Europa Euround-up : Beauvue brace keeps the Ligue 1 end up

Europa Euround-up : Beauvue brace keeps the Ligue 1 end up

The last group game in both European competitions and with only one team (PSG) sure of progressing to the next round, some tension in the air. The midweek of destiny was upon us. On Tuesday, Monaco welcomed Zenit St Petersburg to the Stade Louis II needing a point to progress, and ended up topping the group after a 2-0 win as Bayer Leverkusen downed tools and drew 0-0 away at Benfica. With a back four of…

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Europa Euround-up: Don’t Roux Missed Chances

Europa Euround-up: Don’t Roux Missed Chances

Another midweek European round, with the Champions League serving as an amuse-bouche for the serious business of the Europa League on Thursday. In group F, PSG stay top, a point ahead of Barcelona, after their 3-1 win over Ajax. Cavani opened the scoring around the half-hour mark, Ajax pulled it back level in the second half through Davy Klaassen, then PSG made it safe with Ibrahimovic’s first goal since August, and a second for Cavani. Barcelona put…

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Europa Euround-up – Beauvue a Good Look for Guingamp

Europa Euround-up – Beauvue a Good Look for Guingamp

Better. Not perfect, by any stretch of the imagination, but definitely better. Firstly, the Champions League. On Tuesday, Monaco continued the not scoring thing but fell down on the not conceding thing to an 82nd minute goal from Talisca. Jardim started Lacina Traore up-front and Monaco got a decent amount of shots off, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco making much of the running in that department, but Jardel and Luisao in central defence stood firm. Bayer Leverkusen won away…

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Monaco Martial the Attack against Benfica

Monaco Martial the Attack against Benfica

OK everyone. It’s a midweek European round and we all know what the key question is. Can the French teams muster more than one goal between them this time? Don’t panic. If they don’t, it’s not the end of the world. If they again also don’t concede any goals, again, that’s three decent results (for ASM, ASSE and LOSC) and maybe not too bad for Guingamp, given what they’ve been through recently. If there is only…

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Europa Euround-up : Panning for Goals

Europa Euround-up : Panning for Goals

Well. First there was the Champions League, where on Tuesday the participants collectively hit the giddy heights of 5 goals per game, but PSG took until the 87th minute to get one past APOEL Nicosia, and on Wednesday a more restrained set of fixtures featuring the only 0-0 of the round – Monaco v Benfica. Then Thursday, and the Europa league, where in 24 fixtures there were four goalless games – three of which featured the French teams (Standard Liege v…

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Can Liverpool’s Loanee Down Everton in the Europa League?

Can Liverpool’s Loanee Down Everton in the Europa League?

Round three is here, roll up roll up. The midpoint of European competition with its back-to-back fixtures approaches; for the Champions League teams, these look do-able – for two of the Europa contingent, less so. Tuesday 21 October 19.45 BST – APOEL Nicosia v Paris Saint Germain PSG are in a strange position, despite having an apparently limitless budget, FFP or no FFP; after very nearly running out of centre-backs, they have somehow now managed to run out…

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Forgettable game as Monaco win a point against Zenit in Russia

Forgettable game as Monaco win a point against Zenit in Russia

Sometimes football likes to punish you for enjoying yourself. While there was rejoicing as Paris Saint-Germain played a superb match to beat Barcelona 3-2 at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night, on Wednesday, as if to balance the universe, we were forced to watch Zenit St. Petersburg and AS Monaco play out an abysmal goalless draw. Leonardo Jardim will be the happier of the two Portuguese managers. Andrea Villas Boas will have been expecting to pick…

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PSG turn on the style at the Parc to beat Barcelona 3-2

Paris Saint-Germain finally looked like the European powerhouse that they aspire to be as they beat Barcelona 3-2 in a pulsating match at the Parc des Princes. Much of the pre-match talk was of Laurent Blanc’s fragile position as coach, perhaps letting off the hook a group of players who had underperformed alarmingly thus far this season. Both coach and players showed of what they are capable when they are in the mood and, more…

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