The Real society receives on Thursday a Naples without much margin in the Europa League, while the Granada is measured with the PAOK Thessaloniki and the Villarreal visit to Qarabag Azerbaijani, on the second day of the continental tournament.
La Real, last week’s 1-0 winners in Rijeka, host Napoli who were the only major contender in the Europa League to lose 1-0 to Dutch Alkmaar on the first matchday.
We suffered a great blow on the first day. We must avoid further complicating our path in the Europa League, warned coach Gennaro Gattuso.
La Real, leaders of the Spanish LaLiga, faces with optimism the most interesting duel ‘a priori’ of the new day of the continental tournament after reaping four consecutive victories in official matches.
The Basque team had speculated that there would be an audience at the meeting, but the worsening of the pandemic in Spain led them to give up their aspiration.
Granada also faces a lively confrontation with PAOK from Thessaloniki, which could serve to increase their advantage at the head of group E of the continental tournament.
The Andalusian team came back last week against PSV Eindhoven by winning 2-1 and becoming the solo leader of the key.
The week is honors. In the end everything is positive at a time that demands the maximum, said on Sunday Granada coach Diego Martínez, after beating Getafe 1-0 in the league.
The Spanish team, playing for the first time in Europe, has three consecutive official victories and is looking for the fourth.
Villarreal, who also started by beating Turkish Sivasspor 5-3, visit the Azerbaijani Qarabag in search of a victory that will consolidate them in the leadership of group I.
The ‘Yellow Submarine’ wants to react again in Europe, after the suffered draw achieved last weekend against Cádiz in LaLiga.
In Italy, Roma host CSKA from Sofia in search of three points that could give them the lead in group A, held by Cluj.
The Romans are second tied at three points, but with worse goal difference than the Romanians, who face the Swiss Young Boys.
Milan will face Sparta Prague in search of first place in group H, which is held by Lille.
The French club receives Celtic to try to continue in front of the key.
Arsenal suffered last week to beat Rapid Vienna 2-1 and now host Irish Dundalk in group B of the Europa League.
A victory would place him leader of the key, provided that the Swedish Mold stumble against the Austrian team in the other match.
José Mourino’s Tottenham, leader of group J, will receive Belgian Antwerp, in a duel for the head of the key, which both command.
– Program of the 2nd round of the Europa League, which will take place on Thursday, October 29 (GMT):
(17h55) Zorya Luhansk (UKR) – Braga (POR)
AEK Atenas (GRE) – Leicester (ENG)
(17h55) Milan (ITA) – Sparta Prague (CZE)
Lille (FRA) – Celtic (SCO)
(17h55) Sivasspor (TUR) – Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR)
Qarabag (AZE) – Villarreal (ESP)
(17h55) Amberes (BEL) – Tottenham (ENG)
LASK Linz (AUT) – Ludogorets (BUL)
(17h55) Feyenoord (NED) – Wolfsberg (AUT)
CSKA Moscow (RUS) – Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
(5:55 p.m.) Red Star (SRB) – Liberec (SLO)
Gante (BEL) – Hoffenheim (GER)
(20h00) Rome (ITA) – CSKA Sofia (BUL)
Cluj (ROU) – Young Boys (SUI)
(20h00) Arsenal (ENG) – Dundalk (IRL)
Mold (SWE) – Rapid Vienna (AUT)
(20h00) Slavia Prague (CZE) – Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
Niza (FRA) – Hapoel Beer Sheva (ISR)
(20h00) Benfica (POR) – Standard Lieja (BEL)
Rangers (SCO) – Lech Poznan (POL)
(20h00) Omonia Nicosia (CYP) – PSV Eindhoven (NED)
Grenada (ESP) – PAOK Thessaloniki (GRE)
(20h00) Real Sociedad (ESP) – Naples (ITA)
AZ Alkmaar (NED) – Rijeka (CRO)
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