ROAD TO BAKU
Valencia, Napoli and Frankfurt all revived past glories on the road to Baku, but English sides Chelsea and Arsenal ultimately completed the long journey east
BREAKING NEW GROUND
You could fit the population of F91 Dudelange’s home town into San Siro and still have 60,000 seats to spare, but were Luxembourg’s first UEFA group stage representatives daunted? A shock 2-1 lead against seven-time European champions AC Milan heading into the final 25 minutes suggested not. “We certainly gave them a scare and scored two beautiful goals,” enthused coach Dino Toppmöller, after the Rossoneri denied them a famous result with a late flurry. Dudelange eventually bowed out with a historic point at home to Real Betis.
Season in numbers
Chelsea have gone a record 17 UEFA Europa League matches unbeaten.
Villarreal have now played the most UEFA Europa League matches.
Unai Emery has overseen a record 73 UEFA Europa League matches.
Salzburg have most wins, one more than Villareal
Sevilla’s victory against Akhisar equalled the record win.
Arsenal and Villareal both kept a record-equalling five successive clean sheets
Arsenal are the third team to reach successive semi-finals, after Sevilla and Benfica.
Salzburg finished the group stage with a 100% record for the third time.
Daniel Carriço has
made a record 60 appearances in the competition, for Sporting CP and Sevilla.
Chelsea were among nine sides who made their debut group stage appearances.
Wissam Ben Yedder