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.
|Kuban Krasnodar||1-1||Swansea City||A|
|PSV Eindhoven||2-0||Dinamo Zagreb||B|
|Standard Liege||1-3||SV Salzburg||C|
|FK Rubin Kazan||1-0||Wigan Athletic||D|
|Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk||2-0||Paços de Ferreira||E|
|Maccabi Tel-Aviv||4-2||Eintracht Frankfurt||F|
|FC Thun||0-2||Dynamo Kiev||G|
|Rapid Vienna||2-2||Racing Genk||G|
|Tottenham Hotspur||2-1||Sheriff Tiraspol||K|
|AZ Alkmaar||1-0||Shakhter Karagandy||L|
|Maccabi Haifa||0-0||PAOK Salonika||L|
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.
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.
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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