Europa: Marseille and Athletic Bilbao advance to round of 32

Europa: Marseille and Athletic Bilbao advance to round of 32
From ESPN - December 7, 2017

Former Champions League winners Marseille were among theeight teams to qualify for the knockout stage of Europa League on the final night of group matches on Thursday.

Athletic Bilbao, Copenhagen, Lokomotiv Moscow, AEK Athens,Astana, Ludogorets and Red Star Belgrade also got the results they needed to advance to the round of 32.

The 24 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.

Marseille sealed safe passage as runners-up in Group I thanks to a goalless draw with group winners Salzburg, whileVitoria and Konyaspor botheliminated after a 1-1 draw.

Athletic Bilbao topped Group J by winning 2-0 at Zorya, with second-half goals fromAritz Aduriz and Raul Garcia.

Ostersunds settled for second after a 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin, in whichBrwa Nouri saw a late penalty saved by Jonathan Klinsmann -- a U.S. youth international and the son of former German great Jurgen Klinsmann -- on his pro debut.

Arsenal dumped BATE Borisov out of the Europa League by beating the Belarusian outfit 6-0 in front of a record-low crowd at Emirates Stadium.

Mathieu Debuchy, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Olivier Giroud and Mohamed Elneny all struck for the Gunners, with Denis Polyakov conceding an own goal to boot.

Arsenal's thumping victory coupled with Red Star Belgrade's 1-0 win over Cologne left BATE eliminated at the group stages.

Red Star finished second in Group H, with Slavoljub Srnic's goal enough to overcome Cologne and secure knockout qualification.

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.

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.


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