Young Boys - Last Five MatchesYoung Boys 2-0 Sparta Prague
Everton FC v BSC Young Boys
Thursday 26th February 20:05
Europa League Last 32 Leg 2
- Europa League (Hoarau Pen, Steffen)Luzern 1-1 Young Boys
(Vilotic)Young Boys 4-2 Grasshoppers
(Hoarau x2, Kubo, Steffen)Young Boys 1-4 Everton
(Hoarau)Young Boys 4-2 Basel
(Gerndt x2, Gajic, Hoarau)Everton - Last Five MatchesCrystal Palace 0-1 Everton
(Lukaku)Everton 0-0 LiverpoolChelsea 1-0 EvertonYoung Boys 1-4 Everton
- Europa League (Lukaku x3, Coleman)Everton 2-2 Leicester
Everton all but confirmed their place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a comprehensive 4-1 victory in Bern last Thursday. Romelu Lukaku scored his first Everton hat trick in the previous leg which was the second of his career after scoring a hat trick against Manchester United whilst playing for West Brom. Lukaku is now Everton's joint third highest scorer in European Competition, one goal behind Andy Gray (5) and a couple of goals behind top scorer, Fred Pickering (6). Lukaku score the 11th hat trick of the competition this year and the first of the knock out stage.
Everton recorded the second largest win of the first round ties, only outshone by Napoli who won their match by four goals to nil. Only Ajax, Liverpool and Zenit St Petersburg recorded victory from the 8 teams that dropped down from the Champions League whilst Olympiakos (2-0 v Dnipro) and Sporting Lisbon (2-0 Wolfsburg) both lost without an away goal in their first Europa League matches this season. In the 8 matches where a group winner faced a group runner up, there were 3 wins recorded for either side and a couple of draws. Guingamp were the lowest ranked side in the tournament to record victory with a 2-1 home win against 9 man Dynamo Kyiv who had two players sent off.
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Young Boys were handed their heaviest ever home defeat in the UEFA Cup/Europa League with a 4-1 defeat in the home leg. Young Boys' biggest away win in the competition came in a 3-0 win against FC Midtjylland in the 2012-13 edition of the tournament during the play off round, a scoreline which would still see them exit the competition if repeated on Thursday. However, their biggest away defeat in the competition came in the second qualifying round in 2007 with a 5-1 defeat to RC Lens after drawing the first leg 1-1. Guillaume Hoarau is the second highest scorer in the competition this season with 6 goals, Red Bull Salzburg's Alan leads the way with 8 goals.
No club has come back from a 1st leg deficit of three goals since the advent of the Europa League in 09-10 with Fulham's comeback against Juventus being the most famous since the change of format. Middlesbrough produced two famous comebacks in the UEFA Cup in the 2005-06 season after going down 1-0 at home in the second leg against Basel to win 4-1 and go through 4-3 on aggregate following a 2-0 defeat in Switzerland. In the Semi finals they went 2-0 down in the second leg at home (3-0 agg) and came back to win the match 4-0 thanks to a last minute Massimo Maccarone goal. BSC Young will need to score at least 4 goals to have a chance of progressing.
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