Europa League 2013 Results: Highlighting Thursday's Most Disappointing Clubs

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2013

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup is not happy with his club's performane.
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup is not happy with his club's performane.Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

A number of clubs looking for a boost in the Europa League standings ended up falling after disappointing performances.

There was a lot of action on Thursday involving some of the best clubs in Europe. While Champions League remains the most prestigious trophy on the continent, the top squads in Europe League are still immensely talented and can compete with anyone in the world.

While everyone competing will hope to make a deep run in this international tournament, a few elite teams hurt themselves with poor showings on Matchday 4. 

Here are the full results from Nov. 7, along with a look at the most disappointing results from the day.

Europa League Results - Nov. 7
HomeScoreAwayGroup
Kuban Krasnodar1-1Swansea CityA
St Gallen2-3ValenciaA
Ludogorets Razgrad1-1ChornomoretsB
PSV Eindhoven2-0Dinamo ZagrebB
Esbjerg1-0ElfsborgC
Standard Liege1-3SV SalzburgC
FK Rubin Kazan1-0Wigan AthleticD
NK Maribor0-1Zulte-WaregemD
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk2-0Paços de FerreiraE
Pandurii Targu-Jiu1-2FiorentinaE
Apoel Nicosia2-1BordeauxF
Maccabi Tel-Aviv4-2Eintracht FrankfurtF
FC Thun0-2Dynamo KievG
Rapid Vienna2-2Racing GenkG
Estoril0-0SC FreiburgH
Sevilla FC1-1LiberecH
Guimaraes0-1Real BetisI
Rijeka1-1LyonI
Lazio2-1Apollon LimassolJ
Legia Warsaw0-2TrabzonsporJ
Tottenham Hotspur2-1Sheriff TiraspolK
Tromso0-1Anzhi MakhachkalaK
AZ Alkmaar1-0Shakhter KaragandyL
Maccabi Haifa0-0PAOK SalonikaL
via ESPNFC

 

Swansea City

SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 19: Wilfried Bony (2nd R) of Swansea City celebrates scoring a penalty during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Sunderland at Liberty Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Gett
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Coming into the year, Swansea City had high hopes in all competitions. The defending Capital One Cup winners have one of the best scorers in the EPL in Michu as well as a number of other young talents on the attack.

Unfortunately, the squad has struggled in league play and currently stand in 13th place. Now it seems things are getting tougher in Europa League.

Swansea City got an early goal from Wilfried Bony, and then seemed too comfortable sitting back with the ball. This strategy worked throughout most of the match, and they appeared set to earn a victory when Kuban Krasnodar defender Xandao was sent off for a second yellow card in the 75th minute.

However, the Russian club kept at it and scored the equalizer in the 92nd minute, ending the match in a 1-1 draw.

This is the second match in a row that Swansea have allowed a late tying goal to Kuban Krasnodar, and it cost the English club first place in the group to Valencia.

 

Lyon

SEVILLE, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 19:  Alexandre Lacazette of Olympique Lyonnais in action during the UEFA Europa League group stage match between Real Betis Balompie and Olympique Lyonnais held on September 19, 2013 at the Benito Villamarin Stadium, in Seville,
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Although the season is still getting started, Lyon looks nothing like the club that finished third in Ligue 1 a year ago.

A 1-1 draw against Rijeka drops the French squad below Real Betis in the Group I standings, while Guimaraes remain right behind it for a spot in the knockout stage.

Of course, this result was not only due to poor play from Lyon. Rijeka goalkeeper Ivan Vargic deserves a lot of credit for tallying eight saves at home to keep it a close match. 

Still, Lyon need to see more out of their stars for a turnaround to occur this season.

 

Legia Warsaw

WARSAW, POLAND - MAY 18:  Vladimir Dvalishvili of Legia Warszawa in action during the Polish First Division between Legia Warszawa and KKS Lech Poznan held on May 18, 2013 at the Pepsi Arena in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Wojtek Radwanski/EuroFootball/Getty
EuroFootball/Getty Images

At the start of the season, Legia Warsaw had a legitimate chance to be playing in Champions League. In the final playoff round, they matched Steaua Bucuresti 3-3, although lost due to the fact their opponent had more away goals.

Despite being this close to playing one of the top competitions in the world, they have done nothing in Europa League so far.

Thursday's 2-0 loss to Trabzonspor is the fourth in as many matches, and the club is yet to even score a goal. With an own goal in the most recent loss, it is clear that the sloppy play is not changing any time soon.

This squad had a chance to do great things, but it is now officially eliminated from a spot in the knockout stage.

 

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