Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 Celtic: Diaby’s bullet volley ensures Seoane’s men top Group G

Moussa Diaby of Bayer 04 Leverkusen celebrates after scoring his team's third goal with teammates during the UEFA Europa League group G match between...

Although it looked like another thrashing was on the cards early on, this match quickly proved far from one-sided. Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen scored first and crucially finished strong under duress – overturning a 2-1 deficit late on – to sting a spirited Celtic showing, qualifying for next year’s Europa League knockout rounds as Group G winners with a game to spare.
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Reece Oxford’s Augsburg extension reinforces his refreshing progression

Reece Oxford of FC Augsburg celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and VfB Stuttgart at...

Cast aside too quickly as another teenage wonderkid who swiftly disappeared according to English critics, Reece Oxford’s career trajectory has been re-energised by a Bundesliga journey taking him from Borussia Monchengladbach to Augsburg – where his consistent performances earned a new contract extension last week, like most things, that went under-the-radar. Continue reading

Gianluigi Donnarumma renewal talks rumble on; Milan target Mike Maignan

MILAN, ITALY - APRIL 18: Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan in action during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Genoa CFC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on April 18, 2021 in Milan, Italy. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Claudio Villa./Getty Images)

Milan vice-captain and first-choice goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has just two months left on his existing deal, though is no closer to a formal contract renewal per Italian reports. They’ve offered €8m annually (£6.9m) but his agent Mino Raiola hasn’t accepted their proposal – with Lille goalkeeper Mike Maignan on their radar as a possible replacement and he’s interested.  Continue reading

Analysis: Arsenal duo Omari Hutchinson, Miguel Azeez sparkle in Friday’s FA Youth Cup win

If there was great pride seeing Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe dismantle Slavia Prague to help Arsenal reach the Europa League semi-finals for the third time in four seasons last week, two players in particular shone 24 hours later during FA Youth Cup action and will certainly believe they can be next to emulate them in the first-team proper: sooner rather than later. Continue reading

Only £100m? No chance: David Moyes’ defiant Declan Rice stance speaks volumes

Phil Foden of Manchester City is challenged by Declan Rice of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham...

David Moyes’ weekend comments on captain Declan Rice were both refreshingly bullish and shed light into an intriguing subplot as the season continues to unfold. While a lot of fanfare has covered Tomas Soucek’s rise, Jesse Lingard’s immediate impact and an unlikely but very real European qualification charge, the England international has proven a dependable constant. Continue reading

Sevilla signing Alejandro Gomez has no regrets, ready for new challenges

Alejandro Papu Gomez of Sevilla FC during the unveil of the new signing of Alejandro Papu Gomez at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán on January 28, 2021...

After it was confirmed earlier this week that Atalanta captain Alejandro Gomez was joining La Liga side Sevilla – rather than another Serie A rival – in a cut-price deal worth up to £7m, comments aplenty have emerged about the move. Teammates, former boss Gian Piero Gasperini and Papu had their say as he prepares for another of Europe’s top five leagues.
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Stefano Pioli: Fikayo Tomori has interesting qualities, but needs time to settle

Fikayo Tomori of AC Milan warm up prior to the Serie A match between AC Milan and Atalanta BC at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 23, 2021 in Milan,...

After his loan deal from Chelsea was complete, centre-back Fikayo Tomori was named in Milan’s matchday squad but didn’t feature during their 3-0 home defeat by Atalanta over the weekend. His new head coach, Stefano Pioli, praised his intelligence and said the 23-year-old has interesting qualities, though a lack of training with them means he’ll need time to settle in Italy. Continue reading

Italian clubs circle around Atalanta’s unsettled star Alejandro Gomez

Papu Gomez's performance at Anfield a fitting tribute to Diego Maradona |  Forza Italian Football

Atalanta captain Alejandro Gomez is expected to depart next month after a well-documented row with head coach Gian Piero Gasperini that has only worsened with time and unsurprisingly, has courted interest across Italy. Inter, Roma and Napoli are three league-chasing rivals linked as Serie A leaders Milan appear to have pulled out of the race for the 32-year-old forward. Continue reading

UEL MD3 Group Stage Previews: Tottenham, Villarreal and Leicester in action

Gareth Bale comes off bench to score first Tottenham goal in seven years as Spurs beat Brighton amid VAR controversy

A look ahead to three group stage fixtures from MD3 as the Europa League continues on Thursday. Villarreal host Maccabi Tel Aviv, Tottenham hope they can atone for their embarrassment in Antwerp against Ludogorets before Premier League rivals Leicester hope to follow up their emphatic 4-1 win over Leeds in a big home clash against Portuguese side Braga. Continue reading

Europa League MD2 Group Stage Previews: Leicester, Leverkusen and Tottenham feature

James Maddison strikes on European debut as Leicester enjoy easy win over Zorya Luhansk - Eurosport

A look ahead to three group stage fixtures from MD2 as the Europa League continues on Thursday. Bayer Leverkusen are among the sides targeting successive UEL victories when they travel to Sparta Prague next, while Premier League sides Leicester and Tottenham hope to build on slender top-flight victories away from home comforts in Greece and Belgium respectively. Continue reading

Europa League Group Stage Previews: Bayer Leverkusen, Arsenal among those in action

UEFA Europa League draw, standings: Group stage matches begin in October - CBSSports.com

A look ahead to three contrasting group stage fixtures from MD1 as the Europa League returns on Thursday. Last year’s quarter-finalists Bayer Leverkusen welcome Nice back to the competition after a two-year absence, Arteta’s Arsenal travel to Austria with Rapid Vienna first up while Maccabi Tel Aviv host Qarabag. Which players will impress this week? Continue reading