Lyon, Monaco and West Ham are approaching the knockout stage of the European League

Prague: France’s Olympique Lyon continued his perfect start in the first group of the group stage of the European Football Championship, after scoring a thrilling 4-3 win over his host Sparta Prague of the Czech Republic today, Thursday, in the third group round in the continental competition, which also saw the Scottish Rangers win 2-0. His host, Brondby, Denmark. Lyon strengthened their position in lead the group with 9 points, achieving full points so far, having won all three games, to move closer to the playoffs of the competition, while Sparta Prague finished second with 4 points, one point ahead of Rangers, the holder of the position Third, Brondby took the last place with a point. French Monaco continued to lead in Group B, following a major 2-1 win over Eindhoven, while Spain’s Real Sociedad secured a valuable 1-0 win at Sturm Graz, in Austria. Monaco’s tally has risen to 7 points in head, two points ahead of Sociedad, who finished second, while PSV Eindhoven took third place with four points and Sturm Graz remained in bottom of the ranking without points. Napoli clinched their first Group C win after beating host Legia Warsaw 3-0. Despite the defeat, Legia Warsaw remained in lead with 6 points, two points ahead of their closest rivals Naples, while England’s Leicester City were in third place with four points, and Russia’s Spartak Moscow were in bottom with three points. Leicester had won a thrilling 4-3 win over their host Spartak yesterday, Wednesday, in the same round. Turkey’s Fenerbahce and their Belgian host Royal Antwerp failed to secure their first Group D win after settling for a 2-2 draw, while Eintracht Frankfurt won a well-deserved 3-1 over ‘Olympiacos, Greek guest. Frankfurt is in lead the group table with 7 points, one point ahead of their closest rivals Olympiacos, while Fenerbahce remained in third place with two points, one point ahead of Antwerp, which is in bottom of the ranking. And he imposed a goalless draw in Italy’s Lazio match with his French host Olympique Marseille in Group E, which saw Turkish Galatasaray win 1-0 over their Russian host Lokomotiv Moscow. Galatasaray was in lead the group with 7 points, 3 points clear of their closest rivals Lazio, while Marseille finished third with three points and Lokomotiv remained in last place with one point. The Serbian Red Star remained in lead Group F despite a 1-1 draw against Denmark’s Mitejland, while Portugal’s Sporting Braga beat Bulgarian host Ludogorets Razgrad 1-0. The Red Star is in lead the standings with seven points, one point ahead of his closest rivals, Braga, while Mitjelland finished third with two points and Ludogorets was in last place with one point. In Group G, the 1-1 draw was overshadowed by Real Betis meeting their German host, Bayer Leverkusen. Leverkusen continued in leads with 7 points, overtaking its closest rivals, Betis, who are equal in the same balance, while Celtic of Scotland was third with three points, and the Hungarian Frenkvarosi was in bottom of the ranking without points. Celtic won 2-0 against their host Frinkfaruzzi on Tuesday in the same round. And West Ham United strengthened their grip on the top of Group H, after a big 3-0 win over Belgian host Genk, while Austrian Rapid Vienna won 2-1. in home against Croatian Dinamo Zagreb. West Ham are on the verge of moving on to the next round, having raised their score to 9 points, while Dinamo Zagreb, Rapid Vienna and Genk finished second to fourth respectively, with 3 points. (Dpa)

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