The 2014 UEFA Europa League began in earnest today with seventy-four teams in action from the lowest seeded nations such as Bosnia, Latvia, Albania, and Hungary in action. 75 goals went in across the 37 First Qualifying Round, First Leg ties, with Daugava Daugavpils’ 2-1 win over FK Sarajevo apparently the pick of the bunch.
Florian Arbëri of Macedonian side Renova became the Europa League’s youngest ever player at just 16 years and 20 days-old, in their 2-0 win at home to Olimpia Balti of Moldova. The previous record holder was Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku, who made an appearance for Anderlecht aged 16 years and 127 days in 2009. The second legs are to be held next week, with the Second Qualifying Round set to begin the following week. We’ll report any key results.
Ciro scores the only goal with a towering back post header – moments after having a penalty saved – as Fluminese won 1-0 at Vasco da Gama in the all-Brazilian Copa Libertadores semi-final. The winners of the second leg, to be played next week, will meet either River Plate or CF América in the final.