Europa League: Top 10 Photos – Stoke Crotch Tweak, Lazio Fan Of Doom, Flares & Fainting

Chris Wright

16th, September 2011


By Chris Wright

Pies pick of the ten best photos from yesterday evening’s round of Europa League tomfoolery…

Birmingham mascots Belle and Beau brave the darkness to salute the St Andrews crowd before their 3-1 defeat to Portuguese side Braga

Shamrock Rovers’ Craig Sives launches into an unorthodox tackle on Rubin Kazan’s Salvatore Bocchetti at the Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. The game finished 3-0 to the Russians

The Stoke City wall leap in unison to block a Dynamo Kiev free-kick (Dean Whitehead seems to have a handful of Salif Diao). After going 1-0 up through Cameron Jerome and defending like Billy-o from the 55th minute, the Potters conceded an equalizer in injury time in Ukraine

Diego can barely contain the euphoria after scoring against Celtic in Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 victory over the Bhoys at the Vincente Calderon

One Lazio fan in particularly is hugely impressed by Giuseppe Sculli’s equalizer against Vaslui in the two side’s 2-2 draw in Rome

AEK Athens fans spark up a solitary flare in the darkness during their game against Anderlecht, in Anderlecht. The Belgians won 4-1

Hundreds of Pro-Palestinian Turks march in protest outside Besiktas’ Inonu Stadium where the Turks were playing against Israel’s Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Murphy, Sidwell and Baird slink away as Twente celebrate Luuk de Jong’s headed equalizer against Fulham at the Cottage. The game finished 1-1

Besiktas winger Ricardo Quaresma faints in the presence of Maccabi Tel-Aviv’s Savo Pavicecic during the Turkish side’s 5-1 spanking of their Israeli opponents

Legia Warsaw fans disappear under a giant, flare-illuminated banner prior to their game against PSV.

[Photos: PA]