Europa League return worth wait for Arsenal
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.
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.