Arsenal has secured a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. The Londoners won 0-3 at Molde FK in Norway on Thursday. AC Milan lost points on a visit to Lille OSC: 1-1.
Milan loses points at Lille
Arsenal played with a B-team against Molde FK and took the lead early in the second half via a hit by Nicolas Pépé. The Ivorian, who got red against Leeds United (0-0) last Sunday because of a headbutt, shot the ball hard into the top left corner from close range.
Five minutes later, Reiss Nelson doubled the margin on a pass from Joe Willock. Substitute Folarin Balogun livened up his debut for Arsenal in the final phase with a goal. The nineteen-year-old attacker had only been in the field for a minute when he took care of the 0-3 from the turn.
Thanks to the victory, Arsenal can no longer be overtaken in group B by number two Molde FK. The Norwegians have six points less, but can no longer pass the ‘Gunners’ due to a worse mutual result. Only number three Rapid Wien, which will visit the Irish Dundalk FC at 9 p.m., can theoretically come next to Arsenal.
Jonathan Bamba signed for Lille’s equalizer against AC Milan. (Photo: Pro Shots)
In group H, AC Milan again lost points against Lille. Samu Castillejo gave the Italians the lead shortly after halftime on a pass from Ante Rebic, but Jonathan Bamba drew the equalizer halfway through the second half with a low shot into the right corner.
Sven Botman played the entire match at Lille, which is in the lead in this group and is one point ahead of number two Milan. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was missing due to a hamstring injury with the ‘Rossoneri’. Sparta Prague is number three with six points and Celtic has only one point.
In addition to Arsenal, 1899 Hoffenheim qualified for the next round. The Germans had enough in the Czech Republic to win 0-2 at Slovan Liberec thanks to goals from Christoph Baumgartner and Andrej Kramaric (penalty). Melayro Bogarde completed the ninety minutes at Hoffenheim.
Leicester City saved a run at the last minute in a spectacular game at SC Braga: 3-3. Jamie Vardy took care of the equalizer in the fifth minute of injury time. Leicester remains the leader in group G and has three points more than Braga.
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