|Date||Comp||Home team||Score||Away team||Res|
|11/11/18||PRL||Qəbələ||1 – 3||Qarabağ||W|
|24/11/18||PRL||Qarabağ||1 – 1||Sabah||D|
|29/11/18||Europa||Qarabağ||1 – 6||Sporting CP||L|
|03/12/18||PRL||Qarabağ||5 – 1||Keşlə||W|
|09/12/18||PRL||Zira||0 – 6||Qarabağ||W|
|13/12/18||Europa||Arsenal||20 : 00||Qarabağ|
Thus Qarabağ has shown some remarkable scoring quality -winning 5-1 and 0-6 in their last two games. Only when facing a Sporting Lisbon team did anything go wrong.
But here is a very strange thing I have found – in the Azerbaijan Premier League there is not just one Qarabag but two – as there are for many other teams – at least according to the increasingly odd Wikipedia’s European football pages.
|3||Neftçi Baku II||13||7||2||4||16||15||+1||23|
If you can explain what is going on please do let me know. I have checked as far as I can and there is no doubt Qarabag and Qarabag II are both one of the same club. There is a long article on Wiki concerning the national league but no mention of double club entries.
And even odder, other sites give a different league table… This one below is from Odds Portal. And the table here does not correspond to either QI or QII in the Wiki league. Surely Wiki isn’t making it all up is it? Whoever heard of that?
But really I do wonder if someone hasn’t got at the Wiki site and been messing around a bit. At least, as I say in the headline we only have to play them twice.
Still the Europa table isn’t looking quite so strange.
We are through and of course we are champions of the group – it would have been a cause of much teeth gnashing if this were not the case. And thinking of which I wondered in watching the TV last night if anyone has ever told the commentators or newspaper writers that the “Last 16 is not a trophy”. Can you imagine how they would have reacted if we made a lot of our 19 consecutive years in the Champions League the moment of massive celebrations, reflected through all the country’s newspapers?
Of course we don’t deny that Liverpool has a remarkable record in the European Cup and Champions League winning it five times – something we’d be knocked out to do (and we didn’t because we got knocked out, if you see what I mean), but then to get completely over excited by qualifying seems a bit silly.
Clubs’ fortunes ebb and flow – apart it seems is with the Wiki version of the Azerbaijan Premier League where some teams get two goes.
We’ll know by the end of today all of the teams that are coming down from the Champions League to go into the Europa’s second phase. Eight clubs will make the move, so far including Club Brugg, Inter Milan, Napoli, Galatasaray, Benfica and Valencia. Sadly Monaco will not be there having come bottom of their group. The final clubs will be decided in this evening’s games.
More anon – and if you do understand that Wiki league table please do let me know.