Europa League

  • Twumasi blames Villarreal defeat on 'sel...

    Ghana striker Patrick Kojo Twumasi has blamed Astana's 3-2 defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League on their forwards for being wasteful in front of goal. The 23-year-old assisted the opening goal scored by Junior Kabanga but the Spanish side turned the game on its head and too...

    Twumasi blames Villarreal defeat on 'selfish' teammates

    Ghana striker Patrick Kojo Twumasi has blamed Astana's 3-2 defeat to Villarreal in the Europa League on their forwards for being wasteful in front of goal. The 23-year-old assisted the opening goal scored by Junior Kabanga but the Spanish side turned the game on its head and took a 3-1 lead in the second half on Thursday. Although, Twumasi scored a late consolation he believes his side deserved better, insisting they should have taken their chances. "Despite all my ankle injury, I was able to help the team and give one assist and one goal" Twumasi wrote on Facebook. "For my wife and my lovely fans who came from long way to support us, we could've even won this game easy if not [for] some selfish play from some players. Thanks for the love, fans. God is good," he added. Astana now sit third on the log with seven points, four behind Villarreal, who have qualified for the knockout stage of the competition with a game to spare. Twumasi's side must now win their last away game against Slavia Praha on December 7.  

  • Unsworth questions players' commitment a...

    David Unsworth suggested some of his Everton players fell below "the minimum requirement" of giving their all in Thursday's 5-1 thrashing at home to Atalanta. Already eliminated from the Europa League, Unsworth named a much-changed XI at Goodison Park, where the Toffees found th...

    Unsworth questions players' commitment after Atalanta embarrassment

    David Unsworth suggested some of his Everton players fell below "the minimum requirement" of giving their all in Thursday's 5-1 thrashing at home to Atalanta. Already eliminated from the Europa League, Unsworth named a much-changed XI at Goodison Park, where the Toffees found themselves still in the game at 2-1 down with four minutes of normal time remaining. Everton 7/2 to beat Southampton But a porous defence - which has now conceded 16 goals in six matches under Unsworth - was breached three times in the closing stages, leaving the interim manager far from pleased after giving some members of his squad the chance to impress ahead of Sunday's trip to Southampton. "I'd like to think every single player is hurting the way I am at the moment and if they are not then they shouldn't be here at this great club," said Unsworth. "The minimum requirement is 100 per cent effort. Only those players will know themselves when they look themselves in the mirror at night. "The players who have been asking me for opportunities to play in the first team were given that. "I asked the players to make it difficult for me to leave them out of the team on Sunday and the majority have probably made it very easy for me. "The manner we capitulated [in] just isn't acceptable and the players know that. "What you can't do at this level is carry players. When your best player is an 18-year-old kid [Beni Baningime] who's only had a couple of first-team appearances that tells you all you need to know. "Players need to take responsibility - senior players, foreign players, young players. Everton fans will be disappointed with what they saw and so am I."

  • Wenger calms Welbeck injury fears after ...

    Arsene Wenger has revealed Danny Welbeck's half-time withdrawal at Cologne on Thursday was pre-planned and not due to a recurrence of his groin injury. The striker was making his first appearance since October 14 in the 1-0 Europa League loss, but came off at the break for Alex ...

    Wenger calms Welbeck injury fears after planned substitution during Arsenal's Europa League clash

    Arsene Wenger has revealed Danny Welbeck's half-time withdrawal at Cologne on Thursday was pre-planned and not due to a recurrence of his groin injury. The striker was making his first appearance since October 14 in the 1-0 Europa League loss, but came off at the break for Alex Iwobi. Arsenal 8/5 to beat Burnley to nil The change sparked fears that Welbeck - with just 27 Premier League outings in the previous two seasons due to injury - had suffered another setback ahead of Sunday's trip to face Burnley. Wenger, though, has allayed those concerns. "It was planned before the game that he would only play 45 minutes," the manager said. "He has only just come back from injury, and we have three more games on Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday again. "Medically, the risk was a bit too high to play him for longer because he has been out for a while. He has no problem. "Of course, he was ready to stay on and frustrated to come off, but he's in good shape." Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere has hinted his future may lie away from Emirates Stadium, with his only starts this season coming in Europe and the EFL Cup. "Of course I want to be playing. It's difficult when you play every three weeks," he said. "It's the same as every player. I'm still determined to win my place back, I'm working hard and we'll see what the future holds - if I can get in or I can't."

