Europa League Up | FC Cologne beat Arsenal; Atalanta thrash Everton

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Europa League Up | FC Cologne beat Arsenal; Atalanta thrash Everton

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SportsCafe Desk


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

AC Milan are now four points clear in Group D and are still unbeaten in the Europa League following their convincing 5-1 victory over Austria Wien which was a repeat scoreline when the sides met on matchday 1. The visitors took a shock lead after Christoph Monschein's 21st-minute goal but Milan was level six minutes later through a Ricardo Rodriguez goal and then proceeded to take control of the game. Andre Silva gave Milan the advantage in the 36th minute of the game before Patrick Cutrone added his name to the scoresheet as he put the ball in the back of the net three minutes before the interval. On the 70th minute mark, he doubled his own tally for the game. The scoring on the night was completed by Cutrone in injury-time to add some gloss to the scoreline.

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.

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