SS Lazio vs. VfL Borrusia Monchengladbach
Both teams, having been strong in the first leg and came out even stronger for the second leg. The home side, having already scored 3 away goals in the first half, were mainly looking to keep it that way in front of their opponents, but they weren’t at all playing like underdogs. The visitors, on the other hand, were looking to try and get every away goal back; which ended up being very, very hard. They were, in the end, the underdogs in front of a confident Lazio team, and were outwitted in almost every aspect. Lazio had more attempts and better chances, as well as more success and accuracy in front of goal. For this, they were able to add two more to their tally and progress comfortably into the round of 16. Monchengladbach’s journey in the Europa League had come to an end and the man to blame was Vladimir Petkovic, and his squad, of course!
Only a single yellow card was issued during this game and the away side were the receivers. No players were sent off during this match.
Vladimir Petkovic and Lucien Favre lined up the following squads
Lazio Starting XI:
Marchetti, Lulic, Biava, Radu, Konko, Candreva, Hernanes, Ledesma (c), Cana, Gonzalez, Floccari
Subs: Bizzari, Ciani, Ederson, Lombardi, Onazi, Kozak, and Pereirinha
Monchengladbach Starting XI:
Ter Stegen, Alvaro Dominguez, Wendt, Jantschke, Stranzi (c), Nordtveit, Marx, Hermann, L. de Jond, Cigerci, Arango
Subs: Heimeroth, Daems, Brouwers, Rupp, Hanke, Younes, and Xhaka
Final Score: SS Lazio* 2-0 VfL Borrusia Monchengladbach (Agg: 5-3)
Candreva 10′, Gonzalez 33′
Round of 16:
Having eliminated Monchengladbach, Lazio will face Stuttgart in the round of 16. They will play the first leg of this match away and the second leg at home.
Rubin Kazan vs. Club Atletico de Madrid
Rubin Kazan, having set the bar high for the defending champions in the first leg, went into this game looking to finish what they had started. Atletico, seeming as though it hadn’t quite sank in, only went into this game to try catch up and do their best; at least that’s how it seemed to me! They didn’t look too determined to win the first leg at all, and they certainly didn’t play like it. But they looked and played so much better in the second. Knowing Atletico’s threat and realizing this wasn’t the same team they’d played the previous week, Rubin were ready to defend for the whole game and stay out of trouble.
The defending champions had far more attempts than their hosts, and they managed to get back one away goal. Rubin weren’t about to let them level things on aggregate, though, and so they were tight at the back for the last few minutes of the game (because Atletico had scored towards the end). They certainly didn’t want a long night on a chilly pitch! And just like that, the defending champions were eliminated from the competition, seemingly more interested in domestic leagues.
Ovidiu Alin Hategan issued a total of 5 yellow cards and 1 red card between the two teams; this time Rubin being the ones playing with a man down, even though it was only for a few minutes. Cesar Navas was the only player to get sent off during this match. Atletico Madrid made no substitution during this match.
Kurban Berdyev and Diego Simeone lined up the following squads:
Rubin Kazan Starting XI:
Ryzhikov, Kuzmin, Ansaldi, Cesar Navas (c), Marcano, Kislyak, Orbaiz, R. Eremenko, Karadeniz, Natcho, Rondon
Subs: Arlauskis, Kasaev, A. Eremenko, Gokhan Tore, Dyadyun, Ryazantsev, and Kaleshin
Atletico Madrid Starting XI:
Sergio Asenjo, Domingo Cisma, Cata Diaz, Miranda, Javi Manquillo, Mario Suarez, Raul Garcia, Cristian Rodriguez, Saul Niguez, Adrian Lopez, Falcao (c)
Subs: Courtois, Pulido, Gallas, Calero, Galan, Ndoye, and Oueslati
Final Score: Rubin Kazan* 0-1 Atletico Madrid (Agg: 2-1)
Round of 16:
Having eliminated the defending champions Atletico Madrid, Rubin Kazan will face Levante in the round of 16. They will play the first leg of this game away and the second leg at home.
Written by Ange Marline