Inter Milan lost in the second Europa matchSeptember 29, 2016
Poor defending costInter Milan as the Italian giants suffered their second straight Europa League defeat, 3-1 atSparta Prague on Thursday.
The hosts took the lead after just seven minutes when Felipe Melo’s attempt at a diving clearance only pushed the ball into Vaclav Kadlec’s path.
It got worse for Inter on 25 minutes when the back line was caught napping at a quickly taken free kick, leaving Kadlec plenty of time in the box to double the lead.
Rodrigo Palacio pulled a goal back for Inter with 20 minutes to play, but after Andrea Ranocchia was sent off for a second yellow card, Mario Holek headed home from the resulting free kick to seal the win.
Also in Group K,Southamptonstayed top with a goalless draw atHapoel Be’er Sheva.
Virgil van Dijk put a header from close range over the bar in the fourth minute for the Premier League side, who were fortunate that Maor Melikson’s 67th-minute shot rolled just wide of the post.
Mario Balotelli was again on the scoresheet before limping off as Nicefell to a 5-2 defeat atKrasnodar.
After Fedor Smolov and Joaozinho had put the hosts two goals up, Balotelli scored his fifth goal in four games with a sliding shot from the top of the box.
But he was replaced at half-time, and a Joaozinho penalty and late brace from Ari were enough to give the Russian club victory.
Schalke are level with Krasnodar on six points atop Group I after cruising to a 3-1 over Salzburg, thanks to strikes from Leon Goretzka and Benedikt Howedes and a Duje Caleta-Car own goal before Jonathan Soriano’s consolation for the visitors.
Fiorentina took the lead in Group J with a 5-1 home win over 10-man Qarabag.
Elvin Yunuszade’s red card on the half-hour allowed the Viola to take control with braces from Khouma Babacar and Mauro Zarate, with Nikola Kalinic also on the scoresheet.
Also in Group J,PAOK responded after conceding in the first minute to win 2-1 at Slovan Liberec.
Nikolai Komlichenko provided the hosts the lead seconds into the game before Stefanos Athanasiadis’ 10th-minute penalty, and Stefanos Athanasiadis found the winner with eight minutes to play.
Daniel Wass scored from a stunning 30-yard free kick to capCelta Vigo‘s 2-0 win over Panathinaikosafter John Guidetti broke the deadlock in the 84th minute in Group G.
Ajax won their second straight to top Group G as Kasper Dolberg scored the only goal in a 1-0 home win against Standard Liege.
Villarreal still top Group L after earning a 1-1 draw at Steaua Bucuresti, the Spanish side taking the lead early through Rafael Santos Borre before Sulley Muniru equalised after 20 minutes.
Marco Schoenbaechler scored to make up for a missed penalty and Dzengis Cavusevic netted the winner 11 minutes from time as FC Zurich defeatedOsmanlispor 2-1.
Despite playing the second half with 10 men, Shakhtar Donetsk stayed perfect through two games in Group H with a 2-0 win at home against Braga.
Taras Stepanenko scored five minutes in, and though Fred was sent off for two bookings, Viktor Kovalenko was able to double the hosts’ advantage.
Also in Group H, first-half goals from Kenneth Saief and Renato Neto allowed Gent to beatKonyaspor 2-0.
In Group C, Mainzrallied to win atQabala 3-2 after allowin the Azerbaijan side to score twice in a five-minute span.
Yoshinori Muto had put the Bundesliga side ahead shortly before the break, but Qabala responded with a Ruslan Gurbanov penalty and Sergei Zenjov’s strike.
But Jhon Cordoba equalised seconds after coming on, before fellow substitute Levin Oztunali scored the winner to give Mainz their first-ever Europa League victory.
Astana and Young Boys played to a 0-0 draw in Group B, the Kazakhstan side coming closest when Djordje Despotovic hit the bar with a spectacular overhead effort.