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    Originally posted by Felicity, I guess so View Post

    If Rantic and Celtgers are still in it we must still be in the early bits, surely..?
    Think again.

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      Yes Celtic's last minute winner has taken them into a "European spring" as it gets called in Romania, and simultaneously taken CFR Cluj a point from the same outcome.

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        Man United's comfortable win will see them into the knockouts on H2H, so just need to defeat AZ to top the group.

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          That goal by martial was so sexy

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            Mata looks really good against rubbish, slow and tactically inept opponents.

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              What a great night for the Glasgow 2. Both sides are operating at a good level just now. That is in stark contrast to my level at five-a-sides tonight. If there is a rating below woeful then I was deserving of it.

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                On current rankings, the Scottish runners-up will be in EL2, the Europa Conference League, from 2021-22 so unless Rangers get back the title, this season and next will be their last opportunities to compete at this level, which seems very unfair given their performance here but a reflection of the form that got Scotland's ranking so low.

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                  I'm sure that the Stadion Energa Gdansk is very nice, and nowt against Poland at all, but why is the final going to be held there? Wiki tells me the capacity is 41, 620 (surely to be reduced for "security reasons") and given that the UEFA "family" and assorted sponsors will once again need their (un)fair share of tickets the competing finalists will probably end up with no more than (?) 12,000 fans each. It's like the Superbowl: very few fans from the teams in the final and all to do with corporate sales etc. Why is it,, though, not possible to wait a bit longer at least before deciding on a destination? Imagine Man Utd - Sevilla in the final...the Nou Camp or suchlike could be chosen at short notice and everyone is happy.

                  Not gonna happen, though.

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                    Originally posted by Sporting View Post

                    Think again.
                    Aye, whatever. Gladbach beat Roma and should now qualify

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                      Gdańsk is only a bit smaller than the average EL Final venue under the current format. In recent years, it has been held in Basel (37,500) and at the Juventus Stadium (41,500j and did not sell out at either venue.

                      Next season's final will be at the Sanchez Pizjuan, though.

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                        I think holding the Europe final in a country which is unlikely to get the CL final makes very good sense (with obvious provisos over choosing venues like Azerbaijan). When it was held in Bucharest a few years ago it was a real boost to football here (and is undoubtedly one of the reasons that the city has got some games for Euro2020)

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                          That was Platini's original intention with the format change, but it is worth noting that this is Poland's second this decade (2015 in Warsaw) and that for every Romania, Sweden, Switzerland or Azerbaijan there has been an Italy, Spain, France or the Netherlands (though generally not the "premier" ground in each such country).

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                            Strange that the Liverpool - Sevilla game didn't sell out. Are you sure the lowish turnout wasn't due to those security restrictions?

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                              No, it was about 1,500 short of the reduced capacity. I seem to recall Swiss costs being a factor for some.

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