Europa League: Monaco, West Ham and Leverkusen in the playoffs

Monaco: i club French Monaco, West Ham and Bayer Leverkusen, in Germany reached the knockout stage of the European Football League “European League” after winning matches in the penultimate fifth round of the group stage on Thursday. Contrary to the previous system, which qualifies the two first placed directly to the playoffs, only the leaders of each of the eight groups qualify for the second round, while the runners up against the third holders of the Champions League groups to complete the qualifying contract. . Third-place finishers qualify for play-off matches against runners-up in the new “Conference League” continental competition groups to complete the 16th round contract in quest’last. In the second round, Monaco beat their host Real Sociedad 2-1, and PSV Eindhoven beat Eindhoven 2-0 in home against Austrian Strom Graz. The Emirati team raised their score to 11 points, against 8 in Eindhoven, West by Sociedad and one by Strom. And the club French also secured the lead in case of loss of the last match against Strom, because he outclassed his Dutch counterpart in the two direct matches. Monaco opened the scoring with German Kevin Volland, who followed Russian Alexander Golovin’s cross into the goal (28). And the young Swede, Alexander Isak, equalized after receiving a deep ball between two Belgian defenders, Adnan Januzaj, followed by “Loeb” on the goalkeeper (35). Yosef Fofana returned Croatian coach Niko Kovac’s team with a header in front of goal, after a header also by Benoit Badiachel (37), before being sent off in the 89th minute. the fiery third group, taking advantage of the fall of Napoli, Italy against Spartak Moscow on Wednesday 1-2 Russian, beating its host Legia Warsaw, Poland, 3-1. Leicester raises the score to 8 points, one point ahead of Napoli, which they meet in the last round in southern Italy, and one point in more on Spartak, which is above Legia (6). Leicester passed through Zimbabwe’s Patson Dhaka with a shot to the left of the goalkeeper from inside thearea (11), before James Madison doubled the Foxes’ progress with a fine goal with a left foot from inside thearea after evading the defenders (21). The visitors narrowed the difference after Serbian Filip Maldenovic continued to prevent Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel from a penalty kick from Azerbaijani Mahir Emreli (26). However, Nigerian Wilfried Ndidi restored the two-goal difference with a header from Madison’s corner (33). West Ham and Leverkusen cross West Ham beat Austrian host Rapid Vienna 2-0 and won Group H with 13 points, compared to 7 points for Croatian Dinamo Zagreb, who drew 1-1 with host Genk (5), and three for Rapid Vienna (3). Ukrainian Andriy Yarmolenko opened the scoring for the club Londoner with a header from Croatian Nikola Vlacic’s cross (40), and doubled the lead with a penalty from Mark Noble (45 + 2). “It was another tough game,” Noble said. We knew it but we got the result we wanted … We want to go far in Europa League. Our goal was to lead the group and now we have achieved it ”. In Group G, Bayer Leverkusen scored a 3-2 win in home against Celtic to secure first place. Leverkusen advance with a header from Robert Andreich on corner by Florian Wirts (16). Finnish goalkeeper Lukash Hradecky secured a penalty for Celtic when the Japanese hit Kyogo Furuhashi with his head while questlast was trying to follow a cross, the Croatian Josip Yoranovic hit him successfully with a method “Panenka” (40). And grants the progress of the Portuguese Jota to the guests (56). The decisive word, however, was for the hosts who drew with Andrej (82), before the French Moussa Diaby scored the winning goal (87). And Leverkusen brings their score to 13 points in front of Real Betis (10) who win 2-0 over the Hungarian rear-end Franz Svarros without points. Betis, however, will not be able to pass in advantage because the German team is superior to him in the two direct matches. Celtic are third with six points. (AFP)

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