Scotland’s last remaining representative in European competition went out rather tamely as Celtic slumped to a 3:0 loss against Zenit St.Petersburg in the second leg of their Europa League Round of 32 tie.
Brendan Rodgers’ men had won the first leg 1:0, and had progressed from the last ten European knockout ties where they had won the first leg. A disastrous recent away record in Europe (last clean sheet on the road was back in 2009 against Hamburg), and Zenit’s impressive home form (2 defeats in the last 15 years at home in European competition) were the factors against them.
The 3:0 defeat was Celtic’s heaviest away one in the Europa League (Or the UEFA Cup as it was called back then) since a 5:1 loss to Neuchatel Xamak in the Ro32 nearly three decades ago.
The manner of the defeat would’ve definitely hurt Celtic fans. None of Zenit’s goals were superb or spectacular, and if it had been prime Artur Boruc in goal instead of Dorus de Vries, the story might have been different. Continue reading Zenit 3-0 Celtic Europa League Second Leg February 2018- Hoops stumble out of Europe again
It was a mixed bag for the four Italian teams in action in the Europa League earlier this evening, with two crashing out and two making it to the round of 16.
One obvious qualifier was AC Milan, who beat Ludogorets Razgrad 1-0 at the San Siro, adding to their 3-0 first leg win in Bulgaria.
The other, perhaps not so obvious qualifier was Lazio. The Biancocelesti had lost 1-0 to Steaua in the first leg in Romania, but found their mojo to win 5-1 at the Olimpico, and thus completed a 5-2 win on aggregate. Continue reading Napoli knocked out, Atalanta suffer late heartbreak against Dortmund
Second half goals from Ciro Immobile and Alessandro Murgia see Lazio come from behind to beat Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem 3:2 in their Europa League clash on 14 September, 2017. Continue reading Video Vitesse-Lazio 2:3 Highlights | Vitesse vs Lazio Goals Europa League 2017
FC Koln have been drawn alongside Arsenal, BATE Borisov and Red Star Belgrade in their Europa League group. Hoffenheim are in Group C alongside Braga, Ludogorets and Istanbul Basaksehir, who lost to Sevilla.
Hertha Berlin are in Group J alongside Athletic Bilbao, Zorya and Ostersund. Continue reading Europa League 2017-2018 Group Stage Draw | Arsenal v Bate & Everton v Lyon
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford is currently rated as one of the best distributors in the Premiership currently and here is another great pass from him that almost created a goal in the Toffees’ Europa League clash against Croatian outfit Hajduk Split Continue reading Jordan Pickford great distributing skill 2017 Video- Pickford pass vs Hajduk Split Europa League
Manchester United will be without key defender Eric Bailly after he was red carded in the dying moments of the club’s 1-1 draw at home against Celta that saw Jose Mourinho’s side book a final against Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam. A red card the club could have done without, especially given that Marcos Rojo is also out for the Red Devils Continue reading Eric Bailly suspended for Europa League Final after red card- Bailly vs Guidetti Video
Manchester United will be looking to hand Celta a sixth straight defeat and seal their spot in the finals of the Europa League when they host Eduardo Berizzo’s side at Old Trafford on Thursday.
It’s a game that has been termed as the most important one in Celta’s history so far, and given what is at stake for Manchester United, it might well be so for the Red Devils too.
The only way for United to realistically play Champions League football next season is to win the Europa League- they’re effectively out of the reckoning for fourth spot in the Premiership after a second string side sent out by Mourinho lost 2:0 to Arsenal over the weekend. Continue reading The most important game in Celta’s history, and United’s too?
Schalke follow Bayern and Dortmund out of Europe as Ajax score twice in extra time to knock the Royal Blues out of the Europa League. Disappointment for S04, who despite losing the first leg 2:0 in Amsterdam, seemed to have done enough to win the tie after leading 3:0 at one time against Ajax, who finished the game with ten men Continue reading Video S04-Ajax 3:2 Highlights | Schalke v Ajax Goals April 20 2017 Europa League