Europa League re­turn worth wait for Arse­nal

The London Free Press - - SPORTS - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Arse­nal won its first Europa League match in 17 years af­ter a de­layed start, while AC Mi­lan started fast in sub­du­ing host Aus­tria Vi­enna on Thurs­day.

Kick­off in Arse­nal’s 3-1 win over Cologne was de­layed for an hour af­ter thou­sands of tick­et­less Cologne fans made it hard for tick­ethold­ers to get into Emi­rates Sta­dium. About 20,000 Cologne fans came to Lon­don, af­ter only 3,000 tick­ets were al­lo­cated to them. Po­lice said four peo­ple were ar­rested for pub­lic or­der of­fences.

Cologne sits win­less on the bot­tom of the Bun­desliga, but its fans, walled off by se­cu­rity guards in the sta­dium, were cel­e­brat­ing af­ter only nine min­utes when Jhon Cor­doba lobbed goal­keeper David Ospina from 40 yards out.

It took Arse­nal 40 min­utes to reply, through sub­sti­tute Sead Ko­lasinac. Alexis Sanchez hit the win­ner and started the move for the last goal, a re­bound ef­fort fin­ished by Hec­tor Bel­lerin.

“We went to four at the back at half­time and the sec­ond half was bet­ter,” Arse­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger said. “Ko­lasinac makes quick de­ci­sions, he’s strong in the tackle and quick go­ing for­ward. He’s set­tled in quickly and we’re very pleased to have him.”

New AC Mi­lan for­ward An­dre Silva scored a hat trick in a 5-1 win in Vi­enna. Mi­lan made cer­tain of the re­sult within 20 min­utes. Mid­fielder Hakan Cal­hanoglu opened the scor­ing af­ter seven min­utes then set up two for Silva in the 10th and 20th.

“We played quickly, par­tic­u­larly in the first 20 min­utes, fin­ish­ing the game off clin­i­cally,” Mi­lan coach Vin­cenzo Mon­tella said. “This was a big win for us.”

Alexan­dar Borkovic’s header re­duced the deficit early in the sec­ond half, but Silva com­pleted his hat trick and Suso fin­ished the rout just a minute af­ter com­ing off the bench.

“An­dre Silva . . . needed this,” Mon­tella said.

Else­where:

Europe, Ata­lanta struck three times in the first half to hand strug­gling Ever­ton a 3-0 de­feat.

af­ter beat­ing Bay­ern Mu­nich in the Bun­desliga on Satur­day was pricked by Braga, which ral­lied from a goal down to beat the Ger­man host 2-1. So­ciedad crushed Rosen­borg 4-0, scor­ing twice within a minute early in the first half.

Alas­sane Plea scored the first two goals to lead Nice over Zulte Waregem 5-1.

2-1 down to win 3-2 at Dutch side Vitesse. Murgia scored the win­ner 15 min­utes from time af­ter Ciro Im­mo­bile equal­ized eight min­utes ear­lier.

Konyas­por 1-0 cour­tesy of a header by Adil Rami from Dim­itri Payet’s cor­ner kick.

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