Matchday 5 action for Europa leagueDecember 4, 2020
Matchday 5 of the UEFA Europa League brought another exciting round of continental action across all 12 groups on Thursday. Milan won at home vs. Celtic in Group H for arguably the most intriguing early match, while Tottenham got the point they needed in a thrilling 3-3 draw away to LASK.
Arsenal was a big winner in the late games, beating Rapid Vienna in front of 2,000 fans at the Emirates.Notable Europa League scores
FINAL: AC Milan 4, Celtic 2
FINAL: Zorya Luhansk 1, Leicester City 0
FINAL: Lille 2, Sparta Prague 1
FINAL: Tottenham 3, LASK 3
FINAL: Antwerp 3, Ludogorets 1
FINAL: Braga 4, AEK Athens 2
FINAL: Dinamo Zagreb 2, Feyenoord 0
FINAL: Hoffenheim 0, Crvena Zvezda 0
FINAL: Napoli 1, AZ Alkmaar 1
FINAL: Arsenal 4, Rapid Vienna 1
FINAL: Leverkusen 3, Nice 2
FINAL: PSV 1, Granada 0
FINAL: Roma 3, Young Boys 1Matchday 5 takeaways, highlights. Read also : champion league standing after 5 matches
GROUP H: Milan and Lille advanceThe Italians came from behind in Group H after Celtic had taken a surprise lead at San Siro through Tom Rogic and Odsonne Edouard. Hakan Calhanoglu started the fightback on 24 minutes and Samuel Castillejo had the hosts level two minutes later. Jens Petter Hauge gave Milan the lead five minutes into the second half with a sublime solo effort before Brahim Diaz wrapped up a 4-2 win with eight minutes to go.
Elsewhere in Group H matchday 5 action , Lille beat Sparta Prague 2-1 thanks to substitute Burak Yilmaz’s late magic. In the space of just seven minutes, the Turkey international turned a 1-0 deficit against 10-men into a 2-1 advantage and safe passage into the latter stages.
Group J: Spurs and Antwerp move on Joining Milan and Lille in the knockout phase are Spurs and Antwerp, but Jose Mourinho’s men were made to sweat in a six-goal thriller against LASK. The Austrians took the lead through Peter Michorl only for Gareth Bale’s penalty and Heung-Min Son’s strike to turn the tables. Johannes Eggestein levelled again for LASK before Dele Alli thought he had won it with a late penalty before Mamoudou Karamoko’s superb late equaliser. Ultimately, the draw was enough for Spurs.
Meanwhile, Antwerp beat Ludogorets 3-1 with two goals in the final 20 minutes securing the win for the Belgians, who are two points clear at the top of the group.
Other matchday 5 actions
GROUP F: Napoli, Sociedad and AZ all still in playThe final round of fixtures in Group F promises to be entertaining with Napoli, Real Sociedad and AZ Alkmaar all still alive. The Italians drew 1-1 in the Netherlands while Rijeka held the Spaniards to a 2-2 draw at home. With Napoli hosting Sociedad next week, there is likely to be a big-name casualty.
GROUP C: Time up for Vieira?Nice’s disastrous Europa League campaign got worse after a 3-2 home loss to Bayer Leverkusen that sees the Germans stay level on 12 points with Slavia Prague. Patrick Vieira’s men were confronted by frustrated supporters before they arrived at Allianz Riviera and that defeat could put the nail in the Frenchmen’s coffin.
GROUP E: PSV squeeze throughPSV Eindhoven secured a place in the knockout rounds with a 1-0 win away at group leaders Granada while Omonia Nicosia beat PAOK to end the Greeks’ interest in the latter stages. The only question that remains is who finishes top between the Ducth and the Spanish.
Group B: Molde and Rapid Vienna chase secondArsenal thrashed Rapid Vienna 4-1 to open up a six-point lead on second-place Molde who beat pointless Dundalk 3-1. The Austrians and the Norwegians can still reach the knockout rounds and face each other next week in a decider for second spot.
Group D: Rangers and Benfica streets aheadBoth Rangers and Benfica are on 11 points — eight clear of Lech Poznan and Standard Liege — after both won on Thursday. The Portuguese thrashed the Poles 4-0 while the Scots came from behind twice to win 3-2 to ensure their progress in style.
Group A: Roma make it comfortableRoma recovered from an early setback to win 3-1 at home to Young Boys, who are still on course to advance after a goalless draw between CFR Cluj and CSKA Sofia. The Swiss are at home to the Romanians next week and should make light work of them to reach the latter stages with no way to catch leaders Roma.
Action in group G
Group G: Braga join LeicesterLeicester booked their place in the knockout phase last week and Braga joined them this week with a 4-2 win away at AEK Athens. The Foxes went down 1-0 late away at Zorya Luhansk in Ukraine while Braga raced into an early two-goal lead before an eventual two-goal victory.
Group K: Dinamo top but Wolfsberger or Feyenoord can still qualifyDinamo Zagreb won 2-0 away at Feyenoord to secure top spot in Group K, but the Dutch outfit can still advance if the beat Wolfsberger away next week. The Austrians won 1-0 away at CSKA Moscow to give themselves a two-point lead over Feyenoord and to ensure that the Russians’ campaign ends in misery.
Group I: Villarreal through with Maccabi and Sivasspor still in playA 1-0 win for Villarreal in Turkey has them five points clear at the top of the group with Maccabi best-placed to finish second with a two-point lead over Sivasspor after a 1-1 draw with Qarabag.
Group L: Slovan Liberec win not enough. Slovan Liberec go out despite a 2-1 win away at hapless Gent while Crvena Zvezda’s 0-0 draw with Hoffenheim was enough to send the Serbs through.