Group B: Brighton win in Amsterdam
Things are also going badly for Ajax in Europe. After six out of six in the competition, they lost 0-2 to Brighton on Thursday. Ansu Fati – after a painful loss of ball – and Simon Adingra (ex-Union) got the Johan Cruijff ArenA completely silent. Mika Godts stayed on the bench for Ajax for the entire match.
Due to the defeat, Ajax remains last in group B with only two points from four games. For the time being, Brighton is alone in the lead with seven points, although Marseille (5 points) and AEK Athens (4 points), who will face each other later in the evening, can still change this.
Group E: Liverpool lose
An evening to quickly forget for Union. The people of Brussels lost 3-0 on the LASK field and saw Toulouse beat Liverpool in front of their own audience. The French club struggled for a while against the Reds after a late goal from Diogo Jota, but won 3-2 thanks to goals from Aron Donnum, Thijs Dallinga and Frank Magri. In the absolute final, Jarell Amorin Quansah’s equalizer was disallowed for handball.
In the standings, Liverpool leads with 9 out of 12. Toulouse is now second with 7 points, ahead of Union (4) and LASK 3). The first two push through.
Group F: Old acquaintances score
Villarreal seemed to be heading for a defeat at Maccabi Haifa. Abdoulay Seck (ex-Antwerp) headed the home team into the lead on the half hour. In the end, Alex Baene and Alexander Sorloth (ex-Ghent) made the turnaround: 1-2. In the other match, Arthur Theate’s Rennes won 3-1 against Panathinaikos, despite playing with ten players for an hour. In the second half, Rennes took control after goals from ex-Ghent player Ibrahim Salah and Ludovic Blas.
Rennes leads the group with 9 points, ahead of Villarreal (6), Panathinaikos (4) and Maccabi Haifa (1). Villarreal and Maccabi Haifa have played one match less.
Group G: Lukaku down
AS Roma has suffered its first loss of points on the field of Slavia Prague. The Romans lost 2-0 in the Czech Republic. Romelu Lukaku sees the end of a series of fourteen Europa League matches in a row with a goal.
Slavia Praag started strongly and after 25 minutes had a good chance to take the lead through Chytil, but he kicked the ball over. AS Roma played weakly and never managed to get Lukaku into position. Slavia got what it deserved in the second half. After a good save by Roma goalkeeper Svilar (ex-Anderlecht), it was Jurecka who put the ball into the goal. At the start of the final quarter, Lukas Masopust secured the victory for the Czechs.
The victory puts Slavia Prague on level terms with AS Roma. Both teams now have nine points and are certain of European wintering. Servette, which won 2-1 against Sheriff, is third with four points. Sheriff is fourth with just one point.
Group H: Boniface!
It was definitely not an easy evening for Bayer Leverkusen, but in the end the leader in the Bundesliga won. Victor Boniface (ex-Union) scored the 0-1 goal on a penalty in the 94th minute, which was immediately good for the three points against Qarabag.
Leverkusen remains perfect with 12 out of 12, Qarabag has 6 points. Molde (3) and Häcken (0) will play later tonight.