Nafter conceding a memorable goal from around 50 meters Mario Götze and PSV Eindhoven averted an embarrassing defeat on Cyprus and achieved their first victory in the Europa League this season. The 28-year-old world champion hero from 2014 made up a 0: 1 deficit with the Dutch first division club on Thursday evening and ultimately won 2: 1 (1: 1) at FC Omonoia Nicosia.
The hosts, who are fourth in the domestic league, took the lead in the 29th minute thanks to Jordi Gómez. The Spaniard simply withdrew from his own half. Eindhoven goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo, on loan from RB Leipzig, had positioned himself far in front of his box and could no longer catch the ball while running backwards. Donyell Malen equalized before the break (40th). It was he who made the decision in the second minute of stoppage time and put PSV in second place in Group E.
AS Roma also had a hard time. At home it was only enough to score a zero against CSKA Sofia. The SSC Napoli came to a 1-0 (0-0) at Real Sociedad San Sebastian. Arsenal FC had much less trouble – the Gunners prevailed 3-0 (2-0) against FC Dundalk.
One of the biggest embarrassments on matchday two was the defeat of Tottenham Hotspur at FC Antwerp. With 0: 1 (0: 1) the team of star coach José Mourinho lost to the Belgians. “We can only accuse ourselves and praise our opponents,” stated the 57-year-old Portuguese. For Mourinho, according to the BBC, it is the first bankruptcy in the Europa League since November 2016. Lior Refaeov scored the only goal.
Mourinho Tried everything, changed four times at break and later also one star striker, Harry Kane, for the other, Gareth Bale – none of it helped. “I would rather praise our opponents for playing a great game, and not accuse us of playing a terrible game. But I have to do both, ”said Mourinho. Antwerp are first in Group J with six points, the Spurs are second with three points.
AC Milan got the best results from two games. And that although the star missed a great chance. Zlatan Ibrahimovic but had to laugh at himself. The 39-year-old Swede with the predicate for particularly spectacular and above all many goals missed a penalty against Sparta Prague in the 36th minute. The crossbar touched the ball instead of landing in the net.
Ibrahimovic, who was able to rest after the break and his substitution, had a good laugh in the end: Milan won the game against the still pointless Czechs in the end with 3-0 (1-0) in the famous San Siro and leads group H. .
The players of Wolfsberger AC from Austria proved to be much more accurate than Ibrahimovic in Milan. The guests scored three goals in a surprising 4-1 (2-0) victory at Feyenoord Rotterdam in Group K from the penalty spot. AC captain Michael Liendl was also able to look forward to three goals and the championship lead.