Europa League Round of 32 First Leg Review: Part 2

Newcastle United vs. Metalist Kharkiv

Newcastle United vs. Metalist KharkivThe Ukrainians went to St. James’ Park on a mission to show how strong they were, and managed to accomplish that mission at the end of the day by keeping a clean sheet. Despite having conceded a few disallowed goals, Metalist kept their game strong, even without Taison. Olexandr Goryainov, I think, was the most outstanding on the night for Metalist, for the reason that he was able to save his team a lot of embarrassment at Tyneside. Statistic-wise, the Toons had it (having have more attempts and more chances). No players were sent off for this game. Newcastle almost owned the whole game, and I believe that if it wasn’t for Goryainov and some decisions from the linesman, we would’ve seen a few goals from Alan Pardew’s side!

Alan Pardew and Myron Markevych brought out the following squads:

Newcastle Starting XI:

Krul, Coloccini (c), Snaton, Yanga-Mbiwa, Taylor, Cabaye, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Obertan, Cisse, Tiote

Subs: Elliot, Simpson, Anita, Perch, Haidara, Marveaux, and Shola Ameobi

Metalist Kharkiv Starting XI:

Guryainov, Villagra, Torsiglieri, Fininho, Gueye, Edmar, Cleiton Xavier, Sosa (c), Torres, Cristaldo, Marlos

Subs: Disljenkovic, Berezovchuk, Shelayev, Blanco, Krasnopyorov, Jaja, and Willian

Final Score: Newcastle United 0-0 Metalist Kharkiv

Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs. SL Benfica

Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs. SL BenficaIt was a cold and snowy night at the BayArena in Leverkusen, but there was a very exciting match to heat things up for most Europa League fans! Although there weren’t as many goals as expected, this match was very captivating from beginning to end. The home side had more chances and seemed to threaten more, but it was the skill of Cardozo that saved the day for Benfica. Statistics-wise, Leverkusen looked much more stronger; but as we all know, football can be unpredictable!

Sascha Lewandowski and Jorge Jesus brought out the following squads:

Leverkusen Starting XI:

Leno, Schwabb, Wollscheid, Hegeler, Kadlec, Hosogai, Rolfes (c), Bender, Schurrle, Kiessling, Castro

Subs: Rensing, Friedrich, Reinartz, Fernandez, Milik, Boenisch, and Sam

Benfica Starting XI:

Artur, Luisao (c), Garay, Andre Almeida, Gaitan, Matic, Andre Gomes, John, Melgarejo, Cardozo, Urreta

Subs: Paulo Lopez, Maxi Pereira, Jardel, Rodrigo, Lima, Salvio, and Perez

Final Score: Bayer 04 Leverkusen 0-1 SL Benfica

Oscar Cardozo 61′

Written by Ange Marline