Europa Conference League stats dive: alternate stars of knockout play-off second legs | UEFA Europa Conference League

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UEFA.com has a treasure trove of statistics covering many aspects of the game to improve the UEFA Europa Conference League, Europe’s newest club competition.

In this article, brought to you by Swissquote, we review the data to see who got the best billing on a number of match-defining metrics.


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Most passes completed






Highlights: Bodø/Glimt 2-0 Celtic

97: Carl Starfelt (Celtic)
83: Stephen Welsh (Celtic)
73: Kevin Medina (Qarabag)
69: Filip Panak (Sparta Prague)

Despite finding themselves on the losing side against Bodø/Glimt, Celtic centre-backs Starfelt and Welsh have both racked up impressive numbers for their distribution, with Starfelt also having been one of the top contenders for the transition to the first leg. Likewise, centre-halves Medina and Panák also performed well, although their teams also withdrew from the Europa Conference League.

Finished crosses




Highlights: Slavia Prague 3-2 Fenerbahce


Highlights: Slavia Prague 3-2 Fenerbahce

5: Srdjan Plavsic (Slavia Prague)
3: Abdellah Zoubir (Qarabag)

Floating away from a No.10 position, Slavia’s pint-sized Plavšić initiated the Czech side’s first of three goals against Fenerbahçe with a deep strike. Scoring the second-best number of crosses, Zoubir proved a nuisance down Qarabağ’s left, despite a fairly straightforward Marseille victory in Baku.

Recovered balls




Highlights: Vitesse 2-0 Rapid Vienna


Highlights: Vitesse 2-0 Rapid Vienna

13: Kevin Wimmer (Rapid Vienna)
12: Danilho Doekhi (Speed)
12: Alois Oroz (Speed)
11: Ibrahim Sangare (PSV)

Responsible for part of the total of 44 balls recovered by Rapid Wien, Wimmer is at the top of the table. However, right behind him, Vitesse’s main fighters Doekhi and Oroz picked up 12 each as they helped the Dutch side close their first leg deficit to knock out Wimmer and Co.

Clearances




Highlights: Partizan 2-1 Sparta Prague


Highlights: Partizan 2-1 Sparta Prague

15: Igor Vujacic (Partizan)
7: Mads Thychosen (Midtjylland)
7: Boubacar Kamara (Marseille)
7: David Hancko (Sparta Prague)
6: Marcel Tisserand (Fenerbahce)

Sparta Praha eventually penetrated Partizan’s defensive blockade, but for 85 minutes Vujačic and his back line proved impassable. Warding off the visitors’ advances, the centre-half set up to help the Serbian side reach the last 16, racking up a massive 15 clearances in the process – the most on a single matchday this season.

Most backups




Highlights: Randers 1-3 Leicester


Highlights: Randers 1-3 Leicester

5: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester)
5: Joel Drommel (PSV)
5: Elias Rafn Olafsson (Midtjylland)
5: Altay Bayındır (Fenerbahce)
4: Joe Hart (Celtic)

As their 23 attempts on goal indicate, Leicester’s opponents Randers needed something special to recover from their 4-1 first leg defeat. With only a handful of them a real threat, Schmeichel looked set for a clean sheet to accompany his five saves – until a late lapse in concentration offered the Danish hosts some consolation. Elsewhere, had it not been for Drommel’s vital 87th-minute reaction stoppage against Maccabi Tel-Aviv, PSV’s Round of 16 fate might have been different as the match had begun to tilt in favor of the Israeli club.


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