Europa League roundup: Galatasaray, Monaco and Rangers lead seven others | UEFA Europa League
Seven other teams reached the round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League, Leverkusen and Monaco sealing first place in their sections, Betis and Rangers reaching for the round of 16 and Galatasaray, Lazio and Olympiacos coming in also among the first two.
Elsewhere, already qualified West Ham made sure to finish first in Group H, Eintracht Frankfurt missed the opportunity to do the same in Group D and Lyon, winner of Group A, maintained their perfect record.
UEFA.com recaps Thursday night’s action.
Rangers 2-0 Sparta Prague
Alfredo Morelos’ double secured second place for Rangers in Group A as Giovanni van Bronckhorst got off to a great start as the club’s new manager. The Colombian forward swept away Ianis Hagi’s pass after Joe Aribo hit the crossbar and jumped on Filip Panák’s lost pass for his second. However, Rangers were indebted to an incredible late double save from Allan McGregor, with the goalkeeper denying Ladislav Krejčí and Matěj Pulkrab to take his side.
Key statistic: Morelos increased his total of goals in the competition to 30, qualifying included, and is now the fifth-highest scorer in UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup history.
Leverkusen 3-2 Celtic
Leverkusen finished first in Group G thanks to a superb late comeback. The German side led after 16 minutes thanks to a neat header from Robert Andrich, but Celtic retaliated on either side of the break with a Josip Juranović penalty for Panenka and a flawless finish from Jota. Andrich equalized with his second of the night eight minutes from time and, needing the win to secure a place in the round of 16, the hosts went bankrupt and created a handsome winner thanks to the excellent volley. by Moussa Diaby in the 87th minute.
Key statistic: Leverkusen have never lost a UEFA Europa League group stage home game (12 v., 3 n.).
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Monaco 2-1 Real Sociedad
Kevin Volland forced in Monaco‘s opener and although Alexander Isak equalized with a cool first time, Youssouf Fofana led what turned out to be the winner. La Real dominated after the break, and Fofana’s late sacking led to a tense final, but the hosts held on to the top of the group, while La Real now face a decisive Matchday 6 match with PSV Eindhoven .
Key statistic: Real were unbeaten in seven away matches in the Europa League group stage before this game, keeping the sheets clean in five.
Leicester 3-1 Legia Warsaw
Patson Daka’s point-blank opener, a superb strike from James Maddison and a header from Wilfred Ndidi propelled Leicester to the top of Group C by one point, two above fourth-placed Legia. All goals were scored in the first half, with Filip Mladenović leaping for the visitors after Kasper Schmeichel parried Mahir Emreli’s penalty.
Key statistic: The Foxes scored three times before the break in a competitive UEFA club game for the first time since 1961.
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Betis 2-0 Ferencváros
Héctor Bellerín’s withdrawal gave Cristian Tello an easy first game in five minutes, before Sergio Canales doubled the home side’s advantage after the break with a fine curling finish. And there was more good news after the final whistle for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, with Leverkusen’s victory over Celtic securing Betis’ progress in Group G.
Key statistic: Tello has scored in his two Europa League appearances this season but has yet to find the target in his nine La Liga appearances in 2021/22.
Galatasaray 4-2 Marseille
The home side finished in the top two of Group E with an impressive performance, Alexandru Cicâldău leading the charge with the opener before his cross was turned into the net by OM defender Duje Ćaleta-Car . Sofiane Feghouli scored four minutes after the hour mark and although Arkadiusz Milik quickly reduced the rebound lead after his penalty was saved, Ryan Babel came off the bench to score on his first touch. Milik has left the last word to OM, but his team cannot go further in this season’s competition.
Key statistic: Galatasaray have advanced from their UEFA Europa League group for the second time, and the first since 2009/10.
Lokomotiv Moscow 0-3 Lazio
Captain Ciro Immobile converted two penalties in eight minutes in the second half as Lazio sealed the advance and staged a Day 6 showdown with Galatasaray for first place in the group E. Pedro Rodríguez added a third in the 87th minute with clinical effort from outside the penalty area as Lokomotiv’s hopes of finishing in the top two have come to an end.
Key statistic: Immobile have now scored 14 times in 23 UEFA Europa League appearances and have scored 13 goals in 16 appearances in all competitions for Lazio this season.
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The best of the rest
- A 90th-minute goal from substitute Tiquinho Soares saw Olympiacos win 1-0 at home against Fenerbahçe, which put the Greek side in the top two in Group D.
- Winner of Group A, Lyon took five out of five wins with a 3-1 success at Brøndby, with Rayan Cherki scoring twice with top scorer Karl Toko Ekambi limited to a late appearance on the bench.
- PSV finished second in Group B with a 2-0 home win over Sturm Graz, Carlos Vinícius scoring there with the last kick of the first half before a neat finish from Bruma.
- Group F goes on the wire; Crvena zvezda took the lead with ten points with a 1-0 home win over Ludogorets, while Braga are one point away from second after losing 3-2 away to Midtjylland. Evander’s penalty in added time in that game left the Danish club one point ahead.
- Dinamo Zagreb and Genk are still in contention for second place in Group H behind West Ham after a 1-1 draw in Croatia. Dinamo have seven points, two ahead of their Belgian rivals.
- There was a dramatic final in Frankfurt, where the home side could have locked the top spot in Group D with three points. Instead, Mbwana Ally Samatta gave Antwerp the lead 2-1 in the 88th minute, and Frankfurt needed a Gonçalo Paciência goal four minutes into added time to save a point.
All the results of the 5th day
group A: Rangers 2-0 Sparta Prague, Brøndby 1-3 Lyon
Group B: PSV Eindhoven 2-0 Sturm Graz, Monaco 2-1 Real Sociedad
Group C: Leicester 3-1 Legia Warszawa, Spartak Moskva 2-1 Naples
Group D: Olympiacos 1-0 Fenerbahçe, Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Royal Anvers
Group E: Galatasaray 4-2 Marseille, Lokomotiv Moskva 0-3 Lazio
Group F: Midtjylland 3-2 Braga, Crvena zvezda 1-0 Ludogorets
Group G: Leverkusen 3-2 Celtic, Real Betis 2-0 Ferencváros
Group H: Dinamo Zagreb 1-1 Genk, Rapid Vienna 0-2 West Ham
Group stage schedule