Europa League: Molde v Arsenal, Braga v Leicester, Sparta Prague v Celtic and more – live!


Rangers 1-0 Benfica Rangers are unlucky not to get a penalty when Roofe’s cross hits the raised arm of Vertonghen just inside the area. VAR is not in use for the group stages.

GOAL! Dundalk 1-3 Rapid Vienna (Shields 63 pen)

A penalty from Chris Shields has given Dundalk a soupcon of hope in Dublin.

GOAL! Tottenham 3-0 Ludogorets (Winks 63)

Harry Winks scores an extraordinary goal. He was 50 yards out on the left wing when he drove the ball over Iliev and into the net off the underside of the bar. I’m pretty sure it was an overhit cross – Winks was laughing afterwards – but he’ll not mind. It’s his first goal since January 2019.


Rangers 1-0 Benfica Every time I look at this game, Benfica are on the attack. They haven’t created many chances, but it still feels slightly ominous for Rangers.

GOAL! Dundalk 0-3 Rapid Vienna (Kara 58)

A second goal from Ercan Kera has sealed victory for Rapid Vienna in Dublin.

In Eindhoven, PSV have come from 2-0 down to lead PAOK 3-2, thus turning Group E on its head.

Rangers 1-0 Benfica Rangers can qualify for the knockout stages tonight, but only if they win and Standard Liege beat Lech Poznan in Belgium. That match is currently 0-0. And I wouldn’t be entirely confident about Rangers beating an increasingly dominant Benfica.

Tottenham 2-0 Ludogorets Spurs are cruising to victory. The only danger is complacency, given how easy it has been so far.

Peep peep! The second halves are underway.

Half-time reading (compulsory)

Peep peep! It’s half-time in all the 8pm kick-offs. If you don’t want to know the scores, log off now.

  • Group A CFR Cluj 0-0 Roma
  • Group B Dundalk 0-2 Rapid Vienna
  • Group C Leverkusen 1-0 HB Sheva, Nice 0-1 Slavia Prague
  • Group D Rangers 1-0 Benfica, S Liege 0-0 Lech Poznan
  • Group E Granada 1-0 Omonia Nicosia, PSV 1-2 PAOK
  • Group F AZ Alkmaar 0-0 Real Sociedad, Napoli 1-0 Rijeka
  • Group J Tottenham 2-0 Ludogorets
  • View the Europa League tables

Rangers 1-0 Benfica Leon Balogun makes an outstanding tackle to deny Rafa Silva, who looked set to equalise for Benfica. Rangers are under a fair bit of pressure and need half-time.


GOAL! Dundalk 0-2 Rapid Vienna (Kara 37)

It’s looking like a fourth consecutive Europa League defeat for Dundalk.

Here’s the great Paul Doyle on Leicester’s dramatic 3-3 draw in Braga, a result that sealed qualification for the Round of 256 with two games to spare.

“Evening Rob,” says Tom Hopkins. “Oh, the Czechs in 2004, just a lovely team. Possibly second only to Romania 1994 in my affections. Thanks for the reminder.”

As good as Greece were, I still can’t really get my head round that result in the semi-finals. I should watch the game back some time; I don’t remember much about it.

Tottenham 2-0 Ludogorets So far this has been a perfect night for Jose Mourinho. Carlos Vinicius has scored his first goals for Spurs, Dele Alli looks more like his old self, and Harry Kane and Son should be able to spend the entire evening on the bench.

GOAL! Tottenham 2-0 Ludogorets (Vinicius 34)

Carlos Vinicius gets his second, but that goal was a little triumph for Dele Alli. Ndombele’s shot was pushed out by Iliev to Alli, six yards from goal. He dummied to shoot and then squared the ball to give Vinicius an open goal. Lovely play by Alli, both in its selflessness and execution. It was very similiar to Karel Poborsky’s nerveless assist in that classic match between the Netherlands and the Czech Republic at Euro 2004.

Carlos Vinicius thanks Dele Alli for the assist.

Carlos Vinicius thanks Dele Alli for the assist. Photograph: Chloe Knott/Getty Images


Tottenham 1-0 Ludogorets A second Spurs goal is in the post. They almost scored it a moment ago when Dele Alli floated a nice pass over the defence to find Ben Davies, who hammered the bouncing ball against the outside of the near post.

Rangers 1-0 Benfica Rangers are still ahead in what has been a pretty even game at Ibrox. Whatever the final score, the fact Rangers can compete pretty much as equals with Benfica shows how far they have come under Steven Gerrard.

Tottenham 1-0 Ludogorets Harry Winks hits a lovely left-footed shot from 25 yards that swerves this far wide.

Tottenham 1-0 Ludogorets Spurs are in complete control of this game. Bale almost makes it 2-0 with a nice curler from 20 yards that drops onto the roof of the net.

