Rio Ave 2-2 Milan (aet, 8-9 pens): Donnarumma books Europa League group stage place

Rio Ave 2-2 Milan (aet, 8-9 pens): Donnarumma books Europa League group stage place

Milan edged their way through to the Europa League group stage with a remarkable 9-8 penalty shoot-out victory over Rio Ave, following on from a dramatic 2-2 draw between the teams on Thursday. Without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who tested positive for coronavirus last week, Milan put in a lacklustre showing in their final qualifying match and looked to be heading out after Gelson Dala put Rio Ave ahead early in extra time. However, Hakan Calhanoglu restored parity from the spot with the final kick of the game after Toni Borevkovic’s handball, with the defender sent off after receiving a second yellow card. Alexis Saelemaekers’ effort six minutes into the second half had put Milan in front earlier in the contest, though Francisco Geraldes’ thunderous strike cancelled out their lead. During an incredible shoot-out that saw both goalkeepers miss their attempts, Gianluigi Donnarumma eventually came up with the save to

Tottenham 7-2 Maccabi Haifa: Kane treble helps Spurs advance in Europa League

Tottenham 7-2 Maccabi Haifa: Kane treble helps Spurs advance in Europa League

Tottenham booked their spot in the Europa League group stages after Harry Kane’s hat-trick helped them to a thumping 7-2 win over Maccabi Haifa on Thursday. Playing their third game in just five days, only Toby Alderweireld and Steven Bergwijn kept their places in the starting XI from the side that beat Chelsea in the EFL Cup on Tuesday. Tjaronn Chery’s wonderful long-range strike cancelled out Kane’s second-minute opener but a Lucas Moura header and two goals from Giovani Lo Celso effectively put the game to bed by half-time. Nikita Rukavytsya and Kane exchanged goals from the penalty spot shortly after the interval before the England captain’s third, plus a late Dele Alli penalty, ensured Spurs booked their place in Friday’s draw. Jose Mourinho’s men started in blistering fashion, taking the lead after just 92 seconds when an unmarked

KF Shkendija 1-3 Tottenham: Player Ratings as Spurs Secure Europa League Playoff Spot

KF Shkendija 1-3 Tottenham: Player Ratings as Spurs Secure Europa League Playoff Spot

Tottenham survived another shaky display in the Europa League qualifiers to eventually see off KF Shkendija in North Macedonia and set up a playoff tie with Israeli side Maccabi Haifa. Spurs made an uncharacteristically fast start as Son Heung-min picked out Erik Lamela in acres of space early on, with the Argentine finishing with ease. The hosts made their guests pay for their inefficiency in front of goal just before the hour mark when Valmir Nafiu thumped home a rasping drive from just outside the box. However, Son soon rediscovered his shooting boots from his enthralling display at Southampton, giving Spurs the lead after Lucas Moura's shot was saved. Substitute Harry Kane rounded off the scoring in the 79th minute, heading in from

Jose Mourinho Backs Tanguy Ndombele & Admits He Doubted Player’s Attitude

Jose Mourinho Backs Tanguy Ndombele & Admits He Doubted Player's Attitude

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho has praised club record signing Tanguy Ndombele following the midfielder’s late winner in Thursday night’s tough Europa League qualifying comeback win over Bulgarian side Lokomotiv Plovdiv. Ndombele bundled the decisive goal into the net with just five minutes to spare, shortly after Harry Kane had equalised from the penalty spot against 9-man Plovdiv. Ndombele came off the bench to win the Europa League game  Mourinho’s relationship with the £63m Frenchman appeared to sour in the second half of last season and he cuttingly declared that Spurs ‘didn’t have a midfield’ following a game in March in which Ndombele was hauled off at half-time. The boss also stated then, “…a player with his potential has to give us more

Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1-2 Tottenham: Dramatic late turnaround prevents humiliating Spurs defeat

Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1-2 Tottenham: Dramatic late turnaround prevents humiliating Spurs defeat

Tottenham battled back from the brink to avoid Europa League humiliation as a late turnaround secured a 2-1 second-round qualifying win at Lokomotiv Plovdiv, who had two players sent off. Jose Mourinho’s men, who had been dominant, looked set to be eliminated from European football for the season when Lokomotiv took a 71st-minute lead, but two of the home team’s players were dismissed in quick succession and Spurs netted twice in the latter stages to scrape through to the next round. Spurs had no issue controlling proceedings as they enjoyed 72 per cent of the first-half possession, but they lacked a clinical edge in the final third, with Steven Bergwijn going closest when striking the crossbar early on. Lokomotiv seemed to have made the most

