Hats off to Aubameyang
Perhaps, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was born to play football in the Europa League, as he is still playing with explosive form in this tournament despite turning 34 years old. With 3 goals against Ajax – including A “relentless” masterpiece, the Gabonese striker scored a hat-trick for the third time in the Europa League, officially becoming the second player in history (after Radamel Falcao) to achieve this impressive achievement.
Up to now, Aubameyang has scored 29 goals in 53 matches in the Europa League, and this season alone, he has 5 goals. Aubameyang’s hat-trick helped Marseille win a dramatic victory over Ajax with a final score of 4-3, thereby continuing to maintain the top spot in Group B.
Before entering the Olympiacos confrontation, Michael Gregoritsch was going through a series of 13 consecutive unsuccessful matches in all competitions. In the end, the Freiburg striker ended his “goal drought” in a more impressive way, with a hat-trick against Olympiacos just 36 minutes into the match. At the same time, the Austrian star also made his mark with an assist.
Notably, Freiburg scored 5 goals for the second consecutive match in the Europa League, marking a new record for the tournament. As for Gregoritsch, he also equaled his scoring record during last season in the Europa League.
History awaits Salah
The successful penalty against LASK Linz marked Mohamed Salah’s 199th goal in a Liverpool shirt, meaning this weekend, a strike against Fulham would not only help Salah become the first African player to reach the milestone. 150 goals in the Premier League, but the Egyptian star will also become the first non-British player to score 200 goals for The Kop.
At that time, Salah will enter the “temple” of legends including Ian Rush, Roger Hunt, Gordon Hodgson and Billy Liddell, and become the 5th player in Liverpool history to reach the 200 goal mark. As for Liverpool, 3 points against LASK means they have won all matches at Anfield this season (10 matches), the best achievement since the 1985/86 season.
“God of Wealth” Soucek
When the match between West Ham United and Backa Topola seemed to end 0-0, Tomas Soucek continued to shine with a goal in the 89th minute to bring 3 points to the away team. It is important to know that this was Soucek’s third goal in his last 3 appearances, and all of the Czech Republic midfielder’s goals were scored from the 88th minute onwards. In all competitions, Soucek has pocketed 5 goals after 5 matches at club and national team levels.
Brighton makes history
With a minimal victory in the away trip to AEK Athens, for the first time in history, Brighton has officially passed the group stage of a tournament within the European Cup. If they cannot win the top spot after the final match, coach Roberto De Zerbi and his team will enter the play-off match with a team from the Champions League. And even though they were eliminated, they are still certain to participate in the knock-out round of the Conference League.
Huynh Phong | 22:25 December 2, 2023