Diving into the statistics of the Europa League: the big winners of the second day | UEFA Europa League
UEFA.com has a wealth of statistics covering many aspects of the game to improve the UEFA Europa League.
We sift through the data from Day 2 to select the most notable displays.
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Most passes completed
91: Igor Zubeldia (Real Sociedad)
87: Aritz Elustondo (Real Sociedad)
84: Carl Starfelt (Celtic)
83: Guillaume Saliba (Marseille)
78: lvaro (Marseille)
Real Sociedad dominated their 1-1 home draw against Monaco, with 64% possession and 515 assists – their central defensive duo Zubeldia and Elustondo managed more than a third of that between them. The numbers were even more impressive from Marseille – 65% and 529 – with Saliba in the top four for the second day in a row, but the French team couldn’t turn that dominance into three points either as it was held by Galatasaray .
6: Cody Gakpo (PSV Eindhoven)
6: Filip KostiÄ (Eintracht Frankfurt)
6: Borna BariÅ¡iÄ (Rangers)
6: Aaron Cresswell (West Ham)
Two of PSV’s four goals at Sturm Graz came from crosses and the only surprise was that Gakpo’s delivery didn’t directly result in either, although the opener came after his corner kicked. been fired. The fact that none of the other players with six successful crosses had an assist either, neither coming close to Cresswell, whose cross was aimed at the post by Craig Dawson shortly before opening the scoring against Rapid Wien. A word also for BariÅ¡iÄ, who also finished second on this list on Matchday 1.
12: Olivier Boscagli (PSV Eindhoven)
11: Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt)
11: Dinis Almeida (Royal Antwerp)
11: Elseid Hysaj (Lazio)
10: Bryan Heynan (Genk)
10: Juninho (Midtjylland)
PSV’s place at the top of this metric might seem unexpected considering they won 4-1, but this score doesn’t reflect the fact that Sturm Graz nearly matched them for shots and ball recoveries, making regular interventions of Boscagli vital for the result. A simple team recovery was all that separated Hasebe’s Eintracht and Almeida’s Antwerp, but the former’s individual performance was all the more impressive as he was substituted in the 72nd minute as the German team looked for and ended up grabbing the only goal. A nod to Heynan also after dominating this ranking on the first day.
10: KÃ©vin ThÃ©ophile-Catherine (Dinamo Zagreb)
9: Maik Nawrocki (Legia Warszawa)
8: Ãlex Moreno (Real Betis)
7: Radovan Pankov (Crvena zvezda)
7: Dinis Almeida (Royal Antwerp)
7: Pablo (Lokomotiv Moscow)
Dinamo Zagreb and Legia won two of the most notable triumphs, beating Genk and Leicester respectively and the fact that both did so with a clean sheet owed a lot to the determined performances of Theophile-Catherine and Nawrocki. Betis and Ãlex Moreno also showed courage to take out FerencvÃ¡ros in a more balanced game than the 3-1 score suggests, while Pankov was the only player with seven clearances to be part of a team that did not did not concede.
7: Mads Hermansen (BrÃ¸ndby)
7: Joe Hart (Celtic)
6: Lukas Hradecky (Leverkusen)
6: Altay BayÄ±ndÄ±r (FenerbahÃ§e)
5: JÃ¶rg Siebenhandl (Sturm Graz)
5: Kristijan Kahlina (Ludogorets)
Celtic found it tough in the group stage, scoring four goals in both games, but things could have been a lot worse if Hart hadn’t made 12 saves, a season-high record in those games. Hermansen is only behind in the first two games, although his exploits this week have failed to secure his side a second clean sheet. Hart’s counterpart, Hradecky, has remained intact, however, and is the only name above that can say that this time around.
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