English Liverpool defeated its Austrian guest, LASK Linz, in Group E, 4-0, to reserve its place in the round of sixteen in the Europa League, while Marseille qualified from the group stage by defeating ten players from Ajax thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s hat-trick, which he completed at the end of stoppage time.
Liverpool qualified for the round of 16 European League Football won with a crushing 4-0 victory over its guest LASK Linz in the fifth group, while Olympique de Marseille ensured to finish the second group in first or second place after a thrilling 4-3 victory over Ajax Amsterdam on Thursday.
Liverpool, the competitor in the English Premier League, won the top spot in the group after reaching 12 points and after second-placed Toulouse drew 0-0 at home against Union Saint-Geloise.
Luis Diaz put the hosts ahead after 12 minutes with a header from Joe Gomez’s cross from the right before Cody Jacobo doubled the lead just three minutes later.
Mohamed Salah successfully scored a penalty kick to make the score 3-0 at the beginning of the second half, before Jacobo scored his second personal goal in the match and decided the result in stoppage time.
Marseille qualified from the group stage by defeating ten players from Ajax thanks to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s hat-trick, which he completed at the end of stoppage time.
Ajax equalized three times, with Brian Brobbey scoring two goals, but the referee sent off Stephen Berghaus in the second half after a challenge with Joaquin Correa.
Villarreal also qualified for the knockout rounds by defeating Panathinaikos 3-2 in Group F.
Rangers tied 1-1 with Aris Limassol, and the Scottish team remained in the competition for first and second places in Group C with eight points, one point ahead of Sparta Prague, which beat leaders Real Betis 1-0.
Bayer Leverkusen confirmed its place in the round of 16, after clinching top spot in Group H with a 2-0 win over BK Hacken.
Qarabag and Molde are still looking to secure a place in the playoffs after their 2-2 draw.
Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku scored a goal for Roma, but failed to achieve a victory over Servette, as Chris Bedia equalized for the Swiss team 1-1 in the seventh group.
Slavia Prague made significant progress toward the top of the group with a 3-2 victory over Sharif Tiraspol thanks to a penalty kick scored by Mohamed Tijani in stoppage time.
Roma and Slavia Prague will occupy first and second places in the group, but Slavia leads by two points before the final matches in the group stage.
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