Ostersund have been the surprise package of this year's Europa League. The tiny team from central Sweden has set itself apart with its success on the pitch and work in promoting intercultural dialogue.
Eintracht Frankfurt are developing a taste for giant killings and are hunting another scalp as they host Lazio on Thursday. The return of Ante Rebic has been a boost for the Eagles and confidence is high once again.
A vibrant first half display wasn't enough for Germany, as Antoine Griezmann struck twice to turn the game in France's favor. Germany's sixth loss in 10 games leaves them in real danger of a humiliating relegation.
After a generally shambolic showing in 2017-18, Germany's European representatives have got off to a good start this time around. But the strain of midweek matches on smaller squads remains a legitimate concern.
Red Bull-sponsored Leipzig and Salzburg are set to lock horns in this season's Europa League group stage. Bayer Leverkusen will be much happier with their draw than Eintracht Frankfurt.
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