Player Ratings Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 Paderborn 18 August 2019

Kevin Volland starred with a goal and an assist as Bayer Leverkusen got their new league season off to a winning start with a 3-2 victory over Paderborn on Sunday afternoon.

Volland set up Leon Bailey for the game’s opener on 10 minutes. Sven Michel equalised for Paderborn five minutes later but Kai Havertz’s 19th minute effort put the home side back in front.

Paderborn again found a way back into the game through Streli Mamba before Volland’s 69th minute goal sealed the clash in Leverkusen’s favour.

Here are the player ratings for the game below.

Player ratings bayer leverkusen 3-2 paderborn 2019

Debrecen 1-4 Torino Player Ratings Europa League 2019

Torino moved into the third qualifying round of the Europa League by defeating Debrecen 4-1 in Hungary. The result, coupled with the Granata’s 3-0 first leg win, gave them a 7-1 victory on aggregate.

Simone Zaza, who had scored the last goal of the first leg, netted the first of the second on 25 minutes. The likes of Armando Izzo, Andrea Belotti and Vincenzo Millico were also on target for the Italians.

Torino will face Belarussian outfit Shakhtyor Soligorsk in the next round

Here are the player ratings for the game from the Italian press.

Torino player ratings vs Debrecen 1 August 2019 second leg

Debrecen 1-4 Torino player ratings

Debrecen player ratings v Torino

Debrecen vs Torino player ratings 2019

Stjarnan 1-3 Espanyol Player Ratings Europa League 2019

Here are the player ratings from Espanyol’s second leg Europa qualifying clash away at Stjarnan. The Catalan outfit had won the first leg 4-0 at home, and followed it up with a 3-1 victory today in Iceland to take the tie 7-1 on aggregate.

Borja Iglesias and Facundo Ferreyra, who had scored in the first leg at the RCDE stadium, also found the back of the net today. Espanyol’s other scorer on the evening was left back Adria Pedrosa.

Stjarnan’s solitary goal came from Baldur Sigurdsson, who netted three minutes from time.

Stjarnan vs Espanyol 1 August, 2019 player ratings from AS and MD

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Aulas says no contact with Liverpool over Fekir

Outspoken Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michael Aulas has indicated that the Rhone Valley outfit have had no contact with Liverpool over a summer transfer for Nabil Fekir.

Fekir is widely expected to move to Anfield this summer, with reports indicating a transfer fee or around £60-70m. Aulas has indicated that the Reds would have to break the bank for the transfer, saying that someone would have to be “very, very rich” for OL to sell their star playmaker.

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Lyon qualified for the Champions League with a final day 3-2 win over Nice thanks to a hat trick from Memphis Depay and Aulas has indicated OL’s presence in Europe’s premier club competition may persuade Fekir to stay for another season. However French media sources seem to think otherwise, with Canal reckoning the deal is “99%” done, and the home crowd giving him a standing ovation when he was substituted against OGCN- the kind one would expect when the player is potentially playing his last game for his club.

Lyon were widely tipped to be one of the favourites for the Europa League with a final on home soil, but crashed out in the round of 16 to Russian outfit CSKA Moscow, after qualifying behind Atalanta in their group.

High ticket & hotel prices burn holes in fans’ pockets ahead of CL final

Liverpool and Real Madrid fans wishing to watch their two teams do battle in Kiev this weekend are finding out the whole trip will end up denting their wallets by more than just a bit.

Both clubs were given 16,626 tickets each, meaning a little over half would be given to fans of the two teams squaring off in the 63,000 capacity stadium in the Ukrainian capital.

Resale tickets for the event have been selling as high as £1,337, the face value of which was just £61 during the club’s official ticket allotments.

But fans are keen to go, with Liverpool making their first European Cup final appearance in over a decade. In fact, local band Echo and the Bunnymen wanted to reschedule their concert in order to see the final, but changed their mind after angry fans made their voice heard on social media.

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It’s not just tickets- hotels and airlines are making merry as well. For example, a hotel room for the final costs a whopping £859, but the same is available for just £16 a week later. Even flights from Kiev to London appear to be carrying a 6x markup, with a return around the time of the final available for £1,214 versus a modest £267 for the same sector a week later.

Liverpool fans have dubbed these a “tax on their passion” with Derek Twigg, a British parliamentarian who is also a LFC season ticket holder, calling the situation “appalling”