Bayer Leverkusen corrected OGC Nice for its entry into the Europa League (6-2). Arsenal, AS Roma and Benfica ensured while Napoli lost at home.
In the pouring rain, OGC Nice challenged Bayer Leverkusen for the first day of Group C in the Europa League. Patrick Vieira’s men, lined up in 3-5-2, were in difficulty from the start by the German pressing and the races of Moussa Diaby and Leon Bailey. The Jamaican would not be long in putting Nadiem Amiri into orbit. The No. 11 erased Dante who came to meet him and quietly adjusted Walter Benitez with a cross shot (1-0, 11th).
Lucas Alario, perfectly served in the box by Julian Baumgartlinger, turned around, resisted Robson Bambu and released a powerful strike from the left which ended his race in the top corner (2-0, 15th). Bailey then forced Benitez to a nice tap with a tight shot (17th). The Eaglets reacted. Stanley Nsoki recovered a high ball and went to cross for Amine Gouiri. The former Lyonnais reduced the score with a well placed shot at ground level (2-1, 30th). Hassane Kamara (41st), following a relay with Dante mounted on a corner, passed close to the equalizer with a strike from the left (40th).
The Gym came back from the locker room with very good intentions. Kasper Dolberg, entered at the break, offered space to Gouiri, who sent a heavy shot deflected for a corner by Lukas Hradecky (54th). In the process, Dante sent a volley in the empty stands of the BayArena. But the proteges of Peter Bosz took back control of the operations. Exequiel Palacios recovered a ball in the feet of Morgan Schneiderlin at the entrance of the box and gave a goal ball to Diaby. The former Parisian did not hesitate to give two goals ahead of his own (3-1, 60th). Karim Bellarabi drove the point home with a shot from 18 meters upon receiving a poorly returned corner (4-1, 78th).
The midfielder even offered a double a few moments later, with a slightly deflected shot (5-1, 83rd). The young hopeful Florian Wirtz went there from his goal after a good service from Diaby (6-1, 86th). Alexis Claude-Maurice scored a new goal for the honor (6-2, 88th). In the other meetings of this first part of the evening, Benfica won in Poland on the lawn of Lech Poznan (2-4). Éric Bauthéac scored in the draw for Omonia on the road to PAOK (1-1). Mario Götze was further illustrated by scoring but could not avoid the defeat of PSV Eindhoven against Granada (1-2). Naples was surprised at San Paolo by the Dutch AZ (0-1). Arsenal won on the lawn of Rapid Vienna after being led (1-2) just like AS Roma in Bern (1-2).
The results of the 18:55 matches:
CSKA Sofia (BUL) 0–2 Cluj (ROU) – Rondon 53rd, Deac 74th sp
Young Boys (SUI) 1–2 AS Roma (ITA) – Nsamé 14th sp; B. Peres 69th, Kumbulla 74th
Dundalk (IRL) 1–2 Molde (NOR) – Murray 35th; Hussain 61st, Omoijuanfo 72nd sp
Rapid Vienna (AUT) 1–2 Arsenal (ENG) – Fountas 51st; D. Luiz 70th, Aubameyang 74th
Bayer Leverkusen (ALL) 6–2 OGC Nice (FRA) – Amiri 10th, Alario 15th, Diaby 60th, Bellarabi 78th and 83rd, Wirtz 86th; Gouiri 30th, Claude-Maurice 88th
Hapoel Beer Sheva (ISR) 3–1 Slavia Prague (RTC) – Agudelo 45th, Acolatse 86th and 88th; Provod 76th
Lech Poznan (POL) 2–3 Benfica (POR) – Ishak 15th, 48th; Pizzi 9th sp, Nuñez 42nd, 60th and 90th
Standard (BEL) 0–2 Rangers (ECO) – Tavernier 19th sp, Roofe 90th +2
PAOK (GRE) 1–1 Omonia (CHY) – Murg 56th; Bauthéac 16th
PSV (PB) 1–2 Granada (ESP) – Götze 45th; Molina 57th, Machis 67th
Rijeka (CRO) 0–1 Real Sociedad (ESP) Bautista 90th +2
Naples (ITA) 0–1 AZ (PB) Karlsson 57th