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Europa League: Last 32 draw in full

Monday saw the draw for the last 32 of the Europa League made, with the likes of Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund involved.

The first legs will be played on February 15 and the return games contested a week later on February 22.

Here we go through the draw in full:

Borussia Dortmund v Atalanta

Nice v Lokomotiv Moscow

Copenhagen v Atletico Madrid

Spartak Moscow v Athletic Bilbao

AEK Athens v Dynamo Kiev

Celtic v Zenit

Napoli v RB Leipzig

Red Star Belgrade v CSKA Moscow

Lyon v Villarreal

Real Sociedad v Salzburg

Partizan v Viktoria Plzen

FCSB v Lazio

Ludogorets v AC Milan

Astana v Sporting CP

Ostersunds v Arsenal

Marseille v Sporting Braga

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Everton Have It All to Do

Perhaps the Europa League was never going to be at the top of the priorities for Everton this season.

However, having started the Premier League season in disappointing fashion, Ronald Koeman may need to assess his priorities and try and use the Europa League as a way of playing in Europe again next season.

The Toffees have been drawn in Europa League Group E along with Atalanta, Lyon and Apollon Limassol.

While this was never going to be an easy group, Everton would have expected to at least be above the Cypriot team at this stage, having already played them at home. That’s not the case and Everton head in to their third fixture of the group, at home to Lyon, sitting bottom of the group.

The 2017/18 Europa League group stage started poorly for Everton as they slumped to a 3-0 defeat in Atalanta. Everton were never in the game and having fallen 3-0 down by half-time, there was a real danger the result could become embarrassing.

Everton held the hosts to a 0-0 stalemate in the second half but things did not improve in the home match against Apollon Limassol last time out.

Koeman’s team fell behind early on but fought their way back to eventually take the lead through goals from Wayne Rooney and Nikola Vlasic. Despite being down to ten men, Apollon Limassol were not done and equalised with just 2 minutes left on the clock, leaving Goodison Park in stunned silence.

Everton have it all to do following that draw and come up against a tough Lyon outfit.

The French club are second in the group, having drawn both their matches. The first was a 1-1 draw in Cyprus and having gone into additional team leading the match, Lyon conceded an equaliser right at the death.

The second match was a 1-1 draw at home with Atalanta and again Lyon surrendered the lead. They will need to work on defending a lead, if they are to progress in the Europa League this season.

Lyon’s overall form this season shows them as a difficult side to beat and they have lost only one of their eleven matches in all competitions, which was away to Paris Saint-Germain. On the weekend they recorded a good 3-2 win over Monaco.

Everton have recovered somewhat from a poor run of form and have lost one of their last five games. However, they have failed to win any of their last three.

Team news and Everton are still without Yannick Bolasie, Ramiro Funes Mori and Ross Barkley due to injury. Lyon have injury concerns over Clement Grenier, Fernando Marcal and Pape Cheikh but Marcelo could come back into the team having been suspended on the weekend.

Trends show both teams have scored in each of Lyon’s last ten Europa League matches and we should be in for some goals in this match. Everton have scored 2 or more goals in seven of their last nine home Europa League games and this match looks set to see both team scoring with a draw the most likely outcome.

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Austria Wien – HNK Rijeka 19/10/2017 22:05

HNK Rijeka score an average of 2 goals in their away matches in Europa League.
HNK Rijeka conceded an average of 3 goals in their away matches in Europa League.
Austria Wien are conceding an average of 2 goals in their home Europa League games.
Over 2.5 goals have been seen in 8 of Austria Wien’s last 10 matches in Europa League.
Football predictions: Over 2.5 goals @ 2.00

Sporting Braga – Ludogorets 17/10/2017 19:45

Sporting Braga have allowed at least one goal in each of their last 12 Europa League games.
Sporting Braga have scored at least two goals in each of their last 4 Europa League games.
Sporting Braga have managed to score 2+ goals in 4 of their last 5 home matches in Europa League.
Ludogorets have kept a clean sheet in 4 of their last 5 Europa League games.
Football predictions: Over 2.5 goals @ 2.04

