', Mykolenko 68', Shaparenko 72'; Siebatcheu 89')

Unmarked at the near post, Slovenian striker Benjamin Verbič headed in
Viktor Tsygankov's corner kick to give Dynamo the lead. Sabri Lamouchi's
side were OK going forward - minutes after the break Dynamo keeper Boyko had
to pull off a great save to deny Ismaïla Sarr from point-blank range - but
they also left huge gaps in defence, and Vitaliy Mykolenko was left all
alone in the box to head in a free-kick, again delivered by Tsygankov.
Mykola 'babyface' Shaparenko then missed a great chance to make it three,
firing wide alone in front of Rennes's Czech keeper Koubek, but Ukraine's
great midfield hope still got his goal a minute later - he beat Gerzino
Nyamsi to a hopeful through ball on the left wing, stormed into the box and
curled a shot past Koubek. To their credit, Rennes kept going forward, and
after M'Baye Niang had already missed two good chances the former Milan
forward took advantage of Mykyta Burda's sloppy defending, and after having
rounded Boyko he squared for Theoson Siebatcheu to roll the ball into the
empty net for the consolation goal.

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FC Astana - FK Jablonec 2-1 (1-1)
(Pedro Henrique 18', Postnikov 88'; Zainutdinov 41' (og))

Both first half goals resulted from corner kicks - Pedro Henrique tapped in
after Baktiyor Zainutdinov had flicked on Richard Almeida's delivery, while
at the other end the young Kazakh international heroically threw himself
into the path of David Lischka's header only to emphatically thump it past
his own keeper Erić. Jablonec's equaliser had been deserved, and the Czechs
initially also kept the game wide open in the second half, missing a great
chance to go in front following a defensive gaffe by Antonia Rukavina, but
Shakhtar loanee Eduard Sobol alone in front of Erić chipped the ball wide.
As the match wore on, Astana cranked up the pressure though, and they got a
late but not undeserved winner when Marin Tomasov sent Marin Aničić's
overhit cross back across goal, and centre-back Yevgeny Postnikov was on
hand to volley in from close range.

The Kazakhs have a knack for scoring late goals, this European season they
have previously already done so against Midtjylland, Dynamo Kiev and Rennes.

1-0: https://gfycat.com/GrimImaginativeAlaskanmalamute
1-1: https://gfycat.com/BitesizedJadedIndianringneckparakeet
Sobol chance: https://gfycat.com/GloriousTediousBighorn
2-1: https://gfycat.com/DarlingWiltedGonolek


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


Group L

Vidi FC - PAOK FC 1-0 (0-0)
(Milanov 50')

If PAOK wanted to make amends for their previous home defeat against Vidi
they certainly didn't succeed as they were again surprisingly poor, and the
Hungarian champions scored the winner through their new Bulgarian winger
Georgi Milanov who headed in Paulo Vinícius's cross. Only very late on did
PAOK manage to create any danger for the Hungarian net, but Wernbloom's shot
flashed just wide.

1-0: https://gfycat.com/DecisiveAntiqueKitty

FC BATE Borisov - Chelsea FC 0-1 (0-0)
(Giroud 53')

One of those matches were one side are rank underdogs but play really well
with in the end only the woodwork preventing them from scoring, but the
other one has a World Cup winning striker that everybody insists is really
valuable to the team but who hasn't scored since May, so it just had to
happen at some point. Giroud can also thank BATE keeper Scherbitskiy for
allowing his rather tame header from Emerson Palmieri's cross to go through
him. The Belarusians hit the post three times, first early in the game
through a long-range shot by Dmitri Baga, brother of the current BATE
manager, a second time shortly after Chelsea had taken the lead through
Nikolai Signevich who deflected Maksim Skavysh's shot onto the crossbar, and
most excruciatingly also in stoppage time when a well-struck volley by the
young substitute Evgeni Berezkin came off the right post.

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


Top Scorers:

Munas Dabbur (ISR/Salzburg) 5

Takumi Minamino (JAP/Salzburg) 4
Emilio Zelaya (ARG/Apollon Limassol) 4

Éver Banega (ARG/Sevilla) 3
Patrick Cutrone (ITA/Milan) 3
Izet Hajrović (BIH/Dinamo Zagreb) 3
Kai Havertz (GER/Leverkusen) 3
Luka Jović (SRB/Eintracht Frankfurt) 3
Giovani Lo Celso (ARG/Betis) 3
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (ENG/Chelsea) 3
Patrick Mortensen (DEN/Sarpsborg) 3
Mbwana Samatta (TAN/Genk) 3


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

Season 2018/19

1 Spain 9.571 (7/7 still qualified)
2 Germany 8.642 (7/7)
3 Italy 7.642 (6/7)
4 England 7.500 (6/7)
5 Scotland 6.000 (2/4)
Serbia 6.000 (1/4)
7 Portugal 5.500 (3/5)
8 Russia 5.416 (5/6)
9 France 5.250 (6/6)
10 Belgium 5.200 (4/5)


------------ (4 CL participants)
1 Spain 93.569
2 England 70.320
3 Italy 69.725
4 Germany 65.355
------------ (3 CL participants if EL Title holder qualifies through league)
5 France 53.165
------------ (2 CL participants)
6 Russia 48.382
------------ (1 CL participant)
7 Portugal 42.832
8 Belgium 37.300
9 Ukraine 37.100
10 Turkey 33.200
------------ (1 CL participant if CL Title holder qualifies through league)
11 Austria 28.850
------------ (no CL participant, 2 assured EL participants)
12 Netherlands 28.833
------------ (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 25.875
17 Czech Republic 25.275
18 Cyprus 23.425
19 Serbia 22.250
20 Scotland 21.375

Man United's win over Juventus was crucial in keeping England still ahead of
Italy. I'll be the first one to admit that Ajax are playing a really good
European campaign this season, but still the Salzburg Europa League
juggernaut has currently catapulted Austria into the all-important 11th


Werner Pichler
2018-11-11 16:14:50 UTC
Post by Werner Pichler
Real Betis Balompié - AC Milan 1-1 (1-0)
(Lo Celso 12'; Suso 62')
Following some slick passing, Giovani Lo Celso volleyed in Junior's cross
to give Betis an early lead. Junior also provided the cross that Toni
Sanabria almost turned in for what would have been their second. Milan
only really turned up in the second half, but there weren't too many
chances until Suso's inswinging free-kick/cross from near the corner of
the penalty area went directly in. Both sides then didn't seem too
disappointed with the draw.
BTW I find it a bit incredible that Joaquín is still going strong for
Betis in 2018 when I mostly associate him with the 2002 World Cup, the
match against South Korea, the disallowed goal and the missed penalty.
He just scored to give his team a totally deserved 2-0 lead away against
Post by Werner Pichler
There can't be too many survivors left from that World Cup, at least at
the top level - Buffon, Iker, Emre, (Ibra),...?
Isaksson was another until literally a minute ago, had his farewell match