Discussion in 'Soccer' started by HajdukSplit, Jun 17, 2019.
Porto need 3 goals in 24 minutes, can they do it?
They only need 2 goals. And I doubt it, but they are playing weak opposition.
Meanwhile Celtic and Cluj tied at 3 as well and nearing the end
Russia and Portugal are battling for that coveted 6th spot in UEFA ranking (6 teams vs 5), so Krasnodar winning here could be a big boost.
Celtic-Cluj will be eaten alive in the group stages, neither team can defend. I guess you can say this about most of the teams at this level sadly minus Ajax
Ajax barely holds on; PAOK scored in the 90th minute.
Celtic into final 5 minutes of normal time need a goal.
Porto still needs 2 goals in 18 minutes.
Copenhagen-Red Star going to penalties after both legs ended 1:1. Both teams ended the match with 10 men with Copenhagen failing to take advantage of Red Star going down to 10 mid second half
Zvezda’s goalkeeper is Canadian international Borjan btw
Porto gets another one, 15 minutes left.
3-3 on aggregate
Porto have scored 2 goals in the second half and are now tied on aggregate but still losing on away goals in the 79th minute.
This stuff is better than the group stage. Look at how many goals are being scored. We need to go back to a straight knockout tournament
Glad Ajax have beaten PAOK. What an annoying side to play against and I don't mean that as a compliment. Very undisciplined side. Five yellow cards, Ajax got 3 penalty's, the entire staff was protesting every call and the staff nearly even got into a little scuffle with the refs at the end. Their goalkeeper is a nutter especially. They stormed forwards with about 5 men during every counter, which was quite dangerous, but that was pretty much they only thing they were capable of. Good to see former Ajax product Biseswar score 3 of their 4 goals against us, though.
That said, Ajax was abysmal. They have so much work to do still, but I remember being this frustrated during the same stages last season as well and that turned out quite well. Individually I can't single out an awful performance, but the entire backline just is so shaky as a unit. This is where De Ligt was so important. He organized the entire defense and provided calmness for the entire team. Martinez and Tagliafico were absolutely solid, though. The former is keeping Alvarez and Schuurs from playing, but if he keeps playing like this I don't mind at all. Neres and Tadic were off. Ziyech was good. Van de Beek was solid, but you can see his limitations when his forwards are not into it as he can't create anything by himself. Not a fan of Mazraoui at midfield at all.
Oh, here we go again...
Cluj through, scored late when Celtic were pushing for a winner
This Copenhagen-Red Star penalty shootout isnt exactly the best.
Cap him already America.
Yeah conceding 4 goals at home to Cluj isn't great
Borjan has 2 saves so far. But both teams are getting tons of field goals.
After 8 rounds, it is 4-4.
Yeah, I watched the last 30 minutes caught all the goals Ajax play seemed erratic at times. Agreed they do look shaky when defending. Martinez/tags were good. Martinez has been really impressive. The guy plays with no fear. He keeps doing the zidane to get of trouble, amazing to see. I’m just wondering when he does get comfortable and things settle down how good is this boy? I used to rate foyth, Perez and Romero shreds of him but now I’m thinking a call up could come soon if he keeps the pace. I’m sticking to Ajax games like glue. Even though quality isn’t good wish DAZN carried everything it would make my life a lot easier.
Porto is OUT
That pk shootout between Zvezda and Kobenhavn.
GK Milan Borjan scores from the spot.
Red Star also wins the shootout after the lineup rolled over and players had to start re-taking penalties.
I can now exhale.
Fantastic win for Krasnodar and Russia. Krasnodar have been very good in Europa for many years they got some very important experience there and deserve to be in the Champions League group stage.
Like someone said this knockout format is SO MUCH MORE interesting than the beyond boring group stage phase.
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