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Europa League roundup: Arsenal up, Manchester United in playoffs

UEFA Europa League
Results of Match 6 of the Group Stage:

  • Central Jutland 2 – 0 Sturm Graz
  • Feyenoord 1-0 Lazio
  • Real Sociedad 0-1 Manchester United
  • Sheriff 1 – 0 Omonia
  • Olympiacos 0-2 Nantes
  • Qarabag 1 – 1 Freiburg
  • Trabzonspor 1-0 Ferencvaros
  • Monaco 4 – 1 Red Star
  • Arsenal 1 – 0 Zurich
  • Bodo/Glimt 1 – 2 PSV
  • Real Betis 3-0 HJK
  • Rome 3 – 1 Ludogorets
  • Dynamo Kyiv 0-2 Fenerbahce
  • Rennes 1 – 1 Larnaca
  • Union SG 0 – 1 Union Berlin
  • Braga 2 – 1 Malmo

With Argentina’s Alejandro Garnacho scoring the game’s only goal in the 17th minute, Manchester United’s victory against Real Sociedad on Thursday night confirmed their place in the UEFA Europa League knockout round.

However, despite their away win at the Reale Arena in San Sebastián, United were unable to overcome Sociedad and finished second in Group E, with the Spanish team topping the group on goal difference.

Both teams had 15 points after the six games in the group stage of the European second division club tournament.

The eight group winners have automatically booked a place in the final 16 teams in the competition, but the eight finalists in each group, including United, must now face the eight third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage. first level to be able to advantage.

In the other group matchup on Thursday night, Sheriff Tiraspol’s 1-0 victory over Omonia was enough to see them finish the group in third place and qualify for the third-tier UEFA Europa Conference League.

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Disappointing Champions League runs for Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen, Barcelona, ​​Sporting, Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Sevilla and Juventus have left some of Europe’s top teams vying for final Europa League spots. A draw on November 7 will decide which teams relegated from the Champions League will play which Europa League group runners-up.

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Mattia Zaccagni from Lazio is shown a yellow card
A yellow card for Lazio’s Mattia Zaccagni did little to help them chase Feyenoord’s lead in Rotterdam. [Piroschka Van De Wouw/Reuters]

F for Feyenoord

Elsewhere in Europe on Thursday, the Netherlands’ Feyenoord and Denmark’s Midtjylland were the top two teams in Group F on goal difference, after all four teams, including Italy’s Lazio and Austria’s Sturm Graz, finished the group stage with eight points each.

A 64th-minute goal from Feyenoord’s Santiago Giménez sealed victory for the Dutch side, while a brace from Anders Dreyer, Denmark’s right winger, prevented any challenge to Midtjylland from Sturm Graz.

Midtjylland will head to the play-offs, while Lazio will pack up for the Europa Conference League.

Win little for Trabzonspor

Turkey’s Trabzonspor beat Hungary’s Ferencvaros 1-0 at home but could not escape a third-place finish in Group H, picking up nine points to reach the Europa Conference League.

Ferencvaros finished another tight group stage with 10 points, narrowly edging Monaco into first place after the French team beat Serbia’s Crvena Zvezda 4-1.

In Group G, Egypt’s Mostafa Mohamed secured a victory for Nantes, contributing a goal and an assist in their 2-0 loss to bottom-placed Olympiacos.

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Meanwhile, Nantes secured a second-place finish in the group, to reach the playoff round, while Freiburg’s 1-1 draw against Qarabag, a match replete with the drama of a red card for Qarabag’s Valgeirsdottir and a draw in the 91st minute for the Azeri team – saw the Germans cruise to win the group and book their place in the Europa League round of 16.

Olivier Verdon receives a red card
Ludogorets Razgrad’s Olivier Verdon sees red after stomping on Nicola Zalewski’s neck [Alberto Lingria/Reuters]

Arsenal leads Group A

In Group A, Kieran Tierney’s 17th-minute goal for Arsenal took the London club through to the round of 16 with a 1-0 victory over Zurich. PSV Eindhoven, despite resting a number of key players ahead of a game against Ajax at the weekend, struggled little in their 2-1 victory over Bodo/Glimt of Norway. PSV sit second in the group, while Bodo/Glimt head to the Conference.

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Nabil Fekir’s goal in the 92nd minute added to the pair scored by Aitor Ruibal in Real Betis’ 3-0 win over HJK Helsinki in Group C, leaving Betis top of the group and Helsinki last. And Roma’s 3-1 victory over Ludogorets ended with harrowing scenes when Olivier Verdon of the Bulgarian team stomped on Nicola Zalewski’s neck. The Roma midfielder was very lucky to avoid serious injury, while Verdon received a red card.

A 68th-minute red for Dynamo Kyiv’s Ilya Zabarnyi did little for the Ukrainian side’s chances of catching Fenerbahce after two first-half goals left the Turkish club top of Group B. The 1-1 draw Rennes with Larnaca was also enough to see the French team advance to the playoff round.

And in Group D, the Unions’ clash – Belgium’s Saint Gilloise against Germany’s Union Berlin – ended in the seventh minute after Michel scored an early winner for Berlin. Despite the result, Union SG tops the pack, with Berlin second. Braga’s 2–1 win over Malmo left Braga in third place, with Sweden’s most successful football club now out of European competition.

Group winners up to the final 16:

  • Arsenal
  • Betis
  • Fenerbahce
  • Ferencvaros
  • Feyenoord
  • Freiburg
  • Real society
  • Union Saint-Gilloise

Playoffs vs Champions League 3rd place:

  • manchester united
  • Central Jutland
  • Monaco
  • Nantes
  • PSV
  • Rennes
  • Rome
  • Union Berlin

Europa Conference League:

  • AEK Larnaca
  • Bodo/Glimt
  • panties
  • straight
  • Ludogorets
  • Karabakh
  • Sheriff
  • Trabzonspor

Outside:

  • Red Star
  • Kyiv Dynamo
  • HJK
  • Malmö
  • Olympiacos
  • Omonia
  • Sturm
  • Zurich

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