Gala qualify, quartet on cusp
Galatasaray celebrated becoming the first team to qualify for the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League, after breezing to a 3-0 win over Dinamo Bucharest in Romania tonight. Harry Kewell opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, and further goals from Shabani Nonda and Mehmet Topal took Frank Rijkaard's men on to ten points from their four games to date.
They look certain to be joined by Group A pacesetters Ajax and Anderlecht, both of whom scored convincing wins over Dinamo Zagreb and Timisoara respectively to effectively seal their progress. The Amsterdam giants' 2-0 win in Zagreb was played behind closed doors.
Giuseppe Sculli struck in injury time to give Genoa a dramatic 3-2 defeat of Group B leaders Lille, and boost their qualification hopes. The Italians are now level with Valencia, who blew a late 2-0 lead to draw with ten-man Slavia Prague.
Hapoel Tel Aviv moved to the top of Group C as they breezed to a 3-0 success at Rapid Vienna with goals from Avihay Yadin, Gil Vermouth and Bebars Natcho. Hamburg relinquished the lead after being held to a goalless draw by Celtic.
In a crucial duel in Group D, a double from Valeri Domovchiyski helped keep Hertha Berlin in with a chance of joining leaders Sporting in the next stage as they edged Heerenveen 3-2.
Roma edged into second place in Group E after another hotly-contested meeting with Fulham, who had two men sent off as the Italians hit back from a goal down to win 2-1, with goals from John Arne Riise and Stefano Okaka.