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Milan draw another blank in Europa League, Everton go out

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Milan draw another blank in Europa League, Everton go out

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ZURICH (Reuters) – Troubled AC Milan were held to a goalless draw by AEK Athens for the second time in a fortnight in the Europa League on Thursday and Everton were dumped out of the competition by Olympique Lyonnais after a 3-0 defeat in France. The French side scored three times in the last 25 minutes to leave Everton bottom of Group E with one point and end their hopes of progressing with two games left. Bertrand Traore put Lyon ahead in the 68th minute as he sped past Ashley Williams and steered the ball past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Houssem Aouar turned in the second from Memphis Depay’s pass and Depay headed the third in the 90th minute. To add to the indignity, Everton had Morgan Schneiderlin sent off for a second bookable offence 10 minutes from the end. Lyon joined Atalanta on eight points at the top of the group after the Serie A side conceded a last-minute goal and were held 1-1 at Apollon in Cyprus. Milan stayed top of Group D with 8 points, two ahead of their Greek rivals, although they really needed a win to lift the pressure on coach Vincenzo Montella. Riccardo Montolivo hit the post for the Italians early in the second half and that was as close as they got. Dinamo Kiev become the first team to qualify for the round of 32 with a 1-0 win at Young Boys as Vitaliy Buyalskiy scored the winner in their Group B match. Carlos Bacca and a Simon Deli own goal gave Villarreal a 2-0 win at Slavia Prague which took them top of Group A with eight points.

(Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne; Editing by Christian Radnedge)
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