Thursday’s Europa League round-up

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Updated: December 1, 2011


Stoke City qualified for the knock out stage of the Europa League with a 1-1 home draw with Dynamo Kiev but there is still a lot of work to do for Fulham after they were beaten in Holland.

Group D is very much up for grabs despite Sporting Lisbon already guaranteed first place with a 2-0 home win over FC Zurich. Man United target Ricky van Wolfswinkel was on the score sheet for Sporting. The second qualifying spot is still undecided though after Lazio were held to a 0-0 draw by Vaslui.

Zurich host Vaslui and a win for the Swiss side with see them qualify at the expense of the Italian giants Lazio.

As mentioned Stoke have qualified from Group E but were denied securing top spot tonight after Besiktas won 3-2 away to Maccabi Tel Aviva. Tony Pulis made eight changes and they went 1-0 down when Matthew Upson put past his own ‘keeper Begovic. It seemed as if Stoke’s progression would be hanging in the balance but Kenwyne Jones headed in Pennant’s cross ten minutes from time to send the Britannia into raptures. The party was nearly halted though by Kiev with the last kick but a brilliant save from Begovic earned Stoke a place in the knock out stages.

Ricardo Quaresma scored in the last minute in Israel to keep the Turkish side Besiktas in the hunt for top spot. It’s going to be a straight shoot out for top spot when Stoke travel to Turkey in the last game but not forgetting Dynamo Kiev who could still pip Besiktas to progress.

Spanish side Bilbao qualified as Group F winners with a 2-1 win over Slovan Bratislava while Salzburg beat big spenders PSG to send the group down to the wire. The French side host Bilbao in the last game but Salzburg should beat Bratislava so things aren’t looking too good for PSG.

Schalke’s 2-1 win over Steau Bucharest ensured they top Group J with one game left. The three other teams in the group can still qualify after AEK Athens beat Maccabi Haifa 2-1 in Greece.

Fulham conceded a late goal in Holland to lose 1-0 to FC Twente. The result means Martin Jol’s men must beat Odense at home in the last game to go through. A draw would have been good enough if they had have held on for the draw. Andy Johnson will miss the game as he was send off in stoppage time for kicking the ball away in frustration, he had earlier been booked.

In the other game in Group K, Wisla Krakow kept their hopes of qualification alive with a victory against Odense.

There will be a showdown for top spot between Anderlecht and Lokomotiv Moscow. Both sides have qualified but a win for the Russian side in Belgium would mean they would qualify as top dogs in Group L. Both teams won tonight, Anderlecht beating AEK Athens in Greece while Lokomotiv Moscow beat Sturm Graz 3-1 in a chilly Russia.

Tonight’s results mean that Stoke and Arsenal are the only British sides who have qualified for the next round of the two European competitions. Man United, Fulham and Chelsea should qualify but Spurs, Celtic, Birmingham and Man City all face uphill challenges.

Group A

Team P GD PTS
1 PAOK Salonika 5 4 11
2 Rubin Kazan 5 6 10
3 Tottenham 5 1 7
4 S.Rovers 5 -11 0

Group B

1 Standard Liege 5 7 11
2 Hannover 96 5 0 8
3 FC Copenhagen 5 -3 5
4 Vorskla Poltava 5 -4 2

Group C

1 PSV Eindhoven 5 7 13
2 Legia Warsaw 5 0 9
3 Hapoel Tel-Aviv 5 -1 4
4 Rapid Bucharest 5 -6 3

Group D

1 Sporting 5 6 12
2 Lazio 5 0 6
3 FC Vaslui 5 -1 6
4 FC Zurich 5 -5 2

Group E

1 Stoke 5 4 11
2 Besiktas 5 1 9
3 Dynamo Kiev 5 3 6
4 Macc Tel-Aviv 5 -8 2

Group F

1 Athletic Bilbao 5 5 13
2 SV Salzburg 5 1 7
3 Paris SG 5 0 7
4 Bratislava 5 -6 1

Group G

1 Metalist 5 9 13
2 AZ Alkmaar 5 3 7
3 Aust. Vienna 5 -3 5
4 Malmo 5 -9 1

Group H

1 Braga 5 6 10
2 Club Brugge 5 3 10
3 Birmingham 5 -1 7
4 NK Maribor 5 -8 1

Group I

1 Atletico Madrid 5 5 10
2 Udinese 5 -1 8
3 Celtic 5 -1 5
4 Rennes 5 -3 3

Group J

1 Schalke 04 5 8 11
2 Maccabi Haifa 5 1 6
3 S. Bucharest 5 -4 5
4 AEK Larnaca 5 -5 5

Group K

1 FC Twente 5 8 13
2 Fulham 5 3 7
3 Wisla Krakow 5 -6 6
4 Odense BK 5 -5 3

Group L

1 Anderlecht 5 11 15
2 L. Moscow 5 5 12
3 Sturm Graz 5 -7 3
4 AEK Athens 5 -9 0

The final group games take place on 14th and 15th December.


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