Here’s Ewan Murray’s report on a desperate night for Celtic, who have gone out of two European competitions before the end of November.


GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Ludogorets (Vinicius 16)

Carlos Vinicius gets his first goal for Spurs! Dele Alli’s through ball towards Bale – who was in an offside position – was diverted by a defender towards the unmarked Vinicius. He opened his body as if to shoot into the bottom left corner and then dragged the ball to the other side as the keeper dived the wrong way. Excellent finish.

Carlos Vinicius opens the scoring.

Carlos Vinicius opens the scoring. Photograph: Tottenham Hotspur FC/Getty Images


Rangers 1-0 Benfica It’s been a cracking first 15 minutes at Ibrox. Rangers took the lead but Benfica are having a lot of the ball and have already missed one excellent chance to equalise.

Spurs 0-0 Ludogorets Dele Alli splashes a shot high and wide from 25 yards. He could use a goal more than most.

GOAL! Dundalk 0-1 Rapid Vienna (Knasmullner 11)

Dundalk’s hopes of a first point in Group B have taken a hit. Christoph Knasmullner has put Rapid Vienna ahead in Dublin.

GOAL! Rangers 1-0 Benfica (Arfield 7)

A flying start for Rangers! Scott Arfield has volleyed them ahead from close range after James Tavernier’s header hit the bar.

Spurs 0-0 Ludogorets Nothing much to report after eight minutes at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Antwerp’s 2-0 win away to LASK makes it imperative that Spurs win tonight.

Here’s more on Arsenal’s comfortable win in Molde, which included a first ever goal for the teenager Folarin Balogun.

The 8pm games are under way. All were preceded by a minute’s silence for the greatest GOAT of all time.

Football on BT Sport

A moment Folarin Balogun will never forget 🙌

His first goal for Arsenal on just his second senior appearance!

They really like the look of him at the Emirates 🔴#UEL

November 26, 2020

Thanks Barry, evening everyone. Let’s start with the full-time scores in the early games:

  • Group A CSKA Sofia 0-1 Young Boys, CFR Cluj v Roma
  • Group B Molde 0-3 Arsenal, Dundalk v Rapid Vienna
  • Group C Leverkusen v HB Sheva, Nice v Slavia Prague
  • Group D Rangers v Benfica, S Liege v Lech Poznan
  • Group E Granada v Omonia Nicosia, PSV v PAOK
  • Group F AZ Alkmaar v R Sociedad, Napoli v Rijeka
  • Group G AEK Athens 0-3 Zorya, SC Braga 3-3 Leicester
  • Group H Lille 1-1 AC Milan, Sparta Prague 4-1 Celtic
  • Group I M Tel Aviv 1-1 Villarreal, Qarabag 2-3 Sivasspor
  • Group J LASK 0-2 Royal Antwerp, Spurs v Ludogorets
  • Group K CSKA 0-0 Feyenoord, Wolfsberg 0-3 D Zagreb
  • Group L Gent 0-2 Red Star, S Liberic 0-2 Hoffenheim
  • View the Europa League tables

Molde 0-3 Arsenal

Reiss Nelson and Folarin Balogum piled the hurt on Molde after Nicolas Pepe had fired them ahead on 50 minutes to give Mikel Arteta’s side a comfortable win. Rob Smyth will take over now and bring you news of the rest of tonight’s games.

Full-time scores …

  • Braga 3-3 Leicester (Leicester advance to R32)
  • Molde 0-3 Arsenal (Arsenal advance to R32)
  • Sparta Prague 4-1 Celtic (Celtic are out)

GOAL! Braga 3-3 Leicester (Vardy 90+5)

On as a sub, Jamie Vardy stabs home a Marc ALbrighton cross at the far post to fire his side into the Round of 32!!!

Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring the goal that sends Leicester through.

Jamie Vardy celebrates after scoring the goal that sends Leicester through. Photograph: Octavio Passos/Getty Images


GOAL! Braga 3-2 Leicester City (Fransergio 90)

Leicester concede near the death, the victims of a counter-attack after Jamie Vardy fails to waste time by taking the ball into the corner. Fransergio scores for the hosts, firing over Schmeichel.

GOAL! Sparta Prague 4-1 Celtic (Plavsic 90)

Oh dear! Celtic get humiliated as Sparta Prague catch them on the break. A rush of blood to the head from Scott Bain doesn’t help – he charges out of his penalty area allowing Srdjan Plavsic to roll the ball into an empty net.

Some reading: Not content with winning the World Cup with Diego Maradona in 1986, Jorge Valdano is a brilliant writer. And now a colleague of mine. Here’s his bit on El Diego for tomorrow’s Big Paper …

Jonathan O’Brien

Lukáš Juliš, a player who none of us will ever hear of again for as long as we live, has scored five goals against Celtic over the two games. That’s how bad it’s got.

November 26, 2020

Sparta Prague 3-1 Celtic: In the Celtic goal, Scott Bain takes a completey unnecessary risk, leaving his area to try to play the ball out from the back, only to have his pocket picked by Karlsson. Bain scrambles to nick the ball back before he is further embarrassed.

GOAL! Braga 2-2 Leicester City (Thomas 79)

Luke Thomas scores his first goal for Leicester at the age of 19, stabbing home a James Maddison cross from the edge of the six-yard box. Maddison’s delivery was inch-perfect after he’d jinked this way and that, selling his man a dummy. As thinks stand, Leicester will advance to the last 32 with two games to spare.

GOAL! Sparta Prague 3-1 Celtic (Julis 79)

Celtic get caught on the break, with Sparta Prague attacking down the left flank. The ball’s crossed to a completely unmarked Julis, who spanks home his fifth goal against the Scottish champions in two games. Celtic are on their way out of Europe.

Good news for Leicester: Ukrainian side Zorya have doubled their lead against AEK Athens. A goal for Leicester, who have brought on Jamie Vardy, would see them through to the knockout stages with two games to spare, assuming Braga don’t bag themselves a third.

The Guardian’s fitba correspodent tweets: Over to you, Mr Ewan Murray …

Ewan Murray

Celtic haven’t at all played like a “poorly coached” (to coin a common phrase) team this half. A lack of individual mistakes, playing on front foot. Not that I’m sure any insistence they are better than Sparta as a default is accurate.

November 26, 2020

An email: “Clive Naylor’s stat about Arsenal not scoring from open play was … wrong,” writes Edward Chukwurah, among others. “But more misleading than flat-out wrong. That stat is true for Premier League games only, but if you add in Europa League games, given the recency of the previous leg vs Molde (which featured goals from open play), that number falls drastically. Still, Arsenal are dreadfully uncreative lately.”

Braga 2-1 Leicester City: Kasper Schmeichel, who has been effing, jeffing and generally cursing like a sailor throughout this game, saves well, tipping the ball over the bar, to deny Paulinho heading home from a wonderful cross. Nothing comes from the ensuing corner. As things stand in Group G, with AEK Athens behind at home to Zorya, Leicester would qualify for the knockout stages with a draw.

Sparta Prague 2-1 Celtic: Odsonne Eduoard has just missded an absolute sitter after being teed up by a ball Olivier Ntcham squared from the left. He had the goal at his mercy with only the Sparta Prague goalkeeper to beat but seemed shocked to find the ball at his feet and “shot” straight at a very grateful Nita.

Tottenham v Ludogorets line-ups

Tottenham (4-3-3) Hart; Doherty, Sanchez, Tanganga, Davies; Ndombele, Winks, Alli; Bale, Vinicius, Moura.

Subs: Austin, Whiteman, Aurier, Dier, Reguilon, Hojbjerg, Sissoko, Kane, Son, Clarke, White, Scarlett.

Ludogorets (4-5-1) Iliev; Nedyalkov, Moti, Grigore, Anicet Abel; Yankov, Badji, Keseru, Verdon, Ikoko; Despodov.

Subs: Stoyanov, Damyanov, Terziev, Manu, Tchibota, Josue Sa, Tekpetey, Mitkov, Yordanov, Cauly Souza.

Dele Alli and Gareth Bale start in a much-changed Spurs side. Alli’s appearance is his first since being substituted at half-time in Antwerp a month ago.

Dundalk v Rapid Vienna line-ups

The Town (3-4-3) Rogers; Hoare, Boyle, Cleary; Gannon, Shields, Sloggett, Dummigan; Colovic, McMillan, Duffy.

Subs: McCarey, Corcoran, Gartland, Flores, Mountney, P McEleney, Leahy, Murray, Oduwa, Wynne, Kelly.

Rapid Vienna (4-2-3-1) Gartler; Stojkovic, M Hofmann, Barac, Ullmann; Knasmullner, Grahovac; Schick, Fountas; Melih Ibrahimoglu; Kara.

Subs: Strebinger, Unger, Sonnleitner, Alar, Greiml, Kitagawa, Arase, Sulzbacher, Schuster, Demir.

Rangers v Benfica line-ups

Rangers (4-3-3) McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Balogun, Barisic; Kamara, S Davis, Arfield; Roofe, Morelos, Kent.

Subs: McLaughlin, Ughelumba, Helander, Hagi, Itten, Barker, Stewart, Barjonas, Dickson, King.

Benfica (4-3-3) Leite; Gilberto, Jardel, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Rafa Silva, Gabriel, Chiquinho; Everton, Seferovic, Waldschmidt.

Subs: Svilar, Vlachodimos, Cervi, Diogo Goncalves, Pizzi, Paulo Bernardo, Tiago Araujo, Joao Ferreira, Goncalo Ramos, Ferro.

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