Sevilla 3-2 Inter: Diego Carlos goes from zero to hero as Lukaku suffers heartbreak

Sevilla 3-2 Inter: Diego Carlos goes from zero to hero as Lukaku suffers heartbreak

Sevilla claimed a record sixth Europa League triumph this century as Diego Carlos proved an unlikely hero in a thrilling 3-2 win over Inter in Cologne. Romelu Lukaku gave Inter a fifth-minute lead from the penalty spot – Diego Carlos might have been sent off for bringing him down – but Sevilla’s semi-final hero Luuk de Jong overturned the deficit with a pair of fine first-half headers. Diego Godin’s 35th-minute leveller had Inter swiftly back on terms and the Serie A side appeared to be in the ascendency during a more circumspect second half, until a stunning twist in the tale. Diego Carlos had been tormented by Lukaku for most of the game but his overhead-kick when Ever Banega’s 74th-minute free-kick was partially cleared took a

Sevilla 3-2 Inter: Player Ratings as De Jong Double Fires Sevilla to 6th Europa League Title

Sevilla 3-2 Inter: Player Ratings as De Jong Double Fires Sevilla to 6th Europa League Title

Sevilla's outstanding record in the Europa League continued on Friday as they picked up a 3-2 win over Inter to lift their sixth title, ensuring Inter's nine-year wait for a trophy will continue. Inter had a penalty after just two minutes as Diego Carlos tripped Romelu Lukaku, who stepped up to fire his side ahead. The sides were level after just 11 minutes as Luuk de Jong dove to head Jesús Navas' cross into the back of the net. De Jong headed Sevilla ahead 20 minutes later, only for Diego Godín to respond with a header of his own almost immediately. The first half was full of goals  After a slow start to the second half, Carlos brought the game to life with

Andreas Pereira Defends Bruno Fernandes After Victor Lindelof Confrontation

Andreas Pereira Defends Bruno Fernandes After Victor Lindelof Confrontation

Andreas Pereira has defended Bruno Fernandes after his teammate confronted Victor Lindelof during Manchester United's Europa League exit at the hands of Sevilla. United had taken an early lead through a Fernandes penalty (of course) but went on to spurn a host of opportunities as Sevilla levelled in the first half and then found a winner 12 minutes from time. Fernandes and Lindelof had an altercation after Sevilla took the lead  Following Luuk de Jong's 78th minute strike - where both Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Lindelof failed to pick up the Sevilla forward, and the latter was unable to cut out the cross - Fernandes was captured having a heated altercation with the centre back. After the game, Pereira took to Instagram appearing to support

Harry Maguire Blasts Man Utd’s ‘Unacceptable’ Europa League Exit

Harry Maguire Blasts Man Utd's 'Unacceptable' Europa League Exit

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has admitted the Red Devils have a lot of work to do after they crashed out of the Europa League at the hands of Sevilla on Sunday evening. Despite enjoying plenty of possession and having a number of good opportunities, United fell to a 2-1 loss and saw their hopes of winning a trophy this season disappear. Alongside losing this European semi-final, United also fell at the same stage in the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup, and Maguire told BT Sport that a side such as United should be reaching finals and ending their three-year trophy drought. "Losing is not acceptable. Getting to semi-finals isn't acceptable," Maguire said. "[Winning a trophy] will happen soon. We want to

Sevilla 2-1 Manchester United: Player Ratings as Resilient Spaniards Stun Red Devils

Sevilla 2-1 Manchester United: Player Ratings as Resilient Spaniards Stun Red Devils

Manchester United were sent packing from the Europa League at the semi-final stage, as Julen Lopetegui's Sevilla withstood a barrage of attacks to book their place in Friday's final. Things got off to the best possible start for United when Diego Carlos wiped out Marcus Rashford in the area, allowing Bruno Fernandes to coolly open the scoring from the penalty spot. But that lead wasn't to last; around 15 minutes later, Sergio Reguilon burst past Aaron Wan-Bissaka and picked out former Liverpool winger Suso, who levelled things up for the underdogs. United flew out of the traps in the second half but were denied by a string of stellar stops by Yassine Bounou. The Canadian-born keeper's resistance paid off when Jesus Navas