Manchester City was among seven teams advancing to the round of 32 in soccer’s Europa League, while three-time champion Juventus was eliminated.
Mario Balotelli scored two goals as Manchester City beat Red Bull Salzburg 3-0 yesterday to reach the knockout stage of Europe’s second-tier club competition. The victory leaves City atop Group A with one game remaining.
Lech Poznan guaranteed it would also advance from Group A with a 1-1 home draw against Juventus. The top two from each pool qualify for the round of 32, where they are joined by the eight third-place teams from the elite Champions League.
Bayer Leverkusen won 1-0 at Rosenborg to clinch Group B and advance, while defending champion Atletico Madrid lost at home 3-2 to Aris Thessaloniki to leave the two tied for second place heading to the final game.
Sporting Lisbon booked one of the spots from Group C with a 1-0 home win over Lille. Gent jumped from the bottom of the group to second by beating Levski Sofia 1-0.
AEK Athens moved second in Group G with a 3-1 win at Hajduk Split. Group winner Zenit St. Petersburg remained perfect through five games with a 3-1 win over Anderlecht.
Young Boys mounted a three-goal rally to advance with a 4-2 win over Group H leader Stuttgart, which had already qualified. Odense and Getafe were eliminated after a 1-1 draw.
PSV Eindhoven and Metalist Kharkiv advanced from Group I with 2-1 wins over Sampdoria and Debrecen, respectively.
The remaining six groups will play their fifth matches today.