Thursday, 17 December 2009

[UEL] MD6 Review

Genoa 1-2 ValenciaGenoa are out of the UEFA Europa League despite a spirited display over Valencia wasn't enough, while an already-eliminated Lazio ended their disappointing campaign on a losing note.

Genoa 1-2 Valencia
David Villa's goal five minutes into added time earned Valencia victory over a spirited Genoa side and a place in the Round of 32 as Group B winners. Having fallen behind in first-half added time to Bruno Saltor's looping header, the Rossoblu needed to score twice to prolong their European campaign. Hernan Crespo supplied the first of those six minutes into the second half but, despite incessant pressure, Gian Piero Gasperini's men − who survived a late penalty miss by Villa − were unable to land the killer blow and slipped to defeat when Villa punished a miscued clearance by goalkeeper Alessio Scarpi with the last act of the match.

Lazio 0-1 Levski SofiaLazio 0-1 Levski Sofia
Lazio ended their disappointing European campaign with a 1-0 home defeat against Levski Sofia, as the visitors scored their first goal and recorded their first points of the group stage. Not since they struck in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off against Debrecen in August had Levski found the net in Europe, a run that had seen them lose all five of their opening Group G fixtures. Lazio, who had plenty of youth on show at the Stadio Olimpico, had won twice – including 4-0 in the Bulgarian capital on Matchday 2 – but were also out of contention to progress and bow out on a losing note courtesy of Hristo Yovov's 61st-minute goal.

UEFA Europa League 2009-10
Group Stage, Matchday 6
Wednesday 16 December
Heerenveen 5-0 Ventspils
Hertha Berlin 1-0 Sporting Lisbon
Basel 2-3 Fulham
CSKA Sofia 0-3 Roma
Panathinaikos 3-0 Dinamo Bucharest
Sturm Graz 1-0 Galatasaray
Club Brugge 1-0 Toulouse
Partizan Belgrade 1-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Cluj 0-2 PSV Eindhoven
Sparta Prague 0-3 Copenhagen
Athletic Bilbao 0-3 Werder Bremen
Nacional 5-1 Austria Vienna
Thursday 17 December
Ajax 1-3 Anderlecht
Dinamo Zagreb 1-2 Timisoara
Genoa 1-2 Valencia
Lille 3-1 Slavia Prague
Hapoel Tel-Aviv 1-0 Hamburg
Rapid Vienna 3-3 Celtic
Lazio 0-1 Levski Sofia
Villarreal 0-1 Salzburg
Fenerbahce 1-0 Sheriff
Steaua Bucharest 1-1 Twente
Benfica 2-1 AEK Athens
Everton 0-1 BATE Borisov

Round of 32 Draw
The draw for the UEFA Europa League Round of 32, and Round of 16, will take place in Switzerland on Friday from 1200 UK time (+1hr for Italy/CET).

The 12 Europa League group winners are seeded along with the four UEFA Champions League qualifiers with the best record. These seeded teams, which includes Juventus and Roma from Italy, will be paired against the 12 Europa League group runners-up or the remaining four Champions League drop-outs.

Seeded Pot
Europa League Group Winners: Anderlecht, Valencia, Happoel Tel-Aviv, Sporting Lisbon, Roma, Galatasaray, Salzburg, Fenerbahce, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk, PSV Eindhoven, Werder Bremen.
Champions League Third place: Juventus, Wolfsburg, Marseille, Unirea Urzeceni.

Unseeded Pot
Europa League Group Runners-up: Ajax, Lille, Hamburg, Hertha Berlin, Fulham, Panathinaikos, Villarreal, Twente, Everton, Club Brugge, Copenhagen, Athletic Bilbao.
Champions League Third place: Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Rubin Kazan, Standard Liege.

[Wednesday 16 December] - [Thursday 17 December]

Source: UEFA

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