Friday, March 8, 2024

Premier League in Europe

Manchester City cruised to the next round of the Champions League with a 3-1 victory over Copenhagen, the same scoreline as the first meeting between the mismatched sides. Liverpool, meanwhile, easily handed Sparta Prague 5-1 in the opening leg of their Europa League tie. Brighton, unfortunately, was on the wrong end of a 4-0 trouncing at the hands of Roma. Former Premier League star Romelu Lukaku was one of the four goal scorers for Roma. Brighton Manager Roberto De Zerbi continues to cite injuries for the poor performance versus Roma and in recent Premier League matches, a refrain becoming somewhat tired to Seagull supporters. West Ham was victimized by an 81st minute goal by Freiburg in the Hammers 1-0 Europa League loss. The match ended in controversial fashion when West Ham was not awarded a penalty in stoppage time for an apparent handball by Freiburg. Aston Villa Manger Unai Emery made five changes to his lineup and seemed happy to walk away with a 0-0 result at Ajax in a Europa Conference League match. Villa faces a crucial Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend as Emery’s side contends for a Champions League place for next season.

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