Monday, 24 October 2016

Europa League Matchday Three Review

After the International break, European action resumed with the Europa League group stage reaching the halfway mark with matchday three.

Feyernoord sit top of the group after a narrow 1-0 win at home to Zorya Luhansk who remain without a win. The crucial strike came in the 55th minute from Jorgensen.

Manchester United are joint top after a comfortable 4-1 win at home to Fenerbache. The hosts took the lead on 31 minutes with a penalty from Paul Pogba before Anthony Martial added a second from the spot within three minutes.

Pogba struck again just before half-time with Jesse Lingard wrapping up the points just three minutes after the interval. The Turks had some consolation though as former United striker Robin van Persie netted six minutes from the end.

Apoel Nicosia remain atop the group despite a 3-1 defeat to Young Boys who claimed their first win. The visitors opened the scoring on 14 minutes through Efrem before Hoarau levelled four minutes later for 1-1. Hoarau put the Swiss side ahead on 52 minutes before confirming the win with a penalty on 82 minutes.

Olympiakos are level at the top after a comfortable 4-1 win over Astana who remain without a win. The hosts opened the scoring on 25 minutes through Figueiras before Elyounossi doubled the lead just nine minutes later. An instant third strike from Couto Junior put the Greek side in control but the visitors hit back with a Kabanaga strike on 54 minutes before being reduced to ten with the dismissal of Canas. The gloss on the win for the hosts came with Couto Junior scoring his second on 65 minutes.

FSV Mainz and RSC Anderlecht remain unbeaten after sharing the points in a 1-1 draw.

An early penalty from Malli after just ten minutes gave the Germans the lead but their hopes of a win were dented on 65 minutes as Teodorczyk salvaged the draw.

FK Qabala remain bottom of the group without a win after after a narrow 1-0 defeat to Saint Etienne.  The winning goal came on 70 minute with an unfortunate own goal for Ferreira Silva. 

AZ Alkmaar await their first win after a 2-1 defeat to Maccabi Tel-Aviv who claimed their first success. Scarione fired the visitors ahead on 24 minutes for a lead that lasted deep into the second half before Muhren levelled for the hosts on 72 minutes. The win was sealed with nine minutes to go as Golasa struck for 2-1.

Zenit Saint Petersburg maintained their 100% record atop the group as they came from behind to deny Dundalk who were on course for a famous win. The Irish side opened the scoring on 52 minutes through Benson before being pegged back by two goals in six minutes from the Russians as Mak levelled on 71 minutes with De Paula sealing the 2-1 win on 77 minutes.

AS Roma and Austria Vienna remain unbeaten after sharing the points  in a 3-3 draw. Holzhauser put the visitors ahead on 16 minutes with El Shaarawy levelling within three minutes before putting the hosts ahead on 34 minutes.

Florenzi extended the lead for the Italians on 69 minutes before a late double from Prokup and Kayode salvaged the draw.

Viktoria Plzen remain without a win after a 2-1 defeat to Astra Giurgiu. The visitors opened the scoring on 41 minutes through Alibec before benefiting from an own goal from Horava. Horava struck at the correct end on 86 minutes but it was to be just a consolation.

F -KRC Genk sit atop the group after a 2-0 win at home to Athletic Bilbao with Brabec firing them ahead on 40 minutes and Ndidi confirming the points with seven minutes to go.

Rapid Vienna and Sassuolo shared the points in a 1-1 draw which saw the hosts lead early on as Schaub struck inside seven minutes. The visitors claimed a point with a 66th minute equaliser from Schrammel. 

Celta Vigo and Ajax remain unbeaten after sharing the points in a 2-2 draw. The hosts led after 22 minutes via a strike from Ziyech before being pegged back by Fontas Prat's 29th minute leveller. Celta went ahead through Valenzuela on 52 minutes only to be denied the win by a 71st minute equaliser from Younes.

Standard Liege and Panathinaikos await their first wins after claiming a point each in a 2-2 draw. An early opener from Ibarbo put the Greeks ahead on 12 minutes before he doubled the lead on 36 minutes. A Paulo Da Silva penalty made it 2-1 just before half-time with Belpodil scoring on 82 minutes to salvage the draw.

Konyaspor and Sporting Braga await their first wins of the group after they shared the points in a 1-1 draw. An early opener from Milosevic saw the hosts lead inside nine minutes before they were pegged back by Hassan's 55th minute leveller.

Shakthar Donetsk maintained their 100% record with a 5-0 rout against KAA Gent who suffered their first loss. An opener after just 12 minutes from Kovalenko was followed by strikes from Ferreyra and Bernard for a 3-0 advantage at the interval. The gloss on a dominant performance came as Taison and Malyshev struck on 75 and 85 minutes.

Red Bull Salzburg remain bottom of the group without a win after a narrow 1-0 loss to OGC Nice. The winning goal came early on as Pléa struck on 13 minutes which proved to be enough to seal the points.

Schalke 04 maintained their 100% record with a narrow 1-0 win away to Krasnodar. The winning goal for the visitors came after just ten minutes as Yevhen Konoplyanka slotted in.

FK Qarabag claimed their first win with a 2-0 win over PAOK Salonica. Quintana Sosa put the hosts in front on 56 minutes and a late goal from Amirgulyev confirmed the win.

Slovan Liberec await their first win after a 3-1 defeat to Fiorentina who remain unbeaten atop the group. An early brace from Nikola Kalinic on eight and 23 minutes put the Firenze 2-0 up before a strike from Seycik made it 2-1. Bababcar wrapped up the win for the visitors on 70minutes with the night ending badly for the Czechs with the dismissal of Breite. 

Sparta Prague moved atop the group standings with a 1-0 win over previous leaders Hapoel Beer Sheva. The crucial strike came in the 71st minute from Pulkrab.

Inter Milan claimed their first win with a 1-0 victory over Southampton. The Saints were toppled by a 67th minute effort from Antonio Candreva and the hosts were even able to hold on despite the dismissal of Brozovic in the 77th minute.

Villarreal remain atop the group after coming from behind to draw 2-2 at Osmanlispor. Two rapid strikes in as many minutes from Rusescu put the hosts 2-0 up before they were reduced to ten men with the dismissal of Guven on 53 minutes. The visitors took advantage quickly with N'Diaye striking for 2-1 on 55 minutes before a 74th minute leveller from Pato salvaged a point.

Steaua Bucharest remain without a win after they were denied late on by FC Zurich in a 1-1 draw. The Romanians led through a 63rd minute effort from Golubovic and looked on course for their first success but were denied by an 86th minute leveller from Koné.