LIVE Football News: Thursday's Champions League Reaction & Europa League Goals

The Sportsman brings you all of the day's biggest news from across Europe
08:59, 16 Sep 2021
Last Updated: 22:38, 16 Sep 2021

Oh what a night!

A Wednesday feast of Champions League goals has sent us into work with a spring in our step today, and there's sure to be more of the same today as the Europa League and Europa Conference League take centre stage.

There's plenty of news emanating from the Football League and Premier League too, so stick with us all day as we bring you all the best news, reaction and goals as they happen.

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That's All Folks!

Thanks for joining us for another jam-packed night of European action, as Leicester drew 2-2 with Napoli, West Ham won 2-0 away against Dinamo Zagreb and Rangers and Celtic both fell to disappointing defeats. 


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Report from Rangers 0-2 Lyon

Steven Gerrard's 50th European game with Rangers ended in defeat, read what went down at Ibrox tonight below.

Rangers Canโ€™t Match Celtic For Drama, But They Match Them On Points
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Napoli faves for Europa League

Betfred odds:

Napoli - 10/1

Leicester - 12/1

West Ham 12/1

Bayer Leverkusen - 18/1

Rangers - 66/1

Celtic - 80/1

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Full-time scores from Europa League
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Report from Leicester 2-2 Napoli

Leicester City couldn't hold onto their two goal lead in the end, and you can read our report from the match here. 

Leicester City Show European Fragility As Napoli Salvage Draw
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FULL TIME: Leicester City 2-2 Napoli
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GOAL! Leicester 2-1 Napoli (Osimhen)

A brilliant quick passing move frees Victor Osimhen who beats Jannik Vestergaard and pokes past Kasper Schmeichel. 

Game on! 

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GOAL! Leicester 2-0 Napoli (Barnes)

Kelechi Iheanacho feeds Harvey Barnes on the left-wing who does a stepover and fires the ball into the far corner. 

A huge goal for the Foxes! 

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GOAL! Rangers 0-2 Lyon (Tavernier O.G.)

Lyon double their advantage through a James Tavernier own goal. Hossem Aouar had a shot well saved by Allan McGregor, but the rebound fell to Islam Slimani. The former Leicester forward's shot was deflected in by Tavernier. It's slipping away from Rangers now.

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Rangers are behind, Leicester lead at half time

Here's the half-time scores for tonight's late Europa League ties:


Monaco 0-0 Sturm Graz

Olympiacos 0-0 Antwerp

Rangers 0-1 Lyon

PSV 1-2 Real Sociedad

Brondby 0-0 Sparta Prague

Leicester 1-0 Napoli

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Fenerbahce




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Declan Rice in the record books
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GOAL! Rangers 0-1 Lyon (Ekambi)

Lyon lead at Ibrox as Karl Toko Ekambi steers in an unbelievable distance finish. Ryan Kent was caught in possession in midfield, John Lundstram was bewitched by a step-over and the ball ended up in Allan McGregor's net. A hard road ahead now for Steven Gerrard's men.

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GOAL! Leicester 1-0 Napoli (Perez)

Harvey Barnes drives down the left-wing and plays a perfect cross to the back post where Ayoze Perez is waiting to volley past David Ospina.

A perfect start for Brendan Rodgers! 

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The 8PM games, including Leicester City vs Napoli and Rangers vs Lyon are underway!

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Full Time Results

Full set of full-time results from the early kick-offs in the Europa League:

Rennes 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur (UECL)

Real Betis 4-3 Celtic

Dinamo Zagreb 0-2 West Ham 

Galatasaray 1-0 Lazio

Lokomotiv Moscow 1-1 Marseille

Red Star Belgrade 2-1 Sporting Braga

FC Midtjylland 2-1 Ludogorets 

Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Ferencvarosi 

Rapid Vienna 0-1 Genk

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Celtic come up short in Betis

What an incredible match that was. 

