Europa League roundup: Who progressed and faltered on Matchday 6?
Here's who's in and who's out after the early slate of Thursday's matches:
The highest chance for entropy was in Group G, where each team still had an opportunity to finish first or last. Ultimately, the standings didn't change at all; Villarreal and Rapid Wien remained in first and second thanks to wins over Spartak Moscow and Rangers, respectively.
Eintracht Frankfurt and Lazio played out a meaningless rubber match on the final day, with the two already secured in first and second, respectively. Marseille, finalists last season, crashed out in last place behind Apollon Limassol, with just one point from six matches.
With everything still mathematically possible leading into the final matchday, Genk took care of business with a 4-0 thrashing of Sarpsborg to hold on to first place. Besiktas, however, lost 1-0 to Malmo, relinquishing their grip on second to the Swedish side.
Sevilla entered the final day three points behind Krasnodar for the top spot, but a commanding 3-0 win over the Russian outfit swapped them in the standings. Standard Liege missed their chance to sneak in after a goalless draw with Akhisarspor.
Dynamo Kyiv fell surprisingly to the already eliminated Jablonec, though the Ukrainians were already assured to win the group. Rennes finished second after leapfrogging Kazakh side Astana with a 2-0 victory.
Chelsea's rampant run through Group L ended after an entertaining 2-2 draw with MOL Vidi. The Londoners progress as group winners and will be joined in the knockout stage by BATE Borisov, who saw off PAOK.
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Red Bull Salzburg will be safe up top regardless of results. For Celtic, a single point against Salzburg would secure their safety, but they would be overtaken with a loss and an RB Leipzig win over doomed bottom-dwellers Rosenborg.
A draw for Slavia Prague against confirmed group winners Zenit would see the Czech side join the Russians in the round of 32. A loss for Slavia Prague, though, opens a potential door for one of Copenhagen or Bordeaux, who would qualify in second with a win in their match.
Nothing much else to decide here. Dinamo Zagreb and Fenerbahce are already locked into first and second, respectively, with a meaningless third-place spot still technically up for grabs between Spartak Trnava and Anderlecht.
Much like Group D, this quartet has left nothing to the imagination on the final matchday. Arsenal will top the group with Sporting Clube de Portugal finishing second. Thanks for coming out, Vorskla Poltava and Qarabag.
Finally, some complexities. The only surety is that Dudelange are out. Real Betis will top the group if they defeat the Luxembourgians, though they will do so regardless if AC Milan don't beat Olympiacos. For Olympiacos to eclipse Milan for second, the Greek club must win by two goals and limit Milan to just one. If Milan score twice or more, however, Olympiacos will need to win by a three-goal margin.
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