Berlin, 4 December 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Tottenham drew 3-3 and AC Milan won 4-2 against LASK and Celtic respectively to book their places in the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday, while six other sides also secured progression to the next stage.
Gareth Bale’s penalty and a strike from Son Heung Min put Spurs ahead after Peter Michorl had opened the scored. Johannes Eggestein and Dele Alli then traded goals before Mamadou Karamoko earned a point for the Austrian outfit. Jose Mourinho’s men are second in Group J behind Antwerp, who are also through after they won 3-1 over Ludogorets.
Tom Rogic and Odsonne Edouard put Celtic ahead early on before Milan turned things around thanks to goals from Hakan Calhanoglu, Samu Castillejo, Jens Petter Hauge and Brahim Diaz. They trail Group H leaders Lille, who also came from behind to beat 10-man Sparta Prague 2-1 to make it through.
A 4-2 win for Braga over AEK Athens and a 2-0 victory for Dinamo Zagreb over Feyenoord saw both sides through from Group G and Group K respectively. Villarreal’s 1-0 win over Sivasspor in Group I also sees them progress, while Red Star Belgrade drew 0-0 with Group L winners Hoffenheim to put their name into the draw for the round of 32.
12 more games take place later this evening, including Arsenal v Rapid Wien and Nice v Bayer Leverkusen.
Michorl’s stunning hit put LASK ahead before Bale converted from the spot after Andres Andrade’s handball. Son’s simple finish had Spurs in front until Joe Hart was unable to stop Eggestein’s fierce effort.
Alli then chipped in from the spot shortly after being introduced from the bench before Karamoko struck at the death to share the spoils. Tottenham face Antwerp next week to decide top spot.
Tottenham manager Mourinho was far from happy with his side’s display, saying, “Not good. The result better than the performance. The second half better than the first.
“Some players had very good performances, some had very poor performances. The only positive I take is the result and that we qualified.”
Rogic took advantage of a Rade Krunic mistake to put winless Celtic ahead, and Edouard lifted over Gianluigi Donnarumma to put the Scottish side in command after 14 minutes.
This only appeared to anger Milan, though. First, Calhanoglu scored a fantastic free kick before Castillejo netted from close range.
After the interval, it took just five minutes for Hauge to net a brilliant solo goal, and Diaz chipped over Vasilis Barkas to complete the scoring. Milan are one point behind Lille ahead of their clash on the final group stage match day.
“I’m happy about the early qualification because we are playing several games in succession and it’s good to have some breathing space,” said AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli.
“This is a great group, we all enjoy working together in order to achieve our objectives. We have plenty of youngsters earning great experience in this competition.”
Braga’s win means they are second behind Leicester, who surprisingly lost 1-0 against Zorya Luhansk.
Maccabi Tel Aviv trail Villarreal in their group after their 1-1 draw with Qarabag, while Wolfsberg are second in Group K after their 1-0 triumph at CSKA Moscow.
Liberec will finish no higher than third in Group L despite their 2-1 win over Gent, who are one of just three sides in this season’s competition yet to pick up a point.