Sad night for French clubs in the Europa League on Thursday, October 26 : the OM against Lazio Rome in the Velodrome (3-1), Rennes against Dynamo Kiev at home (2-1) and Bordeaux at the Zenith Saint-Petersburg (2-1) have all lost it at the 3rd day, and see the elimination coming closer.

For Bordeaux and Marseille, the last of their groups with respectively 0 and 1 point, qualifying in sixteenth-finals seems to be seriously compromised. For Rennes, 3rd with 3 points and two lengths of the first two Astana and Kiev, the qualification seems a little less impossible.

runner-up last season, the OM dark this year. After the defeat against Frankfurt at home (2-1), Marseille have, therefore, fallen in the face of Lazio. Wallace opened the score entry on corner (10) and Felipe Caicedo took advantage of the weaknesses in the defence olympian (59). The superb free-kick from Dimitri Payet (86), it could be life-saving but Adam Marusic has finally crucified Steve Mandanda (90).

The people of Marseille, who have not managed to defeat the modest Cypriots Apollon Limassol (2-2) at the 2nd day, will now wait for a miracle to hope to qualify.

Calvary for Bordeaux

Reindeer, which had begun its european campaign with a victory against the Czechs in Jablonek, has conceded its second defeat in three european matches. Kiev opened the scoring on a beautiful strike powerful thirty metre (21) prior to the equalization of Clement Grenier (41) on free kick, with the help of the goalkeeper. This will give back hope to the Roazhon Park… before the 89th minute and the second goal of Ukrainian.

Without their best striker François Kamano, the Girondins have also lost, in the Zenith. With zero points, they are last in their group. The Zenith (7 pts) is first in front of the Slavia Prague (6 pts), winner in 1-0 FC Copenhagen (3rd, 4 pts).

Bordeaux confirms its european campaign is a calvary : they had lost their first two matches, against the Slavia Prague (1-0) and then Copenhagen and at home (2-1).

The Bordeaux had opened the scoring through Jimmy Briand, who has taken a diving header a centre of Karamoh left side (26th). Artem Dzyuba is loaded to equalize for the Russians (41) but, in the final moments, Daler Kuzyaev, well served by Dzyuba (85th) has issued the stage Russian.

Arsenal unbeatable

In the other groups, Arsenal has signed an eleventh consecutive win in all competitions with a success 1-0 on the lawn of the Sporting Portugal, thanks to Danny Welbeck (78). The Gunners of Unai Emery are positioned at the top of their group ahead of Sporting.

AC Milan has conceded a 2-1 defeat at home against Betis Seville, with the old Parisian Giovani Lo Celso, scorer and passer decisive.

Finally, Chelsea has beaten BATE Borisov 3-1 while FC Sevilla and Villareal have signed on to the cartoons of the evening, 6-0 and 5-0 against the Turks from Akhisarspor and Rapid Vienna.

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