Lakenheath Old Boys

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

If it's Thursday...it must be The Europa League!

It's a big day in the Europa League, with Quarter Final second legs popping up all over Europe. The one I'll be watching is Zenit v. Sevilla, with the Spanish side taking a narrow 2-1 lead into their return leg in St. Petersburg. There are six points on the line for the PPPers who stumped for one side or the other in that tie. Join me from 3pm EST onward for all the action.

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Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, chaps - here is the team news out of Russia this evening:

Zenit - Lodygin, Smolnikov, Neto, Lombaerts, Criscito, Garcia, Witsel, Hulk, Danny, Shatov, Rondon. Subs: Anyukov, Arse Shaven, Kerzhokov, Rodic, Tymoshek, Sheidaev.

Sevilla - Beto, Coke, Pareja, Carrico, Tremoulian, Krychov, Mbia, Videal, Banega, Vitolo, Bacca. Subs: Sergio, Navarro, Figueiras, Gameiro, Reyes, Iborra, Suarez.

2:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The coverage on Fox Soccer 2 Go has started. Looks like a brisk and rainy evening in St. Petersburg. Won't suit the Spaniards one bit.

2:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The PPP consequences couldn't be graver for me. With Diego Costa crocked, it's literally Europa or bust for me in the PPP. I've got Sevilla (along with MUR and Simon), while my main rivals Chelskilad and STrose picked sides that are already out (Benfica and Inter Milan).

3:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And the holders, Sevilla, get us underway here in rainy St. Petersburg.

3:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A 1-0 win for the home side would be enough to put them through, so this match will be on a knife's edge the whole way.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - the ball fell to Coke in the Zenit area but the full-back couldn't get any purchase on the shot. Easily saved.

3:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

YESSSS!!!!!!

Penalty to Sevilla early doors! And a yellow for Neto.

3:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Carlos Bacca to take.....

And he roofs it!!!!!!

0-1 Sevilla! The crucial away goal!

3:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sevilla marauding again through Vitolo. Offside called. But still, Sevilla are trying to kill this one off early doors.

3:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Figuereira is down for the count now, nursing what looks like a knee knack.

3:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - nice save from that effort from Danny. Scary moment there. Cut it out!

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nearly half an hour in and this one is going swimmingly. Still 0-1 Sevilla (1-3 on agg.)

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No goals in the other matches tonight, so this is where we are at the moment:

Dnipro 0 Brugge 0
Fiorentina 1 Kiev 1
Napoli 4 Wolfsburg 1

3:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Axel Witsel picks up a yellow card for an elbow.

3:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Bacca got behind the keeper but his angle was too tight. Cleared off the line.

3:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Last chance for Zenit in this half - Rondon nearly got on to that free kick but gratefully grabbed by Beto.

3:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now it's Danny whipping one in toward the near post. Beto again to the rescue.

3:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm taking a wee half-time break. Wish I had the magic couch around.

4:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bugger - we're only just back on at Zenit and the home side has equalized on the night, Rondon latching on to a fumble by Neto.

1-1 (2-3 Sevilla on agg.

4:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fiorentina have scored against Kiev and now lead 2-1 on aggregate.

4:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Really open match now. Sevilla are starting to tire a bit.

4:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Bacca was in there but his effort was well deflected out for a corner.

4:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Coke should have stuck that one in from the corner. Cleared off the line instead!

4:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Whew! Sevilla ended up dodging a bullet with a 2-2 draw and a 3-4 win on aggregate today.

Also through to the semis are Dnipro, Fiorentina and Napoli.

6:12 PM  

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