Football Europa League
Grifo ensures Freiburg beat Topola 3-1 – Leverkusen also wins
Status: 26.10.2023 | Reading time: 2 minutes
Freiburg’s Vincenzo Grifo celebrates after his goal
Source: dpa/Tom Weller
The Bundesliga soccer team SC Freiburg is taking a big step towards the knockout round of the Europa League. The Breisgauer team won against the Serbian runner-up FK TSC Backa Topola 3-1. Leverkusen defeated Karabakh Agdam 5-1.
Thanks to a hat trick from Vincenzo Grifo, Bundesliga club SC Freiburg celebrated its second win in the group stage of the Europa League. The Breisgauer team beat Serbian runner-up FK TSC Backa Topola 3-1 (0-1) on Thursday evening.
After Nemanja Petrovic had put the hosts in the lead (13th minute), captain Grifo turned the game around: first the Italian international converted a hand penalty (49th), then he scored with a direct free kick (59th), before completing his hat-trick with a made another goal (73rd) perfect.
With this success, Freiburg took a big step towards the knockout rounds. However, the injuries to Roland Sallai and Maximilian Philipp, who had to be substituted in the first half, dampened the joy. Coach Christian Streich’s team now has six points in Group A.
Leverkusen wins 5-1 against Karabakh Agdam
Led by the outstanding national soccer player Florian Wirtz, Bayer Leverkusen also continued its successful streak in the Europa League. The Bundesliga table leaders celebrated a gala goal in front of their home crowd on Thursday evening and defeated Karabakh Agdam 5:1 (3:1). With another win in two weeks at Agdam, last year’s semi-finalists would be perfect for their place in the knockout round of the Europa League after just four of six games. For the first time in 22 years, Bayer started a European Cup season with three wins.
National player Wirtz conceded Karabakh’s first goal in the current competition in the 4th minute. The Azerbaijanis, who had also previously won twice, equalized with a penalty kick after Granit Xhaka was blacked out by Tural Bajramow (16th). Alejandro Grimaldo (29th), Victor Boniface (35th) and again Grimaldo (54th), each on a pass from Wirtz and Edmond Tapsoba (57th), ensured the dominant victory.