Milan crash out of Europa League

REUTERS/Costas Baltas

Olympiakos Piraeus pulled off a stunning 3-1 Europa League win over AC Milan that put them into the last 32 and sent the Italians crashing out as the remaining places in the knockout stage were decided on Thursday.

All the goals in Greece came in a thrilling second half, with Milan defender Cristian Zapata scoring an own goal to make it 2-0 to Olympiakos in the 70th minute, before he pulled one back for his side two minutes later.

Yet Milan’s defensive frailty was punished when Konstantinos Fortounis scored from the penalty spot in the 81st minute to give his side the win that left them second in Group F on 10 points.

They edged out the seven-times European champions on goal difference and progressed along with group winners Real Betis.

Recall, recently the deal about Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s possible return to the team fell through. The club has now shifted its focus from Swede to Fabio Quagliarella

Also, there are rumors that Genaro Gattuso’s team will try to sign Marcus Rashford from Manchester United and Francesc Fabregas in the winter. The Spaniard’s contract with Chelsea expires this summer already.

REUTERS/Reporting by Philip O’Connor Editing by Toby Davis

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