Arsenal topped their Europa League group despite succumbing to their first defeat at the hands of FC Cologne in yesterday’s game. Everton, who have been busy in searching for a manager, continue put up weak performances and were thrashed 5-1 by Atalanta who now sit atop Group E in the standings.
FC Cologne 1 – 0 Arsenal
Arsenal failed to get the point that they needed to guarantee top spot in the Europa League Group H as Cologne beat them 1-0 in Germany. But despite the loss, they finished first anyway, thanks to Red Star Belgrade and BATE Borisov playing out a goalless draw in the other game.
The first half of the game remained goalless, despite Arsenal creating a host of chances with a second string side. The only goal of the day was registered by Sehrou Guirassy from the penalty spot after the referee adjudged Mathieu Debuchy to have fouled the French striker. The goal helped the Cologne to claim their fourth win, in all competitions, this season. A second successive Europa League win for Cologne, however, means that the German side have their fate in their own hands and a win against Red Star Belgrade would see them qualify for the knockout stages.
AC Milan 5 – 1 Austria Wien
Everton 1 – 5 Atalanta
After being thrashed 3-0 in Italy on Matchday 1, Everton humiliated by Atalanta, who secured their place in the knockouts, yet again and this time at Goodison Park. Bryan Cristante and Andreas Cornelius scored their braces on either side of the break and along with a strike from Robin Gosens, Atalanta completed the emphatic victory. Sandro Ramirez ended his drought for the visitors, but it was nothing more than a consolation goal. The Toffees' hierarchy will now look to speed up their search for a permanent successor to Ronald Koeman on the back of this outing.
FC Astana 2 – 3 Villarreal
Athletic Bilbao 3 – 2 Hertha Berlin
Lazio 1 – 1 Vitesse
Nice 3 -1 SV Zulte Waregem
Rosenborg 0 -1 Real Sociedad
Lyon 4 - 0 Apollon Limassol
Konyaspor 1 - 1 Marseille
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