Konyaspor – RB Salzburg 19/10/2017 20:00

Konyaspor have won just 1 of their last 8 matches in Europa League.
Konyaspor have been defeated in 4 of their last 5 Europa League games.
RB Salzburg are unbeaten in all of their last 7 matches in Europa League.
RB Salzburg have won by 2+ goals 3 of their last 5 matches in Europa League.
Football predictions: RB Salzburg @ 1.75

Zorya Lugansk – Hertha BSC 19/10/2017 20:00

Hertha BSC are conceding an average of 0.5 goals in Europa League games.
Under 2.5 goals were scored in Zorya Lugansk’s last 4 home matches in Europa League.
Zorya Lugansk have failed to score a goal in 5 of their last 7 Europa League games.
In Zorya Lugansk’s last 8 Europa League games were scored under 2.5 goals.
Football predictions: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.60

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Atalanta 3 Everton 0: La Dea thrive on European return

Atalanta celebrated their first European match in 26 years with a comprehensive 3-0 home win over an outclassed Everton in the Europa League.

The Serie A side ran riot in a dominant three-goal first half to set up an impressive victory in their debut match against English opposition.

Absent from continental competition since the 1990-91 season, Atalanta looked right at home in their first Group E encounter as Andrea Masiello netted a deserved opener inside half an hour.

Gian Piero Gasperini’s side took full control late in the opening half as Alejandro Gomez and Bryan Cristante combined to put the result beyond doubt by half-time.

And the hosts were rarely troubled after the restart as they took early leadership of the group, in the process extending Everton’s record of having never beaten Serie A opposition in Italy.

The Toffees have now failed to score in their past three competitive fixtures and face a tough task to repeat their record of having always escaped the competition’s round-robin stage.

Koeman started Maarten Stekelenburg in place of regular goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, but it was opposite number Etrit Berisha who had the busier start as he first palmed away a stinging Gylfi Sigurdsson strike, before Wayne Rooney dinked a delicate chip narrowly over the bar.

Stekelenburg was soon called into action to smother a close-range chance for Masiello, although there was little he could do from the resultant corner as the marauding defender pounced on a favourable deflection to tuck away the opener.

The chances continued to pile up for the hosts and they doubled their advantage in spectacular style before the break, skipper Gomez stepping in from the left and curling a sumptuous strike into the top-right corner from outside the area.

And there was still time for Atalanta to make it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time as Andrea Petagna reeled in a ball over the top and found Cristante running unchecked through the middle for a simple low finish into the bottom-left corner.

Rooney drew a sharp low save from Berisha immediately after the restart as Everton attempted to make amends, though they were fortunate not to fall further behind when Gomez skied a good chance at the other end.

Koeman responded with a double change 25 minutes from time, introducing Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen in place of Rooney and Morgan Schneiderlin.

However, the attacking intent did not yield the desired results as the visitors struggled to create any real openings in the final third and once again drew a blank, meaning they are now winless in five ahead of Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford.

Atalanta will look build on their encouraging start in their next European assignment at Lyon, while Everton host Cypriot outfit Apollon Limassol.

Key Opta stats:

– English sides have lost 10 of their last 14 visits to Italy in European competition (W2 D2 L10).
– Everton have now lost all four of their away games in Italy without scoring a single goal.
– This is only the third time that an English club has lost their opening group stage game of a Europa League campaign. The other two were Birmingham City in 2011-12 & Manchester United in 2016-17 – the latter ended up winning the tournament.

– The Toffees conceded three goals in the first half of this game – the first time that they have conceded three times before half-time in a competitive fixture since November 2016 (0-5 vs Chelsea).

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Europa League: Videoton Stun Bordeaux To Reach Qualification Play-Off

A well-deserved header goal from a corner kick just before half time gave Hungarian team Videoton FC a sensational 1-0 win over FC Girondins de Bordeaux and a progression into the play off’s of the Europa League.