Celtic pulled a late goal back but couldn't salvage a point against Real Betis, however from what we saw tonight, they should be able to compete at this level.

Here's our report on a breathless encounter in southern Spain.

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GOAL! Betis 4-3 Celtic (Ralston)

Surely not!

Celtic are back in this as Anthony Ralston heads home.

They've got two minutes of normal time to rescue this!

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GOAL! Rennes 2-2 Tottenham (Hojbjerg)

Straight back on level terms!

Defensive midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is the man in the right place to fire home from close range. 

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GOAL! Rennes 2-1 Tottenham (Laborde)

Oh no Spurs. 

A new European competition appears to providing more embarrassment as Gaetan Laborde puts the hosts ahead. 

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Rangers XI to face Lyon
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Leicester City XI to face Napoli
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GOAL! Betis 4-2 Celtic (Juanmi)

I can barely get these goals out in time!

Juanmi surely puts the game beyond doubt with a wonderful touch and driven finish into the far corner. 

Stunning stuff in Spain. 

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GOAL! Betis 3-2 Celtic (Inglesias)

Sergio Canales is afforded far too much space on Celtic's right and cross the ball in for Borja Inglesias to tap home his first goal of the season. 

From 2-0 up, Celtic find themselves 3-2 down and with work to do.


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GOAL! Dinamo Zagreb 0-2 West Ham (Rice 50)

Another goal for Moyes' boys as a relentless Declan Rice plunders the ball in midfield and elegantly slots it into the net. A goal on his European debut for the England man.

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Half-Time Scores From Around Europe

Here's how tonight's Europa League action looks at half-time:

Leverkusen 1-1 Ferencvaros

Galatasary 0-0 Lazio

Midtjylland 1-1 Ludogrets

Lokomotiv 0-0 Marseille

Rapid 0-0 Genk

Zagreb 0-0 West Ham

Betis 2-2 Celtic

Crvena 0-0 Braga

In the Conference League, Spurs are currently drawing 1-1 with Rennes in France.


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GOAL! Betis 2-2 Celtic (Juanmi)

Real Betis have just shown their class. 

A perfectly timed run breaks Celtic apart and Iglesias squares the ball for Juanmi to tap home. 

In a matter of moments, their lead is gone. 

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GOAL! Betis 1-2 Celtic (Miranda)

Uh oh. 

Betis pull one back through left-back Juan Miranda as he play a quick one-two and slides the ball under Joe Hart.

Just as Celtic were looking comfortable, the home side keep this tie alive. 

What a game! 

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GOAL! Betis 0-2 Celtic (Juranovic)

Josip Juranovic doubles Celtic's lead from the spot! 

They deservedly win a penalty as Ajeti is taken out by the goalkeeper and Juranovic makes no mistake. What a night this could turn out to be! 

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GOAL! Rennes 1-1 Tottenham (Tait)

Rennes are back level! 

They've deserved that one too after responding to conceding that early goal. 

Flavien Tait finds the space on the edge of the box and curls the ball home. Game on. 

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GOAL! Dinamo Zagreb 0-1 West Ham (Antonio 21 mins)

It's 1-0 in Croatia as Michail Antonio latches onto a loose back-pass to give the Hammers the lead!

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GOAL! Betis 0-1 Celtic (Ajeti)

After what feels like an absolute age, VAR rules that Celtic's opener should stand! 

The Scots are 1-0 up in Spain as Albian Ajeti bundles the ball home from close range. The ball was initially adjudged to have hit his arm on the way in but the replays show it came off his hip.

A huge goal. 

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GOAL! Rennes 0-1 Tottenham

Tottenham are ahead in France!

The UEFA Conference League gets off to a flyer as Lucas hits the ball across goal which eventually leads to an own goal!

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The 5.45pm games, including Spurs, West Ham and Celtic are underway! 

We'll bring you score updates from all three matches.

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Injury blow for Man Utd

Virtual event-present Millie Turner has suffered a dislocated kneecap, ruling her out of Manchester United's lineup for the foreseeable future in the Women's Super League.

