Pascal Groß (Brighton and Hove Albion, EPL) Groß ,26, was in the starting lineup for Brighton and Hove Friday, but was unable to prevent the promoted English side from falling to Bournemouth AFC 2-1. The former FC Ingolstadt man had an assist with a cross on Solly March’s opening goal in the 55th minute before Bournemouth scored twice to take all three points. In his 76 minutes on the pitch, Groß had 50 touches, passes at an 84% passing success rate, four key passes, went three for five in accurate passes and one for one in accurate long passes, and made three tackles, and now has two goals and two assists after five EPL contests. The midfielder began his career with Hoffenheim and played with Karlsruher SC before joining the Schanzer in 2012, featuring in 158 matches for the Bavarian club before joining Brighton and Hove this summer. Also in the starting XI for Chris Hughton’s Seagulls was longtime Austria Vienna defender Markus Suttner, who played the last two seasons at Ingolstadt, while defender Uwe Hünemeier, who came up with Borussia Dortmund and had long stints with Energie Cottbus and SC Paderborn 07, was an unused sub. Starting for Bournemouth was Norwegian international Joshua King, who played a couple of matches for Gladbach in 2011 while on loan from Manchester United.
Eduardo Vargas (Tigres UANL, Liga MX) The former Hoffenheim striker had an assit on Enner Valancia’s goal Friday night, but Tigres surrendered a 78th minute equalizer Monarcas Morelia’s Angel Sepulveda to end up drawn 3-3. Vargas has three goals and four assists in seven matches for the Monterrey-based Tigres this season, The Chilean international with 34 goals for his country in only 79 matches, played a season and a half for Hoffenheim, featuring in 29 matches but scoring only twice. Beginning his career with Cobreloa in 2006, the 27 year-old has also played in Italy (Napoli), Spain (Valencia), Brazil (Gremio) and England (QPR) along with Universidad de Chile, but has always been more prolific in his international career than across the six nations he’s played in. Tigres trail table-toppers and city rivals Rayados of Monterrey by seven points after Friday’s draw.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona, La Liga) The goalkeeper allowed his first goal of the season in league play Saturday but made three saves, enough for Barcelona to earn a 1-2 road win over Getafe and top the La Liga table. Ter Stegen has started all four league games for the Catalan side this season. Only 25 years-old, ter Stegen already has over 40 European matches under his belt, along with 16 appearances for the German national team that usually features Manuel Neuer in goal. Ter Stegen played in 147 matches for Borussia Mönchengladbach, taking over the starting role when Lucien Favre took over and brought the almost-relegated club to the Champions League. The native of Mönchengladbach is in his four season at Barcelona.
Tomáš Pekhart (Hapoel Beer-Sheva Football Club, Israeli Premier League) The Czech was on the winning side Thursday in Europa League play as Hapoel Be’er defeated FC Lugano 2-1. Pekhart, who played over 10o league games for 1.FC Nürnberg and FC Ingolstadt between 2011 and 2015, has won the Greek Cup (with AEK Athens) and the Israel Super Cup in a career that began with Tottenham and has included stints with both Slavia and Sparta Prague, FK Jablonec and Southampton while earning 19 senior caps for the Czech Republic.
Ciro Immobile (SS Lazio, Serie A) The former Borussia Dortmund man came off the bench Thursday to score a 67th minute equalizer against Vitesse Arnheim on the way to a 2-3 win by Lazio against the Dutch side in Europa League group play. Vitesse had taken a 1-0 lead on a goal by former FC Augsburg man Tim Matavz and had regained the advantage six minutes after Marco Parolo had levelled for Lazio. Immobile, 27, already has four goals in three Serie A matches for Lazio this season. one more than he had in 24 Bundesliga matches for Dortmund during the 2014/2015 season.
Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo, Brasileiro Liga) The veteran scored a 9th minute goal, the game-winner, as Flamengo defeated Sport Club Recife 2-0 Sunday. Now 33, the Peruvian joined Bayern Munich’s youth system in 2002 and went on to score 10 goals for the Bavarians before joining Hamburger SV in 2006, scoring 51 times in all competitions for the red-shorts over six seasons. He then joined Corinthians, where he played four seasons, before joining Flamengo, where he’s in his third campaign.
Bernard Tekpetey (SC Rheindorf Altach, Austrian Bundesliga) The 20 year-old Ghanian scored Saturday as a sub to give Rheindorf Altach a 2-1 lead before they allowed a very late Rapid Vienna goal to share points 2-2. Tekpetey is on loan from Schalke –joining the Ruhr Valley club in 2016, he’s played 18 matches for Schalke’s reserves and two matches for the senior squad before his loan this summer to Rheindorf Altach. It was the third substitute appearance for the youngster in Austria. For Rapid Vienna, Hoffenheim loanee Joelinton was a second half sub.
Roman Neustädter (Feherbance, Turkish Super Lig) The 29 year-old veteran started for Fehenbance Sunday in their 1-4 win over Alyanaspor. Neustädter had 52 touches, passing at an 86% success rate along with two interceptions and three clearances on the day. It was the fourth start of the season for the Russian international, who played in over 180 matches for Mainz, Gladbach and Schalke earlier in his career. The veteran also had two goals in Europa League qualifying this summer for Feherbance. For the opposition, former Eintracht Frankfurt man Georgios Tzavellas was a starter — the defender will always be remembered by Bundesliga fans for his 73 meter goal in March, 2011 against Schalke and Manuel Neuer. Chilean forward Junior Fernandes, who played in six matches for Bayer Leverkusen between 2012 and 2014, came on for Alyanaspor as a sub.
Logan Bailly (Mouscron, Belgian Jupiler League) The former Gladbach goalkeeper was on the losing end of a 2-1 scoreline Sunday as Zulte-Waregem had the better of RE Mouscron, ending up with a yellow card to boot. Bailly joined the Belgian side this summer after becoming third choice at Celtic. Between 2009 and 2012, the Belgian, now 31, featured in 61 matches for Die Fohlen.
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