Five qualify as City stumble
The latest round of the UEFA Europa league saw the likes of CSKA, BATE Borisov, Zenit St Petersburg, Porto and Stuttgart seal their place in the final 32. FIFA.com takes a look at all tonight's European football action.
Two late goals from
Tiago struck a late winner to earn holders Atletico Madrid a 2-1 win over Rosenborg, lifting
Gent produced a solid performance to see off ten-man Sporting Lisbon 3-1 in Group C. Tim Smolders put the Belgian side ahead after just eight minutes from the penalty spot, with
An own goal from
Villarreal dropped from first place to third in Group D after a 1-0 loss to PAOK in
BATE Borisov sealed their place in the knockout stages of a European competition for the first time with a 3-1 home win over FC Sheriff. Two goals in six second-half minutes from Alexander Pavlov and Renan Bressan sealed the win for the Belarus champions after BATE had seen Vitaly Rodionov's 15th-minute strike cancelled out by Alexander Erokhin.
Artem Milevskiy hit both goals as Dynamo Kiev gave their hopes of reaching the final 32 a huge lift thanks to a convincing 2-0 victory over AZ Alkmaar. The win puts the Ukrainian side in second place of Group E, four points clear of the chasing pack.
CSKA Moscow booked their place into the knockout stage of the competition with a 3-1 win over Palermo. Massimo Maccarone gave the Serie A side the lead but the 31st-minute dismissal of Antonio Nocerino undermined Palermo's resilience. The Russian side capitalised with Keisuke Honda scoring in the 47th minute followed by a Tomas Necid brace (50th and 54th minutes) to clutch the win and qualification.
Sparta Prague ran out 3-1 winners over Lausanne despite the hosts taking an early lead through Guillaume Katz. The Czech side fought back, Bony Wilfred claimed his first goal of the evening just before half-time. Leonard Kweuke grabbed the second after 75 minutes and Wilfred wrapped up his brace at the 90-minute mark.
Zenit St Petersburg clung onto their 100 per cent record in Group G with a narrow 3-2 victory at Hajduk Split which ensured their place in the last 32. The Russians went 3-0 up through
AEK Athens and Anderlecht shared a 1-1 draw in the other Group G encounter.
Stuttgart booked their place in the next round by extending their 100 per cent record in Group H to four games with a 3-0 victory over Getafe.
PSV Eindhoven moved to the brink of qualifying for the last 32 following a comfortable 3-0 win over point-less Debrecen, Ibrahim Affelay, Jonathan Reis and Stijn Wuytens with the goals. The other match in the group ended goalless between Sampdoria and Metalist Kharkiv.
Sevilla went top of Group J with a 4-0 win over Karpaty Lviv. Two goals from Alejandro Alfaro and a Luca Cigarini free-kick put Sevilla 3-0 up at half-time and Alvaro Negredo completed the scoring after the break. Paris St Germain and Borussia Dortmund remain in contention to reach the knockout stages after a scoreless draw in Paris in the other Group J match.
Steven Gerrard grabbed a hat-trick in the final 15 minutes as Liverpool ran out 3-1 winners over Napoli. The Reds were deservedly behind to
Porto failed to maintain their 100 per cent record as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Besiktas in Group L but the point was enough to qualify.
Elsewhere in Group L, CSKA Sofia ran out 2-1 winners at Rapid Vienna.