The success of Getafe and the draw of Ferencvaros
While Krasnodar suffered a crushing defeat from Basel, in a parallel match of group C, the favorite of the Getafe quartet at home met with Trabzonspor. Although the Spanish club cannot boast of big names in its composition, performance in the same championship with European grandees still affected the team’s class.
The home team opened the account in the 18th minute after a flank attack, which was completed by Rodriguez Angel. After that, the Spaniards did not pass the initiative to the opponent and continued to hold the ball, not allowing the Turks to move forward in an organized manner. Although such famous football players as Daniel Sturridge and John Obi Mickel played for Trabzonspor, nothing portended a sensation in this match. “Getafe” confidently brought the meeting to victory, not allowing guests to even punch on target.
In group H, where CSKA Moscow is performing, Ludogorets has taken sole leadership. Ferencvaros and Espanyol tied, which can be considered a great success for the Hungarian club, which had the lowest seeding at the draw for the group stage of the Europa League. Already in the tenth minute, he was lucky with an own goal by Javi Lopez, who, without the explicit intervention of an opponent, corrected the ball into his own net.
The Spaniards did not immediately recover and began to play as befits favorites. Only in the second half, Matthias Vargas delivered two shots during the corner, one of which reached the goal. "Ferencvaros" began to keep the account and succeeded in this.
The winning goal of the 17-year-old Mankunian
One of the main sensations of the day almost happened at Old Trafford, where Manchester United hosted Kazakhstan's Astana. On paper, the British should have easily beat an opponent who came from afar. However, if you recall how hard the wards of Ole Gunnar Solskher began the season in the national championship, then from their start in the Europa League one could expect anything.
“Astana” obviously came to extort a goalless draw and for a long time were close to their goal. The guests withstood the attacks of Marcus Rashford and Fred throughout the first half and most of the second. But the key to the gate of Nenad Erich was still found. In the 73rd minute, 17-year-old striker Mason Greenwood deftly beat the entire defense of the Kazakhstani people and shot between the legs of a naturalized Serb. The goal of the young talent saved Manchester from an unexpected draw.
Benefit Saka at Arsenal
Another favorite of the tournament from England began his performance much more confidently, although his opponent was even more serious. London “Arsenal” defeated the Frankfurt “Eintracht” on the road, sending three unanswered goals at his goal.
The co-author of all three goals was 18-year-old Bukayo Saka, this season has not yet played for the main composition of Arsenal. First, he gave a cool pass to Joe Willock, then became the second youngest scorer of the “Gunners” goal in European competitions after Stuart Robson, and finally took part in a bold counterattack, during which he gave the last pass to Pierre-Emerik Obameyyang.
It should be noted that half an hour in this match played Nicolas Pepe. Arsenal acquired this striker for € 80 million, which made him one of the most expensive players in the club’s history. But so far, young Saka is pushing him into the background, to whom the Ivorian made a pass in the 85th minute.
Group of four unrequited balls
The biggest sensation of the day was presented by the Austrian Wolfsberg. Debutants of the group stage of the Europa League away defeated the Monchengladbach Borussia, which in group J with Roma and Istanbul Bashaksehir put at least second place. However, now the Germans need to think about how to recover from a shocking rout with a score of 0: 4.
The Austrians, who have been playing in the top league of their country for the last few years, did not noticeably outperform their opponents on the field, but showed excellent implementation of their moments. If Borussia never took advantage of its five shots on target, then at Wolfsberg only two attempts were unsuccessful, and after the rest the ball flew into the goal.
The match between Roma and Istanbul ended with the same score 4-0, only in it the favorites celebrated success. The defeat began with Junior Kaisara’s own goal, continued with goals from Edin Dzeko and Nicolo Zagnolo assisting each other, and ended with Justin Kluivert's exact shot in the compensated time. “Roma” thus somewhat reassured their fans, who began to worry about a bad start in the Italian championship.
Eccentricities of Carius
A little over a year ago, goalkeeper Loris Carius became known as the most unlucky player of his role after a series of productive mistakes, because of which Liverpool lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final. Now the German is playing in “Besiktas” and again reminded of himself from a bad side in the match with “Slovan”.
In one of the episodes, the ball flew into half of the field of the Turks, where Carius's teammate could calmly pick him up. However, the goalkeeper decided to go ahead and enter the fight. As a result, he unsuccessfully struck his head and fell on his partner, and Andrazh Shporar, who was waiting for the outcome of the episode, rolled the ball into the empty net. In the future, the German goalkeeper missed three more times (and twice - in the compensated time of the match), and his club was able to answer with only two goals.
Failed comeback of APOEL
Interestingly, the three goals that Ludogorets scored by CSKA in five minutes did not become a record of rate of fire in the first round of the Europa League. Even faster, the course of his match almost turned over the Cyprus APOEL, who met at home with the Luxembourg Dudelange.
At the beginning of the second half, the hosts lost with a score of 0: 2, however, in just four minutes they managed to get ahead. A double was issued by Andria Pavlovich, and the appointed penalty was awarded by Thomas de Vincenti. However, APOEL did not manage to take three points or to keep a draw. Dudelange answered with two more goals in ten minutes and for the first time celebrated their victory in the main stage of the European competition. A year ago, the team became the first representative of Luxembourg in the group stage of the Europa League, but did not win any of the six matches, and now shares with Seville the first line in Quartet A.