Standard Liege beat Akhisar in UEFA Champions League

By Fatih Erel

ISTANBUL (AA) – Turkey's Akhisar was defeated by Belgium's Standard Liege 2-1 Thursday in their second match of the Europa League 2018-19 group stage.

The second week of the UEFA Europa League concluded Thursday with 24 matches.

In Group J, Standard Liege midfielder Mehdi Carcela's corner from the left met the head of teammate Renaud Emond, who bounced a header past Akhisar's goalkeeper Fatih Ozturk to open the scoring in the match.

Akhisar scored their first European league goal in the 32nd minute of the away match when Standard Liege goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa managed to save Yevhen Selezynov's header but could not hold it and Onur Ayık poked in the rebound.

But Standard Liege moved ahead again as Moussa Djenepo scored a goal in the 40th minute, with the first half ending 2-1.

The Turkish side was down to 10 men after Akhisar's Mustafa Yumlu received a second yellow card and was sent off in the 82nd minute. The match ended 2-1.

Akhisar lost 1-0 to Russia's Krasnodar in their UEFA Europa League debut while Standard Liege was beaten 5-1 at Sevilla in their first match in the group.

In the other Group J match, Krasnodar beat Sevilla 2-1.

The other results are as follows:

Group A: Leverkusen 4-2 AEK Larnaca, Zurich 1-0 Ludogorets

Group B: Rosenborg 1-3 Leipzig, Salzburg 3-1 Celtic

Group C: Bordeaux 1-2 Kobenhavn, Zenit 1-0 Slavia Praha

Group D: Fenerbahce 2-0 Spartak Trnava, Anderlecht 0-2 Dinamo Zagreb

Group E: Vorskla 1-2 Sporting CP, Qarabag 0-3 Arsenal:

Group F: Real Betis 3-0 Dudelange, Milan 3-1 Olympiacos:

Group G: Spartak Moskva 3-3 Villarreal, Rangers 3-1 Rapid Wien

Group H: Apollon 2-2 Marseille, Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1 Lazio

Group I: Malmo 2-0 Besiktas, Sarpsborg 3-1 Genk

Group J: Krasnodar 2-1 Sevilla, Standard Liege 2-1 Akhisar

Group K: Astana 2-0 Rennes, Jablonec 2-2 Dynamo Kyiv

Group L: BATE 1-4 PAOK, Chelsea 1-0 Vidi

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