French side Bordeaux went into the second leg at the Pancho Arena in Felcsut leading 2-1 from the first leg. It was Videoton that began much brighter taking the game to their French opponents from kick off. Bordeaux’s biggest chance came when Sankhare took the ball to the goal line before crossing into the middle for Malcom at the far post, but he missed the target with virtually an open goal to aim for. At the end of the first half, the French team conceded a series of corners, one of which ended in left back Stopira escaping the attentions of Gaëtan Laborde, and heading back across Benoît Costil, sending the ball into the net off the far post (45+5′).

In the second half, Bordeaux tried to push forward but could not create serious chances. Their situation worsened just seconds after the break when Youssouf Sabaly was sent off for a second bookable offence after bringing down Asmir Suljic (46′). However, Hungarian midfielder József Varga was also sent off shortly afterwards (69′) to leave both sides with ten men. The best French effort was a free kick from Toure that Videoton’s goalkepper Kovácsik saved well in the 83rd minute. Videoton also had a chance with striker Danko Lazovic shooting from distance in the 86th minute. The referee added 7 minutes of stoppage time but the Hungarian team held out to produce a memorable evening and a 1-0 win that is enough to take Videoton through to the play off’s.

Videoton head coach Marko Nikolic: “We deserved the win and we deserve to go through, especially based on the home leg. We played tactically and with discipline and I would always like to see this type of Vidi. It is not only a massive result for Videoton, but for Hungarian football that we have made it through past Girondins. We have collected more coefficient points and will go into the play off’s with a similar attitude.”

Bordeaux head coach Jocelyn Gouvernnec: “It is a massive disappointment for us as we really did prepare for the Europa League, but have not made it through. We knew that the qualification games would be hard, and that at this level there are no easy games. Videoton FC and the way they played surprised us.”

PLAY-OFF DRAW

Videoton will face Serbian title-holder Partizan Belgrade in the play-off. The first leg will be held on 17th of August in Belgrade, the second leg a week later in Hungary. The stake is high as the winner will reach the group stage of the 2017/2018 Europa League.

EUROPA LEAGUE – Qualifications, 3rd round, 2nd leg

Videoton FC-Girondins Bordeaux 1-0 (1-0) (2-2 on aggreagate, Videoton win on away goal)

Felcsút, Pancho Arena, attendance: 3537
Referee: Christian Dinger (GER)

Videoton FC: Kovácsik – Szolnoki, Juhász, Fiola, Stopira – Nego (Tamás K., 88.), Varga J., Pátkai, Suljic – Henty (Szabó B., 92.), Scsepovics (Lazovic, 46.)
Girondins Bordeaux: Costil – Sabaly, Toulalan, Lewczuk, Gajic – Vada (Mendy, 46.), Plasil (Touré, 72.), Sankharé – Malcolm, Laborde (Contento, 49.), Malcolm

Sent off: Varga (69.) and Sabaly (46.)
G.: Stopira 45.

(via vidi.hu and mlsz.hu; photos: Szilárd Koszticsák – MTI)

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Europa League Q3: Bordeaux single goal defeat Videoton in the away leg

According to Videoton’s offical site, a crowd of 21,337 were inside the Matmut Atlantique stadium on Thursday evening for the Europa League Q3, 1st leg game. The away sector inclluded an enthusiastic group of travelling supporters who made the trip to France to back their side.

FC Girondins de Bordeaux 2-1 Videoton FC

Sankharé 18, Sankharé 33 – Scsepovics 23

FC Girondins de Bordeaux: Costil — Contento, Lewczuk, Malcom, Arambarri, Kamano, Sankharé (Plasil 86), Toulalan, Lerager, Sabaly, Laborde (Mendy 76)Scsepovics 23

Videoton FC: Kovácsik — Stopira, Fejes, Juhász, Nego — Suljic, Pátkai (Maric 86), Varga (Szolnoki 57), Hadzic — Scsepovics (Henty 78), Lazovics 2017.07.27. Bordeaux Matmut Atlantique,

A crowd of 21337 were inside the Matmut Atlantique stadium on Thursday evening for the Europa League Q3, 1st leg game. The away sector inclluded an enthusiastic group of travelling supporters who made the trip to France to back their side.

