Archive for category: Europa League

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 […]

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 […]

Europa Euround-up : Marvellous Marveaux, Lille Roux missed chances

Europa Euround-up : Marvellous Marveaux, Lille Roux missed chances

Round two of the Europa league, and the French contingent were aiming to do better than the single point they got in the first game… Group K : Guingamp 2 – 0 PAOK At Guingamp, there was a mostly first-team team, but a start for Jonas Lössl, who will also […]

Ibra-less Paris Saint-Germain face huge Barcelona test

Ibra-less Paris Saint-Germain face huge Barcelona test

Tuesday 19.45 BST / 20.45 CEST – Paris St-Germain v Barcelona In game 1 : PSG drew 1-1 at Ajax (Pastore’s opener cancelled out by Schone), and Barca beat Apoel 1-0 at home (Pique). PSG’s league form continues to raise some eyebrows, as they drew 1-1 (again) away at Toulouse […]

Europa Euround-up: three teams, two points, one goal

Europa Euround-up: three teams, two points, one goal

Group F: Qarabag 0 – 0 Saint Etienne While bigger names Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Inter Milan faced off (Inter winning 0-1 with a goal from D’Ambrosio, and Dnipro captain Ruslan Rotan sent off), Christophe Galtier’s men must have been looking at their Azerbaijaini opponents and thinking, “well, how hard can […]

Monaco start France’s European adventure with Leverkusen in Monte Carlo

Monaco start France’s European adventure with Leverkusen in Monte Carlo

This midweek sees the first group stage games for the five French teams involved in European competition this season. This followed a not-very-successful-overall set of results in the qualifying play-offs, which saw Lille drop down to the Europa League after being beaten 3-0 on aggregate by Porto, Saint-Etienne needing penalties […]

Saint-Etienne and Lyon flying the flag for the Rhone valley

Saint-Etienne and Lyon flying the flag for the Rhone valley

The headline team in France at the moment are most definitely Bordeaux after their astonishing defeat of noveau-riche Monaco on Sunday, after an away victory at Montpellier in week one. New Bordeaux manager Willy Sagnol’s tweaks at half time turned the match around completely and it meant that after two matches Bordeaux […]

Qualifying for Europe: French clubs set for play-off tests

Qualifying for Europe: French clubs set for play-off tests

Champions League Lille have a big task ahead of them as they prepare to meet Porto on Wednesday evening (19.45 / 20.45 CEST on Bein 1). Having beaten Grasshopper of Zurich, making less of an impact than at the recent World Cup, 2-0 (Sebastien Corchia 30′, Ryan Mendes 49′) in Zurich, they […]