Four teams; Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Molde and Rapid Vienna booked their spot in the last 32 of the Europa League after claiming victories in their respective matches on Thursday.
Dortmund knew a win over Qabala coupled with success for Krasnodar over PAOK would ensure them a place in the knockout stages and Thomas Tuchel’s men did their bit with a resounding 4-0 success at Signal Iduna Park.
Armenian Henrikh Mkhitaryan – who missed the reverse fixture due to security concerns – was on the scoresheet, while goals from Ari and Joaozinho ensure Krasnodar a 2-1 win over PAOK in Russia.
Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli also wasted little time sealing their progression, maintaining a 100 per cent record with a 5-1 hammering of Midtjylland – Manolo Gabbiadini scoring twice. The Danish side remain second in Group D thanks to Club Brugge’s 1-0 victory over Legia Warsaw.
Like Napoli, Rapid Vienna boast a 100 per cent record in Group E as Philipp Schobesberger’s brace helped the leaders to a 2-1 win over Viktoria Plzen, Villarreal seeing off Dinamo Minsk by the same scoreline elsewhere in the group.
Molde remain unbeaten in Group A as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side downed 10-man Celtic 2-1 in Glasgow, the Scottish champions retaining a slim chance of qualification thanks to Fenerbahce‘s 0-0 draw with Ajax.
Aritz Aduriz moved to 100 goals in all competitions for Athletic Bilbao and Inaki Williams weighed in with a brace in their 5-1 rout of Partizan.
Augsburg joined Partizan on six points in joint second in Group L as they made it back-to-back wins in the competition courtesy of a 4-1 success against AZ – Raul Bobadilla scoring a hat-trick with Ji Dong-won also on target.
Ji’s former coach Jurgen Klopp remains unbeaten as Liverpool manager thanks to Jordon Ibe’s goal against Rubin Kazan.
The youngster was handed a chance to impress and took full advantage with a winner seven minutes into the second half, Liverpool two points behind Group B leaders Sion, who needed a late Clement Chantome own-goal to draw 1-1 with Bordeaux.
Tottenham moved top of Group J as Mousa Dembele earned a 2-1 win over Anderlecht after Monaco had drawn 1-1 with Qarabag. Filip Djordjevic’s brace put 10-man Lazio on the verge of qualification from Group G after a 2-0 win over Rosenborg.
Dnipro can still have a say in the group despite a 3-0 defeat to Saint-Etienne, while Schalke and Sparta Prague remain in pole position in Group K despite drawing 1-1 in the Czech capital. Asteras Tripolis moved off the bottom with a 2-0 win over APOEL.
Group I’s pacesetters Basel and Fiorentina bolstered their chances with 2-0 wins over Belenenses and Lech Poznan respectively, with Skenderbeu Korce the only winners in Group H after leaders Lokomotiv Moscow were held 1-1 by second-place Besiktas.
Skenderbeu beat Sporting CP 3-0 in Albania as the visitors had goalkeeper Rui Patricio dismissed 17 minutes in. (Soccerway)
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