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Aubameyang Closes in On Europa League History After Brace for Marseille
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rescued Marseille with a last-minute goal against Ajax
- The Gabonese international joined the French side from Chelsea during the summer
- Aubameyang is now second on the list of all-time scorers in Europa League history
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is closing in on the history books as he became the second-joint top scorer in the history of the UEFA Europa League.
The Gabonese international, who now plies his trade for Marseille, was crucial for the crisis-stricken French side as they dug out a 3-3 draw against Ajax on Thursday, September 21.
The Dutch side took the lead through Carlos Forbs before Steven Berghuis doubled the lead 13 minutes later.
Jonathan Clauss halved the deficit in the 23rd minute before Aubameyang ensured the two teams went into half-time level with a strike of his own.
Ajax went on to reclaim their lead through Kenneth Taylor in the 52nd minute and it almost looked like they would pull off a victory against Marseille, but Auba stepped up once again.
The former Chelsea man received a pass down the left and he cut in before firing a shot past the goalkeeper for the crucial equaliser.
Aubameyang closes in on record
Thanks to his brace for Les Phocéens, Aubameyang took one step closer to becoming the competition’s all-time goal scorer in the group and knockout stages.
As per Transfermarkt, the Gabonese international now has 26 goals in the competition, tying him with Athletic Club legend, Aritz Aduriz.
Radamel Falcao, who is currently on 30 goals, currently tops the list. The top five scorers in the Europa League (group stage to final) currently look like this, according to UEFA's official website:
- Radamel Falcao: 30 goals
- Aritz Aduriz: 26 goals
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 26 goals
- Munas Dabbur: 24 goals
- Kevin Gameiro: 22 goals
Klopp makes Europa League admission
In related news, Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool would find winning difficult in the Europa League despite an emphatic comeback victory over LASK on Thursday.
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Darwin Nunez, Luis Diaz, and Mohamed Salah all got onto the scoresheet to complete another comeback - the fourth time the Reds have done so in five games.
After the game, Klopp spoke about his team’s chances of winning the Europa League and downplayed any talk about Liverpool being favourites to win the competition.