Europa League Round of 32 First Leg Review: Part 8

Vfl Borussia Monchengladbach vs. SS Lazio

Vfl Borussia Monchengladbach vs. SS LazioProbably the most exciting match of the night for its many goals! A total of 6 goals (3-a-side) were scored on the night in Monchengladbach. Both teams showed almost the same amount of strength and I think that Lazio were very happy to have scored 3 away goals. Statistic-wise, Lazio had only three attempts more than Monchengladbach (18 against 15), but the home side had better chances. The Bundesliga side hit the woodwork twice and were the first ones to score. Lazio dominated the game from then on, until two late goals from the home side ensured that the advantage for Lazio wasn’t too big. We saw three goals between the two clubs after the 80th minute! Sergei Karasev issued 7 cards between the two teams; 6 yellow and one red. Monchengladbach picked up only one yellow card, while Lazio picked up the rest. Lazio’s Andre Dias was the only player sent off during this match, having picked up 2 yellow cards.

Lucien Favre and Vladimir Petkovoc lined up the following squads:

Monchengladbach Starting XI:

ter Stegen, Brouwers, Alvaro Dominguez, Wendt, Stranzi (c), Arango, Nordtveit, Cigerri, Herrmann, De Jong, Jantschke

Subs: Heimeroth, Daems, Rupp, Younes, Hanke, Xhaka, and Marx

Lazio Starting XI:

Marchetti, Andre Dias, Biava, Radu, Konko, Lulic, Hernanes, Gonzalez, Candreva, Floccari, Kozak

Subs: Bizzari, Pereirinha, Ederson, Rozzi, Cana, Kozak, and Ciani

Final Score: VfL Borussia Monchengladbach 3-3 SS Lazio

Stranzl 17′ (p), Floccari 57′, Kozák 64′, 90+4, Marx 84′ (p), Arango 88

Club Atletico de Madrid vs. Rubin Kazan

Club Atletico de Madrid vs. Rubin KazanIn a dramatic turn of events at the Estadio Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, the defending champions and home side were left in blushes after a bad defeat by their Russian visitors. They had more attempts by far (24 against 6) and certainly more possession  but Rubin Kazan just wouldn’t budge, not even with 10 men! Istvan Vad issued 7 cards on the night between the two teams; 6 yellows and one red. Atletico Madrid picked up only one yellow card, while Rubin Kazan picked up the rest. Rubin captain, Sharonov, was the only player to be sent off during this game.

Diego Simeone and Kurban Berdyev lined up the following squads:

Atletico Starting XI:

Sergio Asenjo, Godin, Juanfran, Tiago (c), Arda Turan, Cristian Rodriguez, Mario Suarez, Cata Diaz, Filipe Luis, Adrian Lopez, Falcao

Subs: Courtois, Miranda, Javi Manquillo, Gabi, Koke, Raul Garcia, and Saul Niguez

Rubin Starting XI:

Ryzhikov, Ansaldi, Cesar Navas, Marcano, Sharonov (c), Gokdeniz, Orbaiz, Kislyak, R. Eremenko, Natcho, Rondon

Subs: Arlauskis, Ryazantsev, Kasaev, Gokhan Tore, Portnyagin, Dyadun, and Kuzmin

Final Score: Club Atletico de Madrid 0-2 Rubin Kazan

Gökdeniz 6′, Orbaiz 90+5

Written by Ange Marline