The first 1/16 matches of the 2018/2019 season were held in the Europa League. Valencia beat Celtic on the road thanks to a goal and a pass from Denis Cheryshev. Batsman BATE Borisov won a sensational victory over London Arsenal at home, while Shakhtar and Dynamo, who represent Ukraine, were saved from defeat. At the same time, in Athens, the Ukrainian fans who came to support the Kiev team fought with the local police.
The main sensation of the day of the game was the defeat of Arsenal in Borisov of the local BATE. The Londoners were considered clear favorites of the confrontation. Last season, the teams met at the stage of the LU group stage, and then the "Gunners", under the leadership of Arsene Wenger, sent ten goals to the opponents' goal.
However, this time, BATE had a trump card in the person of Alexander Gleb, who played for Arsenal in 2005-2008. A 37-year-old midfielder at dusk of a career that dreamed of playing with an old team, and his dream came true.
As a result, the pupils Alexei Bagi won. Arsenal, of course, had an advantage (71% possession of the ball) and connected 14 shots to the home goal, but only four of them hit the target.
Borisov himself punished the Londoners for their slowness at the end of the first half. In the first place, the Serbian newcomer of the Nemanja Milic team has forgiven the guests, moving from the point of view to the position.
A few minutes later, Stanislav Dragun, after drawing the standard position of the head, sent the ball exactly under the crossbar. Igor Stasevich, who fulfilled the effective service, strengthened his leadership in the race of the best tournament attendees (seven programs).
In the second half, Arsenal struggled to at least equal the score, but Unai Emery's team could not do that. In addition, Alexander Lakazette, who at the end of the meeting deliberately hit the opponent with his elbow in the face, did not participate in the second stage.
Another team from the post-Soviet space, Dynamo Kiev, achieved a good result. The pupils of the Belarusian specialist Alexander Khatskevich on the way played a draw with Olympiacos.
In the stands of the stadium "Georgios Karaiskakis" there was a confrontation with the participation of Ukrainian fans and the local police. Greek police officers beat guests for a few minutes with rubber poles and shields from the sector. What caused such a collision was not reported.
The "Dynamo" during the match had to recover twice, and the last time the people of Kiev managed to do it a minute before the end of normal time. Benjamin Verbic after a short distance discount partner sent the ball to the net. So the Ukrainian team took an important draw from Greece.
By the way, the Russian goalkeeper Yury Lodygin, rented by Olympiacos to Zenit, remained on the bench. And former midfielder Rubin and CSKA Bibras Natkho appeared as substitutes midway through the second half.
The Donetsk "Shakhtar" and "Eintracht" meeting in Frankfurt am Main in Kharkiv ended with a similar account. At the same time, the hosts had to spend 80 minutes in the minority after the elimination of Taras Stepanenko.
Despite this, in the second half, the Pitmen managed to escape the defeat thanks to the precise blow of Tyson. By the way, Shakhtar's first ball was also registered by the Brazilians Marlos.
The match with Celtic Valencia midfielder Denis Cheryshev can definitely take him as an asset, because the Russian footballer did everything possible to win his team in Scotland. For a long time, the guests could not print the opponent's doors, until Cheryshev did it just before the break. To be fair, it is worth noting that the player can not only lose the empty goal after a pass from Robin Sobrino.
But at the beginning of the second half, Denis thanked the partner with a magnificent cross from the left, and the latter shot the target from several meters. So Cheryshev registered a goal and an assist.
Now in the account of the Russians in the new year there are five points for performance in all the tournaments (3 + 2).
Another Spanish team won: Sevilla, which has the support of Quincy Promes. It is true that in the first leg with the Italian "Lazio", the former midfielder "Spartak" appeared as a substitute 15 minutes before the final whistle. The victorious and only goal in the middle of the first half was scored by Wissam Ben-Yedder.
Rennes and Betis organized an impressive shoot-out in France, which scored six goals for two. At first it seemed that the guests had no chance. For the tenth minute, Julieff Stefan's team scored twice, with one of the goals scored by Javi García.
In the middle of the half, Betis managed to reduce the delay in the account, but just before the break, Rennes won and realized a penalty.
However, in the second half of the meeting, the standard provisions helped to save the guests. First, in the 62nd minute after a cross, Sydney was distinguished from a penalty kick, and at the end of the main time, a cross by Diego Leynes was transformed from a corner into a goal, 3: 3.
Olivier Girou, as you know, lately it is difficult to say that he is a productive striker. If he does not take into account the Europa League meeting, the Chelsea striker in the current season has only one goal, which he sent to Tottenham in the Premier League match last November.
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The Italian teams performed perfectly on the road. "Inter" and "Napoli" won a victory over the rivals who are inferior in their class. And the "Nerazzurri" defeated the "Rapid" of Vienna without the help of Captain Mauro Icardi.
Before the game, Luciano Spalletti, the team's head coach, stripped the Argentine of the dressing room, and refused to go to Austria in response. According to media reports, the harsh statements of the spouse were the cause of the conflict and the part-time footballer agent.
In turn, "Napoli" went in the same direction as the "Inter" – in Switzerland and won calmly to "Zurich". Balls Lorenzo Insigne, José Kalehona and Petr Zeliński forced the hosts to capitulate.