AEK Holds Milan to 0-0, Apollon Draws Atalanta

first_imgAC Milan wasted a chance to make the Europa League knockout stage with two games to spare after AEK Athens held it to a second straight goalless draw on Thursday.The other favorite, Arsenal, advanced despite also being in a goalless game.Lazio won Group K to secure a knockout spot after beating Nice 1-0 thanks to Maxime Le Marchand’s own goal in injury time.Dynamo Kiev made it through from Group B by beating Young Boys 1-0, and a 1-1 draw was also enough for Romania’s FCSB against Hapoel Beer-Sheva in Group G. Russia’s Zenit also made sure to draw at Rosenborg to advance from Group L.In an unusual incident, Marseille substitute Patrice Evra was given a red card before his game in Portugal because of a clash with the crowd. A photo showed him aiming a kick at a fan’s head after reported arguments between him and Marseille supporters.Marseille lost to Vitoria 1-0.Another Italian club, Atalanta, was on course to advance before conceding a goal deep in stoppage time in Cyprus.Everton hopes were squashed.Here’s a look at the action:MILAN’S SCORING DROUGHTMilan scored eight goals in the first two group matches then began to emulate its poor performances in Serie A, where it lost to Juventus 2-0 at home on Saturday and has won just one of its past six matches.AC Milan’s Riccardo Montolivo, left, jumps for the ball with Athens’ Andre Simoes during the Europa League group D soccer match between AEK Athens and Milan at Olympic stadium of Athens, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)Milan strikers Andre Silva and Patrick Cutrone were kept at bay by solid AEK defending.Austria Vienna won at Rijeka 4-1 in another game in Group D. All four teams still have a shot to make the next round.ARSENAL FOLLOW SUITArsenal manager Arsene Wenger usually rests his stars in Europe, and he replaced the entire lineup that beat Swansea 2-1 on Saturday. In goal, Matt Macey made his European debut. He was OK, the problem was at the other end.Striker Olivier Giroud should have converted one of his many chances.Arsenal leads Group H by five points from Red Stars. Third-placed BATE lost at Cologne 3-2.EVERTON ELIMINATEDLyon knocked out struggling Everton 3-0, with all the goals in the second half.Bertrand Traore scored the first on a fast counter, substitute Houssem Aouar added the second, and Memphis Depay finished Everton off with a header.Everton defender Cuco Martina was taken off on a stretcher with concussion and neck pain, after landing awkwardly from an aerial challenge before halftime. He was cleared at a hospital to return with the team to England, where Everton can fully concentrate on reviving its Premier League campaign. It sits in the relegation zone.Atalanta led Apollon Limassol 1-0 from halftime to deep into the match, and looked set to advance after a 26-year absence in Europe. But then Emilio Zelaya equalized four minutes into injury time.Atalanta and Lyon still control Group E, five points ahead of Apollon.KIEV KICKS ONDynamo Kiev needed a win over Young Boys in Bern and got it courtesy of Vitaliy Buyalskiy, who scored late.Dynamo leads Group B by five points from Partizan Belgrade, which was second after beating Skenderbeu 2-0.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more