- Stade Rennes achieved its fourth victory in Group F of the Europa League thanks to a goal from top scorer Fabian Rieder.
- In Group E, Toulouse beat Liverpool at home, with Vincent Cierro impressing as the presenter.
- Granit Xhaka scored 3 points late for Bayer Leverkusen in Group H, away to Karabakh.
Group Six: Raiders Ren wins when outnumbered
- Rennes – Panathinaikos Athens 3-1
- Maccabi Haifa – Villarreal 1:2
In his first Europa League start since starting with Stade Rennes, Fabian Rieder made it 1-0 for the hosts after just 9 minutes – thanks to a kind assist from Panathinaikos goalkeeper Alberto Brignoli. The 32-year-old Italian player allowed a powerful free kick from the Swiss player to pass through his legs from a distance of approximately 25 metres. Despite the red card and a goal from a penalty kick after half an hour, that was enough for the home team to win. Within 5 minutes, Ibrahim Salah (65) and Ludovic Blas (70) made it 3-1.
33 days after the Hamas attack on Israel, Maccabi Haifa is back on the international stage – and very sad. The Israelis were 1-0 up until the 83rd minute before Alex Baena and Alexander Sorloth turned the game around within 4 minutes. However, the history of the match was written by Maccabi goalkeeper Sharif Kaif, who saved two penalty kicks in the first half (the first had to be retaken).
Group Five: Toulouse takes revenge
- Toulouse – Liverpool 3-2
- Linzer ASC – Union Saint-Gilloise 3-0
Toulouse managed to avenge their 5-1 defeat to Liverpool. In a turbulent match, the French eventually had the upper hand over the “Reds” with a score of 3-2. But that was only because Liverpool’s Jarrell Quansah’s goal in the eighth minute of stoppage time was disallowed by VAR for handball. Vincent Cierro provided the assist for the important 2-0 goal after just over an hour.
The second group: Ajax coach with the first defeat
- Ajax Amsterdam – Brighton 0-2
- AEK Athens – Marseille 0-2
The first defeat for new Ajax coach John van’t Schip, who won his first two matches in the Eredivisie to provide some relief in Amsterdam. Just as happened away from home in Brighton, Ajax lost 2-0. For the English, attacking players Ansu Fati and Simon Adingra shined with one goal and one assist each.
Olympique Marseille also maintained their unbeaten record in the Group D match, as Steven Zubers (63rd) visited AEK Athens. Like two weeks ago, Marseille defeated the Athenians by two goals. However, the match remained competitive until shortly before the end. The host team returned to the front and almost equalized before Marseille’s Ismaila Sarr finished a counterattack (90+3).
Group H: Last-minute win
- Karabakh Agdam – Bayer Leverkusen 0:1
- Hacken – Molde 1:3
Bayer Leverkusen suffered a 1-0 win away to Karabakh in Azerbaijan. Deep into stoppage time, Alejandro Grimaldo hit his opponent in the arm, and a penalty was awarded after a video study. Top scorer Victor Boniface took responsibility and scored safely (90+4). Granit Xhaka played well for ‘Werkself’. With the fourth win in the fourth match, Leverkusen firmly reached the knockout stage.
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