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Three games, three wins for La Liga sides – UEFA Europa League Round Up

Three games, three wins for La Liga sides – UEFA Europa League Round Up

Real Betis, Sevilla and Villarreal all had a successful night in the UEFA Europa League with the La Liga sides winning their games with an aggregate score-line of 13-1.

Betis kicked off in the early set of fixtures in the San Siro against AC Milan and almost made the perfect start. Giovani Lo Celso was gifted the ball in midfield and he found Antonio Sanabria but the forward blazed his effort over the bar.

Antonio Barragan then headed wide on 17 minutes as Betis controlled the early stages of the game but they couldn’t find a way to goal.

That all changed on the half hour mark however when the Spaniards moved in front. Lo Celso and Sanabria again combined with the latter tapping home his teammates cross.

They thought they had doubled their lead just minutes later when Sanabria finished off after Pepe Reina had saved Sergio Leon’s shot but Leon was wrongly adjudged to have been offside.

Sanabria should have had his second when Lo Celso found him with a left wing cross but the striker skewed the volley wide.

At the start of the second half, Lo Celso should have got on the scoresheet but he couldn’t keep his shot down from Junior Firpo’s pass.

Nine minutes into the second half however, he did get his goal as Betis doubled their lead. The Argentine bending a stunner into the net via the post from 25 yards.

AC Milan went close when Samu Castillejo fired a shot off the inside of the post from distance but with seven minutes left, they did halve the deficit. Castillejo raced down the right before squaring the ball to Patrick Cutrone who rolled home.

Instead of grabbing an equaliser though, they managed to go down to ten men when Castillejo was shown a straight red card after a horrible lunge on Lo Celso.

The win sees Betis go top of the group on seven points with Milan one behind. Olympiacos are on four after their 2-0 win away at Dudelange who remain bottom with no points. The next set of fixtures sees the return of these games with Betis welcoming Milan to the Benito Villamarin while Dudelange travel to Greece.

Sevilla were the big winners on the night as they thrashed Turkish side Akhisar Belediyespor 6-0 at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Quincy Promes volleyed wide on three minutes as they went on the attack from the off but it wouldn’t be long before they did open the scoring.

A brilliant team move ended with Roque Mesa taking a touch before firing a wonderful half volley into the top corner from the edge of the area.

Akhisar lost the ball straight from kick off to Aleix Vidal who raced into the box before being fouled with referee Kevin Clancy giving a penalty which Pablo Sarabia confidently stroked into the corner.

It was 3-0 before half time when Vidal found Franco Vazquez who sliced a shot into the air but Promes caught it with an overhead kick which keeper Milan Lukac spilled with the ball rolling into the corner via his shin and the post.

They started the second half on the front foot too and made it four just five minutes after the restart with Vidal finding Luis Muriel whose shot from the edge of the area deflected into the corner.

Ten minutes later it was five when Promes turned his man before finding the corner from close range.

It was six on 67 minutes when Lukac got caught underneath the ball from a corner, allowing Gabriel Mercado to fire the ball into the empty net.

Villarreal were also big winners at home as they hit five without reply past Rapid Vienna.

Deni Alar had a great chance to put the Austrians ahead early on but his effort from inside the box was tame and easily held by Andres Fernandez.

The home side then had two great opportunities to take the lead, both of which were spurned by Karl Toko Ekambi. Twice he found himself one-on-one but on both occasions he sent his efforts wide of target.

When they opened the scoring on 26 minutes however, Ekambi provided the assist. After rounding the keeper, he crossed to Pablo Fornals who volleyed the ball into the empty net.

Four minutes later, Ekambi did find the net with what was probably the toughest of his three chances. Racing onto a headed through ball, he cut inside before firing the ball past the keeper.

He had another chance moments after but his shot was pushed wide by the keeper, however, he did score again on the stroke of half time. A cross from young right back Miguel Llambrich found Ekambi whose header flashed into the back of the net.

It was 4-0 just after the hour mark when Jaume Costa cut back before finding Ekambi who laid the ball off to Dani Raba to slot home.

Costa was then sent off after being shown a second booking for diving but despite having a man less, it was Villarreal who got the final goal of the game as substitute Gerard Moreno slotted the ball under the keeper.

Results

Group F

AC MIlan 1-2 Real Betis

Group G

Villarreal 5-0 Rapid Vienna

Group J

Sevilla 6-0 Akhisar Belediyespor