Manager Marko Nikolic did not change his side from the one that beat Puskas Academy away at the weekend. That meant that Vidi lined up as follows: Kovácsik – Nego, Juhász, Fejes, Stopira – Suljic, Varga, Pátkai, Hadzic – Scsepovics, Lazovics.

The first bit of action arrived on 6 minutes when home keeper Costilnak had to save well to deny a Scepovic shot from a tight angle. The rebound fell to Patkai, but the keeper made an easier save. The 9th minute saw Bordeaux’s highest value player, Malcom try from 17 meters to the far corner, but it did not go in. Vidi were playing in their impressive new sand colour kit. Malcom had another shot a minute later, which Vidi keeper Kovacsik got down well to keep out. Videoton were forced into a change after 16 minutes when Varga jumped and landed badly and the midfielder had to come off after receiving treatment.

Girondins went ahead 7 minutes later following a cross from the right, which Sankhare headed into the corner. Kovacsik had no chance of keeping out that header (1-0). The action continued inside the modern stadium. A corner after 20 minutes was headed at goal by Gaetan, which was cleared by Nego, who was positioned next to the post. Vidi were back in the game and levelled after 23 minutes. Suljic sent a ball into the middle and Scepovic arrived in between two defenders to calmly find the back of the net (1-1).

The home side hit a dangerous counter attack after 28 minutes with Malcom going down the right, before crossing to Gaetan, who turned and fired wide. There was no luck after 33 minutes with the home side going ahead for the second time. This time Kamano found Sankhare, who scored from close range to make it 2-1.

An action packed first half included a good combined move after 40 minutes that always resulted in an equaliser. Lazovic sent a ball in to Juhasz, who headed it into the middle for Fejes, who arrived well, but the effort went wide of the right post. There was still time for the active former Brazilian youth international Malcom to try his luck with a long distance shot, but the referee blew for half time and the home side went in leading by a goal.

The second half kicked off without any changes to the teams. There was a chance for the home side when Kamano sent his shot rolling past the post. Sabaly collided in the air with Stopira after 49 minutes. The accidental collision meant both players required treatment, but both were able to continue. Vidi had a good attack down the left, which saw Stopira send a low ball in, but it did not find a player in a Vidi shirt, and the Girondins defence dealt with the danger. Szolnoki replaced Varga on 56 minutes and he moved to right back, with Nego moving forward to the midfield. Patkai and Hadzic remained in the middle.

Vidi were awarded a free kick following a foul and Lazovic stood behind the ball. He sent his shot towards the far post, but Scepovic and Stopira could not make an important connection. Kovacsik dealt with two long distance shots in the 70 and 75th minute. There was time for new signing Ezekiel Henty to come on after 79 minutes for his debut in a Vidi shirt. The Nigerian forward replaced Marko Scepovic. There was no further real chance in front of goal and the referee blew for full time.

Videoton know that a win next week could be enough to make it through to the next round.

(Photos: vidi.hu Source: vidi.hu)

 

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EUROPA LEAGUE: LUCKLESS FERENCVÁROS LOSE AT HOME BUT VIDEOTON PLOUGH ON

Videoton won their Europa League second qualifying round first leg convincingly away in Estonia yesterday but 10-man Ferencváros were hugely unfortunate to lose 4-2 at home against Danish opponent Midtjylland and Honvéd will also need to come from behind if they are to overcome Hapoel Beer Sheba after a 2-1 away loss in their Champions’ League second qualifying round match in Israel on Tuesday.

At the Groupama Aréna in Budapest, Ferencváros started very much on the front foot, Tamás Priskin heading the ball wide when he should have perhaps left Roland Varga’s standing cross for the arriving Rui Pedro and Amadou forcing an early corner after a typically mazy crossfield run, only for nothing to come of it.

Their Danish opponents were not short of attacking intent either though, captain Jakob Poulsen’s corner finding 201cm-tall Paul Onuachu arriving at the near post, but his header was blocked and Fradi escaped. The hosts nearly made their visitors pay soon after too, Leandro releasing Priskin in on goal down the left channel but he took a heavy touch on the way towards goal and in the end was perhaps fortunate to get a corner.

