Girondins de Bordeaux vs. Dynamo Kyiv
Bordeaux went into the second leg of this game with a slight advantage because of their away goal, but this did not mean that they would relax and only defend. They were aware that their Ukrainian visitors were capable of doing the same thing to them at home, and so they put in everything they possibly could into this game. As Kyiv were very tough opponents and had a good reply to every Bordeaux move, this match was one of the tightest on the night. Although Bordeaux would have gone through even without scoring as long as things remained that way, managing to score even the single goal they scored was a lot of work.
Kyiv were very tough opponents. They had more attempts and better chances than Bordeaux, but the home side’s stubborn defense prevented them from doing anything that would prevent them from going into the round of 16. Statistic-wise, apart from number of goals, the only thing Bordeaux had over Kyiv on the night was the number of fouls committed, and these resulted in more yellow cards (3 against 2)! No players were sent off during this match.
Francis Gillot and Oleh Blokhin lined up the following squads:
Bordeaux Starting XI:
Carrasso (c), Marange, Planus, Poko, Faubert, Sertic, Poundje, Obraniak, Diabate, Saivet, Tremoulinas
Subs: Keita, Ben Khalfallah, Traore, Bellion, Sacko, Maurice-Belay, and Plasil
Kyiv Starting XI:
Koval, Mikhalik (c), Taiwo, Khacheridi, Vida, Miguel Veloso, Yarmolenko, Haruna, Kranjcar, Bezus, Mehmedi
Subs: Boyko, Danilo Silva, Selin, Vukojevic, Gusev, Garmash, and Ideye
Final Score: Girondins de Bordeaux* 1-0 Dynamo Kyiv (Agg: 2-1)
Round of 16:
Having eliminated Dynamo Kyiv, Bordeaux will face Benfica in the round of 16. They will play the first leg of this game away and the second leg at home.
KRC Genk vs. VfB Stuttgart
Genk and Stuttgart were more or less not too far apart on strength and abilities in the first leg, but the draw meant that Stuttgart would have to work harder in the second leg in order to erase the away goal and progress into the round of 16. Their effort paid off in the second leg, as they were able to score not only one, but two away goals and keep a clean sheet at the same time! That’s not to say that Genk weren’t trying as well, though. Both teams had almost equal chances, with Genk even having more attempts than their German visitors. Stuttgart, however, were much more successful on hitting the target and used their accuracy to win the game and go through to the round of 16.
Referee on the night, Alon Yefet, issued a total of 3 yellow cards between the two teams; the home side collecting one yellow card less than their visitors. No players were sent off during this match.
Mario Been and Bruno Labaddia lined up the following squads:
Genk Starting XI:
Koteles, Tshimanga, Koulibaly, Ngongca, Simaeys, Hyland, Gorius, Plet, De Ceulaer, Buffel (c), Kumordzi
Subs: Van Hout, Mbodji, Hamalainen, Dani Fernandez, Ojo, Barda, and Joseph-Monrose
Stuttgart Starting XI:
Ulreich, Sakai, Tasci (c), Boka, Rudiger, Kvist, Gentner, Okazaki, Traore, Harnik, Ibisevic
Subs: Ziegler, Felipe Lopes, Molinaro, Hajnal, Macheda, Maxim, and Holzhauser
Final Score: KRC Genk 0-2 VfB Stuttgart* (Agg: 1-3)
Boka 45′, Gentner 59′
Round of 16:
Having eliminated Genk, Stuttgart will face Lazio in the round of 16. They will play the first leg of this match at home and the second leg away.
Written by Ange Marline