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Europa League

Reuters) – Olympiakos Piraeus pulled off a stunning 3-1 Europa League win over AC Milan that put them into the last 32 and sent the Italians crashing out as the remaining places in the knockout stage were decided on Thursday

All the goals in Greece came in a thrilling second half, with Milan defender Cristian Zapata scoring an own goal to make it 2-0 to Olympiakos in the 70th minute, before he pulled one back for his side two minutes later.

Yet Milan’s defensive frailty was punished when Konstantinos Fortounis scored from the penalty spot in the 81st minute to give his side the win that left them second in Group F on 10 poi

They edged out the seven-times European champions on goal difference and progressed along with group winners Real Betis.

Koscielny had little to do on Thursday as Arsenal, who have already qualified for the last 32 of Europe’s second-tier club competition, eased past the Azerbaijani side thanks to Alexandre Lacazette’s winner.

Chelsea dropped points for the first time this season in the competition as they drew 2-2 with Vidi FC in Budapest, but the game was overshadowed by allegations of anti-Semitic chanting by the visiting fans.

Swedish side Malmo pulled off one of the bigger shocks of the round, winning 1-0 away to 10-man Besiktas to finish runners-up behind Genk in Group I.

Besiktas’s Ricardo Quaresma was given a straight red card for a reckless tackle on Franz Brorsson in the second half.

Bayer Leverkusen demolished AEK Larnaca 5-1 to finish top of Group A, with FC Zurich finishing runners-up following a 1-1 draw with Ludogorets.

Group C winners Zenit St Petersburg were comfortably beaten 2-0 away by Slavia Prague, who claimed the runners-up spot, rendering Bordeaux’s 1-0 win away to FC Copenhagen meaningless as both sides went out.

Celtic, who were beaten 2-1 at home by a Salzburg side that had already secured top spot in Group B, needed a helping hand from Rosenborg.9


The Norwegians secured a 1-1 draw at home to RB Leipzig that knocked out the German side and sent the Scottish champions through.

Despite a 3-0 thumping by Sevilla, Krasnodar made it out of Group J as Standard Liege could only manage a scoreless draw away to Akhisar.

They will be joined in next Monday’s draw for the knockout stage by Villarreal, Rapid Vienna, Dynamo Kiev and Stade Rennais.


Yaya Toure leaves Olympiakos after just 3 months

Former Barcelona and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has left Olympiakos following a disappointing return to the Greek club.

Olympiakos announced Tuesday that the club and the four-time African Footballer of the Year had “mutually agreed to end their cooperation.” …

Omonia Youth FC teams in County Cup action

Three teams from community youth football club Omonia Youth FC, who are sponsored by PIA Financial Group and Philip Ross Solicitors, were in County Cup action last Sunday. Two teams progressed to the quarter final while the other suffered penalty …

Cypriot AC Milan Chief under fire


NEW AC Milan chief Ivan Gazidis seen here with our Michael Yiakoumi could be fined £90 every time he mentions his former club Arsenal.

Reports say the the South African-born Cypriot (his matermal grandmother was from Cyprus) faces the …

Spurs and Liverpool reach last 16

Tottenham Hotspur produced a bold and spirited performance, coming from behind to grab a 1-1 draw at Barcelona which saw them finish second in Champions League Group B and reach the last-16 at the expense of Inter Milan on Tuesday.…

Haringey Borough chasing promotion spot

Haringey Borough the Cypriot connected club wirh a Cypriot manager and Chairman are bang on form another win under their belt on Monday night beating Bishops Stortford 3-1 in the Bostik League Premier with their goals coming from Charlie Barker, …

AEL back on top in Cyprus

AEL moved back to the top of the table in the Cyprus championship on Monday night after a thrilling 3-2 win over Ermis in Limassol. Second are Apoel and third Apollon.

Two times AEL took the lead and Ermis equalised …

River Plate snatch Libertadores glory over Boca in Madrid

River Plate battled back to beat arch Argentine rivals Boca Juniors 3-1 in extra-time in an unforgettable and unique Copa Libertadores final second leg, played in Madrid after violence had seen the original game postponed.

Dario Benedetto put Boca ahead …

PAOK is winter champion as Reds draw at Xanthi

PAOK came from behind to beat Larissa and extend its lead at the top of the Super League to seven points on Sunday, thanks to the draw Olympiakos conceded at Xanthi that has seen Atromitos leapfrog the Reds into second. …

Cyprus football

Apollon beat Enosis Neon Paralimni 2-0 with their goals coming fromPererya and Schembre to leave them in secind place with 25 points one point behind league leaders Apoel with one game in hand.

A Nemec goal gave Pafos a surprise …