EUROPA LEAGUE

MANCHESTER, England | Slumping Newcastle posing 1 of Benitez’s greatest challenges

MANCHESTER, England — He’s won the Champions League, the Europa League, domestic league and cup titles, and coached many of the biggest teams on the continent. Yet keeping Newcastle in the Premier League for another year might be one of the greatest achievements in Rafa Benitez’s managerial career. If he gets the chance to see … Continue reading MANCHESTER, England | Slumping Newcastle posing 1 of Benitez’s greatest challenges

BARCELONA, Spain | Ben Yedder hits hat trick in Sevilla’s 6-2 win at Levante

BARCELONA, Spain — Wissam Ben Yedder hit a first-half hat trick to lead Sevilla to a 6-2 rout at Levante in the Spanish league on Sunday. It was the second big win for Sevilla in three days. Ben Yedder scored twice in a 5-1 home win over Standard Liege in the Europa League on Thursday. … Continue reading BARCELONA, Spain | Ben Yedder hits hat trick in Sevilla’s 6-2 win at Levante

LYON, France | Griezmann owed it to coach Simeone to win Europa League

LYON, France (AP) — Striker Antoine Griezmann figured he owed it to coach Diego Simeone to win the Europa League with Atletico Madrid. He did so in style, scoring two expertly-taken goals as Atletico won the trophy for the third time with a 3-0 victory against Marseille in Wednesday’s final. Griezmann’s decisive contribution helped erase … Continue reading LYON, France | Griezmann owed it to coach Simeone to win Europa League

Late winner moves Betis into 6th in Spanish league

MADRID /April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Sergio Leon scored an 89th-minute winner as Real Betis defeated Getafe 1-0 in the Spanish league on Monday, moving into the qualification zone for the Europa League. Betis jumped from eighth to sixth in the standings with its third straight victory. It is one point behind fifth-place Villarreal. The … Continue reading Late winner moves Betis into 6th in Spanish league

Fiorentina wins emotional 1st match since Astori’s death

MILAN/March 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Fiorentina played its first match since the death of captain Davide Astori, beating Benevento 1-0 on an emotional Sunday at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. The 31-year-old Astori was found dead in his hotel room last Sunday after a suspected cardiac arrest before his team was to play an Italian league … Continue reading Fiorentina wins emotional 1st match since Astori’s death

Napoli knocked out by Leipzig in Europa League

February 22, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Napoli leads Italy’s Serie A but it wasn’t good enough to advance to the Europa League‘s round of 16 on Thursday after the Italian side was knocked out by Leipzig. In other round-of-32 games, Ciro Immobile powered Lazio to the next round with a hat trick, Atletico Madrid scored only goal … Continue reading Napoli knocked out by Leipzig in Europa League

Atalanta beats Sassuolo; Juve looking to go top of Serie A

MILAN /January 27, 2018(AP)(STL.News)—Atalanta eased past Sassuolo 3-0 in Serie A on Saturday to move up to seventh in the standings, a point outside the Europa League qualifying berths. Six-time defending champion Juventus can move to the top of Serie A with a victory at Chievo Verona later. Leader Napoli hosts Bologna on Sunday. Sassuolo … Continue reading Atalanta beats Sassuolo; Juve looking to go top of Serie A

Tight race for Serie A title but a big spender is missing

MILAN/December 28, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) — In one of the tightest Serie A title races of recent seasons, there is one noticeable absentee. AC Milan was expected to be back at the top after spending more than 200 million euros (nearly $250 million) on new players in the offseason. However, it approaches the halfway stage a lowly … Continue reading Tight race for Serie A title but a big spender is missing