Europa: Copenhagen, Lokomotiv, Astana, AEK, Ludogorets advance

Europa: Copenhagen, Lokomotiv, Astana, AEK, Ludogorets advance
From ESPN - December 7, 2017

FC Copenhagen emerged from a three-way qualification fight to reach the Europa League knockout stages thanks to a 2-0 win over Sheriff.

Goals from Pieros Sotiriou and Michael Luftner were enough to send the Danish capital outfit into the round of 32 at the expense of Sheriff, who had Jairo sent off.

Lokomotiv Moscow joined Copenhagen as the other side to progress from Group F, the Russians prevailing 2-0 at Zlin thanks to second-half goals from Aleksei Miranchuk and Jefferson Farfan.

Zoran Gajic's red card for two bookable offences left the hosts hamstrung, and Lokomotiv took full advantage.

In the round of 32, the teams who advanced through the group stage will be joined by the third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage.

Atletico Madrid, CSKA Moskow, RB Leipzig and Sporting Lisbon will be seeded with the Europa League group winners for Monday's draw, while Borussia Dortmund, Celtic, Napoli and Spartak Moscow are unseeded.

Braga managed to top Group C despite losing 2-1 at Istanbul Basaksehir, Edin Visca and Emre Belozoglu on target for the Turkish hosts and Raul Silva in reply for the visitors.

Ludogorets' 1-1 draw at Hoffenheim proved enough to claim second spot, and deny Basaksehir a place in the knockout stages.

Philipp Ochs put Hoffenheim ahead, only for Wanderson's goal just after the hour to ensure Ludogorets' passage despite Claudiu Keseru's late red card.

Group D winners AC Milan fell 2-0 at Rijeka, but the hosts still failed to qualify for the next stage -- as AEK Athens secured a goalless draw at Austria Vienna.


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