Unlike the Champions League, the Bundesliga didn’t do very well in the (basically worthless) Europa-liga group stage.
Hannover 96 had the best performance. The 96ers looked in a world of hurt as they went down 0-2 at Dutch side Twente, but managed to storm back and escape with a draw.
Leverkusen was largely crap against Ukraine’s Kharkiv. Bayer had a few chances to win, but of course wasted them. Nobody really wanted to watch this match anyway, so those that stayed away are at least happy.
Stuttgart got off to a great side against Steaua, but reverted to form quickly and stunk. They were lucky to escape with a draw.
But the prize goes to Gladbach for their utterly disgraceful performance against Limassol. They hit the post and messed up a bunch of chances. They even managed to to miss a penalty. I thought I’d never see a German Bundesliga club unable to rip the ass of some Cypriot side, but there you have it. Not to take anything away from Limassol, by all accounts they fought hard. But what’s next Gladbach, no goals against some Albanian part-timers?
FC Twente Enschede - Hannover 96 2:2 (1:0) 22,500 1:0 Janssen (7., Chadli) 2:0 Chadli (54. 2:1 Sobiech (67., Rausch) 2:2 Wisgerhof (72., owngoal, Rausch) Bayer Leverkusen - Metalist Charkiw 0:0 (0:0) 15,322 VfB Stuttgart - Steaua Bukarest 2:2 (1:1) 17,155 1:0 Ibisevic (5., Hajnal) 1:1 Chipciu (6., Nikolic) 1:2 Rusescu (80., penalty, Popa) 2:2 Niedermeier (85., Cacau) AEL Limassol - Borussia M'gladbach 0:0 (0:0) 10,000