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Europa wrap: Arsenal, Atleti, Celtic on top

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There wasn’t a single nil-nil to be found as the Europa League returned Thursday with its Round of 32.

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Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal won, as did a number of big names, but several names — Zenit and Napoli among them — slid behind the 8-ball with first leg setbacks.

[ RECAP: BVB 3-2 Atalanta ]


Copenhagen 1-4 Atletico Madrid

The Danish hosts struck first, but the lead didn’t last for long as Atletico Madrid hung a quartet of away goals on Copenhagen.

Viktor Fischer put Copenhagen up after just 15 mintues, but it was level six minutes later through Saul Niguez. By the time all was said and done, Kevin Gameiro, Antoine Griezmann, and substitute Vitolo had scored to complete the blowout.

Celtic 1-0 Zenit Saint-Petersburg

Callum McGregor was set-up by Chelsea loanee Charly Musonda as the Bhoys crucially held Zenit without a goal ahead of the return leg in Russia.

Napoli 1-2 RB Leipzig

The Serie A title contenders are having a rough time in Europe this season, now down a goal with two away goals conceded to RB Leipzig before next week’s second leg in Germany.

Adam Ounas put Napoli ahead early in the second half, but Timo Werner equalized after the hour mark and Bruma made it 2-1 with 16 minutes to play in Italy.

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Elsewhere
Red Star Belgrade 0-0 CSKA Moscow — Tuesday
Ostersunds 0-3 Arsenal
Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Atalanta
Astana 1-3 Sporting Lisbon
Ludogorets Razgrad 0-3 AC Milan
Marseille 3-0 Sporting Braga
Nice 2-3 Lokomotiv Moscow
Real Sociedad 2-2 Red Bull Salzburg
Spartak Moscow 1-3 Athletic Bilbao
AEK Athens 1-1 Dynamo Kiev
Steaua Bucharest 1-0 Lazio
Lyon 3-1 Villarreal
Partizan Belgrade 1-1 Viktoria Plzen

Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool: Lallana leads Reds past Boro

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  • Lallana scores two, grabs assist
  • Mignolet starts in goal, clean sheet
  • Liverpool joint-second

Liverpool beat Middlesbrough 3-0 at the Riverside Stadium with two goals from Adam Lallana and a strike from Divock Origi doing the damage in a canter for Jurgen Klopp‘s side.

Despite Middlesbrough starting brightly, Liverpool rarely looked threatened after going ahead.

The win pushes Liverpool on to 34 points for the season and in to second place, while Boro stay on 15 points.

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Fabio had a chance for Boro but hit his shot straight at Simon Mignolet, who had come in to replace the under-fire Lorus Karius.

Mignolet then saved down low from Ben Gibson‘s header, with the home side impressing early on. However, Liverpool went ahead with their first real chance of the game as Nathaniel Clyne‘s cross from the right found Lallana and he headed home. 1-0 to the Reds.

Viktor Fischer forced Mignolet in to a good stop at his near post and then Sadio Mane hit the post for Liverpool, but Boro still in the game despite trailing 1-0 at the break.

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In the second half Liverpool came flying out of the traps with Mane twice going close and then crossing for Roberto Firmino who sent a header wide.

Soon after Liverpool did go 2-0 up as Origi scored for a fifth-straight game to all but end the contest as the Belgian finished off Lallana’s cross following a flowing move.

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Late on Liverpool put some more gloss on the scoreline with another beautiful move involving Mane and Origi saw Lallana pop up to score his second and Liverpool’s third of the game. 3-0. Game over.

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The rest of the game played out as expected as Liverpool sealed a comfortable away win and a vital clean sheet to build confidence.

Southampton 1-0 Middlesbrough: Saints go 10th courtesy of Boufal strike

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Southampton moved up into the top of the Premier League on Sunday after picking up a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough at St. Mary’s Stadium.

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Sofiane Boufal provided the hosts with the game’s lone finish on 53 minutes after taking a shot from outside the box and beating Victor Valdes. The finish was the 23-year-old’s first tally of the season for the Saints.

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Jay Rodriguez had a great chance to seal the match for the Saints with under 10 minutes remaining but the attacker’s header was cleared off the line brilliantly by Adam Clayton.

The visitors had a superb chance to take the lead after half hour played when Viktor Fischer rounded goalkeeper Fraser Forster and looked to pick out Cristhian Stuani, but the striker couldn’t find the back of the net in the 34th minute.

[ MORE: Saturday’s PL roundup — Leicester shock Man City; Arsenal go top ]

Boro came out fast and were nearly rewarded in the fourth minute when Fischer tested Saints Forster, who was forced into a good save.

Aitor Karanka‘s side remains 16th in the PL through 15 matches, with the Boro currently just three points above the relegation zone.

Middlesbrough 1-0 Hull City: Set piece goal enough for Boro

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  • Ramirez scores in 60′
  • Boro rises to 13th
  • Hull stuck in 19th

Gaston Ramirez’s second half goal lifted Middlesbrough to victory in a relegation six-pointer against visiting Hull City on Monday.

Boro was more dangerous for the majority of the contest, and deservedly moves onto 15 points. Hull remains second from bottom, with 11 points.

Ramirez, a former Hull player, nodded Viktor Fischer‘s corner home on the lone tally.

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The hosts had the first decent chance, as Alvaro Negredo shot over the bar inside of 10 minutes.

Surprising starter Fischer was lively for Boro, cutting in to earn a corner in the 27th minute.

Fischer found his goal, only to find he was offside (if just!). Negredo headed back across goal to the Dane, who did grunt work to push the ball just across the line. No goal.

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Ramirez tapped in a deserved breakthrough in the 60th minute, as Hull City was undone by a set piece. Ramirez slipped off Adama Diomande‘s mark and headed a corner kick over the line to make it 1-0.

Hull has a pair of late chances, one through Diomande and the other through a corner, but couldn’t steal a point from the Riverside Stadium.

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Watch Live: Middlesbrough vs. Hull City (Lineups, Live Stream)

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Middlesbrough host Hull City at the Riverside Stadium on Monday (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) in a crucial game between two teams fighting for survival in the Premier League.

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It is not too early to call this a relegation six pointer up in the north east of England on what will be a chilly December night close to the North Sea.

In team news Boro make once change to the team which drew at Leicester as Viktor Fischer comes in for Adama Traore.

Hull make five changes to this side which beat Newcastle United on penalty kicks in the EFL Cup quarterfinals last week with Ryan Mason, Michael Dawson and David Marshall coming back into the starting lineup.

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Middlesbrough: Valdes; Barragan, Gibson, Chambers, Fabio; Clayton, De Roon, Forshaw; Fischer, Ramirez, Negredo. Subs: Guzan, Nsue, Bernardo, Leadbitter, Traore, Downing, Stuani

Hull City: Marshall; Elmohamady, Davies, Dawson, Robertson; Snodgrass, Clucas, Livermore, Mason, Henriksen; Diomande. Subs: Jakupovic, Maguire, Meyler, Huddlestone, Weir, Tymon, Bowen