Friday, December 9, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: MLS considering playoff changes

Yesterday's Scores
Europa League
Braga 2-4 Shakhtar Donetsk
(Stojilijkovic 43', Vukcevic 89')-(Krivtsov 22', 62', Taison 39', 66')

Konyaspor 0-1 KAA Gent
(Coulibaly 90+4')

FK Qarabag 1-2 Fiorentina
(Reynaldo 73')-(Vecino 60', Chiesa 76')

PAOK Salonika 2-0 Liberec
(Rodrigues 29', Pelkas 67')

Osmanlispor 2-0 FC Zurich
(Delarge 73', Kilicaslan 89')

Villarreal 2-1 Steaua Bucaresti
(Sansone 15', Trigueros 88')-(Achim 55')

FC Zorya Luhansk 0-2 Manchester United
(Mkhitaryan 48', Ibrahimovic 88'[)

Feyenoord Rotterdam 0-1 Fenerbah├že
(Sow 22')

Apoel Nicosia 2-0 Olympiakos
(Soteriou 20', De Camargo 83')

Young Boys 3-0 FC Astana
(Frey 63', Hoarau 66', Schick 71')

Anderlecht 2-3 St. Etienne
(Chipciu 21', Stanciu 31')-(Soderlund 62', 67', Monnet-Paquet 74')

Mainz 2-0 FK Qabala
(Hack 29', de Blasis 40')

AZ Alkmaar 3-2 Zenit St. Petersburg
(Rienstra 7', Haps 43', Tankovic 68')-(Giuliano 58', Wuytens OG 80')

Maccabi Tel-Aviv 2-1 Dundalk
(Ben Haim II PK 21', Micha 38')-(Dasa OG 27')

FK Astra Giurgiu 0-0 AS Roma

Viktoria Plzen 3-2 Austria Vienna
(Horava 44', Duris 72', 84')-(Holzhauser PK 19', Rotpuller 40')

Rapid Vienna 1-1 Athletic Bilbao
(Joelinton 72')-(Saborit 84')

Sassuolo v. Racing Genk- Postponed

Panathinaikos 0-2 Celta Vigo
(Guidetti 4', Orellana PK 76')

Standard Liege 1-1 Ajax Amsterdam
(Raman 84')-(El-Ghazi 27')

Red Bull Salzburg 2-0 Schalke 04
(Schlager 22', Radosevic 90+4')

Nice 2-1 Krasnodar
(Bosetti PK 64', Le Marchand 77')-(Smolov 51')

Inter Milan 2-1 Sparta Prague
(Eder 23', 90')-(Marecek 54')

Southampton 1-1 Hapoel Be'er
(van Dijk 90+1')-(Buzalgo 78')

The Europa League Round of 16 draw will go down on Monday afternoon after the Champions League draw. The 24 group winners will be joined by the third place finishers from the Champions League. Here's the full pool of teams;

Group Winners
Apoel Nicosia
St. Etienne
Zenit-St. Petersburg
AS Roma
Athletic Bilbao or Racing Genk
Ajax Amsterdam
Shakhtar Donetsk
Schalke 04
Sparta Prague

Runners Up
Manchester United
AS Alkmaar
Astra Giurgiu
Racing Gent or Athletic Bilbao
Celt Vigo
KAA Gent
PAOK Salonika
Hapoel Be'er

Champions League Third Place
FC Copenhagen
Olympique Lyonnais
Borussia Monchengladbach
Legia Warsaw
Ludogorets Razgrad

The round will be played on February 16 and 23.

Barcelona have extended an invitation to Chapecoense to play a friendly in August of 2017. The Brazilian club that was tragically reduced after a plane crash killed most of the team would be Barca's opponent for the Joan Gamper trophy match, which serves as a kickoff for the Spanish giants season. The match would pay tribute to the fallen members of the club.

With two new clubs joining the league in 2017, MLS is reportedly considering a change to the format of their playoffs. Nothing overly crazy appears to be on the agenda, although apparently using a group stage similar to the Champions League and World Cup instead of a knockout competition was apparently brought up. Less crazy, and more likely, would be eliminating the away goals tiebreaker for the two legged conference finals and semi-finals matches. Since the away goals tiebreaker was introduced in 2014, only two playoff matches have been decided by it.

Today's Matches
Europa League
Sassuolo v. Racing Genk- 6:30am

Eintracht Frankfurt v. TSG Hoffenheim- 2:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Malaga v. Granada- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Dijon v. Olympique Marseille- 2:45pm

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