Europa League – Group F Results

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar April 25, 2017 17:02

Europa League – Group F Results

By Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (December 9th 2016)
P    W    D    L    GS    GC    GD    Pts
GENK                             6     4     0    2     13     9      +4      12     Q
Athletic Bilbao           6     3     1    2     10     11     -1        10     q
Rapid Wien                     6     1     3    2      7      8      -1        6
Sassuolo                           6     1     2    3      9     11     -2        5

Matchday 1 September 15th 2016

Sassuolo                                      3-0                                Athletic Bilbao
Pol Lirola 60
Gregoire Defrel 75
Matteo Politano 82
Rapid Wien                                 3-2                                Genk
Stefan Schwab 51                                                                 Leon Bailey 29, 90 (P)
Joelinton 59
Omar Colley 60 (og)

Colley was unfortunate to score the own-goal. His back-pass to Marco Bizot took a horrid bobble as the keeper prepared to clear it. Mario Pavelic conceded the penalty for fouling Jere Uronen after 89 minutes, but despite 5 minutes added time Genk could not equalise.

Matchday 2 September 29th 2016

Genk                                              3-1                                  Sassuolo
Nikos Karelis 8                                                                     Matteo Politano 65
Leon Bailey 25
Thomas Buffel 61
Athletic Bilbao                          1-0                                  Rapid Wien
Beñat Etxebarria Urkiaga 59

Matchday 3 October 20th 2016

Rapid Wien                                     1-1                                   Sassuolo
Louis Schaub 11                                                                    Thomas Schrammel 66 (og)

Catastrophic own-goal as Schrammel headed Federico Peluso’s cross into his own net without any pressure. A terrible error.

Genk                                            2-0                                   Athletic Bilbao
Jakub Brabec 40
Wilfred Ndidi 83

Stunning strike by the Nigerian international Ndidi was worth the wait. It was his first goal in 26 matches.

Matchday 4 November 3rd 2016

Sassuolo                                         2-2                                    Rapid Wien
Gregoire Defrel 34                                                                Matej Jelić 86
Lorenzo Pellegrini 45+2                                                     Giorgi Kvilitaia 90

Both of Rapid Wien’s late goals were scored by substitutes. Manager, Mike Büskens, deserves credit for inspired tactical changes, but four days later he was sacked. On November 11th Damir Canadi was appointed to replace him.

Athletic Bilbao                         5-3                                     Genk
Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia (Five)                                                Leon Bailey 28
8, 24 (P), 44 (P), 74, 90+4 (P)                                               Wilfred Ndidi, 51
Tino-Sven Sušić 80

Amazing performance from the age-defying 35-year-old striker Aduriz. He is the first player to score five in a Europa League match, three of which were penalties. Nobody has done that either. Only Radamel Falcao García Zárate and Edinson Cavani Gómez have scored four. Falcao did so on April 28th 2011 when Porto thrashed Villarreal 5-1 and Cavani during Napoli’s 4-2 win over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on November 8th 2012. His first goal of the night made him his club’s leading scorer in the competition, taking his past Fernando Llorente Torres’ 16.

The first penalty was conceded by Timoty Castagne after 23 minutes, He tripped Iker Muniain Goñi resulting in referee, Martin Atkinson giving the first of three penalties to the home side. None of those decisions by Atkinson drew complaints. Omar Colley was booked for hauling Raúl García Escudero back after 43 minutes. Aduriz converted the penalty to complete a first-half hat-trick. After 90+3 minutes Ndidi was cautioned for tripping substitute, Iñaki Williams Arthuer, conceding Athletic’s third penalty.

Matchday 5 November 24th 2016

Athletic Bilbao                        3-2                                      Sassuolo
Raúl García 10                                                                         Mikel Balenziaga 2 (og)
Aritz Aduriz 58                                                                        Antonino Ragusa 83
Iñigo Lekue Martínez 79

A comedy of errors gave Sassuolo the lead. Ragusa’s shot was fumbled by Athletic Bilbao’s goalkeeper, Iago Herrerín Buisán and Mikel Balenziago Oruesagasti sliced his attempted clearance into his own net. Ultimately, it didn’t cost the Basque team.

Genk                                           1-0                                       Rapid Wien
Nikos Karelis 11

Both Athetic Bilbao and Genk qualified for the knock-out stage with one round of group matches to go. The order of qualification had to wait for the last matches in Group F.

Matchday 6 December 8th and 9th 2016

Rapid Wien                                   1-1                                        Athletic Bilbao
Joelinton 72                                                                             Enric Saborit Teixidor 84
Sassuolo                                         0-2                                     Genk
Brian Heynen 58
Leandro Trossard 80

Sassuolo v Genk was due to be played on December 8th, but was postponed due to fog. Genk therefore had the advantage of knowing what result they needed to secure top spot in the group, which they did. It was also Sassuolo’s first defeat at home in European competition. Consequently, it was rather odd that both matches were not postponed until today.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar April 25, 2017 17:02