Europa League round-up: Patrice Evra sent off before Marseille’s defeat in Portugal

Marseille defender Patrice Evra was sent off before the start of his side’s UEFA Europa League game against Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal after a heated confrontation with a supporter.

Evra, who was named as a substitute for the Group I tie, appeared to aim a kick at a fan, prompting the red card before Marseille went on to lose the game 1-0.

Vitoria Guimaraes striker Christopher Hurtado scored the only goal after 80 minutes before Marseille also had Boubacar Kamara sent off. Salzburg top the group after a goalless draw with Konyaspor.

Lazio sealed qualification from Group K after a last-minute own goal from Maxime Le Marchand gave them a 1-0 win over Nice. Goals from Marvin Baudry and Onur Kaya gave Zulte-Waregem a 2-0 win at Vitesse, where Zulte’s Kingsley Madu and Vitesse’s Alexander Buttner were sent off.

Arsenal qualified from Group H despite a drab goalless draw against Red Star Belgrade thanks to third-placed BATE Borisov losing 5-2 to bottom club Cologne.

Simon Zoller’s opener for the home side was cancelled out by Nemanja Milunovic and Nikolay Signevich for BATE but Yuya Osako (two), Sehrou Guirassy and Milos Jojic gave the Bundesliga side an emphatic win.

Dynamo Kiev sealed qualification from Group B as Vitaly Buyalsky scored in a 1-0 win over Young Boys. Partizan Belgrade moved up to second as Zoran Tosic and Leandre Kana gave them a 2-0 win over Skenderbeu.

Zenit St Petersburg effectively sealed their passage from Group L with a 1-1 draw away to Rosenborg, Aleksandr Kokorin salvaging a point with the last kick after Nicklas Bendtner’s penalty put the hosts ahead.

Real Sociedad are also firmly on course for the knockout stages, Alberto De La Bella’s volley the pick of their goals in a 3-0 win over Vardar.

Everton can no longer qualify from Group E after a dismal 3-0 defeat in Lyon.

Second-half goals from Bertrand Traore, Houssem Aouar and Memphis Depay ended the Toffees’ hopes and they had Morgan Schneiderlin sent off 10 minutes from time.

Atalanta top the group after Josip Ilicic’s 35th-minute penalty earned them a 1-0 win over Apollon.

Steaua Bucharest are almost there from Group G after a 1-1 draw with Hapoel Be’er Sheva. Florinel Coman put Steaua ahead on 31 minutes but Ben Sahar equalised. Viktoria Plzen moved clear in second with a 4-1 win over Lugano with a brace from Michal Krmencik.

Villarreal stayed top of Group A with a 2-0 win at Slavia Prague thanks to Carlos Bacca’s early opener and Simon Deli’s own goal. Astana moved above Slavia into second with a 1-0 win at Maccabi Tel Aviv thanks to Patrick Twumasi.

AC Milan failed to seal qualification from Group D but remain in pole position after a goalless draw with second-placed AEK Athens. Austria Vienna gave themselves hope with an emphatic 4-1 win at Rijeka with two goals from Dominik Prokop.

The bottom two clubs both won in Group J, Aritz Aduriz giving Athletic Bilbao a 1-0 win over Ostersunds despite the sending off of Unai Nunez while Hertha Berlin beat Zorya 2-0 with a Davie Seike double. Ostersunds still lead the group but Bilbao are now just two points behind.

Group C leaders Ludogorets were held to a 1-1 draw by second-placed Braga, Marcelinho’s opener cancelled out by Fransergio. Third-placed Hoffenheim failed to capitalise as Edin Visca hit an injury-time equaliser for hosts Istanbul Basaksehir after Florian Grillitsch’s early second-half strike.

Lokomotiv Moscow crashed from first to third in Group F after a shock 2-1 home defeat to Sheriff. The hosts led through Jefferson Farfan but Ziguy Badibanga and Josip Brezovec replied for the visitors.

FC Copenhagen joined Sheriff on top of the group after a 3-0 win over Zlin with goals from Michael Luftner and a brace from Benjamin Verbic.

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