Roma took the direct route to the UEFA Europa Conference League round of 16 with a win in Bulgaria, while Slavia Praha and Partizan were among the sid
Roma took the direct route to the UEFA Europa Conference League round of 16 with a win in Bulgaria, while Slavia Praha and Partizan were among the sides who did enough to confirm knockout play-off slots.
UEFA rounds up the Thursday night action.
José Mourinho’s side just about ended their campaign on a high, two Tammy Abraham strikes helping them to rack up a 3-0 lead at CSKA-Sofia, only for their hosts to score twice in the closing stages. That result secured first place in Group C for the Giallorossi, with surprise package Bodø/Glimt losing their footing at the summit after a 1-1 draw at Zorya Luhansk.
With Gent already certain of finishing top of Group B, meanwhile, Partizan faced Anorthosis Famagusta in a straight battle for second – and did just enough to qualify. The Serbian side took the lead through Marko Milovanović in Belgrade, and even though their guests levelled from the spot, the draw was enough to take Partizan through.
Slavia end Union Berlin’s adventure
Slavia Praha held on to second place in Group E in difficult circumstances, having travelled to Germany in need of a point against Union Berlin to qualify. Ivan Schranz put them ahead just after the break, and they managed to take the sting out of the Bundesliga side despite Max Kruse’s leveller on 64 minutes.
In Group F, PAOK confirmed their play-off draw place with a 2-0 win against Lincoln Red Imps, rivals Slovan Bratislava having failed to beat section-toppers Copenhagen. As for Basel, they were 3-0 winners in the battle of the top two in Group H, two Arthur Cabral finishes helping to end Qarabağ’s dream of a shortcut to the last 16.
Best of the rest
- LASK won 3-0 at home against HJK Helsinki to take their points tally to 16: a UEFA Europa Conference League record! No team secured six wins in the inaugural group stage, a measure of the level of competition.
- Randers lost 1-0 at Group D winners AZ Alkmaar but still managed to take the runners-up slot and a place in the knockout round play-offs, since their only rivals for that slot, Jablonec, lost 2-0 to bottom side CFR Cluj.
- Feyenoord boss Arne Slot named his starting line-up on the eve of their game against Maccabi Haifa, and the Group E winners won 2-1. Cyriel Dessers and Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson got the goals, while 16-year-old Antoni Milambo was one of several teenagers given a chance to shine.
All Matchday 6 results
- Group A: LASK 3-0 HJK, Alashkert 1-1 M. Tel-Aviv
Group B: Gent 1-0 Flora, Partizan 1-1 Anorthosis
Group C: CSKA-Sofia 2-3 Roma, Zorya Luhansk 1-1 Bodø/Glimt
Group D: CFR Cluj 2-0 Jablonec, AZ Alkmaar 1-0 Randers
Group E: Union Berlin 1-1 Slavia Praha, Feyenoord 2-1 M. Haifa
Group F: Copenhagen 2-0 Slovan Bratislava, PAOK 2-0 Lincoln Red Imps
Group G: Vitesse 3-1 Mura, Tottenham (pp) Rennes
Group H: Omonoia 0-0 Kairat, Basel 3-0 Qarabağ
Who’s through to the Europa Conference League round of 16?
AZ Alkmaar (NED)
Who goes into the knockout play-offs?
Leicester City (ENG)*
Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR)
PSV Eindhoven (NED)*
Rapid Wien (AUT)*
Slavia Praha (CZE)
Sparta Praha (CZE)*
One more team to be confirmed.