This week, the attention of football fans caught the start of the group stage of the Champions League and UEFA Europa League. A walk through the highlights of these days you will help the next top 5.
1) “Voyage, voyage” – the success of Russian clubs
Russian troops, which, unfortunately, in the process landing lost one soldier (“Krasnodar” took off in the Europa League), has in Europe four teams. This week they have a good catch: 2 wins and 2 draw. And all this on the road.
CSKA achieved a comeback win over Lisbon “Benfica” (2:1). Spartak, alas, could not hold the advantage in the match with Maribor. Goal by Alexander Samedov from an acute angle, said Damian, Bahar. “Zenit” on the way to the main trophy of League of Europe met with the Macedonian “Vardar”. A serious obstacle, the club from Skopje for the leader of the Premier League did not. Expected Petersburgers won, and even with big score (5:0).
Separately, about the team of Yuri Semin. Back in 2007 the current head coach “Copenhagen” the Table of Solbakken beat “locomotive” in his debut match at the helm of the Danish team. Ten years later, opponents again played in the Europa League (when it was the UEFA Cup). This time was an even game. A draw (0:0) with a direct competitor for an exit from the group should be considered a good outcome.
Joint efforts of the four clubs in the UEFA coefficients table sent 1,200 points. Russia is entrenched in 6th place in the rating, which will allow for the end of the season in the European Cup-2019/20 to say in the Champions League with three teams. If it goes on, the six Russian teams in the European arena will become commonplace.
2) Middle finger – a new trend?
The confrontation between Barcelona and Juventus at the camp Nou saw the main match Tuesday. The Catalans – the desire to get even for the defeat in the quarterfinals last season, and the “Old lady” – the desire to prove that last year’s success was no accident. Their task better handled first. 3:0 – and the main character of the owners was Lionel Messi. The striker scored a brace, and in General was useful in attack. Unlike his compatriot Gonzalo higuaín.
On 87 minutes, the Argentine striker of Juventus is replaced and at this moment the Catalan fans decided to remember him playing for real Madrid. To address Higuain started whistling and shouting. The Argentinian showed the middle finger.
Punish the player or not – remains an open question, but a new trend in world football it’s hard not to notice (I was recently a similar scandal in the England game with Case alli).
3) David Zappacosta (Chelsea) – “100 to 1”
London “Chelsea” after a year’s absence in the Champions League took on Stamford bridge debut in the Champions League – Azerbaijani “Karabakh”. The result – 6:0 in favor of the home team. “The aristocrats” pretty pokurazhitsya over his opponent, scoring goals on any taste and color. But one still stands out from the rest. David Zappacosta with the connivance of the defenders of the Azerbaijani club was on the edge and the edge of the field sent the ball back to the goalkeeper. This allowed Zappacosta to become a 100-m Italian to have scored in the Champions League.
4) Mohamed Salah best player in the first round of the Champions League
Egyptian beginner “Liverpool” voted best player of the first round of the Champions League. His goal and overall an impressive game in the match against Sevilla brought the team a draw.
The player whose abilities are not appreciated at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho, the shock started the season in the Premier League and now in Europe.
Although the selection is still somewhat surprised. After all, opponents of the Egyptian was such mastodons, like Neymar (goal scoring pass), Cristiano Ronaldo (brace against “APOEL”), Harry Kane (2 goals + assist) and Lionel Messi (2 goals against Juventus).
The Russian audience will be able to see Salah in a week. The player, along with Liverpool will welcome with “Open Arena” to compete with the Moscow “Spartak”.
5) “Autumn aggravation”
This week, passions flared up not only on the pitch but also outside it. The fans actively supported their favorite teams, sometimes going beyond what is permitted. Perhaps the hottest events happening in London. There on the eve of the match “Arsenal” – “Cologne” arrived about 20 thousand fans from Germany. Fans of the German team occupied the surroundings of the Emirates. Even tried to get on the master’s podium. Someone managed…
The next day, stepped in disciplinary proceedings of UEFA. Considered violations of the matches:
“Seltik” – “Paris St Germain”
“Arsenal” – “Cologne”
– Celtic – breakthrough fans on the field and an attempt to attack the players.
– “Paris Saint Germain” – the breakdown of seats in the stadium.
Arsenal are blocking stairs in the arena
“Cologne” – the riots of fans, the use of fireworks, throwing objects and damage to the stadium
“Spartak” – the throwing of various objects and flares on to the pitch.
Soon the decision is made by UEFA and the clubs will have to answer. Someone can immediately impose sanctions: to leave without spectators in the remaining matches. Or just fine. Extreme measure – to remove the points earned. The main thing – to those hooligans at the stadiums, to remember in such a situation they put themselves and their own club.