European Review – Match Day 4

Champions League

Shakhtar Donetsk failed to make home advantage count as they missed a chance to avenge their heavy defeat in Leverkusen on Match Day 3, as they were held to a 0:0 draw at the Donbas Arena. Shakhtar had several good chances and can consider themselves to be slightly unfortunate as they twice hit the woodwork.  Ultimately Lucescu’s side could not find the killer breakthrough and now realistically need to win their two remaining games to qualify.  They were helped a little with Manchester United failing to defeat Real Sociedad, whom Shakhtar host next.

Pos Team Pld GD Pts
1 Man Utd 4 3 8
2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 4 3 7
3 Shakhtar Donetsk 4 -2 5
4 Real Sociedad 4 -4 1

Europa League

Chornomorets became the first side to hault Ludogrets as they claimed a draw against the stage leaders.  Juninho put the Bulgarian side in front but experienced midfielder Oleksiy Gai equalised for Roman Grygorchuks side.  The draw means that Ludograts have now qualified and Chornomorets will battle with PSV for the remaining spot.

Pos Team Pld GD Pts
1 Ludograts 4 6 10
2 PSV 4 2 7
3 Chornomorets 4 -2 4
4 Dinamo Zagreb 4 -6 1

Dnipro secured their place in the 2nd Round of the Europa League as they defeated Pacos De Ferreira 2:0.  Matheus and Yevhen Konoplyanka got the goals for juande Ramos which makes it 3 wins from 4 outings and is enough to see them through.

Pos Team Pld GD Pts
1 Fiorentina 4 8 12
2 Dnipro 4 4 9
3 Pandurii 4 -5 1
4 Pacos d F 4 -7 1

Dynamo Kyiv survived over 70 minutes with ten-men as they defeated FC Thun to put themselves in a strong position to qualify for the next stage.  Diermerci Mbokani got booked in the 17th minute and then talked his way into a second yellow and a red card to put his side facing an uphill struggle.  Thun had a couple of chances early on but failed to capitalise.  Andriy Yarmolenko was Dynamo’s biggest threat and he made the difference as he forced the first goal. his cross was turned into the back of the net by Lukas Schinkel.  It was Yarmolenko who score Dynamo’s second to wrap up an impressive victory as Dynamo’s european recovery continued.

Pos Team Pld GD Pts
1 Genk 4 2 8
2 Dynamo Kyiv 4 4 7
3 Thun 4 -5 3
4 Rapid Vienna 4 -3 1
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