💫 Leicester rue missed Vardy penalty; Celtic win away; WH, Rangers draw | OneFootball
💫 Leicester rue missed Vardy penalty; Celtic win away; WH, Rangers draw
This looks like being a key evening for the Europa League group stages with big games at every turn.
You can follow it all here.
Leicester v Spartak Moscow
Scorers: Amartey 58′; Moses 51′
A missed Jamie Vardy penalty cost Leicester all three points as they could only draw 1-1 with Spartak Moscow.
After a relatively poor start to life in the Europa League, Leicester have picked up and now could go to second with a win against their Russian opponents.
It was an uneventful first half as the Foxes enjoyed a monopoly on possession but struggled to turn that into chances.
After the break it was the away side who took the lead early on as Victor Moses placed a brilliant header past Kasper Schmeichel.
Brendan Rodgers’ side soon got their equaliser though as Daniel Amertey headed in from a corner.
And they should have turned things around late on as Ademola Lookman was fouled inside the area but Jamie Vardy smashed his penalty straight at the golakeeper.
Ferencvaros v Celtic
Scorers: Zubkov 11′ Uzuni 86′; Kyogo 3′, Jota 26′, Abada 60′
Despite a late goal from Ferencvaros, Celtic held on for a 3-2 away win against the Hungarian side to reignire their European hopes.
Celtic are still getting used to life under new boss Ange Postecoglu but could make up ground on Real Betis and Bayer Leverkusen with a win in Budapest.
And they made the perfect start as Kyogo netted superbly inside the opening three minutes.
The home side equalised soon after however as Oleksandr Zubkov’s effort took a wicked deflection over Joe Hart and into the back of the net.
This absorbing first half took another turn on 26 minutes as Jota netted an absolute stunner to give the Hoops a second goal.
Into the second 45 and Celtic managed to grab a third on the hour mark as Liel Abada scored one just as good as Jota’s.
The Hungarian side did get one back in the dying moments through Myrto Uzuni as Celtic looked to hang on.
And hang on they did, claiming all three points for a brilliant away win.
Genk v West Ham
Scorers: Paintsil 3′ Soucek (OG) 88′; Benrahma 59′ 82′
A topsy-turvy encounter saw Genk equalise late on as the Belgians draw 2-2 with West Ham.
It was David Moyes’ 1000th game in management with West Ham knowing that a win would see them through to the knockout stages at the first time of asking.
But they could not have gotten off to a worse start as Joseph Paintsil latched on to a pass from Junya Ito and finished well to shock the travelling fans inside the opening three minutes.
The Premier League side had a few decent chances to equalise either side of half time with Michail Antonio and Pablo Fornals going close.
They did eventually get their goal though as Said Benrahma equalised on the hour mark after good work by Vladimir Coufal.
The former Brentford man was showing his class throughout the second half and got his second of the game on 82 minutes with another superb finish.
Joy was turned to despair just moments later however as Genk got their own equaliser thanks to a Thomas Soucek own goal.
Brondby v Rangers
Scorers: Balogun (OG) 45+1; Hagi 79′
Ianis Hagi netted a late stunner to see Rangers draw 1-1 with Brondby and keep up their chances of qualifying for the last 32.
Rangers’ European dreams were hanging by a thread here with Steven Gerrard describing this match as ‘must-win’ before kick off.
It was Joe Aribo who went closest to opening the scoring for the Scottish side on 12 minutes but the youngster dragged his effort just wide of the far post.
But right on the stroke of half time the home side took the lead as Leon Balogun inadvertently headed the ball into his own net.
Into the second half and with 10 minutes remaining the Gers got a deserved equaliser as Ianis Hagi netted an absolute stunner.