RECAP: EUROPA LEAGUE ACTION
Fabian Johnson and 'Gladbach made club history with a win in Cyprus while Tim Howard and Everton soared to an easy win over Lille in the fourth round of games in the Europa League group stage.
Apollon Limassol 0 - 2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Perhaps Fabian Johnson and Borussia Mönchengladbach thought their second meeting with Apollon Limassol was going to repeat of their last, however a hard-fought win was enough to send the team to a club-record 18th straight game without defeat.
Back on October 23, Gladbach shellacked Apollon, 5-0. But they narrowly escaped Cyprus, crawling away with a 2-0 victory on Thursday.
Fabian Johnson played the entire 90 minutes at right back. According to Squawka, Johnson won 100% of his tackles and aerial duels. He also recorded one clearance.
The game remained scoreless until the second half. Gladbach's Thorgan Hazard crossed the ball and forward Raffael headed the ball into the bottom right corner to give Gladbach the lead.
A slew of late substitutes proved to make Gladbach head coach Lucien Favre look like a genius. The duo of Andre Hahn and Patrick Herrmann brought late life to the German team.
In injury time, Hahn drilled a low cross to Patrick Herrmann who finished it to give Gladbach the three points.
With the win, Gladbach sit atop of Group A with eight points with Villarreal in second with seven.
Everton 3 - 0 Lille
Behind a two-assist game from Aiden McGeady and with Tim Howard manning the nets, Everton continues to roll in the Europa League, as they defeated Lille, 3-0, in front of the home fans at Goodison Park.
In the 27th minute, McGeady drilled a far-side cross that missed the flicking head of James McCarthy. But lucky for Everton, Leon Osman was there to hit the ball with the outside of his foot, causing the strike to bend past Lille goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.
Luckily for Everton, McGeady continued to add to his superb performance. In the 42nd minute off a corner kick, McGeady's lopping cross met a running Phil Jagielka who went far post on spearing header to put Everton ahead 2-0 going into the half.
In the 61st minute, the Toffees added one more goal thanks to Steven Naismith.
Tim Howard had an easy day at the office. He was challenged three times, blocking all shots. Thanks to Everton dominating 61% of the possession, he rewards them with a shut out.
Everton currently lead Group H with eight points.
Brad Friedel was not in uniform for Tottenham, who defeated Asteras Tripolis by a 2-1 score.