Defence the Best Form of Attack? Saint-Etienne Enter the Europa League

Defence the Best Form of Attack? Saint-Etienne Enter the Europa League

Another team kick off their season on Thursday with Europa League qualifying, having not really done much in the mercato so far. Saint-Etienne will play Romania’s Tirgu Mures, runners-up in Liga 1 last season, just three points behind Steaua Bucharest. How exactly they’ll approach that remains to be seen but their rather binary results from last season’s edition (featuring five draws and a loss with a massive two goals scored in the group stage) looks worryingly like…

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Bordeaux – ConSagnolidation

Bordeaux – ConSagnolidation

There’s a way to go in the transfer window yet. For some fans, that’s a frightening thought, as their club has to try to hang on to key players for another four weeks; for others, a ray of hope as they wonder if their club will do … anything. Bordeaux fans may be in this second group. Arrivals! Four players back from loan spells, two of whom are out of contract and Emilio Sala who has moved…

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Europa Euround-up: Guingamp Go Out, Kiev Carry On

Europa Euround-up: Guingamp Go Out, Kiev Carry On

When Guingamp could only manage a slender 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of this tie, there were concerns that that would not be enough to progress against the team top of the Ukrainian league, who had a precious away goal, and had displayed great defensive fortitude playing over half the match with nine men. So it proved. Kiev won 3-1 to go through 4-3 on aggregate. The hosts were missing some key…

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Europa League – Guingamp go to Kiev

Europa League – Guingamp go to Kiev

After last week’s chaotic 2-1 win over 9-man Dynamo Kiev at the Roudourou, Guingamp have no key injuries as they travel for the second leg. Jocelyn Gourvennec put the weekend’s defeat at home to Montpellier down to tiredness, but stressed that his team has now recovered and is in good shape for the match in Kiev. The squad: Lössl, Samassa, Guichard – Jacobsen, Baca, Angoua, Kerbrat, Sorbon, Dos Santos, Lévêque – Pied, Diallo, Mathis, Cardy, Sankharé,…

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Europa Euround-up – Guingamp 2 – 1 Dynamo Kiev

Europa Euround-up – Guingamp 2 – 1 Dynamo Kiev

French representation in the Europa League now rests with Guingamp, and they faced tricky opposition on Thursday night in the form of Ukrainian league leaders Dynamo Kiev, who topped their group over Aalborg, Steaua Bucharest and Rio Ave. It was a chaotic game which saw an early injury, three goals, two red cards, a lot of needle, and possibly record-breaking crossing stats. Things were shaping up not to be Kiev’s night when Jeremain Lens took a…

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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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