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Soccer. Resumption of European competitions for these players who passed through Seine-et-Marne

Christopher Nkunku, a native of Lagny-sur-Marne (Seine-et-Marne), was essential in this match. Archive image. (©Aline Chatel / Sport in Caen)

On Thursday, February 17, Christopher Nkunku, Marcel Tisserand and Christopher Jullien played the first leg of the play-offs of Europa League and of Europa League Conference.

If no player passed by Seine-et-Marne was concerned by the start of the round of 16 of the Champions League (Manchester United and Paul Pogba enter the fray on February 23), three of them have played in the first leg of the Europa League and Europa League Conference.

Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig) once again impressed on a continental scale, Marcel Tisserand (Fenerbahçe SK) and Christopher Jullien (Celtic FC) had a more complicated evening.

Christopher Nkunku never ceases to shine

Never two without three. After his two goals against Bayern Munich (2-3) and FC Cologne (3-1) in the league, Christopher Nkunku again shook the nets in the Europa League. Facing the current seventh in La Liga, RB Leipzig first conceded a goal from Robin Le Normandafter a cross from the left side.

At the 30e minute, in an exercise that is unfamiliar to him, Christopher Nkunku allowed his team to equalize after a headed goal. Ideally served by Angeliño, the native of Lagny-sur-Marne found the back of the net after a header placed flush with the left post.

Released at the 82e minute of play, the French striker witnessed his team’s equalizer on a penalty converted by Emil Forsberg. With this new achievement, Christopher Nkunku now has 20 goals and 8 assists this season, in all competitions.

Marcel Tisserand returned during the game

Substitute in the last three games of the Fenerbahce SKMarcel Tisserand once again started the game on the bench against Slavia Prague, in the first leg of the Europa League Conference. While the match seemed to be heading for a goalless draw, the Turkish club conceded a goal after a poorly cleared ball by the defense. Returning from the break, Marcel Tisserand came into play and saw his team equalize on the hour mark.

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At one goal everywhere, the Meldois could not prevent the two Czech achievements. On Slavia Prague’s second goal, his partner in central defense, Attila Szalai, cut off a through pass but saw the ball arrive at the feet of Oscar Dorley, who quietly propelled the ball into the Istanbul goal. Two minutes later, after a ball loss of Bright Osayi-Samuel in the middle of the field, the Praguers pierced the defense of Fenerbahçe by the left axis, occupied by Attila Szalai.

Alone against the Turkish goalkeeper, Ondrej Lingr then brought the score to 3 goals to 1 for Prague. The reduction in the score of Ferdi Kadioglu late in the game did not prevent the defeat of Marcel Tisserand’s teammates (2-3).

Christopher Jullien is gradually returning to the field

After his terrible injury in December 2020, Christopher Jullien returned to the field on February 13, against Raith Rovers FC. Against this Scottish fourth division resident team, the former US Torcy player (2002-2005) came on and played 17 minutes with Celtic FC.

Opposed to FK Bodø / Glimt in the Europa League Conference play-offs, the “Celts” lost the match with a score of 3 goals to 1. On the bench throughout the match, Christopher Jullien was deemed too fair to play in this play-off go.

The native of Lagny-sur-Marne still spoke about his return to competition: “409 days. It was a very difficult time in my life. I thought of all the people who helped me during this time, especially my family and friends. Grateful to be part of such a club and to feel all the love from the top supporters. Now it’s on! “.

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