Newcastle Advances in Europa League; Liverpool, Tottenham Wait
Newcastle advanced to the round of 32 in soccer’s Europa League, while qualification for Tottenham and Liverpool hinges on their final group games following draws.
Defending champion Atletico Madrid also was among the 13 teams last night progressing to the knockout stage of Europe’s second-tier club competition.
The top two in each of the 12 groups qualify for the last 32, alongside the eight third-place finishers from the elite Champions League group stage. The final group matches will be played Dec. 6, with five places still up for grabs.
Newcastle’s 1-1 home draw with Maritimo was enough to send it into the next phase along with Bordeaux from Group D. Bordeaux leads Newcastle by a point after its 2-1 win at Bruges.
“We needed to get a result and we got that and got through,” Newcastle manager Alan Pardew told ESPN.
Lazio’s scoreless draw with Tottenham advanced the Italian club from Group J. Spurs, which had a Gareth Bale goal disallowed for offside, will progress by avoiding defeat in their next game against Panathinaikos, which beat Maribor 1-0.
Elsad Zverotic’s goal in the 88th minute gave Young Boys a 2-2 draw at Liverpool that left the teams tied for second place in Group A with seven points heading into the final round.
“Ideally we’d have qualified tonight but we haven’t so it has to go to the last game and we have to control our affairs then,” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said in comments on his team’s website. “It’s simple enough, we’ve got to get a good result and match the result of Young Boys.”
Group A leader Anzhi Makhachakala beat Udinese 2-0 to advance.
Atletico Madrid qualified from Group B after a 1-0 win against Hapoel Tel-Aviv, as Viktoria Plzen’s 1-1 draw with Academica sent it through. Fenerbahce beat Marseille 1-0 to win Group C and will be joined by Borussia Moenchengladbach, which defeated AEL 2-0, in the next round.
Sparta Prague earned the point it needed to qualify by drawing 1-1 with Group I winner Lyon. The match between Hapoel Kiryat Shmona and Athletic Bilbao in Israel was postponed because of the violence this week in the country.
Genk beat Videoton 1-0 to qualify from Group G, while Basel moved up to second place with a 3-0 win against Sporting Lisbon. Levante advanced from Group L with a 3-1 win at Helsingborg, and Hannover, which had already qualified, drew 0-0 with FC Twente.
Napoli beat AIK 2-1 on Edinson Cavani’s penalty kick in the third minute of stoppage time to join Dnipro, which defeated PSV Eindhoven 2-1, in qualifying from Group F.
Both places from Group E are still open after first-place Steaua Bucharest was routed 5-1 by Stuttgart and Copenhagen beat Molde 2-1. Steaua has 10 points and next visits Copenhagen, which is on seven. Stuttgart, with eight points, hosts last- place Molde.
Teams qualified for the Europa League knockout stage: Anzhi Makhachkala, Atletico Madrid, *BATE Borisov, Bayer Leverkusen, Bordeaux, Dnipro, *Dynamo Kiev, Fenerbahce, Genk, Hannover, Inter Milan, Lazio, Levante, Lyon, Metalist Kharkiv, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Napoli, Newcastle, *Olympiacos, Rubin Kazan, Sparta Prague, Viktoria Plzen.
*Qualified from Champions League group stage.
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