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Aalborg BK 1 - 3 Club Brugge - Club Brugge in driving seat

Posted Thursday, February 19, 2015 by PA

Club Brugge put themselves in a commanding position in the Europa League round of 32 as they won 3-1 in their first leg at AaB. The Belgian side were rarely troubled in Denmark and goals from Mamadou Oulare and Lior Rafaelov and a Kenneth Emil Petersen own goal gave them the most comfortable of cushions ahead of the return fixture. Nicklas Helenius scored a penalty to at least keep AaB interes...Full Story »

PSV Eindhoven 0 - 1 Zenit St.Petersburg - Hulk puts Zenit in control

Posted Thursday, February 19, 2015 by PA

Hulk gave Zenit St Petersburg the advantage over PSV Eindhoven as his second-half strike saw them take a 1-0 win in the Europa League round of 32 first-leg tie in Eindhoven. The Brazil international found himself in space in the middle of the area in the 64th minute to fire in a simple goal which gave Andre Villas-Boas' side the upper had ahead of the return leg in Russia. The victory saw Zeni...Full Story »

Trabzonspor 0 - 4 Napoli - Napoli close in on last 16

Posted Thursday, February 19, 2015 by PA

Napoli have one foot in the last 16 of the Europa League after claiming an emphatic 4-0 win at Trabzonspor. The Turkish club will need to somehow repeat or better this daunting scoreline at the San Paolo next week if they are to pull off the most unlikely of comebacks and progress from the round of 32. Henrique's early header got Rafael Benitez's Azzurri motoring, with Gonzalo Higuain and Mano...Full Story »

FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2 - 0 Olympiakos Piraeus - Dnipro in box seat

Posted Thursday, February 19, 2015 by PA

Two goals in the space of six minutes put Dnipro in control of their Europa League last-32 against Olympiacos as they won the first leg 2-0. Jaba Kankava opened the scoring five minutes into the second half and just five minutes later Ruslan Rotan's free-kick doubled the hosts' advantage. Olympiacos struggled to create clear chances and left Ukraine without an away goal and with an uphill task...Full Story »

Wolfsburg 2 - 0 Sporting Lisbon - Dost two good for Sporting

Posted Thursday, February 19, 2015 by PA

Wolfsburg will take a 2-0 lead to Lisbon next week after the Bundesliga high-flyers claimed a comfortable victory over Sporting in the first-leg of their Europa League last-32 clash. Bas Dost scored twice in the second-half for the Wolves who were never seriously threatened by a Sporting side who failed net a vital away-goal. While Dost may claim the headlines, Kevin De Bruyne was the star of ...Full Story »

Torino 2 - 2 Athletic Bilbao - Gurpegui rescues Athletic

Posted Thursday, February 19, 2015 by PA

Substitute Carlos Gurpegui scored a 73rd-minute equaliser to earn Athletic Club a 2-2 draw at Torino in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie on Thursday. Torino trailed 1-0 after Inaki Williams put the Spanish outfit ahead in the ninth minute, but two goals from Maxi Lopez gave the home side a 2-1 half-time lead. Gurpegui, who entered the pitch in the 58th minute, pulled his team l...Full Story »

Young Boys 1 - 4 Everton - Toffees too good for Young Boys

Posted Thursday, February 19, 2015 by PA

Everton look as good as assured of a place in the last 16 of the Europa League after a fine performance against Young Boys on the Swiss outfit's artificial pitch saw Romelu Lukaku notch a hat-trick and the Merseysiders claim a 4-1 first-leg victory. Toffees boss Roberto Martinez had stressed before the game that his players were "ready" for the challenge having prepared by training on a simila...Full Story »

Nice vs Monaco preview - Monaco seek end to slump

Posted Friday, February 20, 2015 by PA

Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim hopes to revive his side's stuttering season by masterminding a French Riviera derby victory at Nice on Friday. Monaco's quest for a first Ligue 1 title in 15 years has ground to a halt of late, with Les Rouges et Blancs winless in their least two league matches and particularly poor against Guingamp last time out as they lost 1-0. Jardim's side are now 10 poi...Full Story »

Wigan Athletic vs Charlton Athletic preview - Herd blow for Wigan

Posted Friday, February 20, 2015 by PA

Chris Herd will be missing for Wigan when they take on fellow Sky Bet Championship strugglers Charlton at the DW Stadium. Aston Villa loanee Herd is returning to the midlands for surgery on a season-ending knee ligament injury he picked up in the midweek win over Reading. Latics, who are aiming for their first home win since August, can welcome Don Cowie back but Leon Barnett (knock), Chris Mc...Full Story »

Accrington Stanley vs Cheltenham Town preview - Stanley to stick with winning side

Posted Friday, February 20, 2015 by PA

Accrington boss John Coleman is unlikely to make wholesale changes for Cheltenham's Friday night visit to the Store First Stadium. Stanley have won back-to-back games as they bounced back from a five-game winless streak in style and they now have four of their next five fixtures at home in east Lancashire. Full-back Adam Buxton (hamstring) came out for Irishman Seamus Conneely in Coleman's onl...Full Story »

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