Europa League Round-up 5 (Part Two)

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar November 26, 2015 22:51

Europa League Round-up 5 (Part Two)

By Satish Sekar November 25th 2015

Favours

Azerbaijan’s refugee club Qarabaǧ survived Tottenham Hotspur’s onslaught for 77 minutes. Spurs had hit the bar through Son Heung-min and Harry Kane. The pressure told as Son got the assist from a corner to allow Kane to head in from close range. Despite their entertaining style of play and misfortune last year Qarabaǧ bow out of the tournament in a fortnight.

Spurs have qualified for the last 32 – they face Monaco on December 10th. Anderlecht beat the Ligue Un outfit at the Stade Louis II Qarabaǧ tonight. Guillaume Gillet put the Belgians ahead in first half injury time and substitute Frank Acheampong scored their second within three minutes of coming on. Anderlecht are a point clear of Monaco who must beat Spurs at White Hart Lane to have a realistic chance of progress and hope that the Azeris can do them a favour in Belgium as Group J draws to a conclusion.

In Group H Sporting Clube de Portugal after 20 minutes. Three unanswered goals by Costa Rican Bryan Ruiz, Gelson Batalha Martins and Matheus Pereira put the visitors in control. Aleksei Miranchuk’s goal after 86 minutes was scant consolation.
Beşiktaş lead the group after beating Albania’s Skënderbeu – the pride of Korçë thanks to a brace by Cenk Tosun after 35 and 78 minutes. Skënderbeu have been eliminated. While the Turks top the group currently, either Sporting Clube or Lokomotiv could also reach the last 32.

Misery

Lazio ended the faint hopes of last season’s beaten finalist Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3-1 in Rome. Andrea Candreva gave Lazio the lead with less than 5 minutes played. Dnipro equalised through Bruno Vilela Gama after 65 minutes. Three minutes later Marco Parola restored Lazio’s lead. Serbian international Filip Đorđević got the third after three minutes of injury time.

Beleaguered UEFA President Michel Platini can at least draw some pleasure from his former team. Saint-Étienne’s 1-1 draw in Norway against Rosenborg in Norway was enough to put the French club through to the last 32. Alexander Søderlund gave the Norwegians the lead after 40 minutes. Nolan Roux’s penalty equalised after 80 minutes – it was enough to settle things in Group G ahead of the last round of matches.

Despite falling behind to Markel Susaeta Laskurain’s opener after 10 minutes Augsburg thought they were set to take all three points when Piotr Trochowski equalised after 41 minutes and Paraguayan striker Raúl Bobadilla put the Germans ahead after 59 minutes. They hadn’t reckoned on Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia, whose brace came on 83 and 86 minutes. That was enough for Basques to grab all the points and ensure progress to the last 32.

Meanwhile, one of Louis van Gaal’s former clubs AZ Alkmaar bowed out, losing 2-1 to Partizan Belgrade in Group L. Dabney dod Santos gave AZ the lead after 48 minutes. Cameroonian international Aboubakar Oumarou equalised after 65 minutes and with a minute of normal time remaining Andrija Živković scored the winner. The Serbian was booked, but won’t mind that, as Partizan only need to avoid defeat to join Athletic Club in the last 32.

Resolved

This season the final will be held in Basel. The local team defied the strange tradition of Group I again by refusing to lose at home. Fiorentina came and took a 2 goal lead through Federico Bernadeschi after 23 and 36 minutes, but within three minutes of his first the Argentine defender Facundo Roncaglia was dismissed, leaving his team a man down for over an hour.

Czech international Marek Suchý halved the deficit five minutes before half time. With just over 15 minutes left Egyptian international Mohamed Elneny got the equaliser. Belenenses and Lech Poznań drew 0-0 and trail Fiorentina by two points. Basel have qualified for the last 32, as have Schalke04 and Sparta Praha from Group K. They beat Apoel and Asteras Tripolis respectively 1-0. Cameroonian international Jean-Eric Choupo-Moting scored the winner for Schalke and Sparta’s winner was scored by Jakub Brabec.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar November 26, 2015 22:51
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