Six corners in the first quarter of an hour – three for each team – illustrated the open nature of the match thus far so it was no surprise that an opening goal was forthcoming. Leandro, Fradi’s naturalised Hungarian defender born in Brazil, had already created one chance for Priskin with a long-range pass when he lofted an angular 40-metre ball to left-back Endre Botka on the left of the penalty area, the recent signing from domestic rivals Budapest Honvéd impressively controlling the ball on his chest, turning inside and striding across the D before dispatching the ball to the right of an unsighted Jesper Hansen in the Midtjylland goal, this in the 23rd minute.

Suddenly Thomas Doll’s team were dominating proceedings, the lively Amadou collecting Varga’s deep cross, cutting back inside from the right side of the penalty area and curling a shot just a metre wide of the far right stanchion. Leandro went close to extending the lead with a blocked shot before Rui Pedro saw his looping back-header tipped over the bar by Hansen and Gera rifled the ball over from the resultant corner.

Such was their hold over the game it was now becoming important that Fradi would gain that second goal while in the ascendancy and it duly came when another new signing Fernando Gorriaran had his legs taken away from him 18 metres from goal and from a central position stroked the ensuing free-kick nonchalantly to Hansen’s left and into the net.

At this stage with 42 minutes on the clock it was hard to imagine a way back for the Danes but suddenly a route opened up for them in dramatic fashion, the Swiss referee deeming central defender Julian Kock’s 46th-minute challenge on Onuachu to be illegal and serving up a double punishment for the reigning Hungarian Cup winners, awarding a penalty which Poulsen converted into the right side of the goal, but not before Kock had been dismissed from the field of play.

Ferencváros’ momentum had been well and truly checked as the half-time whistle was blown, midfielder Rui Pedro sacrificed during the break for central defender Bence Balik but for the first fifteen minutes of the second half it was an even, attritional contest, that is until Gera was adjudged to have brought down Drachmann just after the hour mark and Poulsen stepped up to curl the 22-metre free-kick over the wall and past Dénes Dibusz’s outstretched left hand into the right side of the goal.

The concession of a barely-deserved equaliser was compounded by a rash tackle from Gera on the left side of the penalty area which gave away another penalty, Poulsen completing his hat-trick with another spotkick, again to Dibusz’s left.

Midtjylland’s Rilwan Hassan then fired wastefully over the crossbar as Fradi wilted, but to their credit they stayed in the game and became more adventurous as the damage a home loss would inflict dawned on them. Fernando Garriaran came closest, his shot from the right of the area in the 86th minute hitting the post and rebounding out to Balik, only for his effort towards an empty net to be blocked by a covering defender.

Sadly, there was one more goal left in the game for the away team, Poulsen reaching the right byline and setting up Onuachu for a tap-in as the extra man really began to count. Even then, in added time, Balik saw a header superbly beaten away by Hansen to his left as Doll’s charges refused to give up but it wasn’t to be; somehow Ferencváros contrived to lose 4-2 and will now likely need to win by three clear goals in Denmark next Thursday.

Elsewhere, Budapest Honvéd opened their UEFA Champions’ League campaign with a narrow 2-1 loss away at Hapoel Beer Sheba of Israel. The Hungarian champions fell behind in the first half and conceded a second goal early in the second period but David Lanzafame’s 63rd-minute header halved the deficit to give Erik van der Meer’s team hope ahead ofthe second leg in Budapest next Wednesday.

Also playing in Hungary next week but in much more positive circumstances will be Videoton who secured this week’s only success for Hungarian clubs in European competition, a comprehensive performance away against Estonian club Kalju resulting in a 3-0 win in which Máté Patkai put Vidi ahead before two penalties were rattled in by Marko Šćepović, the second off the underside of the crossbar to ensure likely progression for his team with next Thursday’s second leg at their temporary home of Felcsút still to come.

Source: MLSZ – press release