Europa League Round-Up 4 – The Rest

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By Satish Sekar November 8, 2015 17:04

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Europa League Round-Up 4 – The Rest

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November 5th 2015

Shocks

Group G could produce a major shock. Last season’s beaten finalist Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk suffered back to defeats against Saint-Étienne. The Ukrainaians were comfortably beaten 3- 0 in Paris. Kevin Monnet-Paquet opened the scoring. Robert Berić got the second and Roman Hamouma rounded off an easy win. Lazio beat Rosenborg 2-0 in Norway thanks to Filip Đorđević’s brace, despite the sending off of Keita Baldé.

Lazio require one point from their remaining matches, while both goal difference and head to head record are against Dnipro. The Ukrainians are 3 points behind Saint-Étienne. The Norwegians have one point and require a miracle to progress.
Skënderbeu ignited their Europa League campaign with their first victory in Korçë against Sporting Clube de Portugal. Sabien Lilaj’s brace was decisive – his second was controversial as Kosovar-Albanian midfielder Liridon Latifi went down far too easily. Portugal’s goal-keeper Rui Patrício clearly withdrew his challenge and there appeared to be no contact anyway. Estonian referee Kristo Tovher had a shocker – not only giving a penalty, but sending off Patrício, not even 20 minutes into the match.

Ten minutes into the second half Patrício’s replacement Marcelo was caught embarrassingly out of position by Bakary Nimaga’s long range shot. Lokomotiv Moscow lead Group H on 8 points, two clear of Beşiktaş, after their 1-1 draw. Skënderbeu trail Sporting Clube by a point.

Ajax drew 0-0 against Fenerbahçe in Amsterdam, which leaves the Turks two points clear of Ajax. Meanwhile, Fenerbahçe trail Molde by 5 points. The Norwegians top Group A on 10 points after beating Celtic 2-1 in Glasgow. Celtic are bottom on 2 points, a point behind Ajax, but any of the other three teams can join Molde in the last 32.

Emphatic

Augsburg have had their critics this season. A dreadful start in the Bundesliga was complemented by a less than stellar beginning in European football too, but Augsburg have shown signs of recovery in the Europa League – emphatic ones. The Argentinian-born Paraguay international  took centre stage with a hat-trick. Vincent Janssen got one back for AZ Alkmaar before Ji Dong-won restored the two-goal lead. Bobadilla provided the icing on the cake by completing his hat-trick.

Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao demolished Partizan Begrade 5-1 in the other tie in Group L. Iñaki Williams Arthuer scored a brace, separated by Aboubakar Oumarou’s equaliser. Beñat Etxebarria Urkiaga got the third. Artiz Arduriz Zubeldia added the fourth before Gorka Elustondo Urkola netted the fifth with less than ten minutes to go. Athletic Club lead Group L on 9 points, three clear of Augsburg and Partizan. AZ have just 3.

Tight

Strange things are happening in Group I. Only Basel have managed a home win. That continued tonight. The Swiss beat Belenenses thanks to Marc Janko’s penalty and Breel Embolo’s second. Fiorentina grabbed all three points in Poland. Lech Poznań could not build on their win in Florence, losing 2-0 in the former capital of Poland. Slovenian striker Josip Illčić scored a brace to put the Viola on 6 points, three behind Basel. Belenenses are level with the Poles on 4 points.

Schalke04 and Sparta Praha shared the points with a 1-1 d raw. David Lafata opened the scoring for the Czechs after 6 minutes, but Johannes Geis equalised from the penalty spot after 20. Asteras Tripolis were quick out of the blocks against Apoel Nicosia. Facundo Bertoglio scored after just 2 minutes and in first half injury time Apostolis Giannou secured the 2-0 win. The Germans lead Group K. Schalke04 have 8 points, two above Sparta. Asteras have 4 points, one clear of Apoel.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar November 8, 2015 17:04
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