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Europa League 2020/21 Matchday 3: Highlights, replays and match reports
The Europa League reached the halfway point of the group stages with a third Matchday in three weeks on Thursday night as Arsenal, Spurs, Celtic, Rangers and Leicester City all returned to action seeking to strengthen their qualification credentials.
A whirlwind season continued with another Europa League Matchday exclusively live on BT Sport on Thursday evening.
Read on to find out more about the must-see games on Matchday 3 of the Europa League.
Benfica 3-3 Rangers - Watch replay
Alfredo Morelos wrote his name into the Rangers record books but his 22nd European goal was not enough to daze 10-man Benfica after a 3-3 draw at the Estadio da Luz.
The Colombian was celebrating as he put Steven Gerrard’s team 3-1 up in Lisbon, moving him past the club benchmark previously set by Ibrox great Ally McCoist.
But Gers switched off in the final 13 minutes and paid the price as Rafa Silva netted before substitute Darwin Nunez fired home an injury-time equaliser.
Ludogorets 1-3 Tottenham - Watch replay
Harry Kane continued on his path to becoming Tottenham’s greatest ever goalscorer as he notched his 200th for the club in a 3-1 Europa League win against Ludogorets.
The 27-year-old joined Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Smith in Spurs’ 200 club in just his 300th game and, if he keeps going at this rate, he will not need too long to surpass Greaves’ all-time record of 266 goals.
His first-half header in Bulgaria was his 12th goal of the season in all competitions in only his 13th game.
Leicester City 4-0 Braga - Watch Replay
Leicester made it three wins from three in Europe with a comfortable 4-0 win over Braga.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored twice before Dennis Praet and James Maddison sealed the win for the dominant hosts.
It was another impressive result for Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes who have won their last five games in all competitions. The victory puts Leicester on the brink of qualification with three matches remaining.
Arsenal 4-1 Molde - Watch Replay
Arsenal extended their perfect start to the European season with a come-from-behind win over Norwegian side Molde.
Martin Ellingsen beat Bernd Leno from 25 yards in the first half to give the visitors a shock lead but goals from Nicolas Pepe, Joe Willock and two own goals ensured the hosts ran out comfortable winners.
The Gunners are on the verge of qualification to the knockout stages after a flawless start, while Molde are also well placed to emerge from Group B after winning their opening two matches.
Celtic 1-4 Sparta Prague - Watch Replay
Celtic capitulated at home to Sparta Prague in Group H, suffering a third successive home defeat for the first time in 30 years after a 4-1 thrashing.
The Czech side were blighted by absentees but Lukas Julis' hat-trick and a goal from Ladislav Krejci gave the visitors a deserved win over a Neil Lennon’s side.
The Hoops are rock bottom of the group and are staring down the barrel of elimination after three matches. Sparta Prague earned their first points of the season in Europe but are still outsiders to qualify.