  • Twumasi on target in Astana's defeat in ...

    Ghana striker Patrick Kojo Twumasi was on target in Astana's 3-2 defeat to Villarreal in Group A of the Europa League on Thursday. The 23-year-old, who was adjudged the club's best performer for the 2017 season in the Kazakhstan Premier League, assisted his side's opener and lat...

    Twumasi on target in Astana's defeat in Europa League

    Ghana striker Patrick Kojo Twumasi was on target in Astana's 3-2 defeat to Villarreal in Group A of the Europa League on Thursday. The 23-year-old, who was adjudged the club's best performer for the 2017 season in the Kazakhstan Premier League, assisted his side's opener and later found the back of the net in 88th minute but his effort was too little too late to at least salvage a point. Congo DR international Junior Kabananga opened the scoring for Astana by the 22nd minute when he was played through by Twumasi before Daniel Raba pulled even for the visitors on 37th minute. After the break, Villarreal took control of the game and made their dominance count as they took a 3-1 lead thanks to a brace from substitute Cedric Bakambu.  The Congo DR striker shot the Yellow Submarine in front for the first time in the game on 65th minute, just five minutes after coming on, when he connected a pass from Nicola Sansone before slotting in another fine effort on 83rd minute. With two minutes to end proceedings, Twumasi finished off a pass from Igor Shitov to make it 3-2 and set an epic ending to the game. However, despite Astana pushing men forward for the priceless goal in additional time, Villarreal were resolute at the back and did not allow the hosts to find a breach. Astana now sit third on the log with seven points, four behind Villarreal, who have picked their tickets to the knockout stage of the competition with a game to spare. Twumasi's side must now win their last away game against Slavia Praha on December 7.  

  • Montella targets Serie A resurgence afte...

    Vincenzo Montella praised his AC Milan players for securing a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League - and now wants them to focus on closing the gap in Serie A. The Italian side thrashed Austria Wien 5-1 for a second time this season, with strike duo Andre Silva and ...

    Montella targets Serie A resurgence after Europa League success

    Vincenzo Montella praised his AC Milan players for securing a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League - and now wants them to focus on closing the gap in Serie A. The Italian side thrashed Austria Wien 5-1 for a second time this season, with strike duo Andre Silva and Patrick Cutrone both scoring twice in the San Siro rout. Milan 3/4 to beat Torino The result, coupled with AEK Athens' 2-2 draw with Rijeka, means Milan have secured top spot in Group D with a game to spare. But while Montella's side have impressed in Europe they are languishing down in seventh place in Serie A, a situation their manager hopes they can now rectify in the coming weeks. "It was an extremely positive evening and we will honour the final game in the Europa League group phase, as that is what our history demands," he told Sky Sport Italia. "Qualifying top of the group was the minimum objective. We achieved it, now we turn our focus to making up lost ground in Serie A. "Milan are in the process of gaining the right mentality, but unfortunately we were improving right as we came across sides like Juventus and Napoli, who are ahead of us right now." As for the visitors, Wien boss Thorsten Fink felt his side fell apart after taking the lead, albeit the result has not completely ended their hopes of joining Milan in the knockout stages. The Austrian team can qualify courtesy of a better head-to-head record if they defeat AEK Athens in the final round of group fixtures. "Our plan worked for 20 minutes. After we scored the goal, we somehow lost our confidence," Fink told UEFA.com. "We didn't attack anymore and we defended horribly. Anyway, I'm happy that our hopes are still alive."

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