Arsenal has secured a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. The Londoners won 0-3 at Molde FK in Norway on Thursday. Harry Winks made a world goal for Tottenham Hotspur and Peter Bosz was too strong with Bayer Leverkusen for Hapoel Be’er Sheva: 4-1.
Arsenal played with a B-team against Molde FK and took the lead early in the second half via a hit by Nicolas Pépé. The Ivorian, who got red against Leeds United (0-0) last Sunday because of a headbutt, shot the ball hard into the top left corner from close range.
Five minutes later, Reiss Nelson doubled the margin on a pass from Joe Willock. Substitute Folarin Balogun livened up his debut for Arsenal in the final phase with a goal. The nineteen-year-old attacker had only been in the field for a minute when he took care of the 0-3 from the turn.
Thanks to the victory, Arsenal can no longer be overtaken in group B by number two Molde FK. The Norwegians have six points less, but can no longer pass the ‘Gunners’ due to a worse mutual result. Only number three Rapid Wien can theoretically come next to Arsenal.
In group J, Winks secured a world goal on behalf of Tottenham against the Bulgarian Ludogorets (4-0). The midfielder decided to hit the left side of the field from about 40 meters and placed the ball beautifully in the top right corner, making it 3-0.
The other hits came in the name of Carlos Vinícius (twice) and Lucas Moura. Steven Bergwijn was not in the match selection of Tottenham, which has as many points as the surprising leader Royal Antwerp.
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Bosz records a big victory with Leverkusen
In group C, Leverkusen is almost certain of a place in the next round thanks to the victory over Hapoel Be’er Sheva. Patrik Schick opened the score for the home team after half an hour with a corner, after which Leon Bailey made it 2-0 with a slider shortly after the break.
Itamar Shviro brought the Israelis back into the game by punishing a foul in Leverkusen’s defense, but Bosz’s side secured the three points in the final quarter. Kemir Demirbay placed a free kick beautifully in the top right corner and Lucas Alario tapped in the 4-1 moments later.
Daley Sinkgraven was allowed to come in for Leverkusen in the final phase, which is second and has as many points as leader Slavia Prague. Number three OGC Nice is six points behind and can only in theory come next to the top two teams.
Bayer Leverkusen celebrates Patrik Schick’s opening goal. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Milan spills points at Lille
In group H, AC Milan again lost points against Lille: 1-1. Samu Castillejo gave the Italians the lead shortly after the break, but Jonathan Bamba signed for the equalizer halfway through the second half. Sven Botman played the entire match at Lille, which is in the lead in this group and is one point ahead of number two Milan.
In addition to Arsenal, 1899 Hoffenheim qualified for the next round. The Germans had enough in the Czech Republic to win 0-2 at Slovan Liberec thanks to goals from Christoph Baumgartner and Andrej Kramaric (penalty). Melayro Bogarde completed the ninety minutes at Hoffenheim.
Leicester City saved a run at the last minute in a spectacular game at SC Braga: 3-3. Jamie Vardy took care of the equalizer in the fifth minute of injury time. Leicester remains the leader in group G and has three points more than Braga.
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