Category Archives: Europa League

Benfica 4:2 Eintracht Frankfurt- Visitors have 15 game unbeaten streak snapped

Eintracht Frankfurt had their 15 game unbeaten streak snapped as they lost 4:2 to Portuguese giants SL Benfica in the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal. Eintracht, the last remaining German team in European competition this season following Bayern, BVB and Schalke’s exits from the Round of 16 of the Champions League, had last lost back in December 2018 to Bayern, but were well beaten at the Stadium of Light, with young Joao Felix announcing himself on the world stage with a hat trick.

Felix had three goals and an assist (check out his second goal if you can- an absolute screamer). Luka Jovic had scored against his parent club to make it 1:1, but Benfica netted in the 43rd, 50th and 54th minutes of this clash to put the result of the game beyond doubt.

It’s not all gloom and doom for Frankfurt though- their two away goals have kept them in the contest. A 2:0 in the return leg will do very nice, and so would a 3:1.

Felix became the youngest player to score a Europa League hat trick. There were more than a dozen clubs who sent scouts to watch this game, including several big Premier League ones (United, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenl and Leicester), and his performance here would’ve caught the eye of many. He has a €120m release clause in his contract, but there’ll be plenty willing to stump up that fee if he continues to progress at this level.

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Zenit 3-0 Celtic Europa League Second Leg February 2018- Hoops stumble out of Europe again

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

Napoli knocked out, Atalanta suffer late heartbreak against Dortmund

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

Europa League 2017-2018 Group Stage Draw | Arsenal v Bate & Everton v Lyon

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