Lille take Zlatan down a peg with thumping Milan win


Lille’s Yusuf Yazici introduced AC Milan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all the way down to earth with a bump on Thursday with all three targets in a 3-0 Europa League win over the seven-time European champions.

The 39-year-old Ibrahimovic had been one of many tales of the early a part of the season after firing seven targets in 4 league video games to take the Italian giants high of Serie A, nevertheless it was Yazici, who’s but to begin in Ligue 1 this season, who stole the present along with his hat-trick on the San Siro.

Yazici’s targets put Lille, who’re unbeaten in all competitions this season, one level forward of Milan who misplaced for the primary time since soccer returned from the primary coronavirus lockdown.

Celtic are backside of Group H after being hammered 4-1 at residence by Sparta Prague.

“I believed we might be extra harmful, however in opposition to such a quick crew as soon as we went 2-0 behind the sport obtained sophisticated. They punished us for each mistake,” stated Milan coach Stefano Pioli after his aspect’s 24-match unbeaten run got here to an finish.

“(Ibrahimovic) was not happy with the crew’s efficiency nor his personal.”

Yazici, 23, opened the scoring when he received and scored a soft-looking penalty within the twenty second minute.

He doubled the away aspect’s lead 9 minutes after the break when his hopeful strike bobbled over Gianluigi Donnarumma’s early dive after which twisted the knife three minutes later when he confidently completed a counter assault.

Extremely it was Yazici’s second Europa League hat-trick of the season following his treble in Lille’s 4-1 win over Sparta Prague within the opening spherical of fixtures, taking his European tally to 6.

– Kane’s double century –

Kelechi Iheanacho was the star for Leicester Metropolis as they made it three wins from three with their 4-0 thumping of Portuguese aspect Braga in a match that was by no means doubtful from the second the Nigerian opened the scoring within the twenty first minute.

He collected his second with an extended vary effort three minutes after the break earlier than offering the low cross for Dennis Praet to faucet residence the third and finish the match as a contest.

James Maddison accomplished the scoring from shut vary with 12 minutes remaining as Brendan Rodgers’s went three factors forward of Braga on the high of Group G.

Fellow Premier League aspect Arsenal additionally maintained their one hundred pc file with a 4-1 win over Molde of Norway.

Earlier Harry Kane scored his 2 hundredth purpose for Tottenham Hotspur as he helped fireplace Spurs high of Group J — stage on six factors with Royal Antwerp and LASK — with a 3-1 win at Ludogorets.

England captain Kane opened the scoring for Jose Mourinho’s aspect with simply 12 minutes on the clock when he headed residence Lucas Moura’s nook to deliver up his double century of Tottenham targets in his three hundredth match for the membership.

“I am delighted with that and I in all probability might have scored a pair extra in that 45 minutes,” stated Kane.

“It is a terrific milestone to achieve and hopefully there are a number of extra to return.”

– Benfica bounce again –

Rangers have been poised to make it three wins from three in Group D once they have been 3-1 forward at Benfica with 14 minutes remaining.

However regardless of shedding Nicolas Otamendi to a straight purple card with lower than 20 minutes gone, two-time European champions Benfica fought again and in added time levelled when Darwin Nunez raced via and slotted residence previous Allan McGregor.

The pair are joined on seven factors on the high of the group, 4 forward of Lech Poznan who beat backside aspect Normal Liege 3-1.

Qarabag misplaced 2-0 at Sivasspor to stay rooted to the underside of Group I a day after their media supervisor was suspended by UEFA for reportedly calling for the killing of “all of the Armenians, young and old, with out distinction”.

The social media put up in query got here amid the battle between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Roma took management of Group A with a thumping 5-0 win over Cluj that put the leaders three factors away from the Romanians and Younger Boys.

Fellow Italians Napoli additionally received, 2-1 at HNK Rijeka, to maneuver stage on six factors with Group F leaders AZ Alkmaar and Actual Sociedad.

La Liga leaders Sociedad beat Alkmaar 1-0, leaving the group on a knife edge with three matches remaining.




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