Fenerbahce Istanbul have lost their first win of the current Europa League season. The team around the former German international Mesut Ace came out 2: 2 (2: 1) against Royal Antwerp on Thursday evening. The game started very badly for the Turks. Mbwana Samatta (2nd) initially put the guests in front. In the first round, Enrique Valencia took the lead for the first time with a kick (20th) and a penalty spot (45th). However, after the break, Peter Gerkens equalized (62nd). The home side, who have played at the ace playmaker level since the start, remain undefeated in the Indratt Frankfurt team, which could advance to first place against runners-up Olympiacos Prius in the evening. Fenerbahce are third with two points, while Antwerp, despite winning the first point, are at the bottom of the table.
Lazio missed a crucial step to the knockout round of the Europa League. The Italians did not get more than 0-0 in the third group match against Olympique Marcello. Both teams lost the last risk in the attack and the substantial chances were large in deficit. In the second round, Zero Immobile caused a little excitement for the home. His goal was not calculated due to his previous offside position (59th). Until the final whistle, no team had a decisive punch, so the game ended without a goal. Lazio have now advanced to first place in Group E with four points. Galatasaray can beat Istanbul (3) in the evening against the locomotive Moscow (1) and overtake them. Marseille are third with three points.
Rapid Vienna wins Premier: The Austrians beat Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 (2-1) on Thursday to advance to the top three in the current Europa League. Marco Kroll (9th) gave the hosts an early lead. Mislav Arsik (24th) was able to equalize after a good quarter hour. Maximilian Hoffman (34th) restored the old break before the break, thus ensuring victory. In terms of speed, the first win was a move to third place in Group H, led by West Ham United (6). However, Zagreb conceded a second bankruptcy and only a second thanks to a better goal difference in front of the Viennese.
Other results from Thursday’s opening Europa League games at a glance:
Real Betis Sevilla – Bayer Leverkusen 1: 1 (0: 0)
Ludogorets Rasgrad – Sports Prague 0: 1 (0: 1)
FC Midtjylland – Rotor Stern Belgrade 1: 1 (0: 0)
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