UEL Review: English Sides Arsenal, Everton Suffer Contrasting Fortunes

English sides Arsenal and Everton suffered contrasting fortunes in their respective UEFA Europe League (UEL) games on Thursday night.

North London giants Arsenal have a foot in the next round after they maintained their hundred percent start to the European season. French striker Olivier Giroud scored in the 85th minute to give the Gunners a slim 1-0 win against 10-man Crvena Zvezda.

The hosts had Milan Rodic sent off for two yellow cards with ten minutes to go paving the way for the aforementioned Giroud to score goal no. 101 in an Arsenal shirt some five minutes later to extend their lead in Group H to five points.

In Group E, Everton continued their wretched start to the season with a 2-1 home defeat to French club Olympique Lyon in what was a tense affair between the two sides.

Lyon took an early lead through a Nabir Fekir penalty after young defender Mason Holgate was penalised for a foul in the box and it was not until the second half that the home side equalised courtesy Ashley Williams.  The joy of equalising was however shortlived for the home side as former Chelsea star Bertrand Traore netted the winner six minutes later.

The loss means Everton have just one point from three games in Group E and have made the worst start ever by an English club in the competition to pile further misery on manager Ronald Koeman.

Matchday 3 Results

Group A

FC Astana 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Villareal 2-2 Sparta Prague

Group B

Dynamo Kyiv 2-2 Young Boys

Skenderbeu 0-0 Partizan Belgrade

Group C

Sporting Braga 0-2 Ludogorets Razgrad

TSG Hoffenheim 3-1 Istanbul Basaksehir

Group D

AC Milan 0-0 AEK Athens

Austria Wien 1-3 Rijeka

Group E

Everton 1-2 Lyon

Atalanta 3-1 Apollon Limassol

Group F

FC Sheriff 1-1 Lokomotiv Moscow

Zlin 1-1 FC Copenhagen

Group G

Hapoel Beersheva 1-2 Steaua Bucharest

Lugano 3-2 Viktoria Plzen

Group H

Crvena Zvzeda 0-1 Arsenal

BATE Borisov 1-0 FC Cologne

Group I

Konyaspor 0-2 Salzburg

Marseille 2-1 Vitoria Guimares

Group J

Oestersunds 2-2 Athletic Bilbao

Zorya 2-1 Hertha Berlin

Group K

Nice 1-3 Lazio

Zulte-Waregem 1-1 Vitesse

Group L

Vardar 0-6 Real Sociedad

Zenit 3-1 Rosenborg