Football | Europa League / Conference 23/24 | Matchday 2 | Roundup

By Robert Wheeler

  • Liverpool defeat Union-Saint-Gilloise
  • Brighton draw with Marseille
  • West Ham defeat Freiburg
Europe – It was a mixed night for the British sides in the Europa League / Conference but we did have wins for Liverpool, West Ham and Aston Villa.


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Europa League

Liverpool win comfortably

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Liverpool have been in the news a lot recently for the VAR controversy in their last Premier League game with Tottenham Hotspur. However, there were no issues last night as Jurgen Klopp‘s side defeated Union Saint-Gilloise 2-0 at Anfield.

Ryan Gravenberch gave the Reds the lead with a tap-in and the victory was secured when Diogo Jota scored in added time. Klopp’s team are top of Group E with six points. They host Toulouse next in the competition. 

Brighton draw in France

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Brighton’s first campaign in European football did not get off to the best of starts last week as they lost 3-2 to AEK Athens. However, they came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Marseille at the Stade Velodrome last night.

The French team raced into a comfortable advantage thanks to finishes from Chancel Mbemba and Jordan VeretouRoberto De Zerbi‘s side did not lie down as Pascal Gross got one back before Joao Pedro equalised from the penalty spot.

It will go down as a historic night for the Seagulls as they claimed their first-ever points in Europe. Next up for De Zerbi’s side is a mouthwatering home tie against Ajax.


West Ham make English record

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West Ham United secured a remarkable record by becoming the English side with the longest unbeaten run in European football with 17 games after they defeated Freiburg 2-1 at the Europa-Park Stadion.

The Hammers had taken the lead through Lucas Paqueta‘s header but the German side equalised through Roland Sallai. Nayef Aguerd got the winner from James Ward-Prowse‘s corner. Ward-Prowse was left out of England’s latest squad but was again showing Gareth Southgate that he should be back with the Three Lions.

David Moyes‘ side travel to Greece for their next European game which is against Olympiacos. The Hammers who are top of Group A will be looking to extend their undefeated run in Europe.

Rangers suffer defeat

Rangers lost to the Cypriot side Aris Limassol 2-1, which is a bad result especially as the Scottish side defeated Real Betis in their last European game. The Gers face Sparta Prague next in the competition.

Europa Conference League

Aston Villa need late winner

Aston Villa lost to Legia Warsaw in their opening game of the Europa Conference League. However, Unai Emery‘s side bounced back with a 1-0 win over Zrinjski Mostar at Villa Park.

John McGinn scored the winner from a Matty Cash cross in the 94th minute to claim the three points. Amazingly in Group E, all four teams have three points and a goal difference of zero. Next up for Villa in Europe is a trip to the Netherlands to face AZ Alkmaar.

Aberdeen on the board

Aberdeen claimed their first point in Group G as they drew 1-1 with HJK Helsinki. Bojan Miovski got the equaliser against the Finnish side with a header in the 79th minute.

The Scottish side are still bottom of their group and face the league leaders PAOK Salonika next in the competition.

The Europa League / Conference will return on Thursday, October 26.