Europa League: AC Milan fight back to beat Celtic to join Tottenham in last 32

Reuters/London, United Kingdom
Filed on December 4, 2020
AC Milan's Brahim Diaz scores their fourth goal in their 4-2 home win over Celtic on Thursday night.

Roma nailed down top spot in Group A with a 3-1 home win over second-placed Young Boys.

Seven-time European champions AC Milan hit back from two goals down against Celtic to claim a 4-2 victory that sent them into the Europa League knockout phase on Thursday as they were among 14 teams to progress in Europe's second-tier competition.

Tottenham Hotspur, Antwerp, Lille, Villarreal, Braga, Dinamo Zagreb, Red Star Belgrade, PSV Eindhoven, Granada, Bayer Leverkusen, Slavia Prague, Rangers and Benfica joined Milan in booking their places in the last 32 on the night.

Arsenal, who along with, Leicester City, AS Roma and Hoffenheim, had already qualified, sealed top spot in Group B with a 4-1 win over Rapid Vienna as fans returned to a Premier League stadium for the first time since March.

Two-thousand supporters braved the cold to watch on as the Gunners secured a fifth successive victory in the competition and become the only team still with a 100 per cent record.

"It was amazing -- we were so happy to see the fans today it really helped us during the game," French striker Alexandre Lacazette, who scored a stunning opener, said.

Earlier at the San Siro, where Tom Rogic and Odsonne Edouard had fired Celtic 2-0 ahead within 15 minutes, Milan's progress from Group H was threatening to get complicated.

The hosts responded in devastating fashion though with Hakan Calhanoglu and Samu Castillejo scoring in quick succession.

Youngsters Jens Petter Hauge and substitute Brahim Diaz struck after the break to finish off the Scottish champions who have only won twice in their last 11 games in all competitions.

While Celtic's season goes from bad to worse, Glasgow rivals Rangers are flying. They battled to a 3-2 home win against Standard Liege to guarantee progress from Group D along with Benfica who thumped visitors Lech Poznan 4-0.

Lille's 2-1 victory over Sparta Prague saw the French group leaders qualify and guaranteed Milan's path into the last 32.

Tottenham's Gareth Bale and substitute Dele Alli both scored penalties as the London side qualified from Group J despite being held to a 3-3 draw at LASK in a roller-coaster clash.

"The fact that the Europa League group phase doesn't motivate some of the players, I knew it," a less-than-happy Spurs manager Jose Mourinho said.

Tottenham must beat visitors Antwerp next week to claim top spot after the Belgians moved two points clear at the top with a 3-1 home victory over Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets.

Spanish side Villarreal sealed first place in Group I with a 1-0 win at Sivasspor who may yet join them in the last 32 after Maccabi Tel Aviv could only draw away to Qarabag.

In Group G, Sporting Braga joined Leicester City in the knockout rounds thanks to a 4-2 win at AEK Athens, while Leicester's surprise 1-0 defeat at Zorya means the Foxes and Braga both have 10 points with one round of games remaining.

Dinamo Zagreb claimed an impressive 2-0 win at Feyenoord to win Group K and leave the third-placed Dutch club in danger of missing the cut.

Red Star Belgrade's 0-0 draw with Hoffenheim in Group L means they join the German club in the knockout rounds.

Roma nailed down top spot in Group A with a 3-1 home win over second-placed Young Boys but Napoli must wait another week to secure their progress after drawing 1-1 at AZ Alkmaar.

It left the Naples club top of Group F with 10 points but they cannot afford to lose at home to Real Sociedad in their final game as Sociedad and Alkmaar both have eight points.

Alkmaar welcome bottom club Rijeka next week.

Slavia Prague and Bayer Leverkusen qualified from Group C with a 3-0 win over Hapoel Beer-Sheeva and 3-2 victory at Nice respectively.

PSV Eindhoven beat Granada 1-0 away in Group E to confirm their place along with the Spanish club in the knockout phase.

Collated Europa League results on Thursday:

Group A

CFR Cluj (ROM) 0 CSKA Sofia (BUL) 0

Roma (ITA) 3 (Mayoral 44, Calafiori 59, Dzeko 81) Young Boys (SUI) 1 (Nsame 34)

Group B

Molde (NOR) 3 (Wolff Eikrem 30 Omoijuanfo 41, Ellingsen 67) Dundalk (IRL) 1 (Flores 90+4)

Arsenal (ENG) 4 (Lacazette 10, Pablo Mari 18, Nketiah 44, Smith Rowe 66) Rapid Vienna (AUT) 1 (Kitagawa 47)

Group C

Nice (FRA) 2 (Kamara 26, Ndoye 47) Bayer Leverkusen (GER) 3 (Diaby 22, Dragovic 32, Baumgartlinger 51)

Slavia Prague (CZE) 3 (Sima 31, Stanciu 36, Twito 85-og) v Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR) 0

Group D

Rangers (SCO) 3 (Goldson 39, Tavernier 45+1-pen, Arfield 63) v Standard Liege (BEL) 2 (Lestienne 6, Cop 41)

Benfica (POR) 4 (Vertonghen 36, Nunez 57, Pizzi 58, Weigl 89) v Lech Poznan (POL) 0

Group E

Granada (ESP) 0 PSV Eindhoven (NED) 1 (Malen 38)

Omonia Nicosia (CYP) 2 (Kakoulli 9, Jordi Gomez 84-pen) v PAOK (GRE) 1 (Trolis 39)

Group F

AZ Alkmaar (NED) 1 (Martins Indi 54) v Napoli (ITA) 1 (Mertens 6)

Real Sociedad (ESP) 2 (Bautista 69, Monreal 79) v Rijeka (CRO) 2 (Velkoski 38, Loncar 73)

Group G

AEK Athens (GRE) 2 (Oliveira 31, Vasilantonopoulos 89) Braga (POR) 4 (Tormena 8, Esgaio 10, Horta 45, Galeno 83)

Zorya Luhansk (UKR) 1 (Sayyadmanesh 84) Leicester City (ENG) 0

Group H

Lille (FRA) 2 (Yilmaz 80,84) Slavia Prague (CZE) 1 (Krejci 71)

AC Milan (ITA) 4 (Calhanoglu 24, Castillejo 26, Hauge 50, Diaz 82) Celtic (SCO) 2 (Rogic 7, Edouard 14)

Group I

Qarabag (AZE) 1 (Romero 37) Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) 1 (Cohen 22-pen)

- Match being played in Istanbul, Turkey

Sivasspor (TUR) 0 Villarreal (ESP) 1 (Chukwueze 75)

Group J

LASK Linz (AUT) 3 (Michorl 42, Eggstein 84, Karamoko 90+3) Tottenham Hotspur (ENG) 3 (Bale 45+2-pen, Son 56, Alli 87-pen)

Antwerp (BEL) 3 (Hongla 19, De Laet 72, Benson 87) Ludogorets (BUL) 1 (Despodov 53)

Group K

CSKA Moscow (RUS) 0 Wolfsberg (AUT) 1 (Vizinger 22)

Feyenoord (NED) 0 Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) 2 (Petkovic 45+5-pen, Maher 53)

Group L

Gent (BEL) 1 (Yaremchuk 60) Slovan Liberec (CZE) 2 (Mara 32, Kacharaba 55)

Red Star Belgrade (SRB) 0 Hoffenheim (GER) 0

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