In­ter crash out of Europa League

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Ten-man In­ter crashed out of the Europa League af­ter let­ting a two-goal lead slip as Hapoel Be'er Sheva roared back in the sec­ond half to win 3-2 in one of yes­ter­day’s im­por­tant games. De­spite find­ing them­selves in the un­com­fort­able po­si­tion of partly re­ly­ing on the out­come of Southamp­ton's trip to Sparta Prague in the other Group K fix­ture, In­ter played with free­dom dur­ing the first half and were de­serv­ing of a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Mauro Icardi and Marcelo Bro­zovic. Icardi went close to giv­ing In­ter a third when he struck the cross­bar just af­ter the break, but Hapoel swiftly cap­i­talised and pulled one back through Lucio Maran­hao. Hapoel then lev­elled against the odds through An­thony Nwakaeme, with goal­keeper Samir Han­danovic re­ceiv­ing his march­ing or­ders in the process of con­ced­ing the spot­kick. The home side piled on the pres­sure and deep into stop­page time, Ben Sa­har struck to fur­ther con­firm In­ter's exit and leave Hapoel need­ing just a score draw in their fi­nal game at Southamp­ton to progress. Manchester United made a big step to qual­ify from Group A, as they eased past Feyeno­ord 40 in Old Traf­ford. Cap­tain Wayne Rooney be­came the club’s best scorer in Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tions, as he chipped over Brad Jones in the 35th minute. Juan Mata dou­bled the lead in the mid­dle of the sec­ond half, and an auto-goal y Brad Jones af­ter a low cross by Ibrahi­movic closed the game. Sub­sti­tute Jesse Lin­gard added an­other goal on the 90th minute. Af­ter yes­ter­day’s games, more ver­dicts are known as APOEL and An­der­lecht qual­i­fied from Group B and C re­spec­tively. Roma qual­i­fied and made sure of win­ning Group E while Genk and Ath­letic Bil­bao won and qual­i­fied from Group F. Shak­tar Donetsk, Schalke and Sparta Prague made sure of win­ning their groups af­ter all win­ning their games yes­ter­day.

Photo: AP

Hapoel Be’er Sheva team mem­bers cel­e­brate af­ter scor­ing against In­ter in stop­page time

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