Paris: Lille’s Yusuf Yazici introduced AC Milan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all the way down to earth with a bump on Thursday with all 3 targets in a 3-Zero Europa League win over the seven-time Ecu champions.
The 39-year-old Ibrahimovic have been probably the most tales of the early a part of the season after firing seven targets in 4 league video games to take the Italian giants best of Serie A, but it surely was once Yazici, who’s but to start out in Ligue 1 this season, who stole the display together with his hat-trick on the San Siro.
Yazici’s targets put Lille, who’re unbeaten in all competitions this season, one level forward of Milan who misplaced for the primary time since soccer returned from the primary lockdown because of coronavirus .
Celtic are backside of Crew H after being hammered 4-1 at house by means of Sparta Prague.
“I believed we may well be extra bad, however towards any such speedy crew after we went 2-Zero at the back of the sport were given difficult. They punished us for each mistake,” stated Milan trainer Stefano Pioli after his aspect’s 24-match unbeaten run got here to an finish.
“(Ibrahimovic) was once now not glad with the crew’s efficiency nor his personal.”
Yazici, 23, opened the scoring when he received and scored a soft-looking penalty within the 22nd minute.
He doubled the away aspect’s lead 9 mins after the spoil when his hopeful strike bobbled over Gianluigi Donnarumma’s early dive after which twisted the knife 3 mins later when he hopefully completed a counter assault.
Extremely it was once Yazici’s 2nd Europa League hat-trick of the season following his treble in Lille’s 4-1 win over Sparta Prague within the opening spherical of fixtures, taking his Ecu tally to 6.
Kane’s double century
Kelechi Iheanacho was once the celebrity for Leicester Town as they made it 3 wins from 3 with their 4-Zero thumping of Portuguese aspect Braga in a tournament that was once by no means unsure from the instant the Nigerian opened the scoring within the 21st minute.
He accumulated his 2nd with an extended vary effort 3 mins after the spoil sooner than offering the low go for Dennis Praet to faucet house the 3rd and finish the tournament as a competition.
James Maddison finished the scoring from shut vary with 12 mins closing as Brendan Rodgers’s went 3 issues forward of Braga on the best of Crew G.
Fellow Premier League aspect Arsenal additionally maintained their 100 p.c report with a 4-1 win over Molde of Norway.
Previous Harry Kane scored his 200th purpose for Tottenham Hotspur as he helped hearth Spurs best of Crew J— stage on six issues with Royal Antwerp and LASK— with a 3-1 win at Ludogorets.
England captain Kane opened the scoring for Jose Mourinho’s aspect with simply 12 mins at the clock when he headed house Lucas Moura’s nook to convey up his double century of Tottenham targets in his 300th tournament for the membership.
“I’m thrilled with that and I almost certainly may have scored a pair extra in that 45 mins,” stated Kane.
“It’s a super milestone to achieve and expectantly there are a couple of extra to come back.”
Benfica jump again
Rangers had been poised to make it 3 wins from 3 in Crew D once they had been 3-1 forward at Benfica with 14 mins closing.
However regardless of shedding Nicolas Otamendi to a directly purple card with not up to 20 mins long gone, two-time Ecu champions Benfica fought again and in added time levelled when Darwin Nunez raced thru and slotted house previous Allan McGregor.
The pair are joined on seven issues on the best of the crowd, 4 forward of Lech Poznan who beat backside aspect Same old Liege 3-1.
Qarabag misplaced 2-Zero at Sivasspor to stay rooted to the ground of Crew I an afternoon after their media supervisor was once suspended by means of UEFA for reportedly calling for the killing of “the entire Armenians, young and old, with out difference”.
The social media put up in query got here amid the struggle between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Roma took keep an eye on of Crew A with a thumping 5-Zero win over Cluj that put the leaders 3 issues transparent of the Romanians and Younger Boys.
Fellow Italians Napoli additionally received, 2-1 at HNK Rijeka, to transport stage on six issues with Crew F leaders AZ Alkmaar and Actual Sociedad.
L. a. Liga leaders Sociedad beat Alkmaar 1-0, leaving the crowd on a knife edge with 3 fits closing.