AC Milan vs Real Betis : To the San Siro for the teams’ third match in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday. AC Milan vs Real Betis Live.
Match : AC Milan vs Real Betis
Competition : UEFA Europa League
Group Stage : Group F
Date : Thursday, November 8
Start Time : 3 p.m. ET
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The Serie A and La Liga sides are the top two in Group F, with Milan entering the match with a two-point lead following wins over Olympiakos and F91 Dudelange. Milan is languishing in 12th in the Serie A table, though, and enters on the heels of a 1-0 loss to rival Inter Milan last weekend, so the pressure is on manager Gennaro Gattuso to right the ship for the Rossoneri.
The Gunners triumphed 1-0 at Sporting Lisbon to take control of their group while Chelsea outclassed Bate in a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge. Ruben Loftus-Cheek bagged a hat-trick for the Blues who maintained their perfect record in Group L.
“This is an important victory for us, not just for the three points and to go top, but because it is prestigious after many years this team has not competed in Europe,” said Betis coach Quique Setien.Olympiakos are third in the group after a 2-0 win at Dudelange. Danny Welbeck scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal beat Sporting Lisbon to extend their winning streak to 11 games.
After a largely forgettable opening half, the Gunners gradually improved and took control of Group E with a 1-0 victory at the Estadio Jose Alvalade. Welbeck had already seen a header chalked off for a foul but he was on hand to steer home in the 77th minute to settle the contest in favour of Unai Emery’s side.FC Zurich came from behind to beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 and maintain their 100 per cent record in Group A.
Karim Bellarabi’s quickfire double for Leverkusen overturned Antonio Marchesano’s opening goal, but the Swiss side rallied and won it thanks to efforts from Toni Domgjoni and Stephen Odey.AEK Larnaca and Ludogrets drew the group’s other game 1-1.Salzburg and Leipzig are in a strong position in Group B. The Austrian side trounced Rosenborg 3-0 while Leipzig ran out 2-0 winners over Celtic, who were missing a string of stars through injury including Socceroo Tom Rogic.
Zenit St Petersburg scored an 85th-minute winner to beat Bordeaux and go top of Group C, ahead of Slavia Prague, who were 1-0 winners at FC Copenhagen. Dinamo Zagreb’s 2-1 win at Spartak Trnava preserved their 100 per cent record in Group D, with Anderlecht and Fenerbahce drawing 2-2 in the other game. Australian goalkeeper Danny Vukovic enjoyed a successful night when his Genk team beat hosts Besiktas 4-2 in Turkey, to go top of their group
In late matches, Dynamo Kyiv beat Rennes 2-1, Marseille went down 3-1 to Lazio at home, PAOK lost 2-0 to Videoton at home, Eintracht beat Apollon Limassol 2-0, Sarpsborg drew 1-1 with Malmo, Rangers were kept goalless at home by Spartak Moscow, Villarreal trounced Rapid Vienna 5-0 while Sevilla thumped Akhisar 6-0.
AC Milan host Real Betis at San Siro this evening as the Rossoneri look to continue their 100% start to their 2018/19 Europa League campaign. Milan defeated Luxembourg side Dudelange 1-0 away from home in their opener, winning 3-1 against Olympiakos in their most recent clash. Betis, on the other hand, defeated Dudelange 3-0 at home in the last-match day, drawing 0-0 in Greece with Olympiakos in their opener.
Milan come into the match fresh with disappointment after Sunday’s Milan derby in which Argentine forward Mauro Icardi scored a stoppage-time winner; after a momentary lapse in concentration from young Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma between the sticks. Before the match against Inter Milan, Rino Gattuso’s side had won three matches in-a-row, 3-1’s against Olympiakos and Chievo Verona, winning 4-1 away from home at Sassuolo.
Real Betis exceeded expectations last season to qualify for the Europa League but faced the departure of some key players over the summer, including Spanish playmaker Fabian Ruiz who moved to Milan’s divisional rivals Napoli. Betis are currently 11th in La Liga, with three wins, three draws and three defeats from their first nine league games.