Discussion in 'Soccer' started by HajdukSplit, Jun 17, 2019.
It's impressive for a minnow like Rangers.
So one tie in the playoffs will be Dudelange vs Ararat, Dudelange made the group stage last season while Ararat will be looking to be the first Armenian side to make a UEFA group stage
Riga knock out HJK while Maccabi are on their way out against Suduva
Pretty impressive from Riga. They are only in their 5th year of existence. Won their first title last year and are on their way to another. Eliminated both the Poland and Finland champions and now will play Copenhagen.
Antwerp holding on for 80 minutes in Plzen but then finally conceding and now going to extra time
But really Plzen should have won it already, plenty of chances but very wasteful in their finishing
Antwerp score an away goal in ET
Big turnaround for Aris against Molde, the Greeks lost 3:0 in the 1st leg and have just scored the goal for 3:0 in the return leg, so looks like that's going to ET
Van Bommel is a really, really bad coach this early in his career. So much talent and he can't seem to make it work at all.
All three Dutch sides advance but with every coefficient point vital to get back that automatic CL spot the draws from Feyenoord and PSV won't help especially against the opposition they played. The teams from the top leagues all cruised this round, only slight slip up was Torino who won big in the 1st leg and only got a draw today
Absolutely crazy game. Plzen had SO many wide open chances, this game should have never gone to ET to begin with, then in the first half of ET they go up 2-0 and Antwerp had a man sent off. Tie over. No way Antwerp have anything left. But they did. Unbelievable. Football can be cruel
Gent easily beat AEK from Cyprus and will play Rijeka in the playoff round. Antwerp will meet AZ in a Bene-League preview
Molde scores an away goal in ET, Aris has 15 minutes to score two goals
Not too many surprises in the league path of this competition, two ties went into ET with Antwerp winning on away goals against Plzen while Aris overturned a 3:0 deficit in the 90 minutes but lost 4:3 overall on aggregate to Molde. The two big surprises in the champions route were Riga eliminating HJK and Suduva eliminating Israeli champs Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
Here is the playoff ties to be play August 22 & 29. Winners of these ties progress to the group stage
Suduva (LTU) vs. Ferencvaros (HUN)
FC Copenhagen (DEN) vs. Riga FC (LVA)
Celtic (SCO) vs. AIK (SWE)
Ararat (ARM) vs. F91 Dudelange (LUX)
Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) vs. Maribor (SVN)
Linfield (NIR) vs. Qarabag (AZE)
Slovan Bratislava (SVK) vs. PAOK (GRE)
Astana (KAZ) vs. BATE Borisov (BLR)
Ties like Astana-BATE and Ludogorets-Maribor would have only recently been seen in the Champions League qualifying playoffs, so it shows how poorly they did this season in Europe (all four also recently played in Champions League). Great opportunities for clubs from countries such as Lithuania, Latvia, Armenia, Luxembourg and Northern Ireland to get a side into the group stages. For Armenia, Northern Ireland and I think Lithuania(?) it would be the first time ever while F91 Dudelange made it last season and Latvia had one many years ago so not a frequent occurrence
Torino (ITA) vs. Wolves (ENG)
Legia Warsaw (POL) vs. Rangers (SCO)
Steaua Bucharest (ROU) vs. Vitoria Guimaraes (POR)
PSV Eindhoven (NED) vs. Apollon Limassol (CYP)
AEK Athens (GRE) vs. Trabzonspor (TUR)
Feyenoord (NED) vs. Hapoel Beer Sheva (ISR)
Gent (BEL) vs. Rijeka (CRO)
Espanyol (ESP) vs. Zorya Luhansk (UKR)
Partizan Belgrade (SRB) vs. Molde (NOR)
Braga (POR) vs. Spartak Moscow (RUS)
Malmo (SWE) vs. Bnei Yehuda (ISR)
Strasbourg (FRA) vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (GER)
AZ Alkmaar (NED) vs. Royal Antwerp (BEL)
The two standout ties are ones involving teams from the top five leagues: Torino vs. Wolves and Strasbourg vs. Frankfurt. In terms of coefficient race there is a Portugal-Russia matchup which is always important. Throw in a Greece vs. Turkey & Dutch vs. Belgium tie.
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