Europa League roundup: Ajax unsettled by Getafe, Eintracht run riot

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Updated: February 20, 2020

The Europa League round of 32 is underway. Here’s a rundown of what’s happened in Thursday’s matches so far.

Early kickoffs

CFR Cluj 1-1 Sevilla

Sevilla are in charge after January arrival Youssef En-Nesyri tapped in a precious away goal with eight minutes of normal time remaining. CFR Cluj defended stoutly throughout and held the lead for 23 minutes when veteran Ciprian Deac scored a penalty.

Club Brugge 1-1 Manchester United

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Club Brugge would’ve felt aggrieved at not being ahead at the break. Anthony Martial canceled out Emmanuel Dennis‘ earlier lob, prompting an upturn in Manchester United‘s performance thereafter. The match ended in a draw, but the Belgian club has enough talent in its ranks to spring a surprise at Old Trafford.

FC Copenhagen 1-1 Celtic

Celtic are now winless in their past 10 knockout matches in UEFA competitions – a torrid record which dates back to a Henrik Larsson-led victory against Boavista in 2003. But, on paper, a 1-1 draw at FC Copenhagen isn’t a terrible result for Celtic, especially when Jens Stage‘s late spot-kick was tipped onto the post by Fraser Forster.

Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1 Red Bull Salzburg

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Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Daichi Kamada scored a hat-trick in 53 minutes to help his side to a massive 4-1 first-leg advantage. Red Bull Salzburg, who lost Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino in the January transfer window, are almost tumbling out of Europe despite going toe-to-toe with Liverpool and Napoli in the Champions League group stage.

Getafe 2-0 Ajax

Ajax, and Ryan Babel in particular, were unnerved by Getafe‘s aggressive approach in the heart of Spain. Deyverson scored the first goal of his loan spell from Palmeiras in the 37th minute and Marc Cucurella was a constant threat before his late substitution. Then, just when it seemed Ajax were fortunate to get away with just a 1-0 loss, Kenedy struck three minutes into added time. The Dutch giants have it all to do in the second leg.

Ludogorets 0-2 Inter Milan

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Ludogorets restricted Inter Milan to only two shots on target in the opening period but were finally broken down in the 71st minute when Christian Eriksen struck his first goal for the Nerazzurri. Romelu Lukaku slotted in a penalty deep into injury time to give Antonio Conte’s side a commanding lead for the reverse fixture.

Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 Benfica

The tie is finely poised following an entertaining affair in Metalist. Viktor Kovalenko notched the winner 18 minutes from time after Shakhtar Donetsk won possession deep into Benfica territory, but Pizzi‘s penalty midway through the second half could be crucial for the Eagles.

Sporting CP 3-1 Istanbul Basaksehir

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Will Sporting CP be made to regret that late away goal? A one-sided scoreline was tarnished when Luis Neto barged Demba Ba over in the area, allowing Edin Visca to convert a 77th-minute penalty for Istanbul Basaksehir. Neto will be suspended for the second leg after his yellow card, so he will join fellow defender Jeremy Mathieu, who’s nursing an Achilles issue, on the sidelines in Turkey.

Late kickoffs

APOEL Nicosia vs. Basel

AZ Alkmaar vs. LASK

Bayer Leverkusen vs. FC Porto

Olympiacos vs. Arsenal

Rangers vs. Braga

Roma vs. Gent

Wolfsburg vs. Malmo FF

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Espanyol

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