Big helps Brighton to their first point in Europe

Thanks to national player Pascal Groß’s debut goal in a European club competition, Brighton & Hove Albion scored their first point in the second group game in the Europa League.

The international debutants from the Premier League managed a 2-2 draw at Olympique Marseille on Thursday (October 5th, 2023) after being 2-0 down at half-time, but remain at the bottom of Group B. The 32-year-old Groß, who played his first games in September who played for the DFB team, scored the goal in the 54th minute for the guests, who had lost 2-3 against AEK Athens at the start. Shortly before the end, Joao Pedro (88th) equalized with a penalty kick.


Group E: Liverpool with a lackluster win

Team manager Jürgen Klopp celebrated a lackluster victory in the German coaching duel with Alexander Blessin. Klopp’s Liverpool FC won Group E against Blessin’s Belgian team from Union St. Gilloise 2-0 (1-0) and thus celebrated their second victory. Ryan Gravenberch took the lead in the 44th minute; it was the first goal in the Reds uniform for the new signing from FC Bayern. Diogo Jota (90th + 2) made everything clear. In the second game, Toulouse beat Linzer ASK 1-0 and is second in the group.


Group B: Ajax is only 1-1 in Athens

The Dutch record champions Ajax Amsterdam, who recently appeared in complete chaos, have to wait for their first competitive win since the end of August. In the Group B match, Ajax only managed a 1-1 (1-0) draw at AEK despite an early lead.


National player Steven Bergwijn (30th) scored from the penalty spot for the guests, ex-Leverkusen player Domagoj Vida (75th) equalized for the Greeks. The six-time European Cup winners are only in 15th place in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Ajax lost the derby against arch-rivals Feyenoord Rotterdam, which was canceled due to spectator riots and later continued, 4-0, and the separation from German sports director Sven Mislintat also caused a lot of waves.


Group H: Qarabag Agdam remains on Leverkusen’s heels

After their second win in Group H, Bayer Leverkusen still has a stubborn pursuer: Qarabag Agdam from Azerbaijan won 1-0 at BK Häcken in Sweden.


Group G: Two in front

In Group G, Slavia Prague and AS Roma are neck and neck. After the two’s opening victories in the Europa League, Slavia landed a 6-0 win against Sheriff Tiraspol from Moldova. The Italians also won big. Roma beat Servette Geneva 4-0, Romelu Lukaku and Lorenzo Pellegrini each contributed one goal, and Andrea Belotti scored twice.


Group D: Away wins for Graz and Atalanta

Sturm Graz is happy about their first win in the Europa League. Thanks to a goal from William Böving, the Austrians won 1-0 at Raków Częstochowa from Poland. Atalanta Bergamo took the overall lead in the table. The Northern Italians won 2-1 (2-0) at Sporting Lisbon.


Group A: Bačka Topola and Piraeus share points

In Freiburg’s Group A, the Breisgauers are in second place despite the defeat against West Ham. The two group opponents TSC Bačka Topola and Olympiakos Piraeus took points from each other in a 2-2 draw and are each one point behind Freiburg.


High tension in Group C: Limassol and Betis win

Aris Limassol (Cyprus) and Betis Sevilla each celebrated 2-1 home wins in Group C. Limassol beat Glasgow Rangers, and Sevilla prevailed over Sparta Prague. In this group, all four teams have three points after two match days.


Group F: Panathinaikos at the top

There was a dense crowd after the second matchday in Group F. While Panathinaikos Athens couldn’t go beyond a 0-0 draw at Maccabi Haifa in Israel, Villarreal FC moved closer to the Greeks with a 1-0 win against Stade Rennes. Athens leads with four points, the Spaniards and the French each have three points. Haifa is at the bottom with one point.

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