Friday’s soccer news starts in the second-legs of Europa League 3rd round qualifying. Mark McKenzie subbed out in stoppage time of KRC Genk’s 1-1 home draw with Olympiacos to exit the Europa League 2-1 on aggregate. Joseph Paintsil put Genk up from the penalty spot in the 30th. Painstil saw red in the 65th minute. Olympiakos equalized on the night five minutes into stoppage time and went a man down ten minutes into stoppage time. KRC Genk drops to the Europa Conference League play-off round main path where they play Adana Demirspor on August 24 and 31st.
Moving to the main path of the Europa Conference League third qualifying round second-legs, Kenny Saief subbed out in the 79th minute of Neftchi’s 2-1 loss at Besiktas, exiting 5-2 on aggregate. Emin Makhmudov put Neftchi up on the night in the 36th but Besiktas scored in the 57th and 71st minutes.
Djordje Mihailovic’s AZ shutout SCO 2-0 at home to advance 3-0 to the play-off round. Ruben Van Bommel opened the scoring in the 40th and Mayckel Lahdo doubled the lead in the 78th. Sam Rogers was on the bench for Rosenborg’s 3-1 loss at Hearts, exiting 4-3 on aggregate. Isak Thorvaldsson scored for Rosenborg in the 5th. Hearts equalized on the night in the 13th, equalized on aggregate in the 50th, and scored two minutes into stoppage time.
Owen Otasowie wasn’t in the squad for Club Brugge’s 5-1 win at KAA, advancing to the play-off round 10-2 on aggregate. Dedryck Boyata opened the scoring for Club Brugge in the 7th with Michael Skoras doubling the lead in first-half stoppage time and Roman Yaremchuk making it 3-0 in the 57th. KAA pulled a goal back in the 59th, but Yaremchuk added Club Brugge goals in the 66th and 75th. KAA played a man down from a red card two minutes into stoppage time.
Josh Sargent subbed on in the 69th minute of Norwich City’s 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers in the League Cup. Jonathan Rowe scored Norwich’s goal nine minutes into stoppage time. Duane Holmes wasn’t in the squad for QPR.
“I’m happy that the players have confirmed what they showed in pre-season,” Norwich City manager David Wagner said. “We’ve had three competitive games now, and nearly everyone has had at least one start. The players have shown that we have a competitive squad. They’ve shown that we can rely on everyone, but we’ve still got work to do.”
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