Friday, 4 November 2016

Europa League Matchday Four Review

The business end of the Europa League group stage began in matchday four with a number of teams sealing a spot in the knockout stages at the earliest opportunity.

A -Fenerbache sit top of the group after a 2-1 win over Manchester United. A perfect start for the hosts saw them lead inside two minutes with a stunning overhead effort from Sow.

Jeremain Lens doubled the lead just before the hour mark with a clever free-kick with Wayne Rooney setting up a tense finale with an 88th minute strike. The Turks held on to secure the victory.

Feyernoord moved to second in the group with a 1-1 draw at Zorya Luhansk. Jorgensen put the visitors ahead in the 15th minute before they went down to ten men with the dismissal of Botteghin on 43 minutes. The result was an equaliser from Forster for 1-1 which saw a share of the points.

B- FC Astana await their first win after being held 1-1 by Olympiakos. Despotovic put the hosts in front after just eight minutes only for Couto Junior to level on 29 minutes.

Apoel sit two points clear at the top of the group after a narrow 1-0 win over Young Boys with the crucial strike coming on 69 minutes from Soteriou as the Cypriots took advantage of Mbabu's dismissal two minutes earlier.



C- FK Qabala sit rock bottom of the group without a point after suffering a 2-1 loss to Saint Etienne.

The hosts went ahead with a Gurbanov strike six minutes before half time before being pegged back by Tannane's 45th minute equaliser. The win was sealed just eight minutes later for the visitors via a Beric effort.

Anderlecht sit top of the group after a 6-1 demolition of Mainz. The Belgians took the lead after nine minutes through Stanciu but were soon pegged back by De Blasis' leveller on 15 minutes.

Stanciu struck for a second time to regain the lead on 41 minutes before Tielemans made it 3-1. A late rally saw a quick brace from Teodorczyk strike before adding a penalty in added time after Bruno had made it 5-1.

D-AZ Alkmaar await their first win after sharing the points in a 0-0 draw away to Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Zenit Saint Petersburg secured qualification to the next stage with a 2-1 win over Dundalk who remain second behind the Russians. De Paula put the hosts ahead three minutes for half time but the visitors took just seven minutes of the second half to draw level through Horgan. The win was sealed with 12 minutes left as De Paula struck his second on 78 minutes.


E -Viktoria Plzen await their first win after coming from behind to draw 1-1 with Astra Giurgiu. The hosts led after 19 minutes after Stan opened the scoring but an equaliser came on 25 minutes from Krmencik to salvage a point.

Roma sit top of the group after coming out on top in a six goal thriller with a 4-2 win. Kayode gave the Austrians the lead inside two minutes with Edin Dzeko levelling in the fourth minute.

De Rossi put the Italians ahead on 18 minutes before Dzeko scored his second on 65 minutes for 3-1.The win was sealed on 78 minutes by Nainggolan's effort with the hosts having the last say with Grunwald's 89th minute strike.

F- Genk remain top of the group despite being on the wrong side of an eight goal thriller which saw Athletic Bilbao win 5-3. Aritz Aduriz gave the hosts the led inside eight minutes before adding a penalty on 24 minutes for 2-0.

Bailey pulled one back for the Belgians before Aduriz completed his hat-trick with a second penalty just before halftime. Ndidi made it 3-2 six minutes after the interval before a fourth from Aduriz on 74 minutes was swiftly followed by Susic's 79th minute strike for 4-3. The win was sealed late on as Aduriz secured a unique record with his fifth goal as he completed a hat-trick of penalties.

Sassuolo and Rapid Vienna shared the points in a 2-2 draw which saw the hosts lead after 34 minutes via a Defrei strike. Pellegrini doubled the lead just before half time and as the game entered the final ten minutes, the win looked safe for the hosts. However, Rapid had other ideas as they secured a point with two late strikes from Jelic and Kvilitaia.


G - Ajax secured qualification to the next stage with a 3-2 win over Celta Vigo. The hosts led 1-0 at half time after Dolberg's 41st minute opener.

Ziyech doubled the lead on 67 minutes before Younes made it 3-0 to the hosts on 71 minutes. Celta staged a comeback with a 79th minute effort from Guidetti followed by Iago Aspas' strike for 3-2 on 86 minutes but the illusive leveller evaded them.

Panathinaikos await their first win after falling to a 3-0 loss to Standard Liege. The Belgians took the lead just after the hour mark through Cisse before Belfodil doubled the lead on 75 minutes.

The hosts went down to ten men two minutes later with the dismissal of M'Poku before a second from Belfodil confirmed the win late on.

H - Shakthar Donetsk sealed a spot in the next stage as they continued their 100% record with a 5-3 win over Gent.

The hosts started superbly with Coulibaly scoring in the first minute, the visitors levelled with a penalty from Bonfim on 36 minutes before two goals in four minutes before the interval saw Taison and Stepanenko made it 3-1. Fred extended the lead to 4-1 on 67 minutes before Perbet made it 4-2 with seven minutes to go. Ferreyra confirmed the win three minutes from the end but the last say went to the hosts as Milicevic made it 5-3 in added time.

Konyaspor remain without a win after 3-1 loss at Sporting Braga with the visitors opening the scoring through Sangelov on 30 minutes before Maldonado levelled four minutes later for 1-1. The hosts went down to ten men with the dismissal of Sousa before Eduardo put them ahead into half time. The sides were both down to ten with the dismissal of Skubic for the visitors on 55 minutes with the win confirmed for the hosts late on via Horta's strike.


I- Schalke 04 qualified for the next stage as they continued their 100% record with a 2-0 win over Krasnodar.

The hosts opened the scoring on 24 minutes through Junior Caicara before Nabil Bentaleb doubled the lead just four minutes later. The two goal advantage proved to be enough to reach the next stage.

Red Bull Salzburg secured their first win with a 2-0 victory over OGC Nice. The points were sealed by two goals in as many minutes as Hwang struck in the 72nd and 73rd minutes.

J - Fiorentina edged toward qualification for the next stage with a comfortable 3-0 win over Slovan Liberec who await their first win.

A penalty on the half hour mark from Ilicic saw the hosts open the scoring before Kalinic doubled the lead just before half time. The win was sealed in 73rd minute by Cristoforo's strike.

FK Qarabag moved to second in the group with a narrow 1-0 win over PAOK Salonica with the crucial strike coming in the 69th minute from Madera.



K-Southampton moved to second in the group after coming from behind to win 2-1 against Inter Milan.

The Italians opened the scoring on 33 minutes through Mauro Icardi before Handanovic saved a penalty from Dusan Tadic to preserve the lead. The hosts did draw level on 64 minutes though as Virgil van Dijk made it 1-1. The win was sealed by an unfortunate own goal for Nagatomo on 70 minutes.

Sparta Prague sit top of the group after a 2-0 win over Hapoel Beer Sheva. The Czechs lead after a Bitton own goal on 23 minutes before Lafata doubled the lead on 38 minutes.

L - Steaua Bucharest await their first win after drawing 0-0 at FC Zurich.

Osmanlispor sit atop the group after a 2-1 win at Villarreal. The visitors opened the scoring inside eight minutes through Webo before being pegged back by Cascante's equaliser three minutes after half time.

The win was sealed on 75 minutes as Rusescu struck to extending his superb scoring run.