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Liverpool Wins, Brighton Fights Back .
- Updated: October 6, 2023
Liverpool moved closer to the Europa League knockout stages with a solid 2-0 victory over Union Saint-Gilloise on Thursday. Meanwhile, Brighton staged a thrilling comeback to secure a 2-2 draw against Marseille. West Ham set a new record for an English team in European competitions by extending their unbeaten streak to 17 games with a 2-1 win over Freiburg. Roma demonstrated their European strength with a 4-0 triumph over Servette, featuring a goal from Romelu Lukaku.
In the Europa League, Liverpool was determined to secure the top spot in Group E and progress directly to the last 16. Jurgen Klopp fielded a strong side at Anfield. Despite some early brilliance from Saint-Gilloise goalkeeper Anthony Moris, Liverpool’s Ryan Gravenberch tapped in a goal just before half-time following a fumble from Moris. Diogo Jota secured the points in stoppage time with a cool finish.
Brighton faced Marseille in what was expected to be a challenging match. Despite Marseille’s struggles this season, they raced to a 2-0 lead with two quick goals in the first half. Chancel Mbemba opened the scoring for Marseille, followed by a goal from Jordan Veretout after a slip from Brighton captain Lewis Dunk. However, Brighton mounted a comeback when Pascal Gross pulled one back, and Joao Pedro leveled the score from the penalty spot in the dying minutes. Brighton now sits just one point behind Marseille and Ajax in Group B.
In another thrilling contest, West Ham achieved a 2-1 victory over Freiburg, setting a new record for the longest unbeaten streak in European competitions by an English team at 17 games. Lucas Paqueta scored an early goal for West Ham with a towering header, but Roland Sallai leveled the score for Freiburg early in the second half. However, West Ham sealed the win as Nayef Aguerd headed home James Ward-Prowse’s corner.
Roma, led by Jose Mourinho, showcased their European prowess with a commanding 4-0 win over Servette. Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring, and Andrea Belotti added a brace, while Lorenzo Pellegrini also found the net. The victory marked Roma’s second win in Group G.
Rangers faced a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Aris Limassol, with the Cypriot team registering their first-ever European group stage victory. Steven Davis, a former Rangers midfielder, took temporary charge, but Aris secured a historic win with goals from Alex Moucketou-Moussounda and Shavy Babicka. Abdallah Sima’s header provided a consolation goal for Rangers.
Group C in the Europa League became highly competitive as all four teams now have three points. Real Betis bounced back from their previous defeat to Rangers with a 2-1 victory over Sparta Prague.
In the Europa Conference League, Aston Villa secured a late 1-0 win over Zrinjski Mostar. John McGinn headed in a crucial 94th-minute winner, providing Villa with a much-needed victory after their earlier defeat at Legia Warsaw.
Liverpool, Brighton, West Ham, Roma, and Aston Villa delivered strong performances in European competitions, aiming for success and progression in their respective tournaments.
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By- Sahiba Suri