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Tottenham, AC Milan reach Europa League knockout stage

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LONDON, Dec 4: AC Milan came from two goals down to beat Celtic 4-2 and qualify for the Europa League�s knockout stage, while Tottenham advanced despite giving up a late equalizer.

Gareth Bale scored his first Europa League goal since returning to Tottenham from Real Madrid in the London club�s 3-3 draw at Austria�s LASK, which was enough to advance from Group J.

Another 12 teams made it through as Braga, Lille, Villarreal, Royal Antwerp, Dinamo Zagreb, Red Star Belgrade, Leverkusen, Slavia Prague, Rangers, Benfica, Granada and PSV Eindhoven all advanced with a game to spare.

Fans returned to a European football game in England for the first time since March when Arsenal hosted Rapid Vienna.

Arsenal hasn�t won a Premier League game since Nov. 1 but is the last team to keep a perfect record in Europe�s second-tier competitions after a 4-1 victory.

Spanish league leader Real Sociedad was held to a surprise 2-2 home draw by the already eliminated Rijeka.

Celtic used an early scoring burst to take a 2-0 lead at San Siro but Milan came back almost immediately with two goals in two minutes.

Tom Rogic capitalized on a mistake by Rade Krunic to fire home the opening goal in the seventh minute after Celtic�s first attacking move.

Seven minutes later, Odsonne douard chipped the ball over Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to stun the hosts again in front of the watching Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the stands.

Hakan alhanoglu started Milan�s comeback with a perfectly executed free kick 10 minutes later and the equalizer came shortly after with Samuel Castillejo hitting the roof of the net.

Jens Petter Hauge completed Milan�s comeback five minutes into the second half, leaving three opponents behind before netting Milan�s third.

The Norwegian set up substitute Brahim Daz to finish the scoring.

Burak Yilmaz came off the bench to score twice for Lille in a 2-1 comeback win over 10-man Sparta Prague that secured a place in the round of 32.

Lille leads Group H on 11 points, one point ahead of Milan. Sparta has six and Celtic one. � AP

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Tottenham, AC Milan reach Europa League knockout stage

LONDON, Dec 4: AC Milan came from two goals down to beat Celtic 4-2 and qualify for the Europa League�s knockout stage, while Tottenham advanced despite giving up a late equalizer.

Gareth Bale scored his first Europa League goal since returning to Tottenham from Real Madrid in the London club�s 3-3 draw at Austria�s LASK, which was enough to advance from Group J.

Another 12 teams made it through as Braga, Lille, Villarreal, Royal Antwerp, Dinamo Zagreb, Red Star Belgrade, Leverkusen, Slavia Prague, Rangers, Benfica, Granada and PSV Eindhoven all advanced with a game to spare.

Fans returned to a European football game in England for the first time since March when Arsenal hosted Rapid Vienna.

Arsenal hasn�t won a Premier League game since Nov. 1 but is the last team to keep a perfect record in Europe�s second-tier competitions after a 4-1 victory.

Spanish league leader Real Sociedad was held to a surprise 2-2 home draw by the already eliminated Rijeka.

Celtic used an early scoring burst to take a 2-0 lead at San Siro but Milan came back almost immediately with two goals in two minutes.

Tom Rogic capitalized on a mistake by Rade Krunic to fire home the opening goal in the seventh minute after Celtic�s first attacking move.

Seven minutes later, Odsonne douard chipped the ball over Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to stun the hosts again in front of the watching Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the stands.

Hakan alhanoglu started Milan�s comeback with a perfectly executed free kick 10 minutes later and the equalizer came shortly after with Samuel Castillejo hitting the roof of the net.

Jens Petter Hauge completed Milan�s comeback five minutes into the second half, leaving three opponents behind before netting Milan�s third.

The Norwegian set up substitute Brahim Daz to finish the scoring.

Burak Yilmaz came off the bench to score twice for Lille in a 2-1 comeback win over 10-man Sparta Prague that secured a place in the round of 32.

Lille leads Group H on 11 points, one point ahead of Milan. Sparta has six and Celtic one. � AP

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