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2019/20 Europa League - Round of 32 - Thursday 20th February, 2020

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Thursday 20 February 2020
Sporting CP vs Istanbul Basaksehir
Getafe vs Ajax
Copenhagen vs Celtic
CFR Cruj vs Sevilla
Club Brugge vs Manchester United
Ludogorets vs Inter Milan
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Salzburg
Shaktar Donetsk vs Benfica
Rangers vs Sporting Braga
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Espanyol
Bayer Leverkusen vs Porto
APOEL vs Basel
AZ vs LASK
Wolfsburg vs Malmo FF
AS Roma vs Gent
Olympiakos vs Arsenal

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A big game for Frankfurt against Salzburg in the Europa League. Another good run in the Europa League this season could do wonders for the teams morale. 

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Hutter has tried a variety of formations for Frankfurt during our Europa League games this season. It will be interesting to see what formation he has us play against Salzburg this evening. Of course this is do or die time. A bad result today could be very costly, so there is no room for experimentation by the Austrian manager. 

On the injury front, Gelson Fernandes, Lucas Torro and Marco Russ are all still out. Serbian midfielder Mijat Gacinovic is highly doubtful to be called up as he is suffering from a bad cold. While our star Austrian defender Martin Hinteregger is suspended for this match.

Portuguese forwards Goncalo Paciencia and Andre Silva are both available as is Dutch target man Bas Dost, who has apparently recovered from his recent adductor problems. Kostic has been our leading scorer so far in the Europa League this season with 4 goals and no doubt he will have an important role to play once again. Paciencia and Kamada have respectively scored 3 each.

A win at home today against the Austrian champions will be vital and I fully expect Frankfurt to get the win and put themselves in a good position for the return leg.

 

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It will be interesting if Ole plays this new guy on the block, Odion Ighalo and see how he gets on...

"I won't tell the team today but we will have to rotate with all the games coming up," said the United manager.

"He's one that could start, we've not 100% decided yet."

The Norwegian added: "Odion is a different type of striker.

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1 hour ago, CaaC (John) said:

It will be interesting if Ole plays this new guy on the block, Odion Ighalo and see how he gets on...

"I won't tell the team today but we will have to rotate with all the games coming up," said the United manager.

"He's one that could start, we've not 100% decided yet."

The Norwegian added: "Odion is a different type of striker.

Ighalo is on the bench for this game. I am sure he will come on as a sub at some stage though.

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Hutter has decided to play Andre Silva up front partnered by Kamada. Rode and Ilsanker are the midfielders alongside Sow. Kostic retains his usual position down the left flank, while surprisingly it's Almany Toure taking up the right wing-back position. It's an experienced defence with Hasebe back in the team alongside Abraham and N'Dicka. Trapp is in goal as usual.

In general, this line-up looks quite conservative, leaving me to think that Hutter is trying to make sure that Frankfurt don't concede today. Playing the 1st leg at home is always a slight disadvantage, but I would be content with any type of win today, preferably with us not conceding a goal.

Hopefully the likes of Andre Silva, Kamada and Kostic can punish the Salzburg defence and deliver a positive result today.

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15 minutes ago, Michael said:

Ighalo is on the bench for this game. I am sure he will come on as a sub at some stage though.

Nice to see Mata playing, not Lingard though the arse.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, CaaC (John) said:

Nice to see Mata playing, not Lingard though the arse.

 

 

Yes, Mata will hopefully create something for you tonight. I think Brugge will be a tough nut to crack though, Vanaken in particular is a tricky player to deal with.

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Goal Frankfurt!! Kamada scores in the 12th minute to continue his good scoring record in the Europa League this season. That's a useful early goal and hopefully we can add to it. Salzburg though had more of the possession in the opening 10 minutes. Anyway, it's a great start for Frankfurt.

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16 minutes ago, CaaC (John) said:

I would have prefered playing James & Fernandes than Lingard & Andreas.

I am sure you would have preferred them, especially as you have now gone down 1-0 early doors. Dennis's goal is an early set-back for United. Hopefully the Red Devils can respond positively and find the equaliser.

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Brugge were ahead but gifted Utd a goal. Martial finished it well. 

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That's a precious away goal from Martial for United to draw level, Ole will be very happy with that. 

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Goal Frankfurt!! 2-0 and Kamada scores his second goal of the game!

Kamada is having a great Europa League season. Frankfurt 2-0 up at half-time, great first half for us!!:banana:

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Chucking it down in Brugge. Used to love playing in this weather as a kid. 

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Inter are level at half. I wasn't able to watch the first half, but I'm able to finish the match. 

C'mon Inter. 

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Goal Frankfurt!!  It's now 3-0 and Kamada gets his hattrick!!

What a game by Kamada and Frankfurt!! This is a great result!!

:banana::banana::banana:

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GOAL AGAIN!!! Hahaha it's now 4-0 to Frankfurt!! This time Kostic scores!!

What a performance by Frankfurt, we are destroying the Austrian Champions!!

:banana::banana::banana::banana:

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We are thrashing Salzburg 4-0 and there is still more than half an hour of the match to play. Can we add to this already impressive scoreline? Oh what a night!xD:congrats:

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This is terrible from Utd. So many misplaced passes.

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Just now, Stan said:

This is terrible from Utd. So many misplaced passes.

Tune in to the Frankfurt game and watch how real football is played!xD:22_stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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Inter are definitely looking rough. Majority of the posession, but not a lot with it. Only two real chances, and now Martinez is coming off for Lukaku. 

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5 minutes ago, Michael said:

We are thrashing Salzburg 4-0 and there is still more than half an hour of the match to play. Can we add to this already impressive scoreline? Oh what a night!xD:congrats:

Brilliant!

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5 minutes ago, Michael said:

Tune in to the Frankfurt game and watch how real football is played!xD:22_stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Game over there though ;)

 

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Goal!

Erikson scores with the assist going to Lukaku!

1-0 Inter

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Frankfurt make their first substitution in the 75th minute with Paciencia coming on for his fellow Portuguese international teammate Andre Silva. Paciencia should enjoy this runout for the last quarter of an hour and he will hope to score himself.

Salzburg have already made all their substitutions.

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What a miss from Brugge. Denis is dangerous and takes on Maguire, pulls it back but the player shanks it wide. Should be ahead! 

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Salzburg pull a goal back in the 85th minute through a penalty scored by Hwang Hee-chan.

It was a silly penalty to concede but hey ho it's 4-1 now. Still, it's a great result if it finishes like this.

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