Everton’s campaign suffered another blow when it could only draw with Apollon 2-2 at home in Group E.Everton rallied to 2-1 ahead and looked set to rebound from its previous 3-0 loss to Atalanta. Apollon looked buried when Valentin Roberge was sent off for a stamp in the 86th minute. But two minutes later, Hector Yuste headed home a free kick to salvage a draw at Goodison Park.Atalanta leads Group E with four points following a 1-1 draw at Lyon, and Everton remains on the bottom with one point.Patrick Cutrone scored the match-winner deep into stoppage time for Milan against Rijeka.Milan looked in control at 2-0 with Andre Silva’s fourth goal in two group matches. But Rijeka scored twice in six minutes at the end.After AEK Athens drew with Austria Vienna 2-2 in the other Group D match, Milan has a two-point lead over of AEK.—-Olivier Giroud scored his 100th goal for Arsenal as the Gunners beat BATE Borisov 4-2 to go two-for-two in Europa League group play on Thursday.Arsenal rested nine front-line players including Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette for the English Premier League and still had enough firepower at a venue usually hostile to visitors. Within 25 minutes, Arsenal was a decisive 3-0 up through two goals by Theo Walcott and Rob Holding.Giroud sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot in the second half.“Welcome to the 100 club!” tweeted Walcott, who has scored 107 for Arsenal.Arsenal leads Group H with six points, two ahead of Red Star Belgrade which won at Cologne 1-0.Mirko Ivanic and Mikhail scored for BATE, the Belarus champion.AC Milan scored four minutes into overtime to edge Rijeka of Croatia 3-2, and Everton was held by Apollon at home to 2-2.Lazio won a second straight Group K game after beating Zulte Waregem 2-0, while Marseille lost at Salzburg 1-0.In Borisov, Jack Wilshere broke down the left and provided a perfect cross for Walcott to net from close range in the ninth minute, just a minute after he hit the post.BATE goalkeeper Denis Scherbitski blundered in the 22nd when his clearance found Walcott at the edge of the area to score his second with a low shot.Just three minutes later, Holding scored his first goal for Arsenal following a corner kick.Ivanic reduced the deficit for the hosts with a header, Giroud restored the three-goal margin, and Gordeichuk finished off the scoring.NO CHEERS FOR LAZIOLazio won in an empty home stadium, UEFA punishment for when its fans racially abused a Sparta Prague player in 2016. Lazio beat Zulte Waregem of Belgium 2-0 thanks to Felipe Caicedo’s first-half header and substitute Ciro Immobile’s last-minute goal.LIGHTS OUT IN NICEThe Nice-Vitesse match was suspended in the second half for more than 15 minutes due to floodlight failure. Nice was already up 2-0. When the lights came back on, Alassane Plea scored his second. Nice, like Lazio, has two wins in Group K.OTHER GROUPSMarseille’s loss at Salzburg was its first in six games in Europe this season, and Zenit St. Petersburg defeated Real Sociedad 3-1 to make it two wins from two and a three-point lead in Group L.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Mediaset has acquired the 11.1% stake in its pay TV unit, Mediaset Premium, that was owned by Spanish telco Telefónica, giving it 100% control of the operation.Mediaset did not disclose financial details of the deal, According to a Reuters report, citing an unnamed source, Telefónica is in line to receive part of the damages Mediaset hopes to secure from its legal dispute with Vivendi over the latter’s decision last year to pull out of a deal that would have seen it take control of the unit.According to Reuters’ source, Mediaset had previously reached an agreement with Telefónica to buy its stake for about €70 million and then sell it on to Vivendi as part of the agreement between the Italian broadcaster and the French media giant. However, that deal fell through when Vivendi pulled out.Telefónica originally bought its stake in Mediaset Premium in 2015 for €100 million.Vivendi meanwhile has filed a plan with Italian regulator AGCOM to explain how it will comply with the latter’s ruling that it could not simultaneously hold sizeable stakes in Mediaset and Telecom Italia because this was in breach of Italy’s Testo Unico dei Servizi di Media Audiovisivi e Radiofonici (TUSMAR) regulation. This determines that electronics communications companies with a market share in excess of 40% cannot control more than 10% of a Sistema Integrato delle Comunicazioni (SIC) – meaning a large TV, radio and publishing outfit, such as Mediaset.The AGCOM ruling came after Vivendi acquired a significant stake in Mediaset in a series of moves at the end of last year.The plan filed by Vivendi to comply with the ruling has not been disclosed. AGCOM will now consider the proposal, which, if accepted, is expected to be made public. On June 28 Mediaset’s board is due to submit a plan to shareholders to buy back up to 10% of its own capital, which could enable its main shareholder Fininvest to strengthen its grip on the company.Vivendi is separately continuing to contest the ACGOM ruling, last week filing an appeal against it with the Tribunale Administrivo Regionale (TAR).