Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey

Europa League: Two Russian clubs through play-offs

Spartak Moskva complicated things at home after getting a nice 1-1 draw away in Switzerland in the first leg and after opening the scoring at home in the first minute. The result was a 4-2 home lesson in tactical football, by half-time the match being beyond the home side. Rubin and Kuban compensated with wins.

Spartak Moskva 2 St. Gallen 4 Aggregate 3-5

Ozbiliz 1                Karanovic17, 32 

Movsisyan 83        Rodriguez 36, Janjatovic 88

 First leg: Saint-Gallen 1 (Switzerland) Spartak Moskva 1


Rubin Kazan 3 Molde 0 Aggregate: 5-0

Prudnikov 33

R. Eremenko 50

Azmoun 84


First leg: Molde (Norway) 0 Rubin Kazan 2

Feyenoord 1 Kuban 2 Aggregate: 1-3

Pellè 7          Popov 19, Bucur 50

First leg: Kuban 1 Feyenoord (Netherlands) 0

Champions League

Group A Manchester United (ENG) Bayer Leverkusen (GER) Real Sociedad (SPAIN) Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)

Group B Galatasaray (TUR) Real Madrid (SPAIN) FC Copenhagen (DEN) Juventus (ITA)

Group C Benfica (POR)  Anderlecht (NETHERLANDS), Olympiakos (GRE) Paris St-Germain (FRA)

Group D Bayern Munich (GER)  CSKA Moscow (RUS) Viktoria Plzen (CZE)  Manchester City (ENG)

Group E Schalke (GER) Steaua Bucharest (ROM) Chelsea (ENG)  FC Basel (SWI)

Group F Marseille (FRA) Arsenal (ENG) Napoli (ITA) Borussia Dortmund (GER)

Group G Austria Vienna (AUS) FC Porto (POR) Atletico Madrid (SPA) Zenit St Petersburg (RUS)

Group H AC Milan (ITA) Celtic (SCOT) Barcelona (SPA) Ajax (NETHERLANDS)

First games 17-18 September


  • Group A: Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen, Real Sociedad v Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Group B: Galatasaray v Real Madrid, FC Copenhagen v Juventus
  • Group C: Benfica v Anderlecht, Olympiakos v Paris St-Germain
  • Group D: Bayern Munich v CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen v Manchester City
  • Group E: Schalke v Steaua Bucharest, Chelsea v FC Basel
  • Group F: Marseille v Arsenal , Napoli v Borussia Dortmund,
  • Group G: Austria Vienna v Porto, Atletico Madrid v Zenit St Petersburg,
  • Group H: AC Milan v Celtic, Barcelona v Ajax


Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey



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