Napoli end Leicester's UEL dream

UEFA Europa League

Napoli 3-2 Leicester City

Serie A giants Napoli got the better of Leicester City 3-2 in their final Group C encounter in the UEFA Europa League at the King Power Stadium on Thursday.

Adam Ounas and Elif Elmas had the Foxes off to the perfect start before Jonny Evans pulled one back and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall levelling matters near halftime.

Luciano Spalletti’s men responded strongly after the break and ran out winners through a finish from Elmas, who also helped himself to a brace.

Real Sociedad 3-0 PSV Eindhoven

The Italians were joined in the knockout stages by Real Sociedad, who took Dutch side PSV Eindhoven apart 3-0 to confirm second spot in Group B.

Mikel Oyarzabal made the opener from the penalty spot just before the break and completed his brace in the middle of the second period.

Eindhoven were reduced to a set of ten players in the latter parts of the encounter this as Roger Schmidt walked the plank before Alexander Sorloth put the icing on the cake.

Olympique Lyon 1-1 Glasgow Rangers

Glasgow Rangers edged Sparta Prague to second spot in Group A in the midst of a 1-1 stalemate against Olympique Lyon.

The Scottish champions were ahead in the first half through Scott Wright, but his work was undone after an own-goal from Calvin Bassey led to a tie in the end.

Regarding the group standings, this result helped Lyon to go on and win the group with Rangers as mentioned earlier in second spot two points adrift Lyon.

SK Sturm Graz 1-1 AS Monaco

Fellow Ligue 1 side AS Monaco also finished on top in Group B after playing to a 1-1 draw against the tournament debutants SK Sturm Graz.

A sixth minute penalty from the home team by Jakob Jantscher opened matters before Kevin Volland pulled the travelling brigade level a little during the course of the first half.

Monaco did get a few chances to go ahead for the first time in as much as Graz received openings to reclaim their advantage, but it finished honours even.

Fenerbahce SK 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt finished on top of Group D following a 1-1 draw against Fenerbahce SK at the Sukru Saracoglu Sport Complex.

The Bundesliga side were quick off the mark through Djibril Sow before Mergim Berisha clawed the host back on level terms.

With the German outfit on top, the Turks missed out on qualification to the last 32 following their third-place finish in the group.

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West Ham United 0-1 Dinamo Zagreb

Group H winners West Ham United finished their group stage campaign with a 1-0 loss against Dinamo Zagreb at the London Stadium on Thursday evening.

From their come-from-behind win over Chelsea in the Premier League, the Hammers made wholesale changes with progression to the knockout stages already confirmed.

However, Zagreb struck the winner in the opening three minutes through Mislav Orsic’s cracker to secure second spot in Group H and with that joined the Hammers in the last 32.

Celtic 3-2 Real Betis

Celtic rounded off their Europa League journey in Group G on a high following an entertaining 3-2 victory over Real Betis, who finished second in the group to confirm passage to the last 32.

The Scottish giants were first on the mark through Stephen Welsh, but an own-goal in the second half from goalkeeper Scott Bain restored parity.

It then required substitute Ewan Henderson to put the host back ahead before Borja Iglesias drew the Spaniards level again only for a penalty by David Turnbull to see out the win for Celtic.

There were chances on either side in the later stages of the match, but the Scottish outfit emerged victors though still missed out on qualification to the knockout stages.

Lazio 0-0 Galatasaray

Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray cemented top spot in Group E with a tough goalless draw against Serie A outfit Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico.

A number of chances particularly from the Eagles in both the first and second half came but the visitors who squandered openings too repelled every threat coming their way.

Therefore, the result didn’t do damage to either of the respective outfits as both progressed to the knockout stages in the end.

Olympique Marseille 1-0 Lokomotiv Moscow

Olympique Marseille failed to join Lazio and Galatasaray in the last 32 despite winning 1-0 against Lokomotiv Moscow in the aforementioned group’s other clash.

Poland international Arkadiusz Milik came forth with the vital strike of the match midway in the first half, as a red card to Valentin Rongier saw the French side end matters with ten players.

Furthermore, it is the Ligue 1 outfit’s first win in the group after drawing four and losing just once of their six matches whilst Lokomotiv signed off with no wins and two points.

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