Europa League

Europa League Top Five, Matchday Five: Bruno Fernandes punishes PSV

The Sporting captain is joined by the likes of Daichi Kamada and Vitalii Buyalskyi.

 
11:59am on Friday 29th November 2019
By
Martin Macdonald
Bruno Fernandes
M, AM (C) - Sporting CP - 25 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
9.4
Nov 28, 2019
2Goals
2Assists
5Total shots
6Crosses
17Final third passes
2Dribbles
7Ball recovered
87Touches

Bruno Fernandes recently signed a new contract with Sporting and celebrated the new deal with a devastating performance against PSV, scoring two and assisting another two. He set up the opening goal with an unconventional lofted cross into the box for Luiz Phellype, and then scored the second with a bouncing strike in off the post from 35 yards. For Sporting's third, he whipped a deep corner-kick to the back post for Jeremy Mathieu to slide a finish into the roof of the net, and then rounded off the win with a coolly taken penalty to make it 4-0.

Daichi Kamada
F, AM (C) - Frankfurt - 23 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
9.1
Nov 28, 2019
2Goals
4Crosses
2Tackles won
11Final third passes
4Touches in box
2Dribbles
3Ball recovered
53Touches

The performance of Kamada ultimately cost Unai Emery his job as Arsenal head coach, as the Japanese scored two to complete a 2-1 comeback for Eintracht Frankfurt at the Emirates on Thursday. His goals came via a pair of outstanding finishes - the first being superbly curled into the bottom corner from the edge of the box and the second being squeezed beyond everyone into the same corner after a cleared corner-kick. He sent 11 passes into the final third, and helped his team out three ball recoveries and two clearances.

Vitalii Buyalskyi
DM, M (C) - Dynamo Kyiv - 26 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
89'
8.9
Nov 28, 2019
89Minutes played
2Assists
3Total shots
1Crosses
4Touches in box
6Duels won
4Big chances
43Touches

Dynamo Kyiv's hopes of qualifying from the Europa League group stage took a hit this week as they were defeated 4-3 away at Malmo. One player unlucky to be on the losing side was Buyalskyi who assisted two goals for Vitaliy Mykolenko and then Viktor Tsyhankov in the first half. As well as being a provider for his team-mates, he won the majority of his duels (6/8), tackles (2/3), and 100% of his aerial duels.

Vincent Aboubakar
ST (C) - Porto - 27 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.9
Nov 28, 2019
2Goals
5Total shots
15Final third passes
8Touches in box
2Dribbles
4Ball recovered
84Successfull passes %
62Touches

In contrast to Dynamo, Porto kept their progression hopes alive as Aboubakar scored twice to complete a 2-1 comeback for the Portuguese side away at Young Boys. Both goals highlighted his danger inside the box, as for his first he found himself positioned perfectly inside the box to open up his foot to divert a cross into the net, while the second saw him sniff out a close range finish at the back post. He worked hard, too, making four ball recoveries, one interception, and two clearances.

Lorenzo Pellegrini
M, AM (C) - Roma - 23 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
71'
8.7
Nov 28, 2019
71Minutes played
2Assists
2Total shots
2Crosses
19Final third passes
6Duels won
3Ball recovered
45Touches

Roma moved ahead of Basaksehir in Group J after a comfortable 3-0 victory away against the Turkish side, with Pellegrini setting up the second and third goals after Jordan Veretout opened the scoring with a penalty. Both assists were a display of Pellegrini's excellent vision, and were fairly similar, too, as he sent through-balls for Justin Kluivert and then Edin Dzeko to score. Defensively, he won 6/9 duels, 2/3 tackles, and had 45 touches throughout his time on the pitch.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Nemanja Gudelj (8.7) may not have recorded a goal or an assist for Sevilla in the win over Qarabag, but he ran the midfield from start to finish, winning an incredible 17 out of 20 duels as well as completing more passes (115/120) than anyone else in the Europa League on Thursday.

ROUND TO FORGET

Alexandru Epureanu (4.9) didn't have a great night for Basaksehir against Roma as he was regularly bullied by Dzeko up top. He made zero tackles, and lost all of his duels and aerial duels.

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