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Some big names in the Europa League tonight...
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Who's going to collect the ball if it goes out?

Lincoln Red Imps v PAOK is one of the 1745 BST kick-offs in the Europa Conference League, but we wouldn't like to be ball boys over in Gibraltar if one or two shots get a little wayward at this end of the pitch...

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Spurs XI to face Rennes
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West Ham lineup announced
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Celtic XI for Real Betis clash
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Solskjaer wants to keep Lingard at Old Trafford

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has expressed his desire to keep attacker Jesse Lingard beyond the expiration of his contract.

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Clattenburg in favour of refs speaking to media

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg believes referees coming out to speak to the media after games will benefit the sport.

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Rashford making progress

Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford's recovery from his recent shoulder surgery is ahead of schedule.

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Arteta confirms Wilshere talks

Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Arsenal are in talks with their former midfielder and free agent Jack Wilshere regarding a move back to the club.

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Arteta hurt seeing rivals in Champions League

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is hurt by his side not being in the UEFA Champions League and having to watch his side's rivals compete in the esteemed competition.

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Where do the problems lie at Forest?

Chris Hughton is gone, Nottingham Forest are bottom of the Championship table, check out The Sportsman's reaction to yet another managerial departure at the City Ground.

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Man City supporters group hit back at Pep

Following Pep Guardiola's comment let night asking for more people to be in the crowd this weekend, a Manchester City supporters' group have hit back at the manager explaining the difficulties some would have in attending night games in the week.

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The Champions League format changes

Earlier in the week, we at The Sportsman put out an article outlining all the changes that are coming to the new-look Champions League from the 2024-25 season. Check it out here.

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Moyes' previous European tours

West Ham United boss David Moyes is no stranger to European competition as the Hammers prepare to face Dinamo Zagreb this evening. Check out this article by The Sportsman on the Scotsman's past European campaigns.

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Chris Sutton won't be at Ibrox tonight

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has been told he cannot come to Ibrox Stadium tonight by Rangers CEO Stewart Robertson, who believes him to be a security risk.

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Gameweek 5 FPL advice

It's that time of the week again as fantasy players decide on who to have leading their attacking line, Cristiano Ronaldo or Romelu Lukaku?

Check out the advice of The Sportsman's Fantasy Premier League expert, Simon Lillicrap.

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Adama Traore is crucial to Wolves
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Solskjaer expects Cavani to have big impact

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani to have a great impact at the club this season.

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Reece James has UCL medal stolen

Chelsea defender Reece James had his house broken into and his UEFA Champions League winners medal stolen while he was playing in the competition against Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday night.

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Football for dogs

What's not to love about this...?

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Spurs' new kit to represent Tottenham

No word yet as to whether they'll wear it against Rennes in their Europa Conference League fixture, but Tottenham Hotspur have unveiled their new third kit which was inspired by a group of young creatives in the club's local community.

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Arteta denies Leno will start v Spurs

There had been talk that Bernd Leno had been assured a starting shirt when Arsenal meet Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday week, but Gunners boss Mikel Arteta says that's not a decision he has made yet.

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New deal for Dyche

Four more years, four more years, four more years!

Sean Dyche has put pen to paper on a new contract at Burnley which will keep him with the Clarets until 2025. That ought to be a big boost for the club after their slow start to the Premier League season.

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Carlton Palmer on the bench at 55!

Are you getting on in years and fancy giving yourself one final taste of football action? Do what Carlton Palmer did on Tuesday. The Grantham Town manager named himself on the bench for a Northern Premier League game against Ashton United at the ripe old age of 55.

Well, I suppose it's hard to resist calling upon an 18-cap former England international...

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Lionesses preparing for Weigman's first game

England's women's team are hard at work ahead of their clash with North Macedonia at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton tomorrow night. It's Sarina Weigman's first game in charge after taking the reins from Phil Neville.

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England third in Fifa World Rankings

England have gone up to third in the newly-released update of the Fifa World Rankings, with their run to the final of Euro 2020 seeing them reach their highest position since September 2012. Given that they'd underwhelmed at both Euro 2012 and the 2010 World Cup, we'll take answers on a postcard as to why they were third back then!

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England to host new international tournament

The FA have announced that there will be a new invitational women's international event set up to run annually from 2022, in a similar vein to the USA's SheBelieves Cup. The first edition will take place next February, with Germany and Spain among the competitors.

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Derby investigation still ongoing

There had been some talk that Derby County were about to be slapped with a heavy points deduction for breaching spending rules, but the EFL have moved to confirm that no decision has been made yet.

EFL statement: Derby County
EFL statement: Derby County
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Ronaldo or Lukaku?

Amid all this talk of European and Championship football, we mustn't forget that there's Premier League action on Friday night. And you know what that means...

That's right, an early deadline in FPL.

So how do you balance Cristiano Ronaldo against Romelu Lukaku? Which do you add? Can you possibly get both?

The Sportsman has the answers... we think!

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What will West Ham provide in Europe?

David Moyes leads West Ham United into Europe for the first time when they face Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia at 17:45 BST. But what has his record been like on the continent so far and what can we expect of the Hammers under him?

Our Simon Lillicrap takes a look.

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Grealish's bow ends in 6-3 Man City win

Back to last night, briefly. What about Manchester City, eh?

They won 6-3 in a see-saw contest against RB Leipzig, with Jack Grealish scoring on his Champions League debut.

Our Conor Keane reviewed the former Aston Villa star's lead role in the City victory.

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Europa Conference League fixtures


1745: HJK Helsinki v LASK


1745: Flora Tallinn v KAA Gent

2000: Anorthosis Famagusta v Partizan Belgrade


2000: Bodo/Glimt v Zorya Luhansk

2000: Roma v CSKA Sofia


2000: FK Jablonec v CFR Cluj

2000: Randers v AZ Alkmaar


1745: Slavia Prague v Union Berlin


1745: Lincoln Red Imps v PAOK

1745: Slovan Bratislava v FC Copenhagen


1745: NS Mura v Vitesse

1745: Rennes v Tottenham Hotspur


1530: Kairat v Omonia Nicosia

1745: Qarabag v FC Basel

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Europa League fixtures

Looking forward to tonight's games, here's a reminder of what's coming up in the Uefa Europa League...


2000: Brondby v Sparta Prague

2000: Rangers v Lyon


2000: Monaco v Sturm Graz

2000: PSV v Real Sociedad


2000: Leicester City v Napoli


2000: Eintracht Frankfurt v Fenerbahce

2000: Olympiakos v Royal Antwerp


1745: Galatasaray v Lazio

1745: Lokomotiv Moscow v Marseille


1745: Red Star v Sporting Braga

1745: FC Midtjylland v Ludogorets


1745: Bayer Leverkusen v Ferencvaros

1745: Real Betis v Celtic


1745: Dinamo Zagreb v West Ham United

1745: Rapid Vienna v Genk

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Reid in charge for now at Forest

Steven Reid takes temporary charge of Nottingham Forest after Chris Hughton's departure. They head to high-flying Huddersfield Town on Saturday before hosting Millwall at the City Ground seven days later.

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Hughton's phenomenal Championship run ends

In his fifth job at Championship level, this was only the second time Hughton had failed to get his team promoted. He took Newcastle United, Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion up and led Birmingham City to the play-offs in his previous stints in the second tier.

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Hughton sacked by Nottingham Forest

After a 2-0 defeat at home to Middlesbrough last night, their sixth loss in seven matches, Nottingham Forest have just announced that they have sacked Chris Hughton.

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Liverpool just love a comeback v Milan

It wasn't an exact replica of Istanbul in 2005, but Liverpool came back to foil Milan again last night.

Why not start off your day with our Simon's Lillicrap's full reaction to an absorbing evening at Anfield.

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