Antwerp shock Spurs in Europa League

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Tottenham Hotspur thrust Gareth Bale into their Europa League starting XI but were shocked by Royal Antwerp, who eked out a 1-0 victory.

AC Milan made no slip ups, though, as the Serie leaders easily beat Sparta Prague 3-0 despite a missed penalty from Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Thursday.

Spurs started as favourites in Antwerp, with Bale and Dele Alli both in their starting line-up, but Lior Rafaelov's first-half strike was enough for the Belgian hosts to claim a famous victory.

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho did not like what he saw and Alli was one of four men hauled off at the break, the second time in three starts this season he has not made it out for the second half.

"We can only blame ourselves and can only praise our opponents," said Mourinho.

"I would prefer to praise the opponent because they played a magnificent game and not to blame ourselves for an awful game, but I have to do both."

Milan claimed their second win from two in Group H as Brahim Diaz opened the scoring before Ibrahimovic hit the bar with his spot-kick.

Zlatan's second-half replacement Rafael Leao made no mistake with his tap-in for the second and Diogo Dalot's well-taken strike completed the scoring.

Arsenal scored a comfortable 3-0 win over Dundalk while 10-man Napoli beat Real Sociedad 1-0 away.

Benfica and AZAlkmaar were the others to post convincing wins, beating Standard Liege 3-0 and Rijeka 4-1 respectively.

Alfredo Morelos equalled Ally McCoist's European goalscoring record for Rangers as the second-half substitute netted the only goal against Lech Poznan at Ibrox.

The Colombia striker powerfully headed home a wonderful Borna Barisic cross in the 68th minute to take his European tally for Rangers to 21 goals.

Eddie Nketiah (42nd), Joe Willock (44th) and Nicolas Pepe (46th) scored for the Gunners in a four-minute blitz that put paid to Dundalk's hopes.

"We knew about the difficulties of the opposition, we knew we needed to be patient," Arsenal right back Cedric Soares told UEFA.com.

"We waited, we kept going, everyone was giving their best and once we scored the first goal, we immediately got the second and the game opened up, so it was a good performance."

Among the earlier games, Lille came back from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 against Celtic, while Leicester did enough to win 2-1 at AEK Athens.

Once again, 33-year-old Jamie Vardy was the Foxes' inspiration, becoming their oldest-ever European goalscorer after netting from the penalty spot.

Bundesliga side Hoffenheim enjoyed a 4-1 stroll at Gent, while a Michael Liendl hat-trick helped Wolfsburg hammer Feyenoord 4-1 in Rotterdam.