by James Strudwick
Tottenham finally got off the mark in this year’s UEFA Europa League with a 2-1 home win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Lukas Boeder endured a horrible ten minutes before half time as he deflected Samuel Sashoua’s cross into his own net after 35 minutes, then was sent off for a last-ditch attempt foul on Shayon Harrison.
Harrison then made sure of Spurs’ victory 15 minutes after half time, as he locked onto another Shashoua ball and went round keeper Tomasz Kucz to make it 2-0.
Leverkusen got one back in injury time through Simon Rhein, but the North London side held on to pick up their first points of the campaign.
It was deadlock in Bulgaria as Ludogorets held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw to get their first point in this season’s competition.
Reiss Nelson’s shot went in via the post to give the Gunners the lead after 33 minutes. However, Ludogorets Preslav Petrov’s close range equaliser 17 minutes from the end proved to be enough to get the Bulgarian side off the mark in the group.
The draw leaves Arsenal third in Group A on five points, trailing Basel by one point and leaders Paris Saint-Germain who have 10 points.
Leicester City are left with just one win from four matches in Group C after being edged out 3-2 away in Copenhagen.
The Foxes got off to an awful start as Julian Kristoffersen scored within a minute of the kick-off to put them on the back foot immediately.
Things went from bad to worse when Nicklas Fristoffersen doubled the homes side’s lead after eight minutes, however, Harvey Barnes found the net from close range to give the visiting team some hope to make it three goals in the opening fifteen minutes of the match.
It was Barnes once again who drew Leicester level just after half-time, scoring at the back post to make the comeback complete.
Kristoffersen thought he had helped his side take the lead and got his second of the night, however, the referee judged he had fouled goalkeeper Max Bramley in the process and the goal was disallowed.
It was a 25-yard bullet from Morten Hjulmand in injury time that snatched all three points for the Danish side.
Manchester City hosted Barcelona but was unable to stop the Catalan side from making it four wins in a row.
A first half volley from Jordi Mboula after 19 minutes and a right footed shot from defender Cucu on the stroke of half-time was enough to see the Spanish side through to the round of 16 with plenty of time to spare.
This leaves the English side in second place on six points in group C with two matches to go, just two points ahead of Borussia Monchengladbach in third.
Besiktas 0-1 Napoli
Athletico Madrd 1-0 Rostov
PSV Eindhoven 2-0 Bayern Munich
Borussia Monchengladbach 4-1 Celtic
Benfica 1-2 Dynamo Kiev
Basel 2-3 Paris Saint Germain
Borussia Dortmund 0-1 Sporting CP
Sevilla 1-1 Dinamo Zagreb
Porto 1-3 Brugge
Monaco 0-5 CSK Moscow
Legia Warsaw 1-2 Real Madrid
Juventus 0-1 Lyon
Domestic Champions Path:
POAK 0-2 Ajax
Viitorul 5-0 Zurich
Malaga 2-0 Midtjylland
Rosenborg 0-1 Cukaricki
Salsburg 8-1 Kairat
Cork